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EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE OF STUDYING SPANISH IN ECUADOR, A NATIVE SPEAKER COUNTRY

Spanish for Volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities in Quito, Galapagos and the north of Ecuador.

Spanish Course Description

Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding experience that will change your life in order to know the Ecuadorian culture, get in touch with social problems, contrasts and gives you the opportunity to help other people with less opportunities in life. The school is proud to introduce you to Ecuador´s volunteer opportunities. We offer programs of volunteer work abroad in social ,health and community areas.

The school arranges for you a complete program of volunteer work in the following organizations:

Volunteer Work in Quito

FUNDACION ABUELITOS DE LA CALLE (QUITO)

This Foundation gives every day attention and care to a group of elderly people that lives in extreme poverty; some of them have been left from their families, they don´t work or have social security .The foundation gives the opportunity to volunteers from Ecuador or other countries to help this people in the following programs:

Intern ships:

You can make an intern ship in the following areas: social work, research, nursing, medicine, geriatric facilities , physiotherapy, and psychology. The Foundation has and especial area for medical care and physiotherapy for the elderly people including all the machines, technology and supplies to assist the patients. The Foundation hires students of medicine, nursing and also students that are interested in assisting in the administrative areas filling out charts, handing out medicines, supplies, , and helping with the daily routine .Volunteers are kept very busy and are greatly valued! The intern will present at the end of the internship a summary of their job including all the skills they have developed , this paper will be evaluated in order to obtain a certificate.

Volunteer work:

 The Foundation is divided in different areas to keep elderly people active and busy the whole morning. The workshops are: bakery, literacy, chorus, dancing, painting, and theater, areas which volunteers are encouraged to help with. Human interaction is important as some of the elderly people sometimes feel isolated.

Volunteers activities:

-              Help in preparing the menus for the elderly people.
-              Caring for the elderly people and offering them companionship.
-              Becoming part of a workshop and sharing the activities with the elderly people.
-              Organizing cultural and family activities and events.

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Duration:

The Elderly Care program requires volunteers to work a minimum of 3 hours per day .Elderly people come to the Foundation Monday-Friday 8:30am-13:30pm.

Interns and volunteers can have lunch daily for free will the elderly people and will obtain at the end of their work a certificate from the Foundation.

 

VOLUNTEER WORK WITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OR NURSERY -KIDS CENTER IN QUITO

This program is support by REMAR Foundation in Quito . Located just 20 min walking distance to the Spanish School.

Volunteers will assist in the Elementary School with the teachers, Gymnastics, groups integration. In the Nursery Center  volunteer will be supporting in different worshops during the day.

In the afternoons the volunteer will attend the Spanish School to take two hours daily lessons in order they can practice Spanish with their teachers and also improve their oral skills to feel more confident while they interact with kids in the volunteer program.

Volunteer Work outside Quito

VOLUNTEER WORK AT PUCARÁ COMMUNITY

In this program  the volunteers will visit Pucará Community . Pucará is a small agricultural village of 300 people at 2081 meters in the Intag River Valley, in Cotacachi County, Imbabura. The valley is located on the western slope of the Andes between Cotocachi and Los Bancos (3.5 HOURS AWAY FROM Quito) and is swathed in cloud forest and small farms. The Alto Chocó cloud forest of the valley is one of the world’s ten most bio-diverse ecosystems, and is deemed a Biodiversity “hot spot” by UNESCO.


Scheduled activities :

FIRST DAY
9:00 am Early pick up to take the group to Pucará Community

12:30pm Arrival to Pucará, welcome Lunch
14:00 Tour of Town , meet homestay families

SECOND DAY
All day: Tour and volunteer work at Finca La Fe

THIRD DAY
Morning: Volunteer work at communitarian vivarium
Afternoon: Tour of Café Rio Intag´s processing plant,

FOURTH DAY
Morning: Volunteer work ( reforestation project)
Afternoon: Cabuya fiber workshop with women´s cooperative

FIFTH DAY
All day: cloud forest hike and educational talk focusing on the debate over mining in the Intag region

SIXTH DAY
All day: Tour of Wariman archaeological site and zipline, lunch, spend night at Nagulvi hot springs

SEVENTH DAY
Back to Quito after breakfast


OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:

If the volunteers would like to stay longer in the community it is also possible they can participate in the different projects of the Foundation for weeks or even months:
- Maintenance of community organic gardens
- Maintenance of medicinal gardens
- Work in community tree nursery and reforestation
- Design and implementation of a variety of agroecology and permaculture projects

