ECUADOR

CARE FOR CHILDREN AT A PUBLIC CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN QUITO, ECUADOR

Children from all over Ecuador are taken into in this public hospital with a range of short and long term medical conditions. You'll help to keep them cheerful and optimistic during their stay with games and other recreational activities, as well as providing educational support to those who've been in hospital a long time. You'll pay particular attention to any children who have been in the hospital a long time. Often these children miss a large part of their school education and so need help with basic tutoring and where possible, some English lessons.

You'll need a little Spanish to do this project, but we've got that covered! If you have no knowledge of Spanish at all, you can combine your project with two weeks of Spanish.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Hi, I'm Karen, Project Coordinator for Ecuador, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
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Price: £895 (approx. US$1,140) for 2 weeks
£200 (US$250) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 2 weeks to 12 weeks, or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round – you choose your start and finish dates, subject to school holidays. You should ideally arrive at the weekend (between 8.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.)
Requirements: Minimum age 17, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No qualifications necessary. You'll need a little Spanish to do this project, but if you have no knowledge of Spanish at all, you can combine your project with a 1-week intensive Spanish Course in Quito prior to starting your project.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Weekly Salsa Class and drink in Quito
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Food, Return transfer to the airport.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GROUPS.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in working with children, care, teaching.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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Child in hospital with colouring-in book
One of the patients in the hospital keeping herself entertained with a colouring-in book.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

In this large, public hospital in Quito, medical treatment is given to children from all over Ecuador, many from the poorest families. There are many sick children with a range of conditions - most are aged between 0 and 15. Their families often come with them, but due to space limitations, there's usually only room for one parent to stay.

In the hospital, there is a centre for Children called "Ludoteca", which gives them space to heal from their injuries, and keeps them entertained during their recuperation period - which for many can be a lengthy process. Around 50 children each day visit this area of the hospital for recreational activities and games. For those children who cannot move or walk by themselves, activities are taken to them - usually this is done alongside another person from the hospital staff.

As well as going to "Ludoteca" to help with recreational activities and games, you'll pay particular attention to any children who have been in the hospital a long time. Often these children miss a large part of their school education and so need help with basic tutoring and where possible, some English lessons. If you wish to, there will also be plenty of opportunities to interact in Spanish, with either the children or their parents.

If there are any other educational activities you wish to work on with the children, please do not be afraid to ask your project coordinator. The hospital is grateful of any help you can give them, so if you have a special talent, the Hospitalwould love you to share it with the children.

This placement is very intensive as you will be working with some severely disabled and disadvantaged children and this can be distressing. It is frustrating to see the lack of social services and aids for disabled children in comparison to a developed country. But this means that your work is even more important. 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.

WORKING HOURS:
Work is available between 10:00am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, either for the full day or for a 3 - 4 hour period. There is plenty of flexibility, depending on your preferences: the staff will be delighted to have an extra pair of hands. Just discuss on arrival with your project coordinator the times that you wish to work.

Our Social Responsibility to this Project
Both we and our excellent partner of many years on this and some of our other projects in Ecuador take social responsibility very seriously, especially because in Ecuador there is still much to be done and we believe we can make a big difference.

"On a yearly basis we reduce our carbon footprint by planting trees. We sponsor several of our volunteer projects with monthly necessities, such as the payment for all the morning lunches every day at the children’s hospital. We support the educational center of the Inti Sisa Foundation with the Inti Sisa Art Guesthouse. We work together with a women´ s cooperation in the small highland community of Calpi that provides us with quinoa cookies that we include in some of our welcome packages. We distribute used clothing that our travellers leave us to needy projects."

"Our customer relation products are bought by local foundations. We work as much as possible with community tourism initiatives. On San Cristobal Island, we have our own Lab-of-Life project, in cooperation with the Galapagos National Park to restore the habitat of 3 hectareas and collaborate on ongoing projects with the national park."

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Nurse entertaining Child in hospital
It's important to keep recovering patients' morale up when they're in hospital, and playing with a jigsaw puzzle certainly helps!
Volunteer entertaining Children in hospital
A volunteer helping to keep the children entertained in the hospital.
Volunteer entertaining Children in hospital
The children love having the volunteers there to help them and to play with them. The effect on their morale during their recovery is huge.
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ACCOMMODATION

You'll either stay in a house with other volunteers or you can choose to live with a host family, depending on your preferences/availability. Staying with a host family does mean a small supplementary fee.

The Volunteer House is located in a tourist area, 'La Mariscal', near to where all Spanish lessons are held and where there is plenty of nightlife, restaurants and internet cafes. The house has 7 rooms and accommodates 17. There is a large, fully equipped kitchen, a TV room with a DVD player, wireless internet, 2 safety boxes and a garden with hammocks and a BBQ area. All bathrooms have hot water and there is a cleaning lady 5 days a week.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is Wi-Fi / Internet available in the accommodation.

