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Youth Skill Development Program

Youth Skill Development Program

Volunteer with Youth Skill Development 

This program is designed for volunteers interested in creating and managing a youth development program to enhance the employability, career prospects and professional life skills of young Ecuadorian adults.

The program will be taught as a short course available to all young adults at the local community centre in Cuenca, Ecuador. The course will not have any fees or costs to the participants; basic materials will be provided by El Nomad and extra materials will need to be fundraised. 

Volunteers will be required to design a basic curriculum to increase the professional life skills of young adults (ages 15-19) in Cuenca. The overall aim of the course curriculum will be to facilitate in-country and overseas opportunities for the Ecuadorian students, both for work and university study. The volunteers will create the content of the course curriculum, however, they will be required to focus on developing the following skills of the course participants:

• Resume writing
• Applying for scholarships
• Public speaking/interview skills
• Professional Presentation
• Career counselling/directing career pathways


The community centers that we work with are located in Ecuadors third largest city, Cuenca. Nonetheless, 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, it 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 restaurants 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 form excursions like Cajas National Park and the ruins of Ingapirca. History is a alive here: lively street markets, colonial churches, indigenous people in traditional dress, and a warm, friendly atmosphere that makes Cuenca both a perfect home away from home and an inviting place to learn the Spanish language.


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 customize 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 intern as much or little as you would like!


All of our accommodation 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 accommodation. 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 (toilet, shower, sink)
* Fully-equipped kitchen (refrigerator, 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.

2 months:     $3,986

The price listed is an estimate.  Price varies depending on program duration and features, feel free to contact us at 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!


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

Type of Work: Children & Youth

Duration: 8 weeks or longer
Fee: From $3,986
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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!