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Volunteer in Ecuador Orphanage

Do you love kids and dream of traveling abroad to volunteer with orphans? Has the exciting destination of Ecuador been calling out to you? Then this Orphanage program is ideal for you!

Ecuador has a rich history with Incan ruins and a diverse ethnic population to prove it. From the Amazon to the Andes, Ecuador packs a punch for the international traveler with amazing scenery, ancient ruins, fascinating wildlife and incredibly friendly people awaiting you at every turn. Although rich in natural and manmade wonders, a lot of the people

in Ecuador are desperately poor. The hardest hit are the children, and Ecuador sadly has over 200,000 orphans living within its borders.

Join our Ecuador orphanage volunteer program and offer these orphans the help they so desperately need! You will be providing love, compassion, basic care, and will also help out teaching and entertaining the children. IFRE has teamed up with local orphanages, and you can join them in their important work offering a safe haven and a happy childhood to these poor abandoned children of Ecuador.

Your time volunteering will show the children they are deserving of care and attention, and the skills you help teach them will help them go on to lead successful and prosperous lives despite their rough beginnings. Your heart will be full, and you will go home with a lifetime of memories.

Do you want to provide love and care to abandoned and overlooked children in Ecuador? Then contact IFRE today to learn more about volunteering in Ecuador’s orphanages!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

When you join volunteering orphanage program in Ecquador, You will work hard providing care to the orphaned children in this Ecuador volunteer project. You will help serve them food, teach them about hygiene, organize games, teach them English, plan day trips, and be a mentor, caregiver, and friend to these children in need. You may be called upon to support the orphanage in other ways like administrative duties and fundraising. We encourage you to develop creative programs that engage the kids in areas like art, music, dance, and sports.

Working with orphans is one way to make a huge impact while volunteering abroad. Though abandoned and without families of their own, with your help these kids can find the comfort that comes from having a safe place to sleep, food to eat, and a kind and caring person watching over them.

Skills and Qualifications:

The main qualification you will need to join this meaningful project is to love kids and be dedicated to working with orphans and providing them compassionate care. Patience, flexibility and a big heart go a long way.

Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred, but not required. If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding – both for you and for the children you are helping.

Volunteering in an orphanage in Ecuador is a life changing experience that will be fun and rewarding every day and leave you with a full heart and amazing memories for life.

Structure is important for kids, especially those coming from difficult situations, so your day will revolve around getting the children ready, serving meals, taking them to and from school, and filling their hours with joy and activity. Here is a sample schedule to give you an idea of what to expect, though your hours and duties will vary:

First Day: On your first day at our Ecuador orphanage volunteer project, our in-country coordinator will introduce you to the dedicated orphanage staff and the kids you have come all this way to help. You’ll have an informative orientation learning about your service work, daily schedule, safety measures, and the customs and culture of Ecuador.

Weekdays: Your work with the orphans begins on the second day, and atypical volunteer day is as follows:

7.00 to 7.30 AM: Eat a healthy breakfast to prepare for a full day of volunteering.

7.45 AM: Get ready to devote your day to orphans who need your help!

12.00 PM: Break for lunch where you canconnect with fellow volunteers from around the world.

3.00 PM: After your volunteering ends for the day you are free to explore the sights and sounds of Ecuador

6.45 PM: Have a traditional Ecuadorian dinner and get another taste of your host country’s culture through sampling the cuisine and eating together.

Volunteer in Ecuador Orphanage: Dates and Fees

Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fees (US$)

Weeks Orphanage
  1 Week   $345
  2 Weeks   $590
  3 Weeks   $835
  4 Weeks   $1,080
  5 Weeks   $1,325
  6 Weeks   $1,570
  7 Weeks   $1,815
  8 Weeks   $2,060
  9 Weeks   $2,305
  10 Weeks   $2,550
  11 Weeks   $2,795
  12 Weeks   $3,040

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years)

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Airfare Galapagos
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer
  • Food (if you are volunteering on the Galapagos Islands); Please allot $60-$70 a week to cover the cost of your meals

The volunteering programs in Ecuador fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel

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Accommodation and Meal

IFRE makes sure you are housed safely and comfortably throughout your time volunteering in Ecuador. You’ll be staying with a welcoming host family, or at the orphanage itself, depending on your placement. We’ll make sure you are fed three local meals a day of traditional Ecuadorian cuisine and have plenty of chances to immerse yourself in the culture.

