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ECUADOR ... Bienvenido!

VOLUNTEERING GAP YEAR ADVENTURE, TEACHING & CONSERVATION IN ECUADOR

The Amazon and the Andes draw millions of visitors and the fascinating Galápagos islands, which lie some 600 miles off the coast, are a must-see!

You can help communities in the capital, Quito, or on the Galapagos Islands. We have a wide variety of projects, from Conservation with Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release, Reforestation in the Galapagos. You can also choose from teaching children, caring for street kids or children in a children's hospital. Another option is to gain language skills on a Spanish language course.

Please see our list of brief descriptions below, then click on the link to read all about the project. CAN'T CHOOSE? Call our Ecuador Project Consultant, Stephanie Mueller-Davis, for free advice on which Project would be best for you. +44 (0)1903 502595

Galapagos Islands Conservation, Reforestation and Community Project
Work to preserve the native and endemic forests of San Cristobal Island. This is the only project in the Galapagos Islands that combines environmental, community and social initiatives to improve the sustainability of the islands. Plus, it’s loads of fun!
There are numerous elements to the project that you'll be involved in and most of the work is on reforestation, research and community based projects.

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Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release in the Ecuadorian Rainforest in Puyo
Help this Quechua family-run Centre to rescue, rehabilitate and, where possible, release wild animals in the fight again trafficking, abuse and hunting of wild species. Some of the most satisfying work you can do will be to provide some enclosure enrichment and mental stimulation. You can use your creativity to provide useful “toys” and games for the animals.

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Care for Children in a Children's Hospital in Quito
Brighten up the lives of severely disabled or sick children. You'll help to cheer them up with games and other activities, as well as providing educational support to those who've been in hospital a long time. With their lack of facilities, even a minimal amount of effort on your part brings a great deal of happiness into the lives of the children you'll be working with. Help to put a smile back on their faces!

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The Street Kids Project in Quito in Ecuador
Work with a recently formed NGO that was founded by two psychologists who want to help children, youth and adults living on the streets of Quito. The children and young adults are at a very high risk of being totally excluded from local communities as a large number turn to solvent abuse and drugs to escape their problems, which can lead to a life of crime and violence to pay for these habits.
The main objective of this project is to help people in desperate situations, by giving them a safe environment to eat, shower, relax, meet peers, make friends and learn new skills in.

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Teach English to School Children in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
Teach in one of the most fantastic places on the planet - the Galapagos Islands! This project is based on the beautiful island of San Cristobal. Help teach English to children between the ages of 4 and 12, and teenagers aged 13-18. Alongside English you can also help teach IT, Sports, Art and Music.

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Teach Underprivileged Children in Schools in Quito
Work with disadvantaged children from 5 to 14 years old. You'll be able to teach English and a wide range of other subjects - IT, Sports, Music, Art, Drama, anything you have a reasonable knowledge in.
The government school we work with has about 200 pupils aged from 5 to 14 years old. The children come from many different economic backgrounds and family situations.

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Spanish Language Courses in Quito in Ecuador
Cómo se dice en Español??? The best way to learn a language is to live, eat, breathe and speak it in a Spanish community. All levels of courses are available, from Beginner to Advanced - and you can even combine your language course with a volunteer project that runs along side the classes, or after you've completed the Spanish course.

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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WHILE ON YOUR PROGRAMME IN ECUADOR
Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

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