Care Volunteer Projects in Ecuador
- Placement locations: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
- Types of care projects: Kindergartens
- Age of children: 0 - 18
- Number of people cared for: 10 - 15
- Role: Volunteers work on achieving the goals set out in the Care Management Plan, including running educational games and group activities, providing emotional support and helping improve the children’s level of English
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 3 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
As a volunteer on a Care project in Ecuador you have an important role to play, whether you are on a gap year or career break looking for some experience in development work, or as a trained professional offering us the benefit of your experience. Everybody is welcomed, provided you are willing to work hard and be committed to the role and to the children you are there to help.
Projects Abroad volunteers work with kindergartens in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the island of San Cristobal on the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands receive many tourists interested in the amazing wildlife, but the local children are often given less attention.
It is vital that the local residents and future generation get the quality of education they need to secure the jobs in the lucrative tourism industry. The kindergartens and day care centres that Projects Abroad works with provide the necessary foundation for the future generations.
Volunteer Care Work in the Galapagos Islands
In whichever volunteer care project you find yourself, you need to be ready for a challenge. Many of the children may have had difficult lives and will have a variety of needs. Children with special needs, such as autism and Down syndrome, who are enrolled in mainstream schools need one on one attention and support in order to get the education they need. Volunteers with experience can work with these children in order to help improve their quality of life and increase their opportunities in the future.
There are many young, single, teenage mothers on San Cristobal Island and the children in the kindergartens often come from homes where there is little structure and discipline. Our Care volunteers play a vital role when it comes to helping create awareness, improving the level of English and providing the children with individual support. We encourage volunteers to try new activities and expand the range of games and ideas the children will encounter in order to promote and enhance their individual growth and development. Working closely with individual children and identifying their areas of strength is a very important part of your placement.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ecuador Care Management Plan.
The care work is often quite varied; it may involve practical care activities like helping the children get ready for the day, or playing games, sports and helping older children with their homework. Projects Abroad will support you in any way that we can.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
All volunteers taking part on any project in Ecuador now have the opportunity to add a 1 Week Conservation Add-On to the end of their main placement.