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Volunteer, Internship and Other Programs in Ecuador





Youth International (Experience the World!)

The world becomes your classroom and experience your greatest teacher!

 Youth International is an experiential learning program focussing upon international travel and inter-cultural exchange, volunteer community service, home stays, and outdoor adventure.

 Travel for three months with a team of up to 14 people between the ages of 18 and 25, and two leaders.

 Each group explores three different countries in; Asia (Thailand, India, and Nepal), or South America (Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands), Both trips run twice each year from September to December and February to May.

 Help build an orphanage in Bolivia, live with a tribal family in Thailand, meditate with Tibetan monks, do conservation work in the Ecuadorian rainforest, visit the Taj Mahal, assist the poor in Mother Teresa’s clinics in India, search for wild animals while sailing through the Galapagos Islands, hike along ancient footpaths in the Himalayan Mountains, or along the Inca trail through the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu, and much more.

These are just a few highlights on trips that hold new adventures and new life lessons around every corner!

Youth International is based in Evergreen, Colorado, USA, and has been in operation since1997.

For info., program itineraries, and applications, visit: www.youthinternational.org  Phone: 1-720-270-3323.


Andeo International Homestays (Wolrdwide destinations including CR, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan)

ANDEO International Homestays works closely with each applicant to customize a Gap program that fits their individual goals and interests.  The two core components of all Andeo programs are small-group language courses and a homestay with a local family.  From there, participants choose their own path!  It may lead them to an organic farm in Japan , a theater stage in Germany , a community service project in Peru , or a photography studio in Italy , to list just a few.  Andeo Gap p rograms can last from four weeks to a full year and can begin at anytime.  Academic credit is available for all programs. 



Andrea Bailey

Program Coordinator

ANDEO International Homestays



Crooked Trails









Imagine a journey, a real life journey- where you will experience a true cultural exchange. Our programs are 2-3 weeks long; include homestays, responsible touring and many have service projects. Sign up today and see how a Crooked Trails program can change you and the world for the better.

PO Box 94034
Seattle WA 98112, USA




Where: Ecuador This program features homestays with two different indigenous communities, the Otavalo people of the highlands and the Huaorani of the Ecuadorian Amazon.  The Otavalo people are known for their handicrafts, music, and the most famous market in Ecuador.  We will stay with families and participate in their daily lives as we learn about weaving, visit the markets, and explore the surrounding countryside.  During our stay with the Huaorani people of the rainforest, we will assist with day-to-day activities of life.  Our hosts will teach us about the different uses of jungle plants and how to use spears and blowguns, as the Huaorani do to get their food.  We will also learn about the struggles of the Huaorani against the oil companies who threaten their land and survival.  Together with our Huaorani guides, we will explore the tropical rainforest by foot and the rivers by dugout canoe.  The Huaorani will introduce you to a whole new world.  You will be amazed at how deep and alive the rainforest is.

When  November



          Learn about responsible tourism ethics.

          Living and learning from local villagers. 

          Visiting historical and sacred sites.

          Homestays with local villagers.

          Jungle explorations

          Visits to the cloud forests.


Setting Ecuador is among the most rewarding destinations in South America.  Though small in size, it boasts an astonishing array of vibrant indigenous cultures, well-preserved colonial architecture, volcanic landscapes, and dense rainforest.  Named for the equator, which runs through the northern part of the country, Ecuador is a country of short distances and big contrasts.  In a single day you can go from the lush Amazon jungle over the majestic mountain ranges of the Andes to the tropical beaches of the coast.  On this program you will explore both the natural and the ethnic diversity of this remarkable country. 


Value Program Cost Includes:
- Domestic flights within Ecuador

-Village stays
- All program transport in Ecuador
- All program accommodation
- Most meals
- All excursions and activities described in the itinerary.
- Crooked Trails facilitator, translators and local guides as well as project fees.
- Assistance with flights to and from Quito.



Global Volunteers strives to wage peace throughout the world by helping establish mutual understanding between people of diverse cultures. Each year Global Volunteers coordinates more than 150 teams of volunteers who participate on short-term human and economic development projects worldwide in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and the Pacific.

Global Volunteers. 375 E. Little Canada Rd. St. Paul. MN, 55117.USA
Work Phone: 800-487-1074/651-407-6100 FAX: 651-407-5163