COUNTRY


In cooperation with our partner in Ecuador,  IWASHERE invites  volunteers to provide support exactly where the local population s needs are greatest. Ecuador desperately needs volunteers to help them in a number of projects. We offer a variety of programs in Ecuador and we are sure to have one that fits your interests and skills.
Ecuador is South America's second smallest country and is located in the north-western part of the South American continent. Despite its size, you will find both snow-capped mountain peaks, white sand beaches and tropical rainforest. In the late 1990s, Ecuador  faced major financial crisis due to a series of natural disasters and rising oil prices.  Ecuadorian economy is gradually recovering, but   a third of its  population is still  living below poverty. Nevertheless, the Ecuadorian population is known for its hospitality. Volunteers in Ecuador are really appreciated for their work and the difference they make.

AS A VOLUNTEER


IWASHERE invites individuals, couples, families, students, researchers and groups to volunteer in Ecuador. A good command of English is recommended. Volunteers from all countries, backgrounds and experiences are welcome to participate in various  programs in Ecuador because we strongly believe that everyone has something to contribute!

A typical week 
The program or tasks of the week may vary from project to project .As a volunteer you will work  4-8 hours a day and are entitled to some weekly days off . Work days are planned with our project co-ordinator and we are very flexible if you rquire time off,  just remember to notify the  project coordinator  in good time.

Weekdays 
Volunteers can expect to work Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00  there will  be a lunch break. Volunteers in Ecuador are free during the evening and  they can go out with other volunteers.

The weekend 
Volunteers may wish to explore Ecuador, it could be a trip to Quito, Cuenca, the world's highest volcano, Cotopaxi or the Amazon Rainforest. The project coordinator will be able to help you with ideas for other excursions.

Welcome 
When you arrive at the airport, you will be picked up by a project coordinator and  taken to a guest house for volunteers. All volunteers will receive information about the country, culture, project and a tour.

PROJECTS

 MINDO (cable car GUIDE)
As a volunteer in Mindo, you will work at one of the largest cable cars in Ecuador. Your task will be to function as a translator on guided tours and at times help tasks that focus on preserving the environment.  Mindo has more tourist than the other projects we offer in Ecuador .Here you should not expect much sweat and dirt, but expect to spend a lot of time on one of the most beautiful places in Ecuador. The ability to spaek Spanish is a plus but definitely not a must.

 As a volunteer you will help with the following:

  • Working as a guide/ translator for tourists.
  • Helping with Bird Watching Tours and conservation projects

 

 MASCARILLA CULTURE (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
The Afro-Ecuadorian people The Mascarilla are a proud and enterprising people who use ceramic arts and cultural events to enrich and strengthen their communities.  The community consists of descendants of African slaves who managed to exploit their historical background with strength that gave the city its name: mas-carrilla which means more strength.  These people are incredibly hospitable and volunteers on this project will quickly notice the warm and generous spirit of the people of Mascarilla.  This project is for volunteers who speak a high level of Spanish and are interested in art and ceramics.

 As a volunteer you will help with the following:

  • Helping in kindergarten and elementary schools.
  • Helping to teach English to motivated children in afternoon classes.
  • The medical centre, needs the help of doctors or dentists.  If you have almost completed or have completed your studies in these areas, you can have the opportunity to come as an intern or as a volunteer.
  • You can help Ceramic or pottery classes,  that make traditional masks.
  • Those of you that have marketing skills (websites) can help to create websites so the locals can sell their masks.

 Kichwa STEM (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
As a volunteer you will get this unique opportunity where you will live with a Kichwa tribe called The Canari made up of descendants of the Incas.  This project is located in the Andes, in a valley called Nizag next to "Nariz del Diablo" or nose of Devil Canyon.  This project is perfect if you enjoy to working independently or are good at coming up with ideas for new projects.

 As a volunteer you will help with the following:

  • Organic farming
  • Pet care
  • Socio matter work

 A typical weekday:
The Canari tribes practice an ancient culture and speak the local language of Kichwa and Spanish as a second language.  As a volunteer you can expect to wake up each morning to fascinating culture and traditions that have been practiced way before the arrival of the Spaniards.
This project focuses on helping the local community become more self-sufficient.  As a volunteer, you will help reduce the "exodus" of poor farm workers to dangerous slums in the major cities such as Quito and Guayaquil were unemployment is very high.  You will help the community in creating a more sustainable way of living by exploiting the natural resources of the environment, thus creating income generating earning opportunities.  This project is for volunteers who have an intermediate level of Spanish, and are eager to learn about organic farming.