Work with a NGO that helps children, youth and adults living on the streets of Quito by giving them a safe environment to eat, shower, relax, meet peers, make friends and learn new skills. You'll help the children with their homework, or in the carpentry workshop and the kitchen. You'll visit the schools, and also help prepare activities for the children.

The NGO hopes to also provide a safe place for the children to sleep in the near future - without volunteers providing the project with their time and enthusiasm, this would not be possible.

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.


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
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
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.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in working with children, teaching.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.


  • 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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Volunteer Ann Towse from America doing handpainting with the children in Ecuador
Volunteer Ann Towse from America doing handpainting with a very enthusiastic little girl on the project!


You'll work with a not for profit NGO that specialises in the investigation, prevention, attention and treatment of the population that live in extreme marginal situations.

The NGO works with Children, Adolescents, Youth of the Streets and Street-workers. These are the CAYSaS. The CAYSaS are found on the streets in urban areas. They are faced with problems such as: working and living on the streets, lack of contact with their families, lack of education, risk of permanent and total exclusion from local communities. A large number turn to solvent abuse and drugs. Most of the children on the projects sell candy on the streets to support their most basic expenses.

The project has created a carpentry workshop and various training courses to teach the youth and adults, new skills that will improve their quality of life. The key areas that the NGO offer help with, are:

  • Giving them attention, treatment and refuge. The treatment is given for behavioural problems, education problems and (drug) addiction
  • When CAYSaS are in the process of moving to the street the NGO tries to prevent this by offering other options.
  • Help with strengthening of character, pedagogical recuperation, and returning to school.
  • Promoting suitable use of their free time.
  • Education on sexual orientation, family planning, prevention of STDs and health education.
  • Establishing the reintroduction of family, social life and work into the children's lives.
  • Younger children are sent to school, with the help of sponsors.
  • Older children are offered opportunities to learn skills such as carpentry to help themselves.

You will mainly work as an assistant. The children will really appreciate any attention you give them! Some of the tasks that you may participate in, will include:

  • Helping the children with their homework
  • Helping them in the carpentry workshop
  • Helping in the kitchen
  • Visiting the schools
  • Playing with the children
  • Preparing activities for the children (sports, outings to the theatre, museums, the zoo, teaching the children songs, role play games etc.)
  • The project has also had a new house donated to them. If you wish to, there may be the chance to really get your hands dirty and help with some maintenance and decorating so that it can be put to good use!

This project is extremely rewarding and your help is greatly appreciated. If you have any special talents the children would love you to share them or teach them! However, please be aware that it is emotionally draining and requires strong characters to volunteer here. You must be incredibly self motivated and independent and must not be afraid, although it will seem daunting at first. You must be prepared for what you will be faced with - there will be dirt (these children live on the streets!), the children lack education so you must be very patient and many of them have deep-seated emotional issues.

This NGO is doing phenomenal work helping these children overcome the hardships that they have been dealt in life. YOU can play an important part in that!

The centre will be closed for one week in August.

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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Volunteer Victoria Robson with children
Volunteer Victoria Robson with some of the children in her care.
Children doing Arts in class
Having a safe encironment and play and learn in is so important.
Giving one-to-one time to the children
Volunteer Ann Towse giving some one-on-one time to one of the children.
Grinning Child in class
Oh so adorable!!!


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 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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The Volunteer house on the Projects in Quito
One of the bedrooms in the Volunteer House in Quito.
Quito at night with its colourful lights.


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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.

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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!

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 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.

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.

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
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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

¿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.

  • 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!

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!

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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Street Kids Voluntary Project and Spanish Course in Quito

Hola Ana y Fabio!
Sorry I did not get round to giving you any feedback whilst I was in Ecuador. I am sure you can appreciate I did not seem to stop for the nine weeks I was there!

My experiences included learning Spanish, working with street kids, getting to know my host family and making friends with other volunteers/students/travellers. At the weekends and during my last two weeks I travelled, visiting: Papyllaycta, Puerto Lopez and Isla de la Plata, Otovalo, Esmiraldes, Tena, Galapagos, Amazon and Cotopaxi!

