For more than 25 years, Frontier has placed travelers on projects alongside local communities and researchers to aid ecosystem protection, community development, economic growth, and much more. A nonprofit scientific research organization, Frontier started with a marine park in Tanzania, created in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, and today hosts over 400 projects in 72 countries worldwide. Through their initiatives, Frontier invites you to embark on volunteer programs, gap year travel, internships abroad, and teach abroad / TEFL programs that will let you engage in valuable and meaningful work worldwide. In Ecuador, Frontier has a wide variety of programs, ranging from language learning, to agriculture, to child care, to conservation and much more. Depending on which trip you sign up for, you can stay one week or longer, starting from $595 – this covers your project fee, airport transfer, housing and meals, training sessions, emergency support, and more.
Through this program, you’ll travel to the Galapagos Islands to aid with community development and education, therapy for disabled children, or environmental conservation. You’ll work with local families to care for livestock, plant trees, repair fences, teach English or other subjects at a local school, and more, depending on the needs of the program, which aims to support people within the community you’ll visit through sustainable initiatives. During your stay, you’ll live with other volunteers at a ranch house, and while meals are not included, you will have access to a shared kitchen. In your free time and on weekends, you can go birdwatching, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and more.
If you’re a medical student or qualified professional, check out Frontier’s medical internship in Ecuador, where you’ll gain valuable experience working in a hospital or clinic, and observe medical practices from local doctors and nurses. A few activities you’ll help with include taking patient histories, diagnosis, assisting medical staff, and helping with community outreach programs, such as medical camps, health education, and other activities. You’ll work five days each week, and in your free time, you’re invited to explore restaurants, museums, monuments, and more around Quito. To apply, you must submit a CV, have relevant experience in your field, and preferably have intermediate Spanish language ability.
If you want to teach English abroad, look no further than Frontier’s English teaching program in Quito, Ecuador. Through this placement, you’ll teach in a public school to educate your students in English, math, art, hygiene and nutrition, and other subjects, depending on your experience and Spanish language ability. You can also help create educational materials, grade homework, and teach new games and activities to the children. If you’d like to travel to Ecuador outside of the school year, you’re also welcome to volunteer in a nursery for poor and at-risk children, or assist at a school for children with disabilities. During your program, you’ll stay with a host family who will provide three home-cooked meals each day, and in your free time, you can explore Quito or take side trips with local providers.
To learn more about volunteering in Ecuador and beyond with Frontier, please click here.
Ready to Travel and Volunteer?
With so many volunteer and intern abroad opportunities in Ecuador, and it’s just a matter of choosing which one is best for you and the impact you’d like to make on the community you’ll visit. Whether you’re interested in childcare, conservation, teaching, or beyond, you’ll have the amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn about a community you may never have thought to visit before, and learn more about yourself than you ever thought you would – even if you’re just staying one week.
For more information and inspiration, please visit Volunteer Forever’s Volunteer Abroad, Teach Abroad and Intern Abroad sections at the top of this page – you can also take a look at some of these articles to learn more about volunteering opportunities in Latin America!
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