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Ecuador Pre-School & Day Care

Ecuador Pre-School & Day Care

Provide an exciting and educational programme for children in Ecuador’s picture perfect capital, Quito. Teach, play sports, encourage artistic talent, and help to maintain the centre.

Prices from $945

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. It encompasses the all-consuming emerald Amazon, rich in natural resources and home to a wealth of fascinating creatures.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and enigmatic mountain creatures alike.

This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is one of South America's tiniest countries, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!


  • Discover a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Foster the growth & development of the children
  • Immerse yourself in a new & exciting culture


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Basic Spanish recommended


Location Quito, Ecuador
Activities Playing with the children
Supervising outdoor activities
Helping serve food & snacks
Cleaning up after sessions
Helping with art projects
Transport Airport pick-up 
Accommodation Shared volunteer house or homestay


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equpiment and visa advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Two meals a day
Airport pick-up 
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Ecuador is a very poor country and fluctuating oil prices, the 1990s Asia crisis, and the effects of the El Niño climate phenomena, which cause considerable damage to the infrastructure and harvests, have led to a decline in living standards for much of the population. In 1999, according to the World Bank, 69% of the population lived below the poverty line, of these 34% in absolute poverty.

The Frontier-Ecuador Project aims to build skills in poor rural and urban communities throughout the country, giving them better chances to succeed in the future.


Your day care programme will run five days a week. The project is centred on the interests and learning of each child and their growth and development. There are a variety of classrooms and "corners" with activities and games to develop the child’s interests, curiosity and independence. Volunteers will work at one of the five sites close to central Quito where the main task is to provide help and guidance to both the children and other people working at the centre. This could include playing with the children, supervising them in outdoor activities, helping serve food and snacks, cleaning up after sessions or helping with art projects.

You will really have a chance to indulge your own specific interests and use your skills and experience to help the children. Volunteers should be excited and willing to foster the growth and development of each child, and you will derive a great deal of pleasure from supporting and assisting them.


You'll fly into Quito where you'll be met by the friendly in-country staff. He or she will then accompany you to your accommodation and get you settled in. You will receive orientation on arrival before being directed to your project site.


You'll stay at a clean, friendly homestay in either your own room or in a shared room with one or two other (same sex) volunteers. This is a fantastic way to really get to know the local people and experience true Ecuadorian lifestyle.


You will be provided with two meals a day in the home stay; breakfast and dinner. Your diet will consist of a variety of nutritious and delicious local dishes. Local specialities often found in cafes and restaurants include lemon marinated shrimp, ceviche, which can be made with fish, shellfish or shrimp, and marinated beef steak. Vegetarians are welcome and there is a surprisingly extensive range of dishes on offer for non meat-eaters.

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Volunteers are welcome to explore this fascinating region, where bars, open-air restaurants, cafés, museums, and famous monuments are in plenty!  A range of cultural and adventure trips can be arranged. Extra costs may apply. 


2 weeks $945

Extra week $295


Monthly (please arrive on the first Monday)

Please be aware there are holidays June - August.

This project is not available on the following dates in 2017:

New Year: 2 January

Carnaval: 27-28 February

Good Friday: 14 April 

Labor Day: 1 May

Battle of Pichincha: 26 May

Indedpendence Day: 11 August

Guayaquil Independence Day: 9 October

Day of the Dead: 2 November

Cuenca Independence Day: 3 November

Christmas: 25 December


You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Two meals a day
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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