FOOD:
Food is not included in this project (unless you choose to live with a host family, when food is provided on Mondays to Fridays.

Accommodation with host families means that you get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and generally live like an Ecuadorian! Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long after they leave Ecuador and in some cases they return to the country later especially to visit their family.

Whichever accommodation you choose, you're sure to enjoy a great stay in Quito!

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One of the bedrooms in the Volunteer House in Quito.
Quito at night with its colourful lights.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

QUITO:
Ecuador's capital, Quito, lies in the north of the country, some 15 miles from the equator and with the Andean Mountains and valleys as a backdrop. It's 10,000ft altitude keeps it cool, with spring like temperatures year round. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in the 1970's for its preserved historic Latin quarter. The city also contains a thriving 'new town' popular with younger generations for its restaurants, shopping and nightlife. There are lots of restaurants and "Patio de Comidas" where you can pick up an excellent value lunch or dinner.

There is always something to do in Quito, whether you'd like to experience some culture or join in with the cosmopolitan, modern way of life. Cultural highlights include the old town, the cable car and the equator, along with a multitude of museums and monuments. Modern highlights include a range of shopping malls, a zoo, an ice skating rink, and plenty of restaurants and bars serving wonderful cocktails and tasty food - you'll find anything from traditional Ecuadorian cuisine to Thai and Italian!

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS:
The Galápagos islands lie some 600 miles from the coastline of Ecuador. Formed by volcanic eruptions into the sea, they contain species found nowhere else on the planet and are one of the most significant sites in the world; most notably because this is where Charles Darwin's theories of evolution were inspired and shaped. This rocky and at first glance inhospitable terrain is home to giant tortoise, swimming iguanas and fearless blue footed boobies.

The marine reserve here is equally impressive, boasting encounters for divers and snorkellers with penguins, marine turtles, manta rays and sea lions, amongst others. Around 90% of the islands are protected areas, with visitor numbers restricted and some sites off limits altogether to ensure conservation.

THE AMAZON:
The Amazon is the worlds largest remaining tropical rainforest, occupying about one third of Ecuador. To get some idea of its scale, first you need to know that Ecuador's share of the Amazon represents just 2% of the whole rainforest; most of it belonging to Brazil (60%) followed by Peru (13%). Important nevertheless as the Amazon in Ecuador remains relatively untouched, has good infrastructure to make for easy visitation and is home to numerous indigenous settlements which welcome outsiders.

THE ANDES:
One of the greatest mountain ranges in the world, they split Ecuador in two running from the north of the country down. Indigenous communities have cultivated the land in the Andean Highlands for thousands of years, selling their produce in bustling market towns. Catch a glimpse of the abundantly colourful markets, showcasing traditions of ancient civilizations and Inca descendants.

Mountaineers will love the peaks of the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' an area in the central highlands with a number of active volcanoes. Whilst each climb is different and most are incredibly challenging, the rewards along the way are numerous. Dense forest, waterfalls and spectacular views across the valleys below await the intrepid few. Other hot pursuits in this region include walking, rafting, biking or camping.

PACIFIC COASTLINE:
This 2000km coast is fringed with pristine sand beaches, sweeping bays, mangrove forests, crashing waves and tranquil fishing villages. The ports and fishing villages are an important part of Ecuador's economy, delivering fresh sea food and imported goods. At certain times of the year you can see Humpback whales arriving from Antarctic waters to mate; splashing their fins and exhaling gushes of water. Marine birds are also in abundance along the pacific coastline, with sightings of the albatross, one of nature's largest birds, being common.

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Staff and volunteers having a fun night out
Staff and volunteers having a fun night out.
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

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! :-)

Spanish Lessons Optional Add-On in Ecuador

1-WEEK SPANISH COURSE PRIOR TO STARTING YOUR MAIN PROJECT:
¿Cómo se dice en Español??? There is no better way to learn a language than to live it, eat it, breathe it and speak it in a Spanish-speaking community!! You can learn Spanish as an Optional Add-On to your main Project.
Prices:

  • OPTION 1: One-Week Intensive Spanish GROUP Course:
    20 Hours per Week: £445, includes accommodation for the week
  • OPTION 2: One-Week Intensive Spanish PRIVATE Course:
    20 Hours per Week: £495, includes accommodation for the week
  • OPTION 3: One-Week Super-Intensive Spanish Course: (If you have no Spanish at all and are doing a project in the Galapagos or one of the Conservation projects near Puyo, you'll be required to take this course.):
    20 Hours per Week Group Lessons PLUS 10 Hours per Week Private Lessons, 30 Hours in total:
    £525, includes accommodation for the week

All the teachers at the school have taught Spanish for 8 or more years and between them they have developed a great many resources to make the lessons lively and fun. The classes are highly focused on the development of communication skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing.) The school also periodically organise interesting and enjoyable activities in order to introduce the Ecuadorian and Latin culture to their students - most recently they've been cooking Ecuadorian dishes in classes! It's a great, fun way to learn!

