Volunteer in Ecuador: Community Development (Coastal)

Volunteer in Ecuador: Coastal Community Development

Volunteer in Ecuador this program is an area located in the southern zone of the province of Manabí, containing a population of approximately 5,000 habitants. It is in a dry tropical forest, with mostly primary vegetation. The plants from the Cactaceae (cactus) family standout, like the candelabra and the mulatto.  There is also the lignum vitae, or ‘wood of life’, locust trees, and madero negro, a tropical hardwood.  All of these plants have a great commercial and medicinal value.

You can combine volunteering in the Education/teaching, Construction, Community development and conservation programs, this program is for proactive volunteers, self motivated and that can overcome any task.


The community counts with two schools and a Day Care Center      

  • To help by teaching English to the children at the school.
  • To collaborate in the area of Sports.
  • To support to the teacher in the areas of Drawing and Painting
  • To give support at the Day Care Center by taking care of the children.
  • To help by elaborating didactic material

Community development

The volunteers who contribute with this project can also give their support in the development of the community by carrying out different activities for the well being of the community.

  • To give support to the people from the community by teaching English to the members of the host families in order to increase their ability to receive tourists in the future.
  • To develop the concept of eco-tourism as an alternative in order to generate economic resources.
  • To contribute with the community in the elaboration of signaling to promote the tourism.


The volunteers who contribute with this project can also give their support in the area of construction by carrying out different activities.    

  • To help by repairing and painting the classrooms and the school desks.
  • To help by painting murals at the local schools with messages related to the protection of the environment.
  • To help by building and maintaining recreational games for the school.
  • To help by building facilities at the school and at the community.


The volunteers who contribute with this project can also give their support in the area of conservation by carrying out different activities.

  • To work at a native plants nursery.
  • To work in the conservation of native species.
  • To organize recycling campaigns with the population of the community, specifically with the children.
  • To monitor the whales in order to contribute by collecting data.


  • Project length: From 2 weeks to 4 weeks
  • Project dates: March to December. Choose any date to arrive.
  • Arrival airport: Quito (UIO)
  • Accommodation: Local host family
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Language requirement: Good Spanish level (able to talk to locals just in Spanish)
  • Airlines: Lan Ecuador, American, United, Delta, Avianca, Taca
  • Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov

Program Schedule

  • Program starts and ends in Quito
  • Airport meet and greet in Quito.
  • Afternoon city tour and orientation
  • Monday to Friday volunteering. 30-40 hours per week
  • Weekends free to sightseeing
  • Typical shift work hours are 8:15am – 16:30pm, program con be combined with other programs.
  • Support: Local ABV Director support 24/7 during placement
  • Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Not included:

  • Flights to Quito. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet
How may we help you?!

How may we help you?!

Our staff has extensive travel and volunteer abroad experience. We have the answers to all your questions about volunteering with ABV. We can customize any of our programs to your needs and dates.

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