I had to learn to be independent as my host family was 30 minutes away by bus from the Spanish school and 50 minutes by bus to my volunteer project. In hindsight this made for a better experience as I really felt I got to know the city and live life as an Ecuadorian. I also had to learn to be patient due to the nature of the country and my lack of Spanish. At first I found this a little frustrating, as I was worried about travelling so far by myself.

The best thing about my placement early on was how easy it was to meet other people with similar interests to me. This was due to the fact that we were all studying in the same Spanish school and the majority of people were staying next door in the volunteer house.

I think you have to be prepared for a challenge, determined and have a positive attitude to volunteer on this placement. I found it a little challenging at first, due to the language barrier and the fact Quito is so enormous. In the long run this makes for a better experience as you are forced to practice your Spanish and you soon get used to the size of the city.

I would recommend to future volunteers with limited Spanish that they make a list of useful words for working with children. For example: Listen, Ready, Sit down... It is possible to communicate without Spanish but the more you speak the easier and more rewarding the project is. I found it much easier as the weeks went on and I was able to talk to the children and staff and understand what it is they needed.

It is better not to take travellers cheques as they are awkward to change. There are very few places that accept them and each time you change them you have to take your actual passport. It is dangerous to carry a lot of money, so therefore you have to go frequently and carry your passport frequently. I found it was best just to use my debit card, as most tour operators charge 7% extra for use of credit card.

I would also recommend future volunteers read into the various trips they may like to go on at the weekends before packing. I had an idea that there was going to be such a lot of fun places to visit, but I hadn't read into the climate. Ecuador has everything from hot beaches to mosquito covered rainforests to cold mountain hikes. Generally it is best to pack for all seasons. I also did not realise Quito would be so cold in the evening.

At the Centre we spent a lot of time helping the children to study. They are quite young and do not really want to learn. I would recommend future volunteers think of some activities to make learning fun. For example websites that help to teach the children or games they could play.

I was volunteering at the Street Kids Centre during the school holidays. I arrived at 9.00am each day. Normally I would play with the children for 30 minutes. This usually involved sports in the court yard, colouring in or helping the young mums with their babies. From 9.30-11am we were asked to help the children to study. I tended to work with the youngest children teaching them the alphabet, syllables, how to read simple words and how to count.

The staff preferred the children to remain in the classroom throughout this time period, so creative thinking and initiative were needed to maintain the children's attention throughout this time period. After this we would take a 30 minutes break before assisting the children in making things to sell in the shop, make models, bracelets and sometimes cooking. At 1.00pm the children had lunch and I left to go to Spanish School.

During the last official week of Sinsoluka school holidays, we spent the week doing activities and going out for the day. We made kites and climbed up to the Panecillo to fly them. We also visited several museums. A highlight for me was having a tour of the president’s house!

Overall I had an incredible nine weeks in Ecuador. I loved working with children there and learning about how the foundation started and the problems they currently face. I had a great host family who were very welcoming, patient and included me in all their family activities including a long weekend at the beach. I am really pleased with the improvement in my Spanish. The teachers at the Spanish School were great and I really benefitted from being surrounded with Spanish speakers who were reluctant to speak English.

Thanks for all your help,


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The Challenges
Today the centre helps over 250 children and their families, although they do not all come to the centre at the same time. Many of these children have had a bad start to life, such as being born to drug-addicted parents, living on the streets, subjected to violence, abuse or neglect, made to work selling sweets in the street etc.

Our Goals
The aim is to stress the importance of education as a way of breaking the circle and ensuring that these children do not fall into the same way of life and temptations that their parents did before them.

Our Achievements:
For many years we have provided volunteers to the programme and, as a result, have helped fund and sponsor the project to send the children to school.

Our funding has also helped out with any costs that the family may not be able to cover, like school uniforms, books, materials etc.

Through the help of volunteers on the programme, many families are off the streets and have found somewhere to live. When possible, some have even found a job.

The project is now in its second phase of working with the children of the original street dwellers to help bring in more street kids to the Centre.


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Volunteer Victoria Robson with some of the children
Volunteer Victoria Robson with some of "her" children.


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.


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


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.