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My name is Emily, I worked in the babies orphange in Cuenca from June to July. I worked with the toddlers and the babies from 8 AM to 1 PM. All of the caregivers there were so kind and even though I could not speak much Spanish, they worked very hard to understand what I was saying. They always gave the babies and toddlers so much love and many hugs. I miss the women working there and the babies, they were like my family!
My experience in the babies orphanage was excellent. I had the opportunity to work with extraordinary and hard-working people. All the children in the orphanage are very loving and it was fun to play with them every day. I helped the kids keep their rooms clean, played with everyone, read them books, and sometimes we went to a park or the pool. There is a lot of love and respect in the babies orphanage; I miss all the children and the memories that we formed there.
Volunteering abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador with the Simón Bolívar Volunteer Program is probably one of the best decisions I have taken so far. I taught English in a girls’ orphanage in downtown Cuenca and I also helped in a second orphanage with new-borns and toddlers. Both experiences were extremely fulfilling and allowed me to learn a lot about myself. Cuenca is a beautiful city worth exploring. I was at first concerned about volunteering alone, but going to the workshops offered by the Simón Bolívar Spanish School allowed me to meet other students with who I also visited the city. The fact that I wanted to stay longer as my return date approached confirms that I truly enjoyed my stay. My attachment to the kids, the kindness of the people and the impact I could have through my work made this trip unique.
I had the most wonderfull time while working with the animals and also having the chance to be in direct contact with many Ecuadorian species was amazing I think that I would never have had the chance to see such a beautiful animals so close like I did and thank you for all the organizing issue for my program I will always have ECUADOR in my thoughts.
There are now worst experience in Galapagos because its a nice place and the volunteer work is also pretty good. Overall its pretty good organized and i can just say the Accommodations are Basic and the Food is good.
My experience with the Simon Bolivar volunteer program was nothing but excellent. The staff guided me through every aspect of the experience from my arrival to my departure. The volunteer work at the children's hospital was very meaningfuland it improved my Spanish immensely. Also the Spanish lessons at the school were great—I learned so much about the culture and the history of Ecuador. I really enjoyed myself. I only wish that I could have stayed longer!.
It was really interesting to see how locals deal with animals traffic and how they love and take care of the animals despite of the fact of the lack of economical resources in few words I highly recommend this program you will learn and have so much fun.
My experience with the volunteer program was terrific. I was able to work with rescued animals, which is a major interest of mine, with a very caring stall in an exceptional facility.
I volunteer for 2 weeks at the Girls Orphanage and I studier Spanish in the afternoons. I both saw my Spanish improve a tremendous amount, and I learned about working with girls in a very unique setting at my volunteer project. The Simon Bolivar School & Volunteer Work in Ecuador made the entire experience incredibly smooth & were great support throughout my entire stay.
It was a short time but it was pretty interesting to see the way how the agricultural works in Ecuador and also how Ecuadorian manage the environmental issue in this kind of location where there were not all the facilities, anyway my group of friends and I had fun!!
This Project has an amazing location because after one week of hard working under the coast sun there was nothing compare to get to the beach with no long travel issue and the activities were well organized I really recommend to choose this project.
Working in the Jungle was the most important experience that I have ever had and the climate, atmosphere at the project and volunteer activities were awesome!.
I have been in Ecuador for a couple of times but this year was the first time that I did something different from only travelling and working at this project was the most rewarding thing that I've ever done and I will come back to visit them and the kids who are so strong despite of their special needs.
I am so glad that i did this half year of volunteering! Every new people here should try to see as much they can and just enjoy the wonderful land, i fall in love of this place in this 6 month stay and I will always miss my kids.
I mainly worked with the physical therapist at the Women?s Auspice in Cuenca. She was very patient when I could not understand Spanish and took time to repeat or rephrase what she said. She also was very helpful in explaining the tasks with which she needed help and taught me quite a bit about ther job and the language. The nun in charge of the Auspice was very kind too.
