You working week is Monday to Friday. You can work from 09:00 until 16:30. Discuss with your volunteer coordinator and the staff if you will work full days or half days and what the possibilities are. You will have your weekends free to explore Quito and the surrounding areas.
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. 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.
Arrival Package Accommodation in Banos
The first night's (arrival day Saturday) accommodation in Banos is in in a very nice and cozy hostel, centrally located and with a very nice staff, unless you are making your own way to the project. Then the arrival day at the project is Sunday.
The hostel in Banos offers shared rooms with breakfast included. The hostel reception is open 24 hours and there is a concierge and a luggage storage space; the place also has a rooftop terrace, a café, free WIFI and a pool!
Dorm Accommodation in Quito
Accommodation is mixed gender, shared dorm room (either 4-,6-, or 8-people) at Masaya Hostal in Quito. Each dorm has blackout on each bed for your privacy, also a lamp, electrical outlets and USB. Free Wi-Fi is available at the hostel.
Located in the heart of the historic center of the city, Masaya a boutique hostel in Quito in a charming colonial house, a mixture of the colonial and the urban, is the perfect place to explore the largest and best conserved historic downtown is all Latin America, sounded by the most interesting plazas and streets like La Ronda, Plaza Grande, Plaza de Santo Domingo, Plaza de San Francisco, El Panecillo, the Basilica Church and lots of museums. The hostel offers incredible and generous spaces, a large garden, bright and comfortable bedrooms, to ensure you experience and stay there is pleasant. The hostel is on walking distance from the dream center project.
Homestay Accommodation in Quito
You will have a private room and in most cases a private bathroom also. Homestay families are located in the nice Floresta neighbourhood.
Please note: From Monday to Friday breakfast and dinner will be included in your homestay. On Saturday and Sunday meals are not included so that you have the chance to enjoy the local restaurants!
Once a week you family will offer you to wash a laundry load of your clothing.
This project is available with or without an arrival transfer package. The package includes a transfer from Quito Airport to your accommodation and 1 night in a hostel. Arrival transfer package is included with the Intro Week, if you choose that option.
If adding on the Banos week - your one way transfer from the hostel to the bus station in Quito is included and you will get help buying your ticket to Banos on the local bus. To return to Quito you can buy a bus ticket in Banos. Bus tickets are not included.
How to Get to the Project:
The project is within walking distance from the hostel.
Lunch only, Monday-Friday, is included if you choose dorm accommodation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Monday-Friday) are included if you have chosen homestay accommodation.
Please don’t give money directly to co-workers, children or their family, but talk to our volunteer coordinator about how to most wisely invest it in the project.