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Ecuador Infrastructure Development / Community Building

Ecuador Infrastructure Development / Community Building

Get hands-on in an Ecuadorian community with construction work, and immerse yourself in the ancient and welcoming traditions and culture of this South American jewel.

Prices from $2,045

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. Including the all-consuming emerald rainforests of the Amazon, it is rich in rare and endangered species.

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 South America's tiniest country, 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
  • Get really hands on with construction work
  • Immerse yourself in a new & exciting culture


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Intermediate Spanish recommended


Location Ecuador
Activities Depending on local needs, you could be:
Contructing cabanas
Helping to build classrooms
Working on nature reserve trails, fences & signs
Building new houses
Repair work
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers to project & in-transit accommodation
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.


This fantastic project will give you a chance to get really hands on in an Ecuadorian community where you will be involved in construction work, depending on local needs at the time. Different projects are continuously starting up which need the help of willing and flexible volunteers to make them a reality. You could be helping in the construction of new cabanas, classrooms, nature reserve trails, fences and signs or in a more urban setting working on the building of new houses or repair work. These volunteer projects in Ecuador are ideal for volunteers interested in construction.


You will be met at Quito Airport by a friendly member of in-country staff. After a day or two of acclimatising and orientation you will be introduced to your project site. Your project location will depend on current construction projects taking place. Requests can be considered but not guaranteed.


You'll usually stay in a shared volunteer house very close to the project site. It is important you remain flexible as this will depend on your project location.


You will be provided with three meals a day, either in the form of prepared meals, or you may have to take part in preparing the meals yourself. Either way this is a great chance to sample local favourites such as soup, meat, vegetables, salad, rice, potatoes and beans. Local specialities often found in cafés 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, although this is mainly in the larger towns.

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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. Ask the in-country staff to help you book these with local providers and contribute directly to the local economy.


4 weeks $2,045

Extra week $345


Monthly, starting first Monday

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 3 weeks, and up to a total of 6 months


Before you go

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


  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers to project & in-transit accommodation
  • 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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