The volunteers have also de possibility to participate in other proyects in communities that are located close to Pucará:

PERIBUELA

The Peribuela Eco-tourism Project is actively looking for individuals who have knowledge of, or can help in, the following areas:
» Tourism public relations
» Botany and/or plant species identification and cataloguing
» Trail design and maintenance
» Carpentry and ecological-design concepts
» Native species reforestation
» Orchids
» Historical and ethnographic documentation

PIJÁL

Sumac Pacha of the Pijál community is actively looking for individuals who have knowledge of, or can help in, the following areas:
» Tourism public relations
» Fishery or hatchery management experience
» Trail design and maintenance
» Carpentry and ecological-design concepts
» Native species reforestation
» Greenhouse maintenance and organic vegetable production
» Historical and ethnographic documentation

LA CHIMBA

» The community is actively looking for individuals who have knowledge of, and can teach, the production of artesenal cheeses.
» Greenhouse maintenance and organic vegetable production
» Volunteers and students are also needed to help the development of community tourism programs with input and analysis, and to    participate in talks on the history of the Kayambi and future visions for alternativeland use and agricultural practices in the community of La Chimba.

VOLUNTEER WORK + SPANISH LESSONS + DAY TOURS IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Parajo Brujo

Reserva Parajo Brujo in Galapagos

If you are interested in volunteering in  Santa Cruz island in the Galapagos, learning some Spanish during your stay and exploring the Enchanted islands in your free time , this is a great package for you!
The volunteer program focuses on the national and international community that wishes to learn and enjoy the Galapagos Islands leaving a positive ecological footprint.
The program takes place in the Reserve Pajaro Brujo which is administered by FUNDAR Galapagos. The Pajaro Brujo Reserve is located in the community of Santa Rosa, 20 minutes from Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island).
Learn Spanish in Galapagos

Galapagos Island

 

FUNDAR Galapagos runs educational projects aimed at changing the behavior of the population towards sustainability whether it is with development projects, strengthening the productive sectors of health or social research, as well as renewable and alternative energy.

Vision: “Galapagos, a model of harmony between humans and nature”.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM:

To leave a positive ecological footprint during the visit to Galapagos while visiting touristic attractions and contributing to the community and environment.

  • Learning about reforestation techniques, taking care of plants and germination of endangered plants.
  • Learning about sustainable living by practicing organic farming, methods of fertilization, control of insects in an organic manner and taking care of domestic animals.
  • Learning about the importance of native and endemic flora and fauna from the Islands.
  • Supporting the local community and people.

Galapagos Island

Accommodation Galapagos Volunteer

 

EXISTING FACILITIES IN THE RESERVE

  • Shared rooms with bunk beds for 20 person
  • Auditorium for workshops, SPANISH LESSONS ,seminars.
  • Laboratory for micro propagation to reproduce native and endemic plants
  • 2 Camping areas
  • Kitchen
  • Toilets/showers
  • Common area
  • Reading area
  • Laundry
  • Electricity

 

ACTIVITIES DURING VOLUNTEERING AT THE PAJARO BRUJO RESERVE:

The first day of your volunteer program you can choose with the coordinator the activities that are open for the volunteers for the coming weeks .

Volunteer activities vary depending on the season and priorities of the Reserve.

The options are the following:

Production of native and endemic plants

Producing endemic plants called scalesia pedunculata in the nursery by germinating seeds, filling bags with soil, pouring water, insect control and general maintenance of the nursery.

REFORESTATION

Planting the seedlings which were produced in the nursery in areas of ecological and touristic interest. Carrying the plants manually, digging holes and plant the seedlings.

MAINTAINING THE ORGANIC GARDEN

The reserve owns a organic garden where local people are encouraged to learn about organic farming. It’s necessary to maintain the garden by cleaning, planting, harvesting and germination of seeds without the use of chemical fertilizers.

PRODUCTION OF COMPOST AND ORGANIC FERTILIZERS

For the organic farm we need ecological fertilizers and insecticides which we produce on the farm with natural materials.

EXTRACTION OF INTRODUCED SPECIES

Introduced plants (which are not from Galapagos) are a risk for endemic plants because they occupy their space and habitat. It is necessary to control, cut and eliminate the roots of invasive plants.

