Work with Underprivileged Children in a Local Day Care Center

Our kids at Fundacion la Arenal, El Nomad Volunteer Abroad, Ecuador
The Global Grins project at Fundacion la Arenal, El Nomad Volunteer Abroad, Ecuador
Group Photo at Fundacion la Arenal, El Nomad Volunteer Abroad, Ecuador
Kelly Gray, UNC Charlotte, making friends with the kids at the foundation
Logan Hefan, UNC Charlotte, painting the foundation in a service work program
Our kids at Fundacion la Arenal, El Nomad Volunteer Abroad, Ecuador
The Global Grins project at Fundacion la Arenal, El Nomad Volunteer Abroad, Ecuador
Group Photo at Fundacion la Arenal, El Nomad Volunteer Abroad, Ecuador
Kelly Gray, UNC Charlotte, making friends with the kids at the foundation
Logan Hefan, UNC Charlotte, painting the foundation in a service work program
Work with Underprivileged Children in a Local Day Care Center

Volunteer with underprivileged kids in a local child care center!  Enrich their lives and the local community while having an incredible Ecuador adventure! 

Volunteer activities with this program range from:

  • Assisting the educational development of the children through daily activities and academic support
  • Working in the kitchen for the kids lunch and afternoon snack
  • Developing the children's computer skills and ability to use technology
  • Collaborating with teachers to facilitate the individual learning of each of the kids

These are the everyday activities we need help with; however if you have skills in other areas and/or have knowledge of the Spanish language, we offer further opportunities to help. Please don't hesitate to provide further information about any relevant experience/skills you might have.

El Nomad Immersion Programs enable you to get the most out of your time here by pairing your volunteer experience with the opportunity to study Spanish classes at the Universidad de Cuenca. These classes are university certified, giving students the opportunity to apply for credit points (if desired) with their university back home. We strongly believe an understanding of the Spanish language will enable you to form deeper bonds and create special friendships with the kids and teachers alike. 

Program includes the following:

  • Transportation on arrival and prior to departure
  • Night in hostel
  • Provided homestay
  • 3 meals a day
  • Spanish Language classes
  • Prepaid bus pass
  • Cell phone rental
  • Accident and sickness insurance
  • 24 hour emergency numbers

Location

The child care center is located in Ecuadors third largest city, Cuenca. Even with a population of 500,000 Cuenca provides the charm of a small, welcoming community. In 1999, Cuenca was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Sites and in 2010 the city was voted one of the top ten cities in the world to visit by the Lonely Planet.

A clean city of colonial heritage and modern amenities, in Cuenca you'll find everything from international resturants and cars, to sports facilities (gym, swimming pool, rock-climbing walls, etc.) and biking/running trails, to shopping malls and yoga studios. Cuenca is also a short distance from excursions like Cajas National Park and the ruins of Ingapirca. History is alive here: bustling street markets, colonial churches, indigenous people in traditional dress, and a warm, friendly atmosphere makes Cuenca both a perfect home away from home and an inviting place to learn the Spanish language.

Schedule

We are 100 per cent flexible! You can choose your start and end dates based on a time that suits you best. We are able to completely customise your program duration and the time of the year you choose to do it. 

Depending on the amount of Spanish classes you choose to take, your day-to-day schedule will vary. You can volunteer as little or much as you like! 

Accommodations

All of our accomodation is centrally-located in Cuenca, within walking distance or a short bus ride to universities and the city center. They are close to a variety of restaurants, bars, sports facilities (gym, swimming pool, rock-climbing walls, etc), public parks, and biking/running trails.

 Housing is arranged depending on the preference of the students. We offer both homestays and private accomodation.  Homestays present an unrivalled opportunity for the volunteers to immerse themselves in the local language and culture. Living with a family provides our program participants with unique insight in to Ecuadorian customs and lifestyle.

Participants will be provided with three meals per day, and will generally eat lunch with their host family. Lunch is the primary meal of the day, and sharing this meal is an important Ecuadorian custom. Students are provided with a private room and modern amenities, which include: 

*Bed with sheets, blankets, and pillows

* Western-style bathroom (toliet, shower, sink)

* Fully-equipped kitchen (refigerator, stove, dishes, cups, etc.)

* 24/7 hot water

* Washer/dryer or laundry service

* 120 V electricity (same as U.S.)

*Wi-fi is available in some homestays. Free wi-fi is always available nearby at the El Nomad center! However remember, you're in Ecuador, so close your computer and go out and explore!

Cost Breakdown

This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost and is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

4 weeks:     $2,832

Price varies depending on start date, duration, and program features.  Feel free to contact us at askme@elnomad.org or on social media with any questions!

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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

  • Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
  • A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
  • Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.

Important Note

This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with El Nomad Study Abroad for their associated programs.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!

Requirements

Physical accommodationsAccommodations for deaf, hard of hearingAccommodations for blind, low vision
  • 18 and older
  • Good health
Country: Ecuador

Duration: 4 weeks - 16 weeks
Fee: From $2,832
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Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!