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Volunteer in Ecuador with IKPVA – Cheap  Volunteer Programs in Ecuador!

                      At a Glance:

        • Location: Rural community inside the Amazon rainforest

        • Available all year round

        • Arrival dates: 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month

        • Cheap Volunteer Programs in Ecuador:

        • Organic farming

        • Reforestation in the Cloud Forest

        • Teaching English

        • Community Development,

        • Arts & Crafts

        • Programs may be combined

        • Accommodation: homestays – all meals included

        • Program fee includes: orientation, accommodation, 3 meals per day, placement & 24×7 support, and donation to strengthen the local projects

        • Program fees starting at only $154/ 1 week


Choose from a Wide Range of Cheap Volunteer Programs in Ecuador


Volunteering in Ecuador – Overview

Volunteer in Equador: Teaching English
Teaching English in Equador

Help to rescue an Amazon Community and Learn Spanish

Go for an adventure in South America and volunteer in Ecuador in order to support sustainable development in a remote village inside the cloud forest. Preserving nature and the forest’s biodiversity is crucial for the future of the village.

While volunteering on educational and ecological projects in Ecuador, you’ll find a good and connected community. People are very supportive and generally love life. Therefore, you will easily get in contact with the local people and even can learn from them.

Volunteer Opportunities in Equador

Your work as a volunteer in Ecuador will help this unique rural community in order to develop their projects towards a sustainable future. In the Cloud Forest, you can volunteer on reforestation, or you can support the local families with organic farming. During your stay at a host family, you’ll easily learn some Spanish and also get insights in how people live in harmony with nature.

Volunteer at an Artisan Shop in Ecuador
Volunteer at the Artisan Shop

The days off from volunteer work, you will get to know the beautiful waterfalls nearby, and stunning views of the landscapes.

At the local school, the kids are keen to learn English! As a volunteer teacher, you’ll enjoy working with the children. In the evenings, you can even give English classes for the local artisans, since they want to sell their Equatorian Arts products for tourists. Finally, what about your creative talents? At the village’s Artisan Shop, you can learn arts and crafts.

After all, you will experience the amazing Ecuadorian culture from a local perspective and as a bonus will learn and/ or improve your Spanish language skills.


A good and connected community

The people there were beyond amazing! They were happy, supportive and generally loved life. They were such a good and connected community. Everyone knew everyone!
The days off from work were awesome, as we got to go to little waterfalls with the village’s personal guide, Solomon. He was very insightful and knowledgeable about basically everything in the area. From the local humming birds to the different rocks on the side of the rivers. – Sam, 22 years, Melbourne

Volunteer Programs in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador works in the tree nursery together with a farmer
Volunteer help in the tree nursery

There are many activities that you may develop when you volunteer in Ecuador with us.

You may try and develop different volunteering activities during your program. And, as a result, you will have a very personal experience with a flexible approach.

All of this is complemented by a wide range of leisure activities for your free time, such as horse riding, bird watching, swim in rivers and waterfalls, visit the museum, and enjoy the stunning cloud forests.


The Smile I Will Never Forget

I got the best living situation in the house which I appreciated very much but also thought I didn’t deserve my ‘family’ treating me so well. My daily job is to teach english to the kids in the village and helped my host-family grandma do some farming job. I enjoy very much the time living there. I got the chance to feel the nature and experience this life that I will remember for the rest of my life. – Ming, China

Ecuador’s Natural Beauty: Stunning Biodiversity

Volunteer in Ecuador with a dozen of children in front of the school
Teach English in local schools

Since this charming country is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the World, you’ll find here some of the greatest wonders of nature.

It is also a very inexpensive country with great food and friendly people. Actually, Ecuadorians are the nation’s greatest treasure: kind, warm-hearted, tranquil and generous.


Ecuador’s Natural Gems: Amazon Rainforest, Galapagos Islands, Beautiful Beaches

Hummingbird and a flowerEcuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, which makes it very easy to travel around. And it has everything one would expect from a country.

During your free time, you may visit the mystical Amazon rainforest and the Andean peaks.

Moreover, the natural paradise of the Galapagos Islands is not far away.

And finally, you can just laze around on one of the amazing beaches on the coast.

Waterfalls in the cloud forest where our Volunteer in Ecuador program takes place


If you want to experience Ecuador from inside, there is a wide variety of opportunities

You may combine the programs to make the most out of your volunteer program, or you can choose to work on only one of our five cheap volunteer programs in Ecuador, such as Teaching English, Community Development, ReforestationOrganic Farming, or Arts & Design,

Join our Cheap Volunteer Programs in Ecuador for the Experience of your Lifetime!



Cheap Volunteer Programs in Ecuador!

Please Note:

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • 1 week from US$ 280.00
  • All of the programs incur a registration fee of U$ 149 on top of the program fee.

Program fee includes:

A Volunteer in Ecuador works in the artisan shop
Volunteer helps in the artisan shop
  • Orientation
  • Accommodation for all programs
  • 3 meals per day
  • Support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 emergency support throughout your stay
  • Local administration costs
  • And a donation to strengthen the local project

There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Ecuador.

Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making the program to volunteer in Ecuador more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our programs to volunteer in Ecuador normally find US$ 20 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.

The program fee should be paid to the local team upon arriving only.

Please bring small bills to the community because it is hard to find change sometimes.


Cheap Volunteer Programs in Ecuador – Details


The programs in Ecuador take place in a rural community set inside the beautiful Ecuadorian cloud forest in the Andean mountains to the north of Ecuador. It is 2,5 hours by bus from Quito, Ecuador’s capital.

It is a trend-setting community, deeply rooted in the traditions of its Yumbo ancestors.


Volunteer in Ecuador plants a tree in the field
Volunteer in action in the reforestation project

Accommodation & Meals

You will have a private room in a homestay and will get three traditional Ecuadorian meals per day. And, if you are a vegetarian, don’t worry: we can cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements.

The village is centered around a street that runs through the middle. Most of the homestays will be around this street and the center of the village, within a 5-minute walk.

In your homestay, you will experience the tranquillity and kindness of Ecuadorian lifestyle, culture, and cuisine.


Start & Duration

Volunteer programs in Ecuador start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.

The bus from Quito to the community departs at 5:00 pm every day and the community together with host families greet volunteers when they arrive.

Volunteers usually arrive in Quito over the weekend to get the bus on Saturdays or Sundays.

You can choose to volunteer in Ecuador from 1 to 12 weeks.



Orientation takes place on Monday, or the next day after the arrival if you arrive on a different day.


Requirements to volunteer in Ecuador

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placement.

Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian, or with parental consent.

You must have adequate travel insurance.


Language Requirements

It is desired that volunteers have a knowledge of basic Spanish, but not a pre-requisite.

During your program, you will be learning a lot of Spanish staying with a local family, but if you would like to speed up your learning, we recommend that you take an affordable Spanish course taught by a lady from the community at U$5/ hour.



Ecuador has quickly become the safest country in Latin America. You can feel totally safe and confident to explore the country.

The community is perfectly safe, but when in Quito you should take some precautions and be careful with your possessions.




Still in doubt? Read testimonials of our volunteers in Ecuador.

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Ming’s Experience in Ecuador Teaching English

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