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Early Childhood Education and Youth Mentoring

Volunteer in Ecuador and assist teachers at a child care center in an indigenous community giving children, age two to five, the tools, skills, and confidence they need to get a head start to success in elementary school. In the afternoons, the facility is converted into a Learning Center for youth aged 5 to 16 to provide academic tutoring and mentoring along with other after school activities, including sports, theatre, music, arts, dance. The centre also hosts organic gardens which provide a sustainable source of vegetables for children and and the elderly in the community.

Organic Farming and Environmental Education on the Ecuador Coast

Volunteer on the Ecuador Coast and get involved with a unique project working to develop an Organic Farm. The farm was set up in 1994 and is situated in a beautiful valley on the mid coast of Ecuador. The farm holds a pertinent role in developing alternatives for the local Ecuadorian communities and has long been championing the use of biogas, solar power, new composting systems as well as developing local techniques such as worm culture, water recycling, reforestation, permaculture as well as organic farming techniques and environmental tourism. Incredibly, most of the locals at the farm only consume what has been produced on site, being a first in the area on so many counts.

Work in a Day Care Centre for Children of the Rubbish Dump

Become a volunteer in Ecuador and join one of our most unique projects in South America. For years, the maltreated workers at Quito´s biggest landfill, called ¨miners¨, spent hours shifting through toxic garbage in unsafe and unsanitary conditions with no guaranteed salary. Since this project was established and began working with this community of inter-generational garbage scavengers, much improvement has been made in their working conditions, including their forming of an association to demand more rights and safer conditions and the involvement of an environmental organization to guarantee a more sanitary and more hygienic working environment. In March of 2006, a Daycare Centre & Preschool, which serves over 50 children from newborn through to 5 years, was opened. Here the dedicated team have been taking care of these infants with a mission of improving their prospects for the future. In addition to this, in December of 2006 a medical clinic also opened at the site in conjunction with a local Hospital to ensure that all members of this community have access to adequate health care.

Childcare and Therapy at an Orphanage

Become a volunteer in Ecuador and work in this orphanage that has seen over 500 children pass through it’s doors since it first opened in 1990. Currently, 50 to 60 homeless children with regular and special needs are cared for in three residential care homes at this orphanage in north-east Quito. The environment provides physical and emotional support, and lots of tender loving care to children ranging from newborn to 13 years of age. The Centre is on beautiful grounds with a state of the art pool for physical therapy, playgrounds, and educational facilities on the premises. What is lacking is more hands to give these children the attention and love they deserve.

Environmental Conservation on Biological Stations in the Galapagos Islands

Founded in 1985 with its original conservation center in the Ecuadorian Amazon, this premiere biological preservation foundation is committed to research and habitat restoration in natural areas deemed the most at risk by international conservation organizations. Despite its small land mass, Ecuador is renowned for its megadiversity due to its variety of life zones. And none are so famous as the magnificent Galapagos Islands, where Darwin first developed his theory of evolution. On the Galapagos, the highland forests have been greatly affected by introduction of non-indigenous plants and animals - but with most of the conservation focus here on the marine life, the effects on the highlands to the local population have been neglected. The biostation on San Cristobal works to restore native habitat, remove invasive species and is working to implement a biological corridor. The station is also developing alongside the community agricultural initiatives that benefit the land while providing jobs enabling local people to benefit from the tourism on their doorstep which they have been previously denied any income from.

Children’s Outreach Providing Education for Child Labour at the Markets

It’s a sad reality to see children, often as young as three years old, working upwards of ten hours a day in the markets, streets and countryside of Ecuador to support their financially struggling families. This intervention program takes a very proactive approach, traveling to the markets around greater Quito, approaching children and their parents to talk to them about the importance of education and early childhood development. Additionally, the staff and volunteers set up tents at the markets where they offer opportunities for thematic early childhood education, including recreation, health/hygiene, values, identity, and education. By meeting these children on their turf, the program has achieved great success in recruiting and maintaining attendees to the pre-school programs, along with an ultimate reduction in the childrens work hours and matriculation in public schools.

Preserve the Rainforest and Local Culture in an Ecotourism Project in the Amazon

Crowned with awards from the Ashoka Changemakers and National Geographic Societies, this revolutionary Ecotourism project advocates environmental sustainability through education. Specifically, proceeds from the low impact Ecolodge, located in the heart of the Amazon, fund a rural Technical High School that focuses on relevant curricula in six productive areas (see below) to teach indigenous students how to create local livelihoods that conserve their endangered Amazon homeland.

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Children & Youth Community Education & Literacy


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Lumbisi,Canoa, QuitoSan Cristobal, GalapagosNA, NaEcuador




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