Ecuador Community Work

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1. In Brief

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. It encompasses the all-consuming emerald Amazon, rich in natural resources and home to a wealth of fascinating creatures.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and enigmatic mountain creatures alike.

This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is South America's tiniest country, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover a a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Teach conversational English against a stunning backdrop
  • Immerse yourself in a new & exciting culture

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Basic Spanish recommended

FAST FACTS

Location Andes region, Ecuador
Activities Teaching English
Teaching other subjects of your choice
Learn Spanish from the locals
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Bus journey to project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer cabin

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL training weekend and certification
In-country Accommodation
Food
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Ecuador is a very poor country and falling oil prices, the 1990s Asia crisis, and the effects of the El Niño climate phenomena, which caused considerable damage to the infrastructure and harvests, have led to a decline in living standards for much of the population. In 1999, according to the World Bank, 69% of the population live below the poverty line, of these 34% in absolute poverty.

The Frontier-Ecuador Project aims to build skills in poor rural and urban communities throughout the country, giving them better chances to succeed in the future. It also aims to foster environmental regeneration by improving facilities for ecotourism.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your teaching programme will run five days a week for a few hours each day in the mornings. You'll be teaching conversational English and other subjects of your choice, learning Spanish quickly as you go and making friends with the other teaching staff and international volunteers. You may also involve yourself in the reforestation project that is being run by the local community, as well as any other general community development work as required and appropriate. The wide ranging nature of the work will ensure you take away valuable lessons and with a bit of enthusiasm and commitment to the cause you are bound to have a wonderful time and take away a lifetime's worth of memories.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You'll fly into Quito where you'll be met by a friendly Frontier staff representative. He or she will then accompany you on the two hour bus trip to your project site based within an indigenous Andean community in the northwest of the country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You'll stay at a wonderful cabin in a cloud forest set in a picturesque landscape of tiny villages and lush vegetation. Your shared cabin will have a bathroom, a bed, and bedding. Your cabin will be within 10–45 minutes walk from your project site.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day. Your diet will consist of a variety of nutritious and delicious local dishes. Vegetarians will delight in the varieties of rice and bean combinations that are available!

4. The reviews

Can't Wait to Get back There  | 2 Sep 2012
I spent I great time in Ecuador this summer, thanks to Frontier’s Community Work project. T...

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Wish I was back out there  | 23 Aug 2010
In one word this trip was ‘INCREDIBLE’. Even though I knew what to expect, upon arriv...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are welcome to explore this fascinating region, where bars, open-air restaurants, cafés, museums, and famous monuments are in plenty! A range of cultural and adventure trips can be arranged. Extra costs may apply.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,295

Extra week US$345

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly.  Please be aware that in South America, work programmes may be considerably reduced during festive periods or religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas.

This project is not available on the following dates:

February 8th and 9th (CARNAVAL)

March 25th (VIERNES SANTO)

May 1st (DIA DEL TRABAJO) 24th (BATALLA DEL PICHINCHA)

August 10th (PRIMER GRITO DE INDEPENDENCIA)

October 9th (INDEPENDENCIA DE GUAYAQUIL)

November 2nd (DIA DE LOS DIFUNTOS) 3rd  (FIESTAS DE CUENCA)

December 25th-26th (Christmas)

January 1st (New Year)

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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