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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
* Transportation from Guayaquil or Quito to Cuenca upon arrival and prior to departure (either flight or van, depending on where you fly into)
*Full day on-site orientation with city tour (Yes, there will be a red double-decker bus!) and welcome meal (psst – we might bully you into trying some freshly roasted Guinea Pig – “cuy” in Spanish)
*Prepaid bus pass with credit to start you out
*A cell phone rental with credit to start you out
*24-hour emergency number in-country and bilingual on-site staff
*Access to the El Nomad Center with sporting equipment rentals, movies, lounge area for students, travel resources, bilingual book exchange, etc.
*Travel booking assistance
*Re-entry workshop
*Program fees and taxes
*Personal growth through guided reflections
* A homestay with a local family (single occupancy unless double is requested) and three meals a day
* An excursion to Cajas National Park
* An excursion to Ingapirca Ruins
* Optional Spanish language and culture classes (additional cost)

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