TAKING CARE OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS

For organic farming we need domestic animals such as cows and chickens which have to be taken care of.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age 18 years
  • Persons with interest to live new experiences
  • Health and life insurance (or similar)

Volunteer Work

Maintainig of the organic garden

PACKAGES

FIRST OPTION

TWO WEEKS PACKAGE OF SPANISH LESSON AND VOLUNTEER WORK

DAY 1: SUNDAY
Morning: Flight Quito- Baltra, transfer to Pajaro Azul Reserve
Midday: Lunch
Afternoon : Free to explore Santa Cruz Island

DAY 2: MONDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Spanish Lessons:14:30-17:30pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 3: TUESDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Spanish Lessons:14:30-17:30pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Spanish Lessons:14:30-17:30pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 5: THURSDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Spanish Lessons:14:30-17:30pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 6: FRIDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Spanish Lessons:14:30-17:30pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 7 AND 8: SUNDAY AND SATURDAY
Free weekend to explore Santa Cruz and other islands in the Galapagos
DAY 9: MONDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Spanish Lessons:14:30-17:30pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 10: TUESDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Spanish Lessons:14:30-17:30pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 11: WEDNESDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Spanish Lessons:14:30-17:30pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 12: THURSDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Spanish Lessons:14:30-17:30pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 13: FRIDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Spanish Lessons:14:30-17:30pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 14 : SATURDAY
Transfer out: Reserva Pajaro Brujo- Baltra.
Baltra- Quito flight

 

SECOND OPTION

FOUR WEEKS PACKAGE ( 2 WEEKS SPANISH LESSON WITH 4 WEEKS VOLUNTEER WORK)

This package has exactly the same schedule of option 1 ( Spanish lessons + Volunteer Work )+ 2 more weeks of full time volunteer work with the following schedule:

THIRD WEEK AND FOURTH WEEK

DAY 14 :  SATURDAY
Free day for a day tour in the Galapagos Islands

DAY 15: SUNDAY
Free day for a day tour in the Galapagos Islands

DAY 16: MONDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Volunteer work at the Reserve :14:00 -17:00pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 17: TUESDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Volunteer work at the Reserve :14:00 -17:00pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 18: WEDNESDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Volunteer work at the Reserve :14:00 -17:00pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 19: THURSDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Volunteer work at the Reserve :14:00 -17:00pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 20: FRIDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Volunteer work at the Reserve :14:00 -17:00pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 21:SATURDAY
Free day for a day tour in the Galapagos Islands

DAY 22: SUNDAY
Free day for a day tour in the Galapagos Islands

DAY 23:MONDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Volunteer work at the Reserve :14:00 -17:00pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 24: TUESDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Volunteer work at the Reserve :14:00 -17:00pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 25: WEDNESDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Volunteer work at the Reserve :14:00 -17:00pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 26: THURSDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Volunteer work at the Reserve :14:00 -17:00pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 27: FRIDAY
Breakfast : 7:30am
Volunteer work at the Reserve: 8:00am-12:00pm
Lunch: 13:00-14:00pm
Volunteer work at the Reserve :14:00 -17:00pm
Dinner: 19:00pm

DAY 28: SUNDAY
Transfer out: Reserva Pajaro Brujo- Baltra.
Santa Cruz- Quito flight morning flight.

IN BOTH OPTIONS VOLUNTEERS WILL HAVE THE WEEKENDS FREE TO EXPLORE SANTA CRUZ ISLAND OR OTHER ISLANDS IN THE GALAPAGOS HERE ARE THE SUGGESTED ITINERARIES:

IMPORTANT SITES IN SANTA CRUZ:
Tortuga Bay beach

This white sandy beach, bathed in beautiful natural ponds of emerald green with thousands of colorful fish currency.
The pleasant temperature of sea water and warm sand beaches invite families to spend leisure moments of comfort and long walks.

Tortuga Bay

Los Alemanes beach

Beautiful beach only five minutes from Puerto Ayora Port.  A local water taxi will bring you there.

Los Alemanes Beach

El Garrapatero beach

Is a beautiful unspoilt beach, 19 km northeast of Puerto Ayora where you can enjoy the turquoise water. In the Gravel you will find a pond, where you can see flamingos, black-necked pins.

El  Garrapatero beach

Las Grietas

Is a place to swim in cool ocean water between two tall cliffs, where the earth has opened like a “crack” or “crevasse”. Upon arriving to the Grietas, you’ll find some wooden narrow steps that lead down to a jumble of large boulders.  From here, you can climb carefully into the water.

Las Grietas

Charles Darwin Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station is in Puerto Ayora, where you can learn about the conservation efforts taking place in the islands and about the islands’ history, geology, and ecology.