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Free Time and Weekend Exploration

When you join orphanage volunteering program in Ecquador, You’ll have your evenings and weekends totally free to explore the exciting destination of Ecuador! Discover Incan ruins, go shopping in local markets, and have a great time sightseeing around the country. There is a ton to see and do here, so make sure you get out and explore!

Discover how to fill your free time while you’re volunteering in Ecuador.

Safety and in Country Support

IFRE is dedicated to keeping you safe, secure and comfortable at all times. All our projects and facilities are carefully vetted and inspected, and our host families are all selected for their ability to keep you safe during your project. You will have support throughout the project, with an in-country coordinator available to you 24/7.

Read more about the safety and in-country support you will have during your project.

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Volunteer in Ecuador Orphanage: FAQs

Arrival and departure

Volunteers have to fly into Quito International Airport. We recommend flying into Ecuador one day before the start date of our volunteer projects. Don’t forget to provide correct flight details to our country coordinator.

We do offer airport pick-up services to all of our international volunteers who have chosen to work on our Ecuador orphanage volunteer projects. Our local representative will be waiting for you at the airport and you will meet with them and then be transferred to your accommodations.

IFRE does not provide airport transfer services after the completion of its orphanage volunteer projects. So, volunteers must arrange their transport vehicle to the airport themselves.


A tourist visa is needed for a volunteer trip to Ecuador. You should apply for a tourist visa at the official embassy or consulate of Ecuador in your home country. It is better to apply for a visa one month before your scheduled flight because the process is lengthy.

There is a visa on arrival facility at the Quito International Airport. You can apply for visa-on-arrival at the international airport with your passport and a couple of photos. But if you’re a citizen of the USA, Canada or any European country except France then you don’t need a visa.

Tourist visas normally last for 90 days in total after their date of issue. So, you will need to extend your visa if you intend to work for more than 90 days on our orphanage volunteer projects in Ecuador. For that, you need to visit the office of Immigration Department in Quito.

You can learn more about visa requirements for Ecuador on this website


You need to get vaccinated for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

You can learn more about these vaccinations here:

Why Volunteer in Ecuador Orphanage

Volunteering in this project is a great way to fulfill your passion for kids and make a difference while exploring a fascinating part of the world.

You will give orphans and orphanages hope and happiness.

Volunteer work involves working with people who are otherwise neglected by society or looked down upon. While volunteering in this Ecuador Orphanage Program you will dedicate your time and commitment to give these people a ray of hope and happiness

Dedicate your time for a humanitarian cause

This Ecuador orphanage volunteer program allows you to entirely dedicate your time and effort to changing the lives of orphaned children. You will guide, support and give them a secure space to grow under healthy and purposeful conditions.

You get to involve in daily activities in the orphanages

While taking part in the orphanage project you get a chance to guide, support, and mentor different kinds of children. As these orphanages are poor on resources, your timely help and involvement to run the day to day activities will be appreciated and help them in running their activities smoothly.

An opportunity for you to develop long lasting relationships with children

Participating in Orphanage volunteering opportunities in Ecuador is all about caring for, guiding and establishing long lasting relationship with these neglected kids. The attention, care and guidance that you provide will make these children feel loved and help them lead a safe and happy childhood without too much of mental stress.

Lend support to the orphanages in their struggle to take care of deprived children

Joining this Ecuador volunteer opportunity is a great way to help and assist local orphanages in reaching out to a greater number of orphans. You will be providing support and care to the children so that they can lead a normal childhood with a decent future.

Help the children learn new life skills for changing their lives

While working in Ecuador orphanage volunteer projects, you will organize and conduct various creative programs. You will mentor them in various life skill activities such as games, music, art, and painting. By mentoring these orphaned children, you will have a positive impact in changing their lives and also the world around them.

Other Volunteer Opportunities in Ecuador

There is no end to the ways you can make a positive impact in Ecuador with IFRE. You can

teach English,

work with conservation in the Galapagos or Andes,

help support street children and much more!

Contact IFRE today to learn more about these exciting opportunities.

Other Orphanage Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide

There are abandoned children all over the world in need of your help! IFRE arranges orphanage programs in many countries across the globe, the most popular of which are listed below:

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