Daycare Assistant Volunteer

Guagua Quinde - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-579 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Intermediate
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Volunteer Job Description

The reference center Quinde Guagua is a foundation project of Patronato San Jose, located in the Juan León Mera and Columbus, north of Quito. Guagua Quinde, provides daycare for children that are 6 months to 5 years old, night care when necessary for children that are under 5 years of age and school support services of tutoring activities for kids that attend regular schools in the La Mariscal area.

Judith Morejon, project coordinator, said the main objective is to rescue children who are in deplorable situations while their parent(s) work.

One hundred twenty children have been rescued from the streets of La Mariscal and provided a new lifestyle. Your job as a volunteer is to help influence children and their related families to seek assistance in obtaining the necessary educational requirements to allow the children a better chance for future employment, through educational endeavours.

A daycare volunteer at the center may be asked to; work in the street outreach program, provide assistance at mealtime at the center or organize and implement sports, fun games, song and dance sessions, art and crafts, story telling times or perhaps teach sessions on personal hygiene etc.

Quinde Guagua would like to have volunteers who have knowledge in childcare work and are able to exchange with the staff and other volunteers different ideas regarding childcare. However, experience in this field is not mandatory. Volunteers do need to enjoy working and caring for young children and have the stamina to do so.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Street Outreach

A daycare volunteer may be asked to assist in the Street Outreach Program. Volunteers would work in at least one of the market areas with mostly pre-school children . The volunteers gather the children from their stands, play, sing and lead educational, as well as hygienic activity with them.

Lunch Time

A daycare volunteer must help in the kitchen everyday, not cooking , but making sure everything is ready for the kids lunch. Because you are going to be working with kids of all ages, you would be expected to help staff in the feeding of some of the children, as well as assisting other children with their meals.

Song & Dance

Daycare volunteers can sometimes connect with children more easily through song and dance. In general all kids like to sing and dance. Volunteers may teach the children basic educational games through rhymes and fun songs and at the same time improve their English skills.

Daily Tasks

Daycare volunteers are needed to assist in daily tasks such as attending to the needs of the young children in the center. Volunteers would also be expected to help with the numerous routine housekeeping chores at the daycare.

Supervise Children

A daycare volunteer would be expected to supervise the children at all times when the children are at the center and under his/her direct supervision. This would include tutoring the older children with their homework assignments when necessary.

Host Organization Details

Guagua Quinde

Guagua Quinde´s mission is to restore rights for children that work and at the same time make the parents aware of the dangers that their kids are exposed to when they send their children in their early years out into the working world.

To accomplish this mission Guagua Quinde, provides child care services. Daily daycare for children that are 6 months to 5 years old, night care when necessary for children that are under 5 years of age and school support services of tutoring activities for kids that attend regular schools in the area.

Doctor Judith Morejon, organized the programs for the Guagua Quinde project. She previously had been involved with the directors of the, " Patronato Municipal San Jose, " who focus on bringing services primarily to kids that have needs".

The Foundation Board of San Jose operates the project in La Mariscal, "Guagua Quinde" a center for prevention, child protection and guidance to families who frequent the area. Andrea Nina, the foundation's president, explained to representatives of the community of La Mariscal, the scope of the project that addresses the problems of begging, street life, child labor and domestic violence.

Since the children at Guagua Quinde are the focus of attention; the Organization provides services dedicated to them and is divided into three different areas of care as previously mentioned.

When They Were Founded

The Guagua Quinde project was founded in June of 2010 and the foundation's president is Andrea Nina.

Guagua Quinde is a branch of the Organization called Casa de la Niñez that has their installations in the south of the city and was the first social Project created by an Organization that belongs to the Government called Patronato Municipal San José who's primary objective is to give support to kids and teenagers that have no resources in the south of Quito.

Who They Work With

The community of kids that assist to Guagua Quinde is big since the daycare receives approximately 100 kids, counting the ones that receive help at night and the ones that receive tutoring support. These kids need to be attended here since they parents have very low incomes and have to go out to the streets so they can have a minimum income that will be used to help their children. The parents hardly have a primary level of education and they belong to a very low social class.

How Are They Funded

Guagua Quinde´s Organization receives 99.9 % of the support for their projects from agreements done with Government Institutions such as INNFA.

INNFA (Institute for the children and family) is an organization of the government that helps different institutions located in very poor areas.

Donation Requests

Guagua Quinde would appreciate from volunteers toys, clothes for small children, didactic games, etc.

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

Guagua Quinde is located in the Mariscal District of Quito, which is a tourist neighborhood of the capital of Ecuador. The Mariscal neighborhood is a touristic zone, full of hostels, coffee shops, restaurants and big modern buildings where there are a lot of five star hotels for the tourists.

The Mariscal is a neighborhood that is watched by policemen 24 hours a day and in some occasions by military as well. You can often find little kids with boxes of candy and cigarettes ready to be sold to tourists. These kids in particular are who the staff of Guagua Quinde want to rescue and avoid that they work on the streets.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Walk from the BaseCamp house two blocks down the street, and take the Ecovia bus south to the Sauce station in front of Dominos Pizza, get off at Baca Ortiz Station and go west one block to the Av. Juan León Mera go to the left and then you will see a big light green house, which is the Guagua Quinde Placement.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 14km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:15

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

Guagua Quinde
Av. Juan León Mera N24-307 Y Av. Colón

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

Program Dates


The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • June
  • July

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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