Volunteers in Ecuador stay with local host families. ELI truly believes that this is the best way to fully immerse in another culture and get the most from an international experience. All families are carefully screened and are well-respected members of the community. Host families do not speak English, creating a full immersion environment to help participants improve their Spanish language skills. Participants will have either a private or shared bedroom with secure storage (volunteer must provide own padlock). Bathrooms are shared with the host family. Volunteers will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily.
Spanish classes are not included in the program fees but can be set up either at a language school or with a private teacher in Quito. The classes cost about $6 an hour.
The programs in Ecuador have completely flexible start dates. However, it usually works well if participants can arrive in Quito on a Thursday or Friday. This allows for orientation and getting settled in over the weekend before starting the project on Monday.
In December, we ask that participants not arrive December 23-29. This allows our coordinator to spend the Christmas holiday with her family.