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El Nomad Volunteer Program: Ecuador

Program Duration

1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months, 7-12 Months




El Nomad strives to make our volunteer projects available to all interested undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals and faculty.

Spanish language requirments will vary with volunteer placement, however optional Spanish language classes are offered to help you achieve desired proficiency.

Our scholarships are competitive, and students must have at least a 2.75 GPA (or equivalent) to qualify.

Minimum Education

High School


  • English

Cost in US$:

Price varies, contact an El Nomad Advisor at

Cost Includes:

  • Emergency evacuation services
  • Excursions
  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Pre-departure orientation/Training
  • Written materials abroad
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

* Volunteer coordination with local organization
* Personal growth through guided reflections
* A homestay with a local family (single occupancy unless double is requested)
* Three meals a day
* Transfers to and from the airport in Cuenca
* Extensive (and fun!) on-site orientation by El Nomad staff
* A city tour of Cuenca
* Welcome and farewell lunch at a traditional Ecuadorian restaurant
* An excursion to Cajas National Park
* An excursion to Ingapirca Ruins
* Free or low cost social/cultural activities several days per week coordinated by El Nomad
* Travel assistance and cultural tourism package options through the El Nomad
* Access to El Nomad Student Center: rental sports equipment, Wi-Fi, hammocks, watch movies, drink coffee, English library, travel resources
* 24-hour emergency number in Ecuador
* Bilingual on-site staff who are available 24-hours a day
* Optional Spanish language and culture classes (additional cost)
* Cell phone rental with $10 credit
* A bus pass with 14 rides per week for the duration of their program
* An El Nomad student identification card (discounts throughout Cuenca)
* Visa assistance

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Welfare
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Arts
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Business
  • Childcare & Children
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conservation
  • Culture
  • Dental
  • Disability Issues
  • Eco-tourism
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Environment
  • Gender Issues
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Historic Preservation
  • Human Rights
  • Law
  • Legal Aide
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Orphans
  • Parks
  • Public Health
  • Recreation
  • Reforestation
  • Senior Citizens
  • Small Business Development
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Tourism
  • Tree Planting
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer Management
  • Water Projects
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Youth Development

Typical Volunteer

Anyone interested in making a real impact while combing the adventure of living in Ecuador! Individuals or groups Undergraduate or graduate students Faculty members or professionals

Age Range


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Guest House
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Scholarships are Available

Please ask an El Nomad Advisor about the scholarships we have available!

Application Process Involves

  • Essay
  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

2 weeks

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Job and Internship Network