About the Program
This essential program works in a residential care home for the destitute. Volunteers are desperately sought to help in the facility which houses both destitute elderly people and elderly residents with health and disability problems. The volunteer’s duties include cooking, assisting with feeding residents, reading and accompanying them on walks, doing handcrafts and playing games. Volunteers are needed to offer daily support to residents, but also to spend time with them. Many of the residents have been abandoned by their families and have few visitors. This volunteer program brightens the days for the residents, making their time fun and importantly, shows them that they are loved and important members of society.
It is essential that volunteers are enthusiastic and flexible as this program needs motivated volunteers who love caring for people and are willing to dedicate themselves to a number of tasks to enable the successful running of the facility. This program provides volunteers with the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills, but most importantly, compassion, with those in need. For volunteers who really want to help those who have been marginalized in society – this program offers an amazing opportunity to help those in huge need.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide care to the elderly of Quito who have been left destitute and vulnerable
- Improve the future prospects of some of Quito’s most marginalized citizens
- Provide a caring, varied and interesting environment for the elderly to enjoy their days
- Create inter-cultural understanding which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.
How You Can Help
This program provides essential volunteer labor to help the elderly and most vulnerable people of Quito. Working with the elderly and those with disabilities can be difficult, but it can also be the most rewarding volunteer work someone will ever do. For those wanting a volunteer experience that will truly make a difference to the lives of others, this program will deliver. Without a free volunteer labor force, sufficient care would simply be unable to be given to the residents of this home. Volunteers allow the program to continue to offer quality care and wonderful experiences for these deserving people.
Volunteers on this program will participate in a variety of tasks and can expect to;
- Play games with the residents and keep them entertained
- Help to feed those in need
- Assist with cooking for residents
- Walk with residents, talk with them and read to them
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to assist in the support and development of some of Ecuador's most marginalized people - it's senior citizens. While this highly rewarding project does not require participants to have a background in the field of elderly care, as there are many ways you can assist, volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. Volunteers on this project will need an understanding of Spanish in order to communicate effectively with the seniors and local staff members. All applicants must of course display a genuine willingness to help, show drive, initiative and compassion, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
This program is based in the beautiful city of Quito, where volunteers will find their help is invaluable and very much in need. Quito is a beautiful city filled with significant architecture, friendly people and fun places to visit – making it a fabulous city to volunteer in.
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Upon your arrival in Quito, you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. On Monday morning, after making your way to the local project offices, you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have. You will then be taken to your assigned project site and introduced to the project team you will be working with. Easy!
- Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
- Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival/Departure Airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, Ecuador (Code: UIO)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers on this project are primarily accommodated in one of our local teams Volunteer Apartments, which are centrally located and close to the offices of our local team. These apartments are ‘self-catered’ – perfect for those volunteers who prefer to cook for themselves and without the restriction that come with staying in someone else's home. All standard amenities are available, including full kitchen facilities, hot running water and modern bathrooms. Wifi is also available (additional charges may apply in some cases). For those who prefer, home-stay options are also available with one of our friendly local host families, where breakfast and dinner are provided (additional costs apply).
With its reputation for superb exotic fruits, unsurpassed fish and seafood, and not least the numerous varieties of Andean potatoes, Ecuador offers the taste buds a veritable feast. Among the traditional dishes that volunteers might want to try whilst in Ecuador are: Seco de Pollo, Menestra and Ecuadorian Churrasco - a plate consisting of roast meat, a fried egg, chips and fried plantain - or even the great delicacy, guinea pig. For savoury main courses, the hot sauce aji is often used. Easily and very cheaply available from bakers’ shops are empanadas (warm pastry pockets containing meat or cheese), llapingachos (potato and cheese pancakes) and tempting sweet pastries.
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.
Prefer to stay with a Host Family?
For those volunteers who prefer to be more immersed in the local culture, staying with one of our wonderful local host families in Quito is an excellent way to 'live like the locals do' and get first hand experience of local culture and customs.
As meals are included when staying with a host family, there is a surcharge of US$9 per day, which is in addition to the listed program fees above.
If you would like to upgrade to Host Family accommodation, simply let us know!
Want to learn Spanish?
Why not use this opportunity to improve your knowledge of Spanish and really get immersed in the local culture during your volunteering placement? We can offer part time Spanish classes at very competitive rates for you, so simply let us know if you are interested!
Part-time Spanish Lessons (taken in conjunction with volunteer work):
Fees for Spanish Classes must be paid directly to your volunteer coordinator on arrival in Ecuador.