Get AMPED Abroad: One word perfectly describes Ecuador -- diversity. Between its biodiversity, melting pot of cultures, and climate and topographyy smorgasbord, there isn’t enough time or space to do this small country jewel justice..
If we have to choose what we like most about Ecuador, it's the natural landscape. You're not the outdoorsy type? No worries you will be.
The Andean Highlands, Amazon, Galapagos, and stunning beaches make Ecuador a natural wonderland. At every turn, you’ll find the locals basking in the great outdoors.
Parque Carolina in Quito is always nice for a picnic or leisurely stroll. On any given weekend, it comes alive with soccer competitions and other outdoor sports. And don’t be surprised if you hear rhythmic drums calling you in the distance; the impromptu jam circles give life!
Otavalo is enchanting with its rolling, patchwork plains and maze of colorful outdoor markets. And the symphony of exotic sounds, still lagoons, and majestic sunsets that blanket the Amazon rainforest make for a tranquil escape. While you’re there, pop in one of the local villages for a visit, where you’re likely to be welcomed with open arms.
Choose from TEN PLUS (10+) community-based projects throughout Ecuador
Because of the numerous volunteer placements and internship assignments we have in Ecuador, it is not possible to list them all. So, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, shoot us an email. We just might have it.
2-12 week volunteer placements in Quito, Ambato, Cuenca, Galapagos (Santa Cruz), Latacunga, Otavalo, Mindo, Puerto Lopez, Santa Elena, Salinas, and Puyo and Tena (Amazon region).
Volunteer Placement Options Include:
NOTE: Volunteer placement locations range anywhere from 2-12 hours by bus from Quito.
You arrive at Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito on the first or third Sunday of the month and begin volunteering on Monday. Orientation is provided upon arrival in-country.
Note: Alternate start dates can be accommodated.
On the first day of classes, in-country staff provide new volunteers with an orientation that covers information about Spanish classes, activities, excursions, and general information about Ecuador. A separate orientation covers safety tips.
Host family for most placements. Depending on the placement and location, the student residence and jungle bungalows are other options.
Program fees listed are for host family stay options only. Please contact AMPED Abroad for program fee information that includes an alternative housing option.
WEEKENDS & TRAVEL
Weekends and evenings are usually designated as free time for to explore the country and to spend time with host families.
THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:
Host family accommodations and 2 meals/day (hostel and only one meal per day in Puerto Lopez)
Spanish lessons (20 hours/week)
24/7 emergency in-country support
Longer stays can be accommodated for an additional fee.
Airfare and park entrance fees aren't included for the Galapagos.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Additionally, participants must provide an official "Certificate of Good Conduct " or official proof of "Lack of a Criminal Record". This documentation (with an official seal and signature) can be obtained for a nominal fee from the local police department, county district clerk's office, or equivalent law enforcement or governmental body. Background checks conducted through online services will not be accepted.