Charles Darwin Station

Twin Craters (Los Gemelos)

Two sinkhole craters which are also a good place for observing endemic plants and birds.Lava tubes can be hiked and explored

Twin Craters Galapagos

Rancho Primicias

The ranch allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild. These tortoises are distinguished by their domed shell and (despite their size) their short necks and legs. The latter is a result of the abundance of food on or near the ground, meaning they have not had to adapt in any way. Guests are free to wander about the ranch at their leisure, observing the giant tortoises eating, sleeping, mating and generally just hanging out.

Rancho Primicias

Hike to Cerro Crocker

Is the highest point on Santa Cruz Island, (860m). It’s fairly easy to hike, and you’ll be rewarded at the top with a good view of Puerto Ayora. The terrain is leafy and green (and muddy when it rains, so bring good shoes).
The Cerro Crocker hike is your best chance to see the elusive Galapagos Rail, a bluish purple-black bird that hangs out mostly on the ground.

Cerro Crocker

OTHER ISLANDS IN THE GALAPAGOS

Isabel Island Galapagos

Isabela:

This is the largest Island on the Archipelago, and it’s made by five active volcanoes.Among the west side of the island we have Tagus Cove, right in front of Fernandina. A boat excursion around the cliffs will let you see Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, pelicans and boobies. There are also good snorkel possibilities. In  Bahia Urbina you  will find flightless cormorants, pelicans, penguins, blue-footed boobies and marine and land iguanas, as well as Alcedo tortoises, if you get lucky. At the bay you will find rays and sea turtles.

A little more to the south, at Elizabeth bay, you will be able to snorkel, and dive, you will also find rays and sea turtles, a dinghy ride on the hidden lagoons will give you the opportunity to observe dozens of sea turtles on a pristine and peaceful environment.
To the southeast lies Punta Moreno, where one lands on an impressive lava flow. Walking on this flow will take you to several sunken brackish water ponds, with moor hens, pin tailed ducks, frigates, pelicans, and occasionally flamingoes and pied bill grebes.
At the south easternmost point lies Puerto Villamil, which is surrounded by the largest and most beautiful brackish water lagoons, flanked by dense vegetation.

Floreana

Floreana:

The whalers of the 18th Century used to leave the mail in this island. In Punta Cormoran - one of its disembarkation ports- you can find a pretty lagoon inhabited by flamingos. Also a semi-submerged volcanic cone can be appreciated, it is named La Corona del Diablo, suitable site for diving.

Española

Española:

Its main attractive are birds like the albatross of the Galapagos. It is possible to observe small lizards and sea iguanas. You will also see the blue feet boobies and the masked boobies, Hood Mockingbirds also endemic to Española; swallow tailed gulls, oystercatchers, red-billed tropicbirds, but the most relevant attraction is doubtlessly the Waved Albatross Colony, a species also endemic to Española. Gardner Bay is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the Islands, with excellent opportunities of swimming and snorkeling around the nearby small, rocky islands.

San Cristobal

San Cristobal:

It’s the second most populated of the Galapagos. In the port Baquerizo Moreno you can visit the museum of the Franciscans and climb the Rock Leon Dormido, to obtain a complete panorama of the zone. The Galapaguera, Cerro Brujo, Punta Pitt and Turtle Bay are places that can be visited and where you will find giant tortoises, flamingos and the 3 types of Galapagos boobies nesting together.

CONDITIONS

All the offered options for tours in Santa Cruz and the rest or the islands are open to be done during the weekends. There are some sites that can be explored without guides , in other locations day tours can be booked directly in the Reserve. If the volunteers request previous information for the  tours booking Terracentro is able to provide information.
If the volunteers want the Spanish teacher to join the weekend activities they have  to confirm that before they book the package and have to pay for  his-her expenses.

The program has to be booked with at least 3 weeks of advance before the arrival.

All our packages prices include the following:

  • Accommodation  (Monday-Friday) in the Reserve .
  • Three daily meals (Monday-Friday) in the Reserve.
  • Spanish Lessons ( 15 hours per week),
  • All teacher expenses covered (Accommodation, flight tickets,meals)
  • Volunteer guided activities in the Reserve (Monday-Friday).
  • Transfers Baltra- Pajaro Brujo Reserve-Baltra.

Our packages prices doesn´t include:

  • Flight tickets, Galapagos National park entrance.
  • Day tours  ,accommodation and meals for the weekends.

If you would like to book a different package that is not offered in our website , we can personalize a program for you, the minimum of days  for our itineraries are 15.

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