Volunteering and Spanish School in Quito
We are working very closely with a Project Provider in Ecuador to offer Oasis travellers the opportunity to develop their Spanish language skills, explore and experience Quito with someone who lives in the city and contribute to a Foundation providing much-needed sanctuary and education to orphaned children on the outskirts of the city.
Dates are entirely fleixible, and this add-on can be done before or after your Oasis trip.
The Spanish lessons usually run every morning, and then in the afternoon there is the opportunity to explore thre city with one of the tutors, having its history and culture explained to you (all in Spanish!), as well as some free time to go out and check out many of Quitos lively bars and restaurant.
The orphanage desperately needs volunteers. The project staff are dedicated but often very over-worked. This means that there is little time for volunteer supervision, and therefore volunteers will have to have a high degree of self-initiative and organisational skills and be prepared to lend a hand wherever it is needed. Dont expect to have your hand held and everything explained to you in great detail and no English is spoken. Its important you are in good health and reasonably fit, youll need to get involved, get your hands dirty and solve problems on your own. But its not all hard work: youll get to interact with children who have huge amounts to gain from adult interaction and sometimes just play games with them. Youll hopefully leave with some incredible experiences, lasting memories and know that in your short time there, you made a positive difference to these childrens lives.
How to book:
Simply select as an add-on at the time of booking. A deposit of £200 is available required to secure your place and allow us to make the necessary arrangements. Once we receive your request we will be in touch to discuss your preferred dates and arrange arrival transfers.
We can also offer various other volunteer projects and/or Spanish School options, including helping at a state-run primary school or kindergarten, or assisting with a project for street children in Quito. For more info and options please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following information applies to all the above projects:
NOT included in the price
It is a compulsory requirement that you have adequate travel insurance before you join any Oasis Trip & at the very least are insured for all necessary medical & repatriation costs incurred overseas with a minimum sum insured of £500,000. It is also wise to leave a copy of your insurance policy with a friend or relative for safe keeping.
Please ensure that your policy covers you for Volunteering work and activities.
We believe that your safety and holiday enjoyment are very important. It is a mistake to think that "it will never happen to me". It is also very important that you are covered for all the activities that you may wish to undertake while on our trip.
For further information on the insurance we offer, the activities covered, costs and how to book - please check out the Insurance section of our website.
Visas and Vaccinations
Most nationalities do not require a Visa for Ecuador, but it is advisable to contact the relevant Embassy in plenty of time before the trip departs to check the current visa requirements.
As we are not medically trained - we are unable to give detailed or professional adviceon vaccination requirements, therefore please consult a reputable travel clinic or GP for advice on any medical issues. We suggest allowing 8 weeks to get all your vaccinations. For more information visit: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk or www.nomadtravel.co.uk Oasis travellers receive a 10% discount on vaccinations, medical kits, clothing and camping equipment from the Nomad Travel Clinic - you will receive your discount code on your booking receipt. Medical advice should also be taken regarding Malaria risks.
Other Pricing Details:
Volunteers staying in Apartments or Local Guest Houses will be asked to pay locally a US$50 deposit against any damage / missing items. This will be returned on your departure at the discretion of the Project Provider if your accommodation is left as you found it ie clean and tidy.