Volunteering: The First Week

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The first couple days or week in a new place can be hard, but we are always there 100% of the time right behind you every step of the way in this new chapter!  For further proof of this, here is what Madi, a new volunteer has to say about her first week!

“My first week in Ecuador flew by! The first week was a lot of adjusting, taking classes, and exploring with friends. I am pretty well oriented with the city now and can find my way around.

This weekend we went to Otavalo, a small town that has a big indigenous market, and explored Cuicoche Lagoona. It was beautiful!

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Today I had my first day at the Angel Home and it was an amazing experience! The children are so sweet and I enjoyed spending time with them. There’s a young girl there who was attached to me most of the day. She fell asleep in my arms for two hours, it was so sweet! I love it there!

Madi with the little girl who fell asleep in her arms.
Madi with the little girl who fell asleep in her arms.

 

I am having a blast here, learning a lot, and meeting so many people!”

Madi

 

See!  How bad can all that be?  Come to Ecuador, meet new people, make new friends, help those in need, and even travel!!  It sounds too good to be true, but we can’t make this up!

 

Stay tuned for our next blog coming soon! In the meantime remember to visit us on our Facebook Page – Volunteer Work Ecuador & Galapagos

Chicken Soup for the Soul

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ya casi acabamos de picarWhen the sun goes down on Quito many people are leaving their jobs and daily occupations to go home, share their time with loved ones and more than likely, sleep with their bellies full unbothered by the worries of when their next meal will be.  But, as the majority lay in their beds in a deep slumber, the work day of Quito’s poorest begins.

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I’m sure some of you may have heard about the book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield, if not, they are filled with inspirational and motivational true stories or essays for all phases and moments of your life.  Instead, the story I’m about to share truly does involve a real and hearty chicken soup that was meant for the souls of those who are less fortunate.

Volunteers Give Love, Time And Resources

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1Volunteers more important contribution in our projects is their PRESENCE.

They share daily life of children, women, elders, animals and learn to see the world from another perspective.

For some participants this is an exciting experience, others need more time to understand the importance of their contribution.  Just by holding a child’s hand or fixing a path you will be truly making a difference in someone’s people’s life and believe it or not in yours too.

Our new project: Working in the Cloud Forest of Ecuador

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How many times will you have the chance to see the clouds touching a forest that looks like a jungle in the mountains?

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Ecuador River       We have just added to our list of project our newest program, located 2 hours away from Quito in direction to the Ecuadorian coast passing from the 3000 meters above the sea level to the 1300 m.a.s.l. until we arrive to one of the most biodiversity areas in our territory and also the one with one of the most beautiful landscapes, with waterfalls, rivers, and so much life!

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This project works on the environmental, agricultural, and development field while helping the project owners to achieve their goals. Volunteers have the only chance to live in this area where all the products that you will consume will come from the same area where you work.

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Have you ever wondered how would it be to wake up in the middle of the paradise and get a coffee or a chocolate that was previously made by yourself with your own hands? Or what it feels like going to work in the morning in middle of the cloud forest and in your way back to the lunch time you can eat those vegetables that were cultivated by you a couple of weeks ago?  Well, then we have the option for you to go through that experience.

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Working 5 days a week and then take a walk through the same forest where you live and find amazing waterfalls, rivers, plants and wildlife, our new project will permit you to have a pretty close perspective of our culture in another different spot of our Amazing country.

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For more information or if you wanted to enroll as a volunteer with us please feel free to visit the following link:

http://www.ecuadorvolunteers.org/ecuador-volunteer-programs/environment-agriculture-volunteering/working-in-the-cloud-forest.html

Celebración de cumpleaños con voluntarios

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Guardería con niños indígenas

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photo 1 (2)Esta Guardería fue creada para beneficio de los niños/hijos de los indígenas quienes trabajan en el mercado abierto de ese barrio.  Anteriormente, los niños pasaban alado de sus padres mientras ellos trabajaban; sufriendo hambre, frío, calor, peligro y otros factores negativos de la vida en las calles.

