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Sweet Little Sofía: Her Reason for Working With Children in Quito

Children walking to the park in Ecuador with Global Volunteers

This post, excerpted from an Ecuador team journal, provides a glimpse into a day working with children in Quito, and the impact one little girl has on a volunteer. Waking up today, I looked forward to working with Vanesa again. At breakfast, we discussed the plans for the week and for the evening. Today involved a lot of […]

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A Life-Changing Volunteer Experience in Ecuador

life-changing volunteer experience

Micah, an Ecuador Global Volunteer and University of Iowa student, reflects on his life-changing volunteer experience in Quito, Ecuador. I was blessed with the opportunity to volunteer at an orphanage in Ecuador for a couple weeks. The kids welcomed us with full hearts and grins across their faces on the first day. The food was exceptional. […]

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Hugs, Kisses, Laughter Reward Volunteer Opportunity in Ecuador

View of Quito

Ecuador Volunteer,  Margaret, writes about caring for toddlers, riding up a mountain, and enjoying her teammates on a Global Volunteer opportunity in Ecuador. On our second day working at the daycare, we again were greeted by the children’s chorus of “buenos días” that warms my heart. The schedule was altered due to no running water today,  so we […]

A Glimpse of the First Day of Service in Ecuador

The first day of service in Ecuador started after much anticipation by team members. Our Team Leader, Maggie, emailed detailed messages and did a thorough orientation on Sunday, so we felt prepared to work at the daycare center. We left for Calderón shortly after breakfast. Our rocky drive up the mountain on a narrow road revealed a spectacular […]

Family of Five Lends a Hand in Ecuador

Jocelyn and Will Challas wanted to spend their children’s summer vacation experiencing something meaningful together rather than the traditional family cruise, so the two decided to embark on a journey of a lifetime with their three young daughters (aged seven, ten, and thirteen) to serve and lend a hand in Ecuador. For two weeks, they spent their time offering love […]

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Reading Glass Campaign – A Great Success

With the help of our wonderful volunteers, we carried out a reading glass campaign in Ecuador to distribute reading glasses to members of the community. Since 1996, Global Volunteers has partnered with the local organization FUNDAC (the Spanish acronym for Foundation of Ladies of Calderón) in Calderón, Quito. Quito is the capital of Ecuador, nestled […]

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The Huff Family Worldwide

Global Volunteers’ partner communities have engaged families of all ages and sizes in community development projects on service programs since 1984. The Huff family is exceptional; sharing the world of service in Romania, Poland, Peru, Ecuador, Tanzania and Ghana with their four daughters. Lisa Huff tells their story: In the spring of 2007, my husband […]

Sweet Memories of Ecuador

by Erica Chan “Que es eso?” What is this? “Un oso, ” I said. A bear. “Oso, ” said four-year-old David, as he flipped to the next page of the book. David sat languidly between my legs in the midst of a circle of small couches. Next to me clung his eight-year-old sister Marisa and […]

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Ecuador’s International Tourism Campaign Highlights Natural Life

Ecuador’s international tourism campaign “All You Need is Ecuador” is an unprecedented milestone in the country’s history. This message has succeeded in positioning Ecuador as a quality destination on an international level. Highlighting the Andes, the Amazon, the Pacific Coast, and the Galapágos Islands, Ecuador claims four distinct “worlds” existing within one little country about the size of Colorado. The […]

The Galapagos Islands

Located just 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Each island is a masterpiece of nature. The archipelago is made up of thirteen main islands, six smaller islands, and more than a hundred islets and tiny rock formations sticking their heads above the sea […]