At-risk Youth and Children in Ecuador
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At-risk Youth and Children in Ecuador


Ecuador: Ambato, Montanita, Otavalo and 5 other cities


  • Counseling
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sociology


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

Program Duration

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

Year(s) Offered

Throughout the year

Participation Guidelines

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

Cost in USD per week

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Program Includes:

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.

Accommodation Options

  • Home-stays

Experience Required



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

Application Procedures

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Written Application