Affordable Volunteering in Ecuador: Best Programs, Cheapest Prices!

Volunteer Work in Ecuador at a Village in the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest

There are  plenty of opportunities for affordable volunteering in Ecuador ranging from organic farming, reforestation, community infrastructure development, teaching English to volunteer work in an artisan shop. The Ecuador Volunteer Programs are located in a rural community set in the beautiful Ecuadorian cloud forest in the Andean mountains to the north of Ecuador. It is 2,5 hours by bus from Quito, Ecuador’s capital.

Brimming with exciting activities for adventurous travellers, Ecuador stands out with a wide range of important volunteer and learning opportunities, including a community grassroots reforestation program. It is a trend-setting community, deeply rooted in the traditions of its Yumbo ancestors.

Volunteering in Ecuador: ecological projects, reforestation in cloud forest and English lessons

Iko Poran offers a wide range of activities for volunteers in Ecuador in a unique village in the cloud forest of the Ecuadorian Andes. Our prices are among the cheapest! You can choose whether you would rather teach English at the school, work in the vegetable gardens or nurture the herbal garden with medicinal plants. If you want to engage in ecology and environmental protection, you can plant trees as part of the reforestation project, or work in the tree nursery.

Volunteering with handicrafts in the village shop

There is a great opportunity to develop your artistic skills in the Artisan shop, which works with arts and crafts. You can learn the techniques of the Ecuadorian arts and crafts and create your own jewelry!

Planting coffee trees or milking cows on the farm

You can even plant coffee trees and pick coffee beans or milk the cows on the farm. For gentle tourism, you can help create footpaths in the cloud forest and much more. If your heart beats for the arts, try the handicraft shop selling souvenirs, where you can also learn how to do handicrafts.

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Accommodation & Meals for Volunteers in Ecuador

You are provided with a private room and three traditional Ecuadorian meals per day. The village is centred around a street, which runs through the middle and most of the homestays will be around this and the centre of the village, within a 5 minute walk. During your homestay you will experience the tranquillity and kindness of Ecuadorian lifestyle, culture and cuisine. We can cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements.

Start & Duration of the Ecuador Volunteer Programs

Projects in Ecuador start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.

The bus from Quito to the community departs at 5:00pm everyday and the community together with host families greet volunteers when they arrive. You usually arrive in Quito over the weekend to get the bus on Saturdays or Sundays. You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 12 weeks.

Orientation for Volunteers in Ecuador

Orientation takes place on Monday, or on the next day after the arrival if you arrive in a different day.

Ecuador Volunteer Requirements

You must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placement. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.

All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance.

Language Requirements for Ecuador Volunteers

Knowledge of basic Spanish is desired but not a pre-requisite. You will already learn a lot staying with a local family, but if you would like to speed up your learning, we recommend that you take advantage of a very affordable Spanish course taught by a lady from the community: only U$ 5 per hour.

Ecuador - The Safest Country in Latin America

Ecuador has quickly become the safest country in Latin America (South and Central America). You feel totally safe and confident to explore the country.

The community is perfectly safe, but when in Quito you should take some precautions and be careful with your possessions.

Affordable Volunteering in Ecuador - Program Fees

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 229.00 on top of the program fee.

Ecuador Volunteer Program Fees

What is included in the program fee?
  • Orientation
  • Accommodation for all projects
  • 3 meals per day
  • Support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
  • In-country administration costs
  • Donation to support the local project

There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Ecuador.

Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our Ecuador programs normally find US$ 20 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.

The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.

Please bring small bills to the community; it is hard to find change sometimes.

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