Community Service in Ecuador’s Highlands
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Educational features: Community Service, Human Geography, Communication and Culture, Global Experience
Work with kids from low-income indigenous communities and assist teachers and parents in their projects to improve kid’s situation in their local schools.
Learn about the importance of community work while working together with the goal of creating a better learning environment for the kids. Acquire a better understanding of different realities and develop the spirit of brotherhood and solidarity.
▪ Lecture series by recognized local experts or professors of the most prestigious local universities.
▪ Explore Quito historical and cultural legacy.
▪ Interaction with local people from an Andean Indigenous community.
▪ Accomplish benefits for a needy community.
▪ Explore the Andean Ecosystem
▪ School season in the Ecuadorian Highlands goes from September to January and from Mid-February to the first week of July.
▪ School visits and activities at local schools must be planned during school season. During spring break or summer vacations activities at local schools are not available.
Itinerary – Day by Day
Day 1: Arrival in Quito Welcome to Ecuador! Arrive in Quito and transfer to the Hotel.
Day 2: Exploring Quito.
Explore Quito’s historic center; the best preserved and least altered historic center in America. Learn about Quito’s rich history and artistic legacy. Admire the wonderful architecture of its colonial buildings and the uniqueness of religious art pieces from the famous Quitenian School of art, which combines European Renaissance and Baroque styles with indigenous and mestizo influences. Continue in the Middle of the World complex, built in 1979 to commemorate a group of scientist who had the hard mission to determine the Earth’s shape back in 1743 and to mark the point where, according to calculations used at that time, the Equator line crossed. Learn about the Geodesic mission and local scientist’s hard work to measure a meridian arc. Learn important facts about the Equator and confirm or dismiss related rumors that have fascinated people for centuries. Celebrate the ability to be in both hemispheres at the same time – a once in a lifetime experience! Return to the hotel to freshen up and be ready for an evening Lecture led by a local professor: Introduction to Ecuador´s cultural diversity, political and social situation. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 3: Quito – Cotopaxi National Park & Volcano.
Enjoy beautiful landscapes of the Ecuadorian Central Andes while following the route that Alexander Von Humboldt named in the XIX century as “The Avenue of the Volcanoes””. Visit the Cotopaxi National Park, one of the most important nature reserves in the country, being home to Andean animal species like wolves, deers, rabbits and llamas. The Cotopaxi Volcano has a perfect snow-covered cone and is the highest active volcano in Ecuador (5,897m above sea level). Depending on the weekday, you will also visit a local Indian Market. The Central Highlands of Ecuador contains the largest population in the country of indigenous people. Indian Markets take place almost every day of the week (except Friday), and allow for the perfect scenery of people commercializing typical products, animals and handcrafts. Continue in the Chimborazo province where you will develop your community service. Check in at your hotel. The rest of your afternoon will be used to prepare material for next day community service at a remote indigenous community (approx. 30 min to 1 hour driving distance from your hotel location). (Meals: B, L, D)
Days 4-8: Community service.
Community service is a mutual beneficial experience; while you help local communities on their needs, you also increase your social and relationship skills, increase your self-confidence and acquire knowledge of different cultures and realities gaining Global Experience. It is definitely an eye opening experience! On the following days, you will have the opportunity to work mostly with kids from low-income indigenous families. During the following days your community service schedule will be as follows: 6 AM Early wake up and breakfast. 7:00 AM: Depart from your location. 8:00AM: Arrive at the community for service day. 4:00 PM: End of work at the community. Return to your hotel. Free time to freshen up and rest. 6:00 PM: Group discussion and prepare material for next day activities. Dinner & Overnight. (Meals: B, L, D) Community work or social projects are developed in order to serve specific needs of local communities. You will get information about the community and their specific needs with enough time in advance to help you elaborate an appropriate plan that will truly benefit the community.
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Day 9: Community Farewell – Return to Quito.
This is your last morning at the community; they will have for sure lot of reasons to be thankful for and will find the way to let you know their appreciation. Take the time to say goodbye to all your new friends, and be ready for your return to Quito. Time to rest and freshen up. Pick up at night for farewell dinner at one of the local restaurants. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 10: Departure Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Accommodation in community lodges is also available. Community lodges are very basic facilities offering multiple accommodations. While staying at Community Lodges you are supporting Indigenous community’s sustainable tourism initiatives.
– Program starts and ends in Quito.
– Program operates with minimum 8 participants and maximum 20.
– Program can be modified or adapted according to your specific study group.
The program includes
Private transportation, expert local guide, accommodation (double share) & meals according to itinerary detail (menu meals), visit and entrance fee to mentioned places.
The program does not include
International airfare, personal expenses, insurance and gratuities. Donations and material for the community project.
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