Daycare Assistant Volunteer

Gotitas De Luz - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-635 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic Placement Fee: 35 USD
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Volunteer Job Description

A daycare volunteer at Gotitas de Lus, in Quito would be mainly caring for children ages four months to five years of age.

Daycare volunteers can do so much for these children be it there emotional or physical well being. At the same time, the volunteers can take a little stress off of the sometimes exhausted staff at this facility. The staff are women from the community that volunteer their time and they are always grateful for the assistance of volunteers.

At this placement daycare volunteers would be expected to help with the routine work at the center, as well as help to care for the kids many needs. These needs would include not only their personal care but also participating in fun and learning activities that you have organized for their enjoyment.

Daycare volunteers at the Center would be involved in all the activities with the children. However, their main occupation would be to create educational and fun things for the children to do. This Center provides care for underprivileged children of single parents and low income families.

Daycare volunteers do not require to have specialized education in the care of children. However, it would certainly be a bonus if the volunteers had previous experience in caring for children. Volunteers should have taken the time, previous to their placement date, to compile a repertoire of activities appropriate for different age levels of children. Joy in working with and entertaining children is a must.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Supervise the Children

A daycare volunteer would be expected to supervise the kids under their care at all times, be it class time, lunch time or break time. Make sure they eat their food at lunch, do their homework at the allocated time and participate in fun activities that are safe.

Recreational Activities

A daycare volunteer would be responsible to create new activities each day; be it songs, games, fun classroom art or craft projects or story telling sessions. These tasks are really important because the staff usually have little time to devote to these activities and the children need playtime to interact with each other.

Lunch Time

One of the duties of a daycare volunteer would be to help in the kitchen everyday, not cooking, but in all other aspects at mealtime. This may include feeding some of the children and assisting others.

Baby Duties

A daycare volunteer may be asked to assist in the care of the babies. This could include anything from bathing the babies, changing their diapers, feeding them or just entertaining them. A volunteer may also be asked to help prepare formula, when necessary.

Host Organization Details

Gotitas De Luz

Gotitas de Luz is a nonprofit organization that helps to care for children of parents or single mothers with very low incomes. At times they care for orphans as well. The organization provides the children with food, diapers, toys, and 8 hours of care.

Most of the children in the daycare are from 4 months old to 5 years old. The people from Puembo, volunteer their time to take care of this kids who's parents don't have the time to watch over them and some of them have no families at all. One of the main goals of this organization is to help kids learn basic life skills like: washing their hands, brushing their teeth, proper table manners and how to socialize with other children that they share time with. They also have basic learning classes eg. learning colors, numbers, types of animals etc.

Gotitas de Luz, is an organization that believes in early stimulation of the child. They believe in a science, based primarily in neuroscience, by programs built with the aim to promote the development of the child. Early stimulation uses significant experiences that involve the senses, perception and the joy of exploration, discovery, self-control, play and artistic expression.

The purpose is to develop emotional intelligence, giving importance to strong emotional ties which helps the child build a self-esteem personality and security. In early stimulation, the child is the one who creates, modifies, demands and builds their experiences, according to their interests and needs.

When They Were Founded

The day care has been around for 8 years and they help a lot of young parents with their babies. The organization is funded by the nice people of Puembo , who with a lot of effort on their part provide a place for people with low resources to take there little kids during the day. The women at Gotitas de Luz are all volunteering they work for free everyday to help parents or orphans to have a place to enjoy , play and learn everyday.

How Are They Funded

The organization is funded by the nice people of Puembo , who with a lot of effort on their part provide a place for people with low resources to take there little kids during the day. The women at Gotitas de Luz are all volunteering their time.

Donation Requests

Toys Clothes for children from 4 months to 5 years old. Food Diapers

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

Puembo is a rural parish in the Metropolitan District of Quito, Ecuador. Located a few kilometres from the capital the current residential development has increased due to the overflow from the Ecuadorian capital. Puembo enjoys a privileged micro-climate, with average temperatures warm and very pleasant which is particularly attractive for living in the small Ecuadorian bourgeoisie community that identifies itself with the merits of the district.

It was named after Indian hero Cacique Nasacota Puento Cayambe, dating back to its existence before the Spanish conquest. The old chapel, with its understated but original architecture, distinguishes itself by its lateral entry to the main part of the nave and altar, plated in gold; artistically rich but not flashy enough for an area devoid of other cultural expressions.

For decades, the small Puembo site with numerous houses located around the square, focused the church and adjoining cemetery as its centre point. The region was characterized by large estates in the area, which were noted for their abundant production and owned by some of the wealthiest families in Quito.

Later most of these immense landholdings were dismembered and divided among numerous Ecuadorian families. Each of these properties had still retained considerable land which resulted in the formation of the upper middle class in Ecuador in the early seventies.

In the absence of space and land in the cities, especially in Quito, residential overflow has moved into the surrounding valleys to forge its residential growth; one of the key players in this transformation is in Puembo. This small town, home to agribusiness is also becoming known for its social and sport clubs.

