www.volunteeringecuador.org has a few international representatives. Below are some of our former volunteers who have sent letters of their experiences. You may contact former Spanish students or volunteers for first-hand accounts of the Volunteering Ecuador experience by E-mail, which will be provided upon request.
"I spent two months working with Volunteering Ecuador (VE). In this time, I met a lot of volunteers
from other organisations. I am 100% satisfied Volunteering Ecuador was the best organised and
only non-profit making organisation I encountered in my time here in Quito. It also offered the
most fulfilling volunteer positions and put my medical training to the best possible use. My home stay
with my Ecuadorian family and the support from the organisation was fantastic and I could not
have asked for more. Despite having no Spanish on arrival, schooling and appropriate home stay
was organised. I could not recommend this organisation more."
Dr. Fergus McCarthy
"This organisation operated in an exceptionally honest and dependable manner. Before my arrival,
I was clearly told the financial obligations required. Upon my entry to Ecuador those same
obligations remained exactly the same. —No hidden expenses suddenly arose.... Volunteering
Ecuador (VE) was extremely flexible in designing my volunteer schedule in a way that fit how I
wanted to utilize my time in Quito. Before selecting volunteer work, I was shown different sites and
given the chance to select based on my preferences as well as volunteering at times which allowed
me to take Spanish classes in the morning. I appreciated the effort VE made to ensure the
experience met my needs as well as their needs. My time at the volunteer site was extremely
enjoyable because I was free to create my own program within the site's structure.… I would
strongly recommend this organisation to others interested in volunteering and would gladly
volunteer through them again in the future."
"Volunteering Ecuador was exactly what I was looking for. it was incredibly flexible and
accommodating in all aspects, from the delicious meals served every day to the type of project(s)
you can get involved in. It is locally run and completely nonprofit, so you can be sure that the small
amount of money you spend is going to a good cause, and not to pay the exorbitant administrative
costs of an international volunteering organization. VE gives you the perfect chance to help people
in dire need of your love and time, but allows you to indulge in a little (or a lot) of exploring around
the city of Quito and the amazingly diverse landscape of the country of Ecuador."
"Volunteering Ecuador is by far the best choice for anyone who truly wants to help the poorer end
of Ecuador. The organization charges no more than what is necessary for what needs to get done
and takes no profit. All the other organizations charge obscene amounts to make a profit, and I
just don't think that's what a volunteer organization ought to be about. Since I've been here I've
not only done volunteer work in a children's hospital, but the organization also set me up with an
amazing Spanish academy, and I feel I've learned quite a bit. I couldn't ask for more. Meeting
amazing people at school, at the hospital, helping the poor kids, and just having an unforgettable,
more than worthwhile learning experience of a lifetime is what this has been all about for me. I'd
say it's definitely a must do."
Contact a former spanish student, volunteer, or tourist
(e-mail addresses will be provided upon request)