I did a one week program and it was a really wonderful experience, the kids, the staff, and all the people were so friendly and helpful to me when I need something I highly recommend working in Ecuador.
The best aspect of my volunteer work were the kids at my project. It was a great experience to see how they recognize you after a while and how they smile at you while you're doing the therapy.
It was my second time in Ecuador but it was the best one because I had finally the time to volunteer and teach as I wanted to a different culture. It was a great time and I will be back soon!!
I enjoy my classes with the students and they enjoyed me the teachers and students had a wonderful appreciation of my efforts at the high school.
My main objective when I decided to come to Ecuador to do this Volunteer program was to see how the kids with this special need live and study because I lost my voice due to a sickness but I will get it back someday and they will not be that lucky I will so I wanted to work in the same conditions and going through the same needs.
Working in this place which is deep deep in the Jungle with a complete different culture as the ACHUAR was a really interesting experience and once you spend a time here then you start to appreciate what you have at home ad all the facilities in the city of course that you also realize how important and amazing the nature is, the conditions are not easy but it is totally worth it!
It was a very unique experience. I have been here just for a month and I wish I could stay a little longer. It is wonderful was of learning other culture and getting to know yourself better too. I think these are the kind of things that make humans happy, learning, helping, sharing, loving and leaving.
I truly enjoyed my volunteer experience. I wish that I could of stayed longer. I have done volunteer experiencesbut never volunteering abroad. At my volunteer siteI felt that I had a sense of purpose and responsibility which made me feel important. My experience is a memory that I would hold in my heart and a story that I will tell everyone. Simon Bolivar Volunteer Program made this volunteer opportunity a great possibility for me. They set everything up for me from my airport pick up my accommodation my volunteer site. They really made an effort to know how I felt working and how my experience was at the my work site.
It was by far life changing for me! It gave a whole new prospective on life and the world. People places and things are all beautiful! The food is wonderful, working with the babies and the other very nice volunteers and workers, it was all very nice organized!.
I had so much fun while working as a teacher and also the difference that can be in the same city only some minutes away from the Urban area but the kids were so friendly and cute even though they couldn't focus in the lessons.
The volunteer work taught me a lot. I really loved working with the children and getting to know them. It really gave you a lot in return, besides it was a different experience. Just be open to the culture and the way the do things and it will give youna great memory for life i´m really glad that i did it.
I am very pleased with all the organization done here at Simon Bolivar. The staff at the school is really helpful and you feel really good taken care of; besides the teachers are really good, and have good ways to make the classes interesting. I love my teachers!!! and the volunteer work was also good and a great experience for life. Thank you so much Simon Bolivar.
I have really enjoyed my stay here in Quito. The Simon Bolivar Spanish School has professional teachers whom I have learned a lot from, the tours arranged in the weekends were great!! .. and i have really had such a great time in those trips; the office is great as well because it´s possible to stop by if you need information or help besides there is always people there who are willing to help you with a friendly face; I really recommend Simon Bolivar to family and friends.
The experiences that I have had so far in this hospital in Quito, Ecuador have been completely different from those that I have had at the hospitals that I have volunteered at in the United States: hygiene access is not as readily available, the technology and facilities are not as up-to-date, and there seems to be an overwhelming amount of people that need help than can be offered. I knew that the quality of service here would not be as good as in more developed countries, yet my heart went out towards these people and these conditions that they had to endear.
Working with an indigenous culture and with their kids was an interesting experience that I would like to do it again and eventhough the people who work in this daycare center was a little bit shy I guess that is how they feel in front of other culture too.
The location and activities were the most amazing part of everything! Ecuador has so many interesting places and different from each other. I had a great time while working here.
Simon Bolivar is a good school with good teachers. I felt pretty safe that i had someone to call in emergencies i have experienced and learned a lot during my work at EL TEJAR the trips arranged by the organization is good and worth trying.
