You will work every day from Monday to Friday between the hours of 08:00 and 17:00. It is possible to work only in the mornings, only in the afternoons or the whole day, depending on which is more suitable for you. However, you have to decide with the volunteer coordinator the hours that you want to help and be responsible for maintaining this. The Ludoteca is closed between 13:00 and 14:00. You can bring your own lunch or have lunch in the hospital´s restaurant (for a small price). The minimum stay in this project is two weeks, but the longer you stay the better.
The hospital is located very close to the Mariscal area of Quito and is only a 5-10 minute walk from the volunteer house.
This is a tough project so please be patient, your volunteer work is extremely valuable and helps to keep the project running. You will learn a lot and at times you may get frustrated with the way things work in Ecuador. Organization and the pace at which things run may be very different to what you are used to but please take into account that these are cultural differences that you should respect.
You must abide by the hospital uniform - you can only work with closed, comfortable shoes - sandals/flip flops are not allowed in the hospital and neither are facial piercings. During your working day you must wear a doctor’s coat that you will be provided with. Please dress appropriately and sensibly, avoid wearing shorts or provocative clothing.
Although it is not necessary, it is highly appreciated if you bring donations with you like children’s clothes, shoes. And also educational or recreational play material would always be welcome.
Show initiative that you are willing to work hard, be happy and motivated and you will get the most out of you time as a volunteer!
The project is closed on the following public holidays in 2019:
01-05 March: Carnaval
18-21 April: Easter
03-05 May: Labor Day
23-26 May: Pichincha Battle
08-11 August: Ecuadorian Independence
10-13 October: Independence of Guayaquil
31 October-04 November: All Souls and Independence Cuenca
24-26 December: Christmas
Minimum age of 18
Police clearance required
All foreigners entering Ecuador are obliged to have a valid health insurance
Basic Spanish is an advantage, but not required
If you have the time, we highly recommend starting with an Introduction Week in Quito so you will go well prepared to your project. This first week gives you an idea about life in Ecuador, shows highlights of the city and its surroundings, includes 20 hours of Spanish Group lessons, an in-depth volunteer preparation including language specifics, and other fun elements such as a private salsa lesson, a city tour, and visit to the Equator.
Saturday: Transfer in from Airport.
Sunday: Free day in Quito.
Monday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. Afternoon homework time. Welcome cocktail in afternoon.
Tuesday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. Afternoon homework time. 1 hour of private Salsa classes in afternoon.
Wednesday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. 2 hours of practical volunteer introduction with Spanish terminology according to project chosen.
Thursday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes (eg. Market visit, museum visit, etc.) to use the Spanish language in a practical situation. Afternoon homework time.
Friday: 4 hours of Spanish Classes. 2 hours city tour through the Old Town of Quito with a Spanish teacher.
Saturday: All-day tour to Cotopaxi.
Sunday: Start of volunteer work program.
If you would like to continue Spanish lessons after your introduction week, then you can also choose to add 10 hours of private Spanish Lessons per week whilst your volunteering. You will receive two hours of private Spanish lessons either in the morning or afternoon.
Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.
Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.
Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.