If you have enough money to live on for a while and you want to do something useful, voluntary work might be an option. There are a lot of opportunities in for example community work, environmental work, health care, working with street children and organic farming. Other options are prison visits, teaching English, working with animals and planting trees. Some projects do require volunteers with qualifications, others take just about anyone. Some projects provide accommodation and food.
The best option is to go to Guayaquil and to organize it on the spot. Then you have a better impression of the project and the people you will work with. However, it is also possible to organize it in advance, surfing the web is the best way.
Checking out the website of Ecuador Explorer (www.ecuadorexplorer.com) is another way to get information on voluntary projects. They have a list with specific information on projects.
You can also find information on voluntary projects at internet cafes and hostals (notice boards).
The following organizations regularly place volunteers:Fundación Brethren y Unida
(Rural Developement and Agro-Ecological work, www.fbu.com.ec
The FBU is a non profit NGO who runs volunteer programmes in Ecuador. The foundation has worked for 50 years in the area of rural development and with its strong community links offers the opportunity for volunteers to live and work in rural communities. This is a rare opportunity to live and learn the diverse Ecuadorian cultures, as well as subjects such as agro-ecology, reforestation and natural resource management.Rio Muchacho
(Environmental work, email: )
Reserva Rio Guaycuyaca
(Environmental work, www.ecuadorexplorer.com/guaycuyacu)
This American based organisation also offer volunteer work in Ecuador.
Go to Peace Corps Ecuador (www.peacecorps.gov)