Note: Basic Spanish or willingness to learn is required.
Lattitude Global Volunteering’s quality supported placements in Argentina & Ecuador are for 18-25 year olds. We have local staff on the ground to ensure volunteers have a smooth transition into their placements. Volunteers are given extensive orientation activities, and support is on hand to help with any issues that may arise throughout their time in Latin America.
Volunteers go through extensive, initial interviews to help choose the right placement for them; ensuring they have the ability and aptitude to cope with the challenges ahead.
As an international youth development charity, Lattitude Global Volunteering encourages young adults to make their own choices and take responsibility for organising themselves (with a little guidance from us) and making the most of the opportunities on offer: A placement through Lattitude really is what you make it!
Most return volunteers feel it is a life changing experience; they become confident, independent, responsible individuals, aware of the world around them and the impact they can have on it.
The region offers the opportunity to experience the Latin way of life, working with passionate and enthusiastic locals across some very different placements. Whether helping out in the classroom in private schools, teaching English to a farming community in the Andean Cloud Forest, or helping in the community, volunteers will be exposed to incredible and diverse cultures. The placements give a chance to get involved in a new culture and learn or improve the Spanish language.
Ecuador is a country that has it all. From Andean peaks, Amazon Rainforest, indigenous markets, colonial towns, beaches and a chain of volcanic islands full of fascinating wildlife it really does have something for everyone. The colonial Spanish influences are evident throughout the country, particularly in the stunning cities of Quito and Cuenca, but once you step out of the cities and into the villages you will get to experience the Native American cultures that still flourish in the Amazon basin.
Live like a local; become immersed in the friendly, laid back Latin life style, Andean peaks, Amazon Rainforest, colonial towns & volcanic islands!
See the local wildlife!
Develop your independence and social skills, as well as work ethics & responsibility in teaching or community assistant roles
Find your adventurous side & make long-lasting friendships with like-minded travellers
And did we say (?) you can also
Broaden your mind & your horizons by becoming a Global Citizen
Stand out in a crowd on your return to universities or prospective employers
Working with NGOs (non-profit organisations) who help support children in care with physical or learning difficulties, and street children. Volunteers could be based in a school for children with disabilities and will help with teaching, caring, gym, dance, art and anything else the children want them to do! If volunteers are working with street children, they will be involved with teaching, helping with homework, art and writing a newsletter.
In Quito there is also the opportunity to volunteer at a social NGO providing rehabilitation therapies and special education for children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy and other associated disabilities (intellectual, visual, auditory, multi-challenges) and in need of general support.
Environment / English Teaching Assistant – Ecuador
This is a unique placement to teach English to a community in the Andean cloud forest. This is an isolated but beautiful organic farming community home to about 40 families. This community, which has united to form an association to protect their environment, produce local products and promote eco-tourism.
They also welcome volunteers to help with a range of activities, from teaching English to sowing, harvesting, reforestation and even herding cows! This is a fascinating, demanding and very rewarding project where you will stay in Yunguilla during the week and return to Quito at weekends.
English Teaching – Argentina
Volunteers may be placed in fee-paying primary & secondary schools, or at private language institutes for children aged from ten to adults. English is considered to be a valuable language to learn and volunteers use their conversational English skills to assist and support teachers and students in the classroom.
I felt so involved in community life that, at times, I couldn’t remember what it was like to live anywhere elseEzim
Our vision is of a world where all young people contribute to a more dynamic, caring and tolerant society as responsible global citizens.