This Gotitas de Luz Daycare is in an old-style structured home suitable as a nursery for young children. It has a small kitchen and a very small playroom. The upper floor has two large rooms where children can take their naps on mattresses; there are two bathrooms and a garden.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Get the Ecovia bus, the stop is one block from the BaseCamp home. Take the bus going north and get off at the last station " Rio Coca." Wait for the bus that has a big sign "Puembo". Get off at the last stop that is at the Main Park. Walk one block to the north.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 40 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 1:10

Weather in the Area

Because Ecuador is located on the Equator line, Quito's weather is very unique. Due to the Equator, Ecuador has no seasons; there is summer and winter. The year has six months winter and six months summer but the number of months for each changes from time to time.

Because Quito is so high up in the mountains, the sun is very strong and the wind blows really hard; it can get pretty cold at night. Quito always has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 10 to 27 ° C.

City/Village Description

Quito or also called "Luz de America", is the capital of Ecuador; a country located in South America, on the Equator line. Quito is considered one of the most beautiful cities in South America because of its amazing colonial architecture, historical sites, fantastic landscapes and panoramic views all surrounded by incredible mountains, rivers, parks and volcanoes.

Quito was founded in the 16th century by the Incas Tribe and is located at an altitude of 2,850 meters above sea level.

Centro de Quito, (colonial city) is the largest and best conserved colonial city in South America; this is why the UNESCO named it a "World Cultural Heritage Site" in 1978. The city's structure on the 320 hectare compound is an outstanding example of superb architecture from the sixteenth to the twentieth century; surrounded by volcanic stone with very narrow streets within, (built stone by stone), there is much to see.

The historic centre of Quito has ancient colonial homes, priceless churches, chapels, monasteries, convents, as well as plazas, museums and republican buildings with interesting architecture.

Once outside of the historical centre of the city, Quito takes on a completely different personality in the “new town” where many high rise and government buildings are found.

Though Quito is old and historic, the public transportation is fairly efficient and the city is served by a network of buses that travel throughout most of the areas; it is a cheap way of getting around. Since the city is very long and narrow, it is divided into three zones and many buses run in each zone of the city.

Currently, the heart of the capital is full of vigour and culture, such as "Heritage Nights" where citizens and visitors can enjoy the unique attractions in the, "jewel in the crown of Ecuador", through images and videos.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Clínica San Francisco
Av. 6 de Diciembre 2043 y Colón
TEL 1: 593 2 2 561 775
TEL 2: 593 2 2 562 291

Placement Address

Gotitas De Luz
Parque Puembo

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ecuador at our BaseCamp Center in Quito. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ecuador. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Ecuador you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador
BaseCamp Ecuador Address

Juan Rodriguez E8 - 72 Y
6 De Diciembre
Quito, Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador Contact Details

Tel: 593 2-254-7737 (Guest House Jazmines)
Mobile: 593-0-998-221-438

BaseCamp Ecuador is located in the trendy Mariscal district of Quito. Within easy walking distance of banks, restaurants, internet cafes and more; BaseCamp in Quito is perfectly situated for any need. Whether you are taking advantage of the rich and vibrant night life of La Mariscal or visiting a local market, BaseCamp Ecuador is always just a few minutes away.

There are six dormitory style guest rooms and five wash-rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. There are two common areas on the main floor, including a small resource centre, containing books, magazines, games and other Ecuadorian publications. As well there is a large selection of local movies and documentaries which are available for guest viewing. In addition to the two common areas, BaseCamp Quito has a rooftop terrace, the perfect spot to watch the street come awake with a morning cup of coffee, or spend an afternoon relaxing in the sun.

BaseCamp Quito is also the orientation and training centre for international volunteers visiting Ecuador. In addition to accommodation and meals, BaseCamp Quito also provides volunteers with orientation, Spanish Language training (1 - 8 weeks), placement consultation and work plan seminars, as well as follow up and continued support while volunteers are at their placements. All of these services are available to guests who are interested.

Living With a Host Family in Ecuador

Living with a host family in Ecuador is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

In the case of a volunteer lodge or ranger station (which is often the only option for placements within a National Park), volunteers will be living in dormitory type accommodation and meals will be provided in a mess hall or dining area.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ecuador.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ecuador

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks

Ecuador wildlife and conservation placements require an additional $7 USD per day fee to cover park fees and accommodation. All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Placement Fee Alert

This placement has a placement fee!

In some cases, a placement will have to take on certain expenses in order to host a volunteer. For example, some medical internship placements take time away from paid medical staff to help with educational assistance. This has a cost that is compensated by a placement fee. In other cases, the organization may have to pay for additional equipment, energy consumption or other expense in order to put a volunteer to work.

In such cases, the organizaiton charges a fee. This fee is paid directly to the organization in cash on the ground.

One of the reasons that we keep this fee separate is so that volunteers who do not pay us for accommodation, meals etc (Program Fees), will see that they will still have to make this payment directly to the organizaiton upon their arrival.

The placement fee for this organization is: 35 USD

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022
Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022
Nov 04, 2022 Dec 02, 2022 Jan 06, 2023
Feb 03, 2023 Mar 03, 2023 Apr 07, 2023
May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023
Aug 04, 2023 Sep 01, 2023 Oct 06, 2023
Nov 03, 2023 Dec 01, 2023 Jan 05, 2024


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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