What is the Support the Survivors of Gender Based Violence and Human Trafficking programme in Quito all about?
Whether your interest lies in human rights, social services abroad, female empowerment or combatting sexual exploitation, this is a placement for you. The project works with a non-profit organization based in Quito, which focuses on female adolescents that have been victims of sex trafficking in Ecuador. The NGO works together with the government, receiving the girls that have been rescued and offering them a safe environment to recover while helping them with the legal issues that their situation implies and finding them a safe family as well as including them in the educational system. The NGO is also involved in activities to promote awareness against sex slaves.
In Ecuador, over 75% of victims of trafficking have been sold into sex slavery. In some cases, the victims have been sold by their own family in exchange for money. If that’s the case, and because they are minors (under 18), they are paralysed by the law on their official status, which is where the local NGO comes into play. So once a female adolescent has been rescued from sex trafficking by the government office in charge, the NGO receive the person at the protection home, where the NGO is given the right to be the legal tutor for a period of 3 to 6 months. As soon as they arrive, they are enrolled in a public school, but cannot attend regular classes due to their protected status, so the school send them the homework and books needed for their education, and the local centres’ educators teach them and supervise their homework. During this time, the girls also receive psychological, social and legal support. They are given the opportunity to work with psychologists, social workers, teachers, legal counsellors and others to help them during this time of transition as they reinsert themselves in society, obtain a legal status and rebuild their self-worth and confidence. Some of the victims are at the centre with their children as well and they receive attention as well.
Why choose this hard-hitting placement in Quito?
The local NGO needs additional resources but is lacking the funding. Depending on your skills set, you can provide assistance with administrative tasks, fundraising, teaching sessions, social work, creative art workshops, and many other activities to support the victims in their recovery process. The girls you will be involved with have suffered from the most tragic forms of violence, and it will be a very rewarding experience to work to achieve the NGO mission and support these girls emotionally as they rebuild their confidence level and their trust towards others in society.
You have the choice to focus on many different aspects during your placement. In general, you will be asked to accompany the girls individually or in a group to go to their workshop, actively encourage them to participate, talk to them and help them build trusting relationships. Your participation and the bond you build will help the girls learn about their surroundings and realize that there is another better world they might not know about.
What skills do I need to Support the Survivors of Gender Based Violence and Human Trafficking?
Interns should be strong emotionally and be willing to remain discreet to keep sensitive issues confidential. To make the most out of this placement, you should also bring your positive and open attitude to help the girls at the center and the NGO team make practical change.
You will be asked to submit a full CV/resume and letter of motivation upon application. You will also need to attend a telephone interview to discuss your experience and assess your suitability for this internship. Lastly, you should also possess the equivalent of a B2 Spanish Level.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR 2022
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To get involved in social justice
Give confidence to victims of sexual abuse
Develop your Spanish speaking skills and immerse yourself in Ecuadorian culture
Where will I work in Ecuador?
The project and homestays are located in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. It is the world’s second highest city with an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level. You will be charmed by its well-preserved historic centre and its people’s warm and relaxed, traditional Ecuadorian Sierra culture. Quito was named as a world heritage site because of its historic and cultural significance. It used to be a striving city until the Incas. It has wonderful museums, arts and other places of interest to keep you busy in your free time. At night, there is plenty to do with many restaurants offering everything from fried bananas, pizza, steak to classic Ecuadorian cuisine and delicious desserts. You will be spoiled for choice.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £1971 / $3077 for 4 weeks
£251 / $392 for each additional week
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Quito, Ecuador
- Working hours: Monday - Friday, 8.30 – 17.30
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Every other Friday
What is included
- Accommodation: Homestay with a family in Quito
- Food: 3 meals per day
- Stay in a hostel for 1 night in Quito, breakfast included
- Airport pick up and drop off in Quito
- Training: Pre-departure preparation pack, and orientation on Saturday
- Local SIM card and phone: All volunteers are given a local SIM card to use and a mobile phone (deposit $50 required and must be returned when you leave)
- Support: 24-hour support from an on-site coordinator
- Assistance with planning your weekend excursions from local staff
What is not included
- Daily transfers to and from the project
- 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.
- 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.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
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Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates 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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