You can volunteer in Ecuador in amazing places like the tropics or coastal areas. OK, so forgive me for straying from the topic of Bolivia for just two seconds, but I also lived in Ecuador for four years and there is a very special place in my heart for Ecuador and its people. That’s why I’m so happy to recommend the Ecuador Volunteer Foundation to those of you who’ve decided Bolivia just might not be your thing.
Ecuador Volunteer Foundation is a non-profit organization legally recognized by the Government of Ecuador, formed through ministerial agreement No.0350 on October 10, 2005. Currently it is the only organization authorized to select and supply volunteers to third party organizations that provide services in social, community, educational, healthcare and ecological projects and programs throughout Ecuador.
Because of the many existing socioeconomic needs among the Ecuadorian population, (as in most other countries in Latin America) many different sectors have found it necessary to seek governmental and private support in order to get by. For this reason, ECUADOR VOLUNTEER, through the volunteer work of young people and adults around the world, collaborates with different organizations to carry out development projects.
Our programs contribute to developing and broadening participants’ horizons. We also contribute to understanding and development in the towns in which participants work and this takes place through the contributions that this cultural exchange provides.
Cultural exchange means discovering a new culture while sharing about one’s own. Cohabiting successfully among others in intercultural situations means learning, adapting to new cultures, being tolerant and patient, developing a broader vision of the world, and being conscious of the values of others. The Ecuador Volunteer Foundation attempts to foster this in both the participants and the projects where they will be volunteering.
OUR VOLUNTEER PROJECTS
Our volunteer projects are focused in 4 important areas, Conservation, teaching, work with children and community development.
The EVF’s volunteer programs that offer a variety of different types of work so you can hone your skills and interests. Our projects are located in different parts of Ecuador (Amazon, Pacific Coast, Andes and Galapagos Islands) so you can get to know the country while participating in a volunteer program.
Our programs offer individuals the one-of-a-kind opportunity to get involved in quality volunteer projects that are pre-coordinated and well-constructed. This experience allows volunteers to surround and immerse themselves in the local cultural and to get to know the realities of living in Ecuador, going beyond the normal tourist lifestyle and activities. Volunteers get to experience the real Ecuador, while simultaneously getting the chance to enjoy the natural beauties and treasures of the country.
ECUADOR VOLUNTEER FOUNDATION
Yánez Pinzón N25-106 y Av. Colón
Phone: +(593 2) 2557749
Quito, Ecuador, South America
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The Foundation's website is full of information on interesting projects, how much they cost, what regions they cover, and what areas you can give of your time in. Read a message from our director.