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At-risk Youth and Children in Ecuador


Ecuador: Ambato, Montanita, Otavalo and 5 other cities

Program Duration

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


Throughout the year


Throughout the year


Participants in the Ecuador youth programs should be ready to work in a 100% Spanish speaking environment. These programs can accommodate participants with a beginner level of Spanish proficiency. ELI can arrange for language lessons to complement the program. Participants should also be flexible, adaptable, and open to experiencing a new culture.

Minimum Education

High School

Intern Types

  • Counseling
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology


  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

Costs vary. Please contact us for details

Program Fees Include:

Pre-departure Support: ELIAbroad's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers and interns to prepare for their travels.

Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the airport in Quito and provided with transportation to their host family.

In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a two to three day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in Ecuador, city tours, help with transportation, and optional Spanish classes

In-country Staff Support: ELIAbroad's Ecuador coordinator has years of experience working with visitors to Ecuador. She is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

Accommodations: Volunteers will stay with a local host family where they will be provided with a room and breakfast and dinner each day. By living with a family, volunteers will learn about the day to day rhythms of Ecuadorian life first hand as well as sample traditional meals not usually available in restaurants. Host families are eager to welcome volunteers and are a fantastic resource for learning about the local culture and sights.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Childcare & Children
  • Disability Issues
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Orphans
  • Social Work
  • Youth
  • Youth Development

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.

Age Range

18 and up.

This Program is open to

Worldwide, American, Asian, Australian, Canadian and European Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel


Typically Participants Work


Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Written Application