Service Opportunities

Volunteer with Children in Quito

Working with children

Project Ecuador volunteers will experience the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of the children of Quito. Our project takes place in local pre-schools that serve children 3 – 5 years-of age from low-income families, whose parents often have to work full-time and thus cannot take care of their children during the day. The schools aim to make a difference for these children by dedicating a little bit of compassion and a little bit of time. Our volunteers work alongside full-time teachers, assisting in diverse tasks such as: early childhood stimulation, participating in fun games and songs, helping to teach good hygiene, implementing good nutritional habits by preparing balanced meals, and helping to improve the center’s buildings and grounds. All of our volunteers will participate in each activity throughout the week. This is your chance to make a real difference in the lives of young children and start them on the path towards a better life.

Volunteer with the Kichwa Tribe in the Amazon Jungle

Volunteer with the Kichwa Tribe in the Amazon Jungle

While in the Amazon, we will work side-by-side with members of the Kichwa tribe, a local indigenous ethnic group. Still maintaining their distinct customs and traditions, the Kichwa people have lived in the rainforest for thousands of years, keeping their ancestral traditions alive, displaying their customs, rituals, and wisdom and acting as the guardians of the jungle’s biodiversity. Our participants may be asked to help fix and maintain the village’s houses, schools, and buildings, and work on restoring the natural habitat of the local forest. Shandia village relies on the help and support of international volunteers and our hard work will have a lasting effect on the Kichwa people and their environment. Each volunteer will participate in each project during our stay in the Amazon for a well-rounded experience.

Service Details
  • The goals of our community service program are to help the local communities through our volunteer efforts and for our participants to learn and grow through the experience.
  • In order to fully realize the importance of their project from beginning to end, all Summer Community Service participants volunteer with the same projects while in Quito and the Amazon.
  • Participants volunteer Monday – Friday while in Quito, and throughout their stay while in the Amazon, earning Summer Community Service credit.