WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
This project is located thirty minutes outside the capital of Ecuador, Quito, in the north of the country. You will be met at Quito Airport by a friendly in-country representative. You will be given an orientation, and introduced to your host family and the local project area. Following your project introduction you will make the journey from your accommodation to your project every day. You will be responsible for your daily transport costs, but using public transport these should be fairly minimal.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
You'll stay with a host family in the local community on a full board basis, enabling you to completely immerse yourself in the culture and language of Ecuador as you will be living just like a local! You will be provided with a clean room and all bed linen, and you may find there are other volunteers staying at the same time. You may well have hot water showers available, but you should also be prepared for it to run out! The families are warm and welcoming and will make you feel at home in no time!
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
You will be provided with three delicious and authentic Ecuadorian style meals a day. You will enjoy a simple breakfast of bread, butter, jam, milk, water or juice, fresh fruit and eggs. Lunch is often a delicious and nutritious soup, or pastries with meat, vegetable salad and juice. Dinner is likely to be a simple but delicious meal of rice, potatoes and meat, often served with aji, a spicy sauce. Local specialities often found in cafes 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.