En la actualidad, con ayuda de organizaciones gubernamentales y no gubernamentales como la fundación Simón, La guardería consta con 4 habitaciones que albergan alrededor de 80 niños. En cada habitación hay un grupo entre 15 y 20 niños, divididos por edades, que van entre los 8 meses hasta los 4 años de edad. Cada grupo está dirigido por una sola educadora; lo normal sería, máximo 10 niños por cada educadora.

 

UN NUEVO PROYECTO

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viaje 2014 329Tenemos un programa en la costa de Ecuador donde trabajamos con  la comunidad dando prioridad al desarrollo sustentable entre el ser humano y la naturaleza.

Ahí  puedes  practicar  una agricultura que respeta la naturaleza, especializado en ecoturismo comunitario, agroturismo y educación ambiental dónde nosotros cultivamos cacao, café, frutas orgánicos. Tenemos  una huerta ecológica y jardines de frutas para el consumo de la finca y las personas que la visitan.

 

 

 

Horse and Dog Therapy – Volunteer Projects in Ecuador

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Equine-assisted therapy

Many times we do not imagine that the mere act of putting a child on a horse would make a significant change in their brain. But this is exactly what happens in our equestrian therapy projects. Children with the help of our volunteers are given a ride regularly and with this type of rehabilitation children achieved both physical and emotional gains by taking advantage of the three-dimensional movement of a horse.

This type of rehabilitation also helps to stimulate the muscles and joints, in the same way that contact with a horse gives curative therapeutic benefits.  Such benefits are cognitive, communicative, and added personality advances. Our volunteers also aid in maintaining the stables and horses.  The equestrian therapy center currently has no employees, which makes the contributions of our volunteers essential to continuation of this great program and to help the center stay free of charge to the disabled children of Quito.

Find out more about these great opportunities to help special people in Ecuador here!

We will help you choose the best area of volunteer work in any of Ecuador’s four regions. Contact us now!

¿Que hacen los voluntarios en su tiempo libre?

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Muchas personas pueden creer que  ser un voluntario es un gasto de tiempo porque trabajas mas días de los que viajas pero actualmente es la mejor manera de viajar y de tener una perspectiva más cercana a la cultura de un país y se aprecia mas a la gente y sus tradiciones; todos nuestros voluntarios están ubicados en diferentes regiones como Costa, Amazonia, Andes y las Islas Galápagos, lo cual hace de Ecuador el lugar perfecto para todos los gustos y cada fin de semana los voluntarios se reúnen en diferentes grupos en diferentes regiones para explorar este país que lo tiene de todo!

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Uno de los lugares más visitados y que no necesitan de mucha explicación es Galápagos, estas Islas encantadas reúnen todas las maravillas que uno se puede imaginar en un mismo lugar y pues creo que no hay cosa más deliciosa que después de 5 días de trabajo duro en el medio ambiente puedas bajar y tomar un baño de sol y refrescarte en el mar mientras los lobos marinos caminan a tu alrededor

Mi experiencia como Voluntaria por un día en Quito Ecuador

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Comencé la mañana llena de expectativas al saber que mi semana no iniciaría igual. No fue difícil encontrar el lugar que me había sido designado pero cuando ingresé toda aquella expectativa se convirtió en temor pues desconocía todo acerca de aquellos niños. La persona que me recibió me comentó brevemente que el número de niños que tenía la institución era notablemente menor pues los niños con una sola deficiencia habían sido incluidos en las instituciones regulares y que quienes permanecían ahí eran niños de retos múltiples.

Untitled2Con esa introducción me presentaron con Jaqueline, profesora con quien colaboré directamente una mujer de rostro cansado pero sin duda con mucha determinación y vocación. La labor de ser educadora sin duda es una labor admirable pero es aún más cuando lo realizas con personitas diferentes.