Ecuador is a land full of spectacular diversity in scenery, wildlife and marine life. From its snow-capped volcanoes to its magnificent, pristine beaches, Ecuador boasts delightful surprises and unforgettable sights. You’ll fall in love with the Amazon Rainforest, the famous Galapagos Islands, and the people you meet, with their unique culture and colorful traditions. IFRE offers several renowned Volunteer in Ecuador programs, based all around the country. Experience the incredible beauty of the country and its people while you give your own gifts to help Ecuador’s less fortunate children and their families.
Join us and find your own personal enlightenment experience! Write us an email today for all the fascinating details. Making the decision to join our professional volunteers will be one of the most important decisions of your life
Start Dates: Our programs start every Monday, although we allow for flexibility due to travel constraints.
Ifre’s fees for volunteer programs and internship programs are the same. Ifre volunteers offers the world’s most affordable internship programs. When you join our internship program, you pay your fee directly to host families and projects. In this way, we ensure that your money goes for you or the people who need it (not for the organization's profit).
Ifre internship fee comprise of two separate fees. An application fee of $299 USD (covers advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, field support, etc)
- Group Spanish language class $70 per week (10 hours per week)
- Transportation to Galapagos and any other nature conservation project is not included
Additional costs for volunteers: International and domestic flights, passport, visa extension, personal expenses on water/soft drinks ($1-3 per day), entertainment, laundry, telephone, immunizations.
Your program fee covers comprehensive insurance, room and food (3 local meals a day) for the entire project period with a host family, donation to project, Ecuador office expenses (rent, utilities, salaries, vehicle), communications, and project coordination.
- Spanish language (group): $5 per hour
For extra-ordinary requests, you are welcome to buy your own food and prepare it yourself. Please do not just use the food in the kitchen for your own use. Your host family is responsible for preparing three meals for you each day. If you have other needs for food outside of these meals, you are able to purchase snacks and meals at local restaurants and grocery stores. You will be sharing the house, kitchen, and bathrooms with the family members. Many houses in Ecuador do not have hot water. You will have the ability to do your laundry in the house or the host family may offer to do it for you.
Once the volunteer program begins, our local staff members maintain contact volunteers. We visit our volunteers every 2 weeks (if possible) and you are always welcome at the local office. We recommend volunteers stop by the office once a week if they are in the local area just to let us know how they are doing with their home stay and project. If your project is very far, then our local staff members maintain communication by either email and/or phone.