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Your Guide to Volunteerism and Travel in Ecuador: Maggie Bjorklund

Travel in Ecuador

Meet Your Guide to Volunteering While You Travel in Ecuador Having joined the Global Volunteers team in 2011, Maggie Bjorklund is our Ecuador and Costa Rica Country Manager. She manages all aspects of those two programs and leads all teams in those countries. Maggie lives in Quito, Ecuador and travels to Costa Rica each time […]

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An American Family Meets an Ecuadorian Family

Volunteering with children in Ecuador

Powerful reflections written by volunteers while serving at a daycare and after visiting a family in their home in Calderón, Ecuador. They write about the relationships they formed while volunteering with children in Ecuador.  Volunteering with Children in Ecuador I find that I am truly able to lose myself in the needs of the children […]

This Act of Kindness from Two Young Boys Will Melt Your Heart

Children helping children in Ecuador

This story, relayed by Global Volunteers’ Ecuador Country Manager, is a beautiful example of children helping children in Ecuador.  Adam and Amy of Virginia were seeking to give their two young sons, Reed (age 9) and Clayton (age 7), the experience of serving others, exploring another part of the world, and learning about how other […]

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My Short-term Service Trip to Ecuador

Short-term service trip to Ecuador

While short-term volunteering has gotten a bad rap because of ill-conceived and DIY efforts, we know that a steady stream of short-term volunteers, simply put, can change lives and the world. Katie, an Ecuador Global Volunteer and University of Iowa student, reflects on her short-term service trip to Quito. I was given the amazing opportunity to volunteer in […]

Girl Scouts Volunteer Abroad

Girl Scouts Volunteer Abroad - In Ecuador

Beyoncé sings about it; we know it’s true: Girls run the world when they work together with purpose and kindness. Redmond, WA Girl Scout troop demonstrated their influence can extend all the way to Quito, Ecuador! And, they earned mature new perspectives in return. Dedicating their spring break to service, the Scouts focused their energy caring for at-risk children […]

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The Best Volunteer Programs in South America

Best Volunteer Programs in South America

There are many natural and cultural attractions that inspire travelers to explore South America – especially in Ecuador and Peru (Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands to mention a couple). However, to know a place and culture is to know her people. When you volunteer in South America, you obtain a unique perspective through the lives of the local […]

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“Until I come back, Lord” – A Great Quito Legend

Quito Legend

This is the sixth part to our series on Myths and Legends. Now in Ecuador, here is the legend of father Almeida, the most popular Quito legend.  One day during the colonial period in Quito, Manuel de Almeida, a catholic young man, renounced all in life to become a monk at the San Diego monastery. […]

Explore Quito, Ecuador: You’ll Fall in Love

While on your Global Volunteers adventure in service in Ecuador, you can take your free time to explore Quito and the countryside. Nestled high in the Andes Mountains, Quito is the capital of Ecuador. Due to its very well-preserved colonial center, it was the first city ever to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. […]

Helping Children in Ecuador – Playing, Teaching, Feeding & Hammering

Ecuador Country Manager Maggie Bjorklund describes opportunities to help children in Ecuador with Global Volunteers. In the gorgeous Andes Mountains of Ecuador, South America, Global Volunteers partners with the Foundation of Ladies of Calderón, a non-profit organization that runs two daycare centers on the margin of the city of Quito for disadvantaged families in the […]

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Photos of Service in Ecuador

Global Volunteers Team #164 to Ecuador

Global Volunteers Team #164 in Quito produced engaging photos of service in Ecuador as well as some of the numerous cultural activities. The seven volunteers, including four scholarship recipients from the University of Iowa, served at FUNDAC daycare centers for economically disadvantaged children, helping to care for babies and toddlers,  and assisting with light labor projects. We offer this pictorial example […]