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Community and Urban Development and in Ecuador

Locations

Ecuador: Ibarra, Puyo and 2 other cities

Program Duration

5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months

Term

Throughout the year

Dates

Throughout the Year

Qualifications

Participants in the Ecuador programs must speak Spanish at an intermediate level or higher and be prepared to live and work in a Spanish speaking environment. ELI Abroad can arrange for language lessons to complement the program. Participants should also be flexible, adaptable, and open to experiencing a new culture. Please note that community development programs take place in less developed regions of the country, so the living conditions can be basic.

Minimum Education

High School

Intern Types

  • Civil Engineering
  • Development
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Public Administration & Government
  • Sociology
  • Sustainable Development

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

Varies depending on duration. Contact us for details

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Registration fees
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

* Pre-departure Support: ELI Abroad'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: ELI Abroad'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

no

Volunteer Types

  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Business
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Computer Training
  • Economic Development
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Human Rights
  • Microfinance
  • Public Health
  • Small Business Development

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI Abroad 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, Australian, Asian, American, Canadian, European and Kiwi Participants. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

Independently

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Written Application