in mainland Ecuador are becoming harder to find as the government
continues its efforts to put nonprofits out of existence. I
don't know of any placements currently available that I am in a
position to recommend. This is a great shame, as there is so
much potential to make a real difference.
are some examples of volunteer opportunities that used to be available:
sustainable rural development / organic agriculture / fair trade
for 4 to 12 weeks in the
Costa region of
Ecuador, with intern projects available in areas such as fair trade,
organic agriculture, ecotourism, community education, nutrition and
& social sustainable development projects
subtropical part of
Bolívar Province for 1 to 8 weeks. Help on organic
sugar cane plantations or in the village school, join in with whatever
projects this development NGO is running at the time in a beautiful
rural agricultural area. Reforestation is an
priority, so it's very likely you'll plant at least a few trees.
experienced dentists and
other public health practioners also
experience, Spanish language skills and the time to design and run a
teacher training programme for Ecuadorian teachers. A perfect
the recently retired, perhaps?
and writers to
promote the work of a sustainable development NGO in rural
Ecuador. Volunteer your professional skills to help the
charity reach a wider audience for fundraising, volunteer recruitment
and project promotion.
a change of heart, or government, will allow NGOs to thrive in Ecuador
once again, and challenging, worthwhile, sustainable volunteer
opportunities will once again become available.
are unique and
it's your responsibility to choose the right volunteer
opportunity for you. If you are volunteering for career
reasons, try searching for internships
in Ecuador, too. Read
more about choosing where
to volunteer in Ecuador, wildlife
conservation volunteer projects, teaching
overseas and travel
insurance for volunteers.
Consider your abilities,
interests and resources; research the organisation and project; make it
clear in your application what you want to gain from your volunteer
work as well as what you have to offer.
hoping that your volunteering in Ecuador
be rewarding and enjoyable for both you and your hosts. This
is is most likely to happen with appropriately-skilled
volunteers in suitable, well-supervised volunteer
Current volunteer work placements, working holidays and volunteering
opportunities in mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, including
summer teachers, wildlife research
volunteers, photographers and woodworkers. No responsibility
can be taken for the content of external websites. Evaluate
potential volunteer opportunities carefully, based on your
unique needs and interests, before making your application.