Ecuador internships in architecture, anthropology, medicine & more! ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ

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El Terreno volunteer internships in Ecuador โ€“Get valuable experience in your chosen profession, travel to new cultures around the world and make a difference in low-income indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Andes. We offer a range of hands-on, personalised internships for students and graduates who are looking to further their careers while creating a positive impact.

We will help you to design and deliver a unique internship based on your career goals and local needs. You will work directly with the local community and build friendships with other interns/volunteers. You will receive regular, experienced guidance from a professional mentor to complete a successful internship. Living with a local family you will be immersed in another culture, learn new skills, make memories make a difference.

What category best describes your hosting arrangement? ๐Ÿก
  • Internship
Location – Where is your volunteer project located?๐ŸŒ
What are you looking for help with?
  • Architecture and Sustainable Construction
  • Culture Anthropology and Development
  • Medicine and Public Health
  • Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Community Water Projects
  • Eco and Community Tourism
  • Education and English Teaching
  • Murals and Community Arts
  • Journalism and Multimedia

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What’s the mission of your community? ๐ŸŽฏ

As a centre of cultural exchange and social innovation, we bring together local Ecuadorians and others from around the world through sustainable tourism, culture, education and ecology โ€“ to create a more meaningful, sustainable and prosperous world.
Our vision we want to see rural communities with access to quality education, healthcare and employment while celebrating their culture and regenerating local ecosystems. And that these communities offer meaningful experiences to international visitors, who leave inspired to catalyse positive change around the world.

How many volunteers could you host? ๐ŸŽŽ
  • Up to 10 volunteers
When do you usually need volunteers? ๐Ÿ“…
  • Year-Round
How many hours of help per day? โฑ
  • 4-5 hours of help per day

How many days of help per week? ๐ŸŒ’

  • 4 days of help per week – 3 days off
Note about the volunteer work and other expectations ๐Ÿ“
  • Minimum 4 weeks stay

Travel the world, gain valuable work experience and make a difference in low-income indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Andes. We offer a range of hands-on, personalised internships for students and graduates who are looking to further their careers while creating a positive impact. Design & deliver a unique internship based on your career aspirations and local needs, receiving professional support and authentic cultural immersion.

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Are accommodation and food included? ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿœ

Yes, we offer food and accommodation

What type of accommodation can you provide? ๐Ÿ•
  • Dormitory/shared rooms ๐Ÿ›Œ
  • Private Room ๐Ÿ”‘
  • Private room for a couple ๐ŸŽŽ
Diet – nutrition information ๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿฅค

While most Ecuadorians eat a meat-based diet, we can accommodate most dietary requirements in the shared meals we provide.

Fee transparency ๐Ÿ†“๐Ÿ”

We are a small independent organisation and receive no external funds for our programme and therefore there is a cost to the programme, which is used to exclusively to deliver you the best internship programme possible! This covers standard accommodation, cooked lunches, a professional mentor, in-person internship coordination, certificate of completion, written personal reference and genuine cultural immersion! For more information, visit our website.

VISA SUPPORT – Are you able to assist with visa support, and information, or provide invitation letters? ๐Ÿ›‚

Yes, we can help with Visa/invitation letters โœ…

Volunteers’ benefits ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ…
  • Free Discovery Call & Plan
  • Flexible Start Date & Duration
  • Educational Documentation Support
  • Pre-Arrival & Travel Support
  • Shared Accommodation with WiFi
  • (Family Homestay also Available)
  • Lunches Monday to Thursday
  • Weekly Professional Learning/Mentoring
  • In-Person Coordination
  • Materials Budget
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Free-Time Recommendations
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Written Reference
What are the available activities during free time? ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿฆ’

There are loads of free-time activities that you can organise yourself or ask us to arrange: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DnzJevDt8V_bT4qWSMgQU9YDnqDwxRIb8iGHETIONUA/edit?usp=sharing

Language ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
  • English & Spanish
Geography ๐ŸŒณ

The project is on a hillside in the village of Atandahua, just outside of the quaint colonial town of Guaranda in the province of Bolivar in central Ecuador. The project is nestled in a valley surrounded by traditional farmland and indigenous communities, with a spectacular view of the majestic Chimborazo Volcano (the point on earth closest to the sun!).

Although stunningly beautiful, Bolivar is one of Ecuadorโ€™s poorest provinces. There is a high rate of malnutrition, illiteracy and poverty. With few employment opportunities, many high-school graduates quickly leave for the larger cities, and the indigenous language and culture are under threat.

CLIMATE

At 3,000m (10,000ft) above sea level, the average temperature is 13ยฐC (55ยฐF). Below is a list of typical weather patterns throughout the year, though climate change is definitely throwing these off, so be ready for anything!

  • Summer (Jun-Sep): hot sunny days (leading to water shortages), colder cloudless nights and often a strong wind; temperatures ranging from 7-20ยฐC degrees (45-70ยฐF)
  • Winter (Feb-Apr): Often dry mornings and heavy rain in the afternoon. Less day/night temperature variation and no wind; temperatures ranging from 10-15ยฐC degrees (50-60ยฐF degrees)
  • Spring/Autumn (May, Oct – Jan): Somewhere between summer and winter!

Due to the high altitude, the sun feels cooler but will burn you more easily – so be prepared with a hat and sunscreen. The temperature is cool at night and Ecuadorian houses have no insulation/central heating, so you can feel the cold. Fortunately, there are no mosquitos at this elevation!

How to get to your site โœˆ ๐Ÿ—บ

Our Location: https://goo.gl/maps/UPjQPF45GVp69u8bA ๐Ÿ“

Guaranda is situated in the centre of the country an equal distance (5hrs) from the two main international airports, Quito & Guayaquil. Bus travel is inexpensive ($1.25 per hour of travel) and generally safe.

From Quitumbe Bus Terminal in Quito:

  • 1. Take a bus to Guaranda (every 30 minutes, cooperatives Atenas, San Pedrito & Flota Bolivar)
  • 2. ~$7 / 4 hour trip, sit on the left-hand side for the view of Chimborazo!
  • 3. Ask to get off in โ€˜Guanujoโ€™, 20 minutes before Guaranda
  • 4. Buy personal food you need
  • 5. Take a camioneta (pick-up truck) to the โ€˜Casa Comunal de Atandahua) $2/7 minutes

From Guayaquil Bus Terminal:

  • 1. Take a bus to Guaranda (4hrs)
  • 2. From outside the terminal, got to ‘Semรกforo Guanujo’ in
    • – Taxi ($1.50-2/10mins)
    • – Bus (35ยข/20mins, any bus which says Guanujo, Las Cochas, 4 Esquinas, El Sinche, San Juan, Bramadero)
  • 4. Buy personal food you need
  • 5. Take a camioneta (pick-up truck) to the โ€˜Casa Comunal de Atandahua) $2/7 minutes

We can also help you arrange private transportation if you prefer, for $130 from either within the city or directly from the Airport, to the casa comunal at El Terreno.

Is there internet access? ๐ŸŒ

Yes!

“Paying guests” Option. Could you accommodate “solidarity” tourists? ๐ŸŽŽ

Yes, we can accommodate eco/responsible tourists & paying guests ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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CONTACT DETAILS ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“ง


Organization name ๐Ÿ“›El Terreno
Host Email โœ‰ joshua@elterrenoecuador.com

Joshua Holmes (UK)), Founder & Director

Mobile phone:ย  +593(0)981971920
Website: http://www.elterrenoecuador.com/internships

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/elterrenoguaranda
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/elterrenoguaranda


 

Author: Voluntouring staff

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