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Volunteer work

Ecuador, volunteer workNumerous organizations look for volunteers. Most want a minimum commitment of several weeks or months, and many charge a small amount to cover board and lodging. Volunteers are responding to the needs of Ecuadorians in various settings, from care work and journalism internships in Quito, to health projects in rural areas, to teaching and the conservation in the jungles of the Amazon.

If you are in Quito, go along to the South American Explorers Club, which can give you up-to-date information on organizations that offer volunteer work.

There are also numerous possibilities for working in Ecuador, although this is more difficult to arrange from home. Your best bet is to turn up and see what you can find.

You need a visa issued from the Ecuadorian consulate in your home country in order to work legally in Ecuador. However, many people obtain visas once in Ecuador with the help of their employers and most working travelers find work paid cash-in-hand, which circumvents the need for legal documents.

The people of this beautiful country are some of the friendliest in the world, though you will surely wonder how they remain so kind in the face of all the hardships they face. Volunteer opportunities abound throughout Ecuador.


Ecuador teachingTourists can obtain jobs teaching English in language schools, usually in Quito. Schools advertise for teachers on the bulletin boards of hotels and restaurants. You are expected to be a native English speaker or the equivalent. Pay is just enough to live on.

If you have a bona-fide teaching credential, so much the better. Schools such as the American School in Quito will often hire teachers of mathematics, biology and other subjects, and may help you get a work visa if you want to stay on. They also pay much better than the language schools. Check ads in local hotels and newspapers. continues...

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