United Planet: Volunteer in Ecuador (Gap Program)

    United Planet: Volunteer in Ecuador (Gap Program)


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Destinations: Ecuador
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Program Length: Academic Year, Semester, Other
    • Start Month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    • Category: Community Service
    • Selective: Yes
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Homestay
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
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    Experience the sights and sounds of this microcosm of South America – Mountains, jungles, beaches, ancient ruins and the Galapagos Islands are just a few of the most sought-after destinations in Ecuador.


    Wandering cobblestone streets and exploring 17th-century monasteries can give you some insight into the complex history of this beautiful land. Ecuador’s natural and cultural diversity and ancient Inca heritage appeal to many volunteers. 

    United Planet is the US and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Ecuador, you will be hosted by VASE, ICYE’s Ecuadorian partner organization. VASE is a nonprofit that is committed to promoting global citizenship and fostering social support in Ecuador through volunteerism.

    Volunteers work in elementary schools and high schools where they assist in teaching English, Science, Art, Physical Education, and other subjects. Also, schools may offer volunteers the chance to create their own activities for the students such as coaching their soccer team.

    Social Work

    Volunteers help children from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds including street children, disabled children, abused and orphaned children, etc. Depending on the host organization, volunteers could be assisting in fundraising, supervising, and developing activities and workshops, or supporting families from some of the poorest areas through re-integration and support counseling.


    Conservation and sustainable management of natural resources is an important concept in the rural areas of Ecuador. Support eco-tourism facilities with their daily projects, promote awareness through tours or, delve into animal research and rescue.

    Community Development

    Volunteers assist with the administration duties of local (usually non-profit) institutions. Help promote the organization through social gatherings, cultural activities, or through other communication platforms. Volunteers may be directly assisting executives, working with the ICYE affiliate, or leading a department.