Volunteer and provide education outreach for child workers in the markets in Ecuador. Based in Quito you will help educate children, aged three years old and upward, who work up to ten hours a day. They work in the markets, streets and countryside of Ecuador to support their families. This intervention programme takes a proactive approach, traveling to the markets around southern Quito, setting up tents, and providing an early-years education program for the younger children, and homework support for those older. By meeting these children on their turf, the program has achieved great success in recruiting and maintaining attendees to the pre-school programs, along with an ultimate reduction in the children’s work hours and in drop-out from public schools. The program also carries out workshops and informational sessions for families of the children addressing issues such as hygiene, nutrition and domestic violence
Why choose this project?
This project benefits from volunteer assistance by enabling the passionate and committed local staff – made up of social workers and education specialists – to open their doors to the thousands of market children while still providing the necessary attention, structure and support to achieve individual goals. Volunteers work directly with over 160 children who are enrolled in this program to deliver the planned curriculum and provide individual attention. Working in a team, under instruction of the local staff, volunteers learn about the challenges faced by the families of market traders, and how early-years intervention and mentoring support can provide opportunities that improve their futures. It’s a great addition to your CV/Resume and an excellent opportunity to improve your skills in Spanish as well.
Role of the volunteer
With appropriate support and training, volunteers will assist the full time staff in developing lessons and teaching the weekly education themes. The program uses dynamic methods, including song, dance, art, and movement to create a healthy, educational environment for the children. The program generally visits two markets a day, with both morning and afternoon sessions of about two and a half hours each. Volunteers travel to the work sites by local bus, assist in setting up the pop-up tent schools, and play/learn/interact with the children. Social workers work with the families to provide wider support addressing issues such as physical, sexual, emotional and substance abuse in the home, how they can better support their children and general well-being. Volunteers with social work or global health background and good level of Spanish language may sometimes be able to assist in this. The organisation also has intense summer programs with engaging arts, dance, music and sports activities for the underserved community in its surrounding area.
Volunteers should be open, flexible, patient, caring, creative and come with a spirit of collaboration and solidarity. Interest in social work, early childhood education, community development and social justice are a plus. Basic Spanish speaking skills are required for this project to enable you to communicate with the children, but can be gained by attending Spanish classes during your placement.
As the project involves different locations volunteers should be prepared to use public transport. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To provide vital early-years education for child workers
Learn about the challenges facing the families of market workers
To experience life in the bustling capital city of Quito
Quito is a large, bustling capital city – declared a UNECSO world Heritage centre in 1978 surrounded by the natural beauty of the volcanic Andean mountains. For your project you will be based in the South of the city, where the less affluent population are found. Living in a homestay family, just a few minutes walk from the project offices, you will have great immersion in Ecuadorian life alongside other volunteers from all over the world.
At the project centre you can sign up for language, dance and cooking classes, end enjoy a weekly free movie night, as well as intercambio Spanish conversation sessions. There is plenty to see and do in and around Quito. Spend time walking around the city, familiarising yourself with the art, museums and historic architecture. At night enjoy the many restaurants, bars and live music performances.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 weeks – 12 weeks
- Cost: £1280/$2240 for 2 weeks
£245/$429 for each week thereafter
- Requirements: Age 17+
- Location: Quito, Ecuador
- Project activities: Discussion groups, social activities, team building exercises
- Working hours: 9:30 am – 12 pm; lunch break; 2 – 4:30 pm, Monday – Saturday
- Project availability: Year-round, starting on a Monday with summer camps during June – August
- Arrival day: Twice monthly on a Friday. Please speak to an advisor.
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a home stay
- Food: 2 meals per day
- 2 days stay in a hostel in Quito on arrival, breakfast included
- Airport pick up and drop off in Quito
- Local SIM card and phone(handset deposit of $50 required)
- Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation on Saturday and project induction included
- Support: 24 hour support
What is not included
- Optional 6 hrs per week Spanish classes available; £50 / $88 (alongside your placement)
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Transfers to and from your project each day
- Meals beyond those listed above
- Optional intensive Spanish classes 1-week programme £355 / $621 including accommodation
- Optional excursion on the Sunday on your arrival weekend please speak to an advisor if you want to know more
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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