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Ecuador Infrastructure Development / Community Building

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Ecuador Infrastructure Development / Community Building

Get hands-on in an Ecuadorian community with construction work, and immerse yourself in the ancient and welcoming traditions and culture of this South American jewel.

Prices from US$2,045

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. Including the all-consuming emerald rainforests of the Amazon, it is rich in rare and endangered species.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and enigmatic mountain creatures alike. This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is South America's tiniest country, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Get really hands on with construction work
  • Immerse yourself in a new & exciting culture

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Intermediate Spanish recommended

FAST FACTS

Location Ecuador
Activities Depending on local needs, you could be:
Contructing cabanas
Helping to build classrooms
Working on nature reserve trails, fences & signs
Building new houses
Repair work
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers to project & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This fantastic project will give you a chance to get really hands on in an Ecuadorian community where you will be involved in construction work, depending on local needs at the time. Different projects are continuously starting up which need the help of willing and flexible volunteers to make them a reality. You could be helping in the construction of new cabanas, classrooms, nature reserve trails, fences and signs or in a more urban setting working on the building of new houses or repair work. These volunteer projects in Ecuador are ideal for volunteers interested in construction.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met at Quito Airport by a friendly member of in-country staff. After a day or two of acclimatising and orientation you will be introduced to your project site. Your project location will depend on current construction projects taking place. Requests can be considered but not guaranteed.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You'll usually stay in a shared volunteer house very close to the project site. It is important you remain flexible as this will depend on your project location.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day, either in the form of prepared meals, or you may have to take part in preparing the meals yourself. Either way this is a great chance to sample local favourites such as soup, meat, vegetables, salad, rice, potatoes and beans. Local specialities often found in cafés and restaurants include lemon marinated shrimp, ceviche, which can be made with fish, shellfish or shrimp, and marinated beef steak. Vegetarians are welcome and there is a surprisingly extensive range of dishes on offer for non meat-eaters, although this is mainly in the larger towns.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are welcome to explore this fascinating region, where bars, open-air restaurants, cafés, museums, and famous monuments are in plenty! A range of cultural and adventure trips can be arranged. Ask the in-country staff to help you book these with local providers and contribute directly to the local economy.

COSTS

4 weeks US$2,045

Extra week US$345

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly, starting first Monday

This project is not available on the following dates in 2017:

New Year: 2 January

Carnaval: 27-28 February

Good Friday: 14 April 

Labor Day: 1 May

Battle of Pichincha: 26 May

Indedpendence Day: 11 August

Guayaquil Independence Day: 9 October

Day of the Dead: 2 November

Cuenca Independence Day: 3 November

Christmas: 25 December

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 3 weeks, and up to a total of 6 months

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers to project & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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