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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Student Volunteer Trip in Ecuador

It’s common to leave a student volunteer trip with Global Volunteers transformed – for the better. Ecuador Program Student Volunteer Chelsea,  from Morehead State University, briefly describes her personal transformation: The entire experience as a whole was absolutely fantastic! Our team leader, Maggie, was wonderful and always there when we needed her.  The tías were all so welcoming and […]

Volunteer with children in Ecuador

By Katie, Ecuador Global Volunteer Experiencing a Mother’s Life in Ecuador. While most of us come to Global Volunteers with intentions of making the world a little better place for others, more often than not, it is the volunteers who are equally the benefactors of having experienced the humble culture in which we are invited to work. […]

Team Journal Entry for Friday, July 10  Today was so bittersweet. We concluded our service at daycare center one today and those kids and tías have made such an impact on me. The love and fun and humor and respect and value shared within the freshly painted walls of the small building sitting inside a […]