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Learn Spanish in Ecuador, having fun!

SPANISH LESSONS CONCURRENT WITH YOUR MAIN PROJECT:
Price:
10 Hours Private Lessons per Week: £120 per week
20 Hours Group Lessons per Week: £195 per week.

GROUP LESSONS: There are usually a maximum of 6 students per group.
PRIVATE LESSONS: One-to-one tuition. If you prefer to tailor your lessons, you could choose how many hours of lessons you'd like a week - from 2 to 40!

LOCATION:
Quito is a wonderful city, with a population of 2.4 million inhabitants. It is full of exciting history to explore. There is always something to do in Quito, whether you'd like to experience some culture or join in with the cosmopolitan, modern way of life. Cultural highlights include the old town, the cable car and the Equator, museums and monuments. There is also a range of shopping malls, a zoo, an ice skating rink, and plenty of restaurants and bars serving wonderful cocktails and tasty food.

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Spanish class
Spanish class.
An outdoors Spanish class
An outdoors Spanish class.
The entrance to the Spanish School
The entrance to the Spanish School.

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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

CATRIONA JONES
British
Care for Children at a Children's Hospital in Quito

1. I feel I am gaining experience of a developing country and a completely different culture. It is so different to live and work in a country as opposed to just having a holiday. I am also gaining experience of speaking in a different language and communicating with people who speak no English. This is the first time I have really travelled by myself and meeting so many new people because of this.

2. The best thing about my placement so far is all the new people from different backgrounds thar I am meeting, hearing lots of different stories, learning more about different cultures, foods, languages.

3. I would recommend this placement to anyone looking for a change, different experiences and a country with such a variety of activities, scenery, places to visit.

4. This placement suits an open minded and flexible person with the willing to learn or practise a different language. For the placements with children, patience and enthusiasm is needed in abundance.

5. I can't think of any improvements at the moment.

... A typical day in the children's hospital involved starting at 9, helping set out and serve breakfast for the mothers of the inpatients, then opening the playroom for the children. Giving out games as needed, making a note of all the children attending, sometimes going round the wards to invite the children to the playroom, playing with the kids until their lunchtime. I went back to my host family for lunch at 12.30, returning to the hospital at 2 till 3 and playing more with the children and then I had spanish classes from 3.30 to 5.30 at the school.

Thanks for all your help and patience in organising this experience.

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AIMS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

The Challenges
As it is a public hospital, most of the children who receive treatment come from poor families and although it is state-funded, there is not enough money to provide free treatment for all. Therefore, parents have to find a way of covering their child’s medical costs.

Children who are well enough are allowed to go to the play area after the morning rounds to play games and carry out other recreational activities. They enjoy being able to go somewhere else and not be in their beds on the wards all day.

Our Goals
Our principal goal is to play with, motivate and get to know these children, to make them smile and forget about their worries. As some of these children are long-term patients at the hospital, they miss a large part of their school education. Volunteers can contribute significantly to ensuring these children do't fall too far behind. Volunteers generally take the initiative to give English, Maths, Music lessons, or indeed any educational activity, to the children and/or parents. Both find this help invaluable in helping the children to adjust back into normal life when returning to school.

Our Achievements:
Being in hospital for so long means the children miss valuable education. Our volunteers have been able to educate the children in English and in other subjects. They have given the children a chance to catch up on what they missed during their illness.

We’ve also been able to build extra rooms to help the parents and guardians of the children to stay with the children and thus help to give comfort to sick children who need it.

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Volunteer Victoria Robson with some of the children
Volunteer Victoria Robson with some of "her" children.
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RESPONSIBLE & ETHICAL TRAVEL:

Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You'll take up where others before you left off and thus helping to continue making this project sustainable.

We are passionate about mutually beneficial interaction with the local community. The team members are locals and very community-minded. We work closely with the local community to achieve maximum benefits and emphasis is always placed on doing what is best for the local environment.

To this end, information on how to leave minimal negative impact on the environment is given to you prior to your departure as part of your documentation from Travellers Worldwide. This is also highlighted in your induction on arrival.

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY:

We have local staff in each destination where we have Programmes and where we work with local partners, again the staff employed are locals. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. You'll also be directly influencing the local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. So, by living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange!

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect

POSITIVE EFFECTS THAT TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:

We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

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A pack of seals chilling on the Galapagos Islands.
Volunteer climbing Cotopaxi, an active volcano in the Andes Mountain about 31 miles south of Quito.
A group of volunteers boating down the river - a fun thing to do while you're there!
One of Ecuador's very colourful markets. In fact, the whole country seems to be colourful!
Cotopaxi, with Quito lying beneath it.
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