I love the atmosphere behind these four walls that makes the classroom experience for the kids. When I go to the School Assistance it’s not only for work reasons, but also for me to come together with the kids sharing good moments, happiness and learning about human values. It’s wonderful to feel and receive the great enthusiasm from the kids. I have noticed that I’m not only able to teach the kids stuff, but they also help me in learning a lot.
The kids make me laugh and think. I have the faith that by helping these kids out with homework and other school or family issues I also contribute to their independence in the future.
I just finished a 5 weeks stint volunteering at a clinic in Tumbaco, a suburb of Quito, Ecuador, through the volunteer program at Simon Bolivar. The coordinator, Helene Myrvold, was really great. She had several options for me to choose from and stressed that if I didn't like my placement all I needed to do was say so and she would find something more suitable. We considered multiple options and visited a couple of places to make a decision. I decided on the Asociación Vivir. Mariana, the director, who is also a doctor of naturopathic medicine, strives to keep her great dreams for Ecuador on a realistic level.
The association is putting together a report in order to put on a fundraising program in Europe. Much of what I did there was to help out with this work. I also set up a small nurses area, where I gave the occasional injection, washed huge amounts of ear wax out of a little girls ears once, and mostly did vital signs and measured little kids. I found pediatric growth charts online and copied a bunch in order to put one each in with the individual charts in order to track growth. Hopefully they continue this practice. Anyway, I'm so glad I got to have this experience. I really felt like I was able to help out a lot and I also got a lot out of it as well.
having seen a few locations and
possibilities to work, I went with
Helene, the manager of voluntary
work to this project and
decided to stay there for a few
months. This project is
a house of refugee for women and
their children suffering from domestic
violence. The institution offers
boarding and lodging for women and
their kids, medical care and psychological
There are also workshops concerning domestic violence, self-esteem, family relationship, sexuality, working in groups etc.
It wasn't very clear what I had to do, so I decided to work with the children in this project. Beside the women they are really the persons, who need help and generally they enjoy to have the possibility to play and work with a volunteer. At first, I started to make a daily plan for the children and managed some special projects for example a painting hour or a rubbish collecting competition. The work in this project isn't that easy, because on the one hand you have to be able to work and create things almost every time alone and it isn't clear how many days you can spend with a group of children, because almost every day mothers with their kids are leaving and entering. On the other hand all members of the staff, as well as mothers and their kids are very thankful for the support by a volunteer. The kids are very glad to be engaged in some activities. Moreover you may learn a lot of things about social life in Ecuador and about various destinies of life of Ecuadorian and Columbian kids. One of the most important experiences in my live! Thank you very much!
I decided to volunteer in Ecuador alter returning back to my country and seeing that things haven’t changed much. That were still children in the streets without a proper shelter or a decent education. From then on I set out to find a place where my help be most needed. Initially I got a placement through the International Students Volunteers in the Amazon working with some local tribes in a development program, however the cost for the placement was very high and although it was worth it, as I student I couldn’t afford it. Nevertheless with some luck I managed to get in touch with the Simón Bolívar Volunteer Program, from the start they were very supportive and friendly. They granted me a placement at the day care in San Roque.
When I arrived at my placement I felt very intimidated by the children, there were so many. Eventually I started to engage with them and I discovered that they were all very special. During the 5 weeks of the placement not only did I have the opportunity to teach them things, but I also learn many valuable things, and thought the work was demanding at times it was equally enjoyable. In general I felt that the experience was worthwhile, and if I ever return to do work experience in Ecuador I would definitely consider to do in it through Simón Bolívar.
I am truly grateful to Simón Bolívar for connecting me with Children International through this organization. I taught English to under privileged Children between the ages of 5 and 14. Even though these children live with the bare minimum, their spirits are so energetic and strong as much as they think I helped them, I am truly the one who can not thank them. They opened my eyes to the important things in life: family, community, hard work, and hope. I will carry the memory of them with me wherever I go.