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Do you want to experience one of the most diverse and fascinating ecosystems on our planet? Look no further than the dynamic Central American nation Ecuador. Few other places offer such plentiful diversity and rich culture. Volunteering in Ecuador is the chance of lifetime to visit one of the most spectacular places on the planet.
When you volunteer in Ecuador you will be among some of nature's finest creations as well as colorful cultures. Ecuador home to the Galapagos Islands which hosts the only marine Iguanas on the planet. You will also see Ecuador's snow covered volcanoes, pristine beaches, Incan ruins, and Andean peaks. From the waters, to rainforests, and the mountains, Ecuador's natural beauty is difficult to match. Volunteering Ecuador is a time to experience the many natural wonders of this nation as well as dive into its culture and history. You will be working alongside friendly locals who are rich in generosity and fruitful heritage. Volunteers in Ecuador work with poor or deprived communities. Your goal as a volunteer is to help the local infrastructure, organizations, and people thrive in the same way the surrounding nature does.
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RCDP Ecuador volunteer Program starts every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.
Volunteer Programs in EcuadorEvery year hundreds of volunteers arrive in Ecuador to volunteer from UK and USA based organizations and end up paying up to $2500 to volunteer for 2 weeks. Unfortunately, only a small portion of that money actually goes to host projects and host families. The local host projects (orphanages, school, and local NGOs) in Ecuador are poor and need external supports to run their programs. In our program, you will pay your fee directly to host families and projects up on arrival in Ecuador. When you join our program, we will make sure that all of your money goes to the projects and host families. Part of your fees also helps us to cover our expenses. The program fee is divided in as registration fee ($269) and weekly fee for room, food, coordination, and project donation.
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In Ecuador, weekly fee is divided between coordination (services of local staffs), host family (room/3 local foods a day), and project donation.
This allocation may be different depending up on location, project type etc. However, our coordinator will explain these issues before you pay the fee. Please find below the break down of cost in a weekly basis.
The weekly Fee Does Not Include: Airfare, daily transportation, visa and visa extension fee, airport drop, airport taxes, any personal expenses on food and travel, mineral water and soft drinks, gifts to project staffs and host family, laundry, telephone, immunization.
RCDP Volunteers will arrange for the accommodation and meals of the volunteer throughout the program. Volunteers will stay either in a hostel or with a host family. In the hostel, you'll share room with other volunteers and swap stories and experiences. Our host families have been carefully screened and chosen and they have experience hosting international volunteers. The host families will provide you with a warm, comfortable and secure place to stay. You'll have a room for yourself and at least one member of the host family will be able to communicate with you in English. Living with a host family will also provide you with a wonderful opportunity to learn about local culture and customs and make local friends. In the Galapagos Island, volunteers will stay in a bamboo house that is built to house volunteers and other staff. Kitchen and dining rooms are separate.
Volunteers will be served 3 local meals a day in both the hostel or with a host family. During the volunteer program, our country coordinator will be in touch with you every 10-15 days to make sure you're comfortable and happy. Volunteers will also have access to coordinator's mobile phone and can call him/her up anytime if any problem arises.