Care Project at a Children’s Hospital in Quito
from £775 GBP
to £1575 GBP
In this large, public hospital in Quito, medical treatment is given to children from all over Ecuador, many from the poorest families. There are many sick children, with a range of conditions - most are aged between 0 and 15. Their families often come with them, but due to space limitations, there's usually only room for one parent to stay.
Within the hospital, there is a centre for Children called "Ludoteca", which gives them space to heal from their injuries, and keeps them entertained during this time - which for many can be a lengthy process. Around 50 children each day visit this area of the hospital for recreational activities and games. For those children who cannot move or walk by themselves, activities are taken to them - usually this is done alongside another person from the hospital staff.
This placement is very intensive as you will be working with some severely disabled and disadvantaged children, which can be distressing. It is frustrating to see the lack of social services and aids for disabled children that there are, in comparison to a developed country. But because of this, it means that your work is even more important. You may feel like in your normal day-to-day volunteering you are not really 'helping' but please rest assured that a minimal amount of effort on your part brings a great deal of happiness into the lives of the children you'll be working with. Ecuadorian culture does differ to that of your home country, and therefore things may work slower on your project than you are used to. It is always wise to remember that by showing a little initiative and the more effort you put into the placement, the more fantastic it will be!
Work is available between 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, either for the full day or for a 3 - 4 hour period. There is plenty of flexibility, depending on your preferences: the staff will be delighted to have an extra pair of hands. Just discuss on arrival with your project coordinator the times that you wish to work.What's included
- Meeting you at the Airport
- Transfer to your accommodation
- Full pre-departure support
- Local in-country support and backup
- 24-hr emergency support
- Weekly Salsa Class and drink in Quito
You'll either stay in a house with other volunteers, in a privately run hostel, or with a host family depending on your preferences/availability. Staying with a host family or in the hostel does mean a small supplementary fee - please see the prices page for details of this.What to do next
Talk to us - We're there to help you. Most of our team are ex Travellers volunteers and are ideally qualified to offer advice and guidance because they know what you're looking for. They'll help you find your perfect project - and then make it all happen!
If you’d like to apply for this project. Visit our website and complete the application form. As soon as we receive it, we’ll liaise with you and then start making your travel adventure happen.
It’s as easy as that.
This project can be extended for up to 1 year, subject to visa requirements.
Extra weeks can be added for a minimal cost.
This placement would suit:
Children from all over Ecuador end up in this public hospital with a range of short and long term medical conditions. You’ll help to keep them cheerful and optimistic during their stay with games and other activities, as well as providing educational support to those who’ve been in hospital a long time. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of Ecuador’s bravest children and put a smile back on their faces!
Do you accept non UK citizens?
Do you accept applicants with disabilities?
accommodation, airport pickup
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FLEXIBLE: From two weeks to one year - you choose your dates and duration.