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Ecuador - Daycare Center on San Cristobal Island

Come experience the natural beauty and diversity of the Galapagos Islands while giving back to children in the local communities. Volunteer in a daycare center providing children with the life and educational tools to ensure success in their futures.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectSan Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
Project LengthMin 3 weeks - Max 12 weeks
Arrival AirportMariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, Ecuador
Volunteer WorkWork with children
Number of ParticipantsUp to 3 international volunteers
Age17 - 80

What's Included

AccommodationLocal family home-stay
Food3 meals a day
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersAirport pickup upon arrival
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation Cultural orientation and 5-week Spanish class in Quito upon arrival
Flights Flights between Quito and San Cristobal Island included at start and end of project
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage

What's Not Included

Flights to and from Quito, personal expenses, entrance fee to San Cristobal (about $100),


The Galápagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago (cluster of islands) that lies on the equator off the coast of Ecuador in South America. The islands, designated as national parks, marine reserves, as well a World Heritage Site, are most well-known for the vast amount of animal species that are unique to the region that inspired Charles Darwin to write "The Origin of Species" about the theory of evolution.  The animals are notoriously fearless - giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas, and different bird species can all be seen and approached by humans. 

This project takes place on the island of San Cristobal in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital city of the Galapagos Islands and the second largest town on the islands.


About the Project

Before volunteering at the project, participants will stay in the capital city of Quito for 6 days for an orientation and five-day Spanish course.

Participants who choose this placement will be volunteering in a new daycare center which works with about 80 children ages 1 to 5 years old. It is a public center where children from the town come from Monday through Friday and are given a pedagogic education, focusing on developmental growth and skills acquisition. 



Orientation and Spanish Course

Participants should plan to arrive in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, on Saturday. Sunday morning there will be an orientation that will help volunteers get acquainted with Ecuadorian culture and customs. Starting Monday there is a five-day private Spanish course that runs two hours per day. The courses are offered at all levels of Spanish from beginner through to advanced. During this week participants will stay with a local family in Quito and will have ample time to explore the city and culture before heading out to the Galápagos for volunteer their work.


Volunteer Work and Contribution

You will help the staff of the center in running smooth and fun programming for the children. Your responsibilities may include:

  • Playing games with the children
  • Helping with pedagogic classes
  • Assisting with mealtime for the children, including cooking, serving, and/or feeding smaller children
  • Coming up with fun, creative activities (for example art, dance, music, sports, etc.)

Your work will go from about 7:30 am to 4:30 pm (with a lunch break), from Monday through Friday. 

It is important to remember that the needs of projects are constantly changing so your duties may vary. It is important to keep an open and flexible mind regarding your volunteer duties and remember that your contributions, no matter the nature, are always valued.  


Living Arrangements

Accommodations: volunteers will be living in a home-stay with a local family, about a 5 minute walk from the daycare center. The rooms are shared with shared bathrooms. 

Food: 3 meals a day are provided by the family


Minimum Requirements

  • Beginner Spanish
  • Motivation and patience to work with children
  • Open-mindedness to new cultures
  • High level of independence
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