Fundraising and Grant Writing Volunteer

Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-690 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Community Development Category: Organizational Support Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

The Sol Y Vida Foundation currently supports approximately 40 children, at a time, that have cancerous tumours, by financing chemo and radiology therapy. Children from all areas in Ecuador are referred to them, by the national children’s hospital and most of them are less than 10 years old.

The children come from families with monthly incomes of 100 to 350 USD or less. They have no health insurance and therefore, no access to affordable medical services. The treatment of tumours can be expensive depending on the type of tumour; however, there are children that require only 20 USD a month for their chemotherapy. According to,"WHO", 80% of children with cancer can be cured if access to modern medicine is granted, in time.

At the Sol Y Vida Foundation all their members work as volunteers. Virtually all donations go directly to pay for the medical care of the children - administrative costs are very low.

A fundraising volunteer at this placement would be involved in organizing campaigns and events with other team members to obtain funds. What an extremely worthwhile endeavour to participate in. Volunteers may also use social media to reach out to more of the general population in regards to the work this foundation is doing, the plight of some of these children if financial help is not obtained, in time, information about the program called,"Last Wish" and other ways and means that people can contribute to this very great cause.

A fundraising volunteer may also be asked to assist in some of the social activities with the children or attend with staff at some sessions for parents of children fighting cancer.

A volunteer does not need to have had previous experience fundraising but should have good communication skills, be knowledgeable of various social media sites and willing to devote quality time towards fundraising endeavours.

Volunteer Tasks Required


A fundraising volunteer would work with other team members to organize fundraising events and campaigns. The volunteers who choose this placement should do their research ahead of time to find endeavours that have been successful in the past.

Social Media

A fundraising volunteer should be knowledgeable of various social media sites. One of the important tasks of volunteers at the foundation is to continue to seek other people willing to volunteer their time.

Last Wish

A fundraising volunteer will work with parents in their endeavours to increase pleasurable activities and/or games for their afflicted children. They have a program called, "Last Wish". A volunteer may be asked to work in a campaign for funds for this program or to help spread the word of the function of this program.

Fun & Games

A fundraising volunteer at the foundation will help with the supervision of the children and be expected to organize games and activities like art and crafts to help entertain the children. Some activities should be geared towards learning.

Host Organization Details


Sol y Vida, currently supports approximately 40 children, at a time, that have cancerous tumours, by financing chemo and radiology therapy. Children are referred to them, by the national children’s hospital and most of them are less than 10 years old.

The children come from families with monthly incomes of 100 to 350 USD or less. They have no health insurance and therefore, no access to affordable medical services. The treatment of tumours can be expensive depending on the type of tumour; however, there are children that require only 20 USD a month for their chemotherapy. According to,"WHO", 80% of children with cancer can be cured if access to modern medicine is granted, in time. Sol y Vida , with the help of donations, tries to assist in making access to medical resources more available to as many children as possible.

The hospital that refers children to them is the main public children’s hospital in Ecuador. This means that the children don’t just come from Quito, but from all over the country. The journey to the city can be very arduous with a sick child. Some families travel by canoe or horseback for hours before they reach the nearest bus station where a bus takes them on a 5-8 hour journey to Quito. This is often the reason why the children only see a cancer specialist when the tumour has reached an advanced stage. In most cases the children are treated as outpatients, requiring numerous trips to the city throughout their treatment.

All, Sol y Vida members work as volunteers. Administrative costs are extremely low and virtually all donations go directly to pay for the medical care of the children. Sol y Vida has agreements with private suppliers that allows them to access medical services at a much reduced cost, thus monetary donations go further and help more children. A large majority of children's cancers can be cured IF the child has access to the right treatment in time. Donations to Sol y Vida, makes it possible for the children of families,(who otherwise would have no way to help their child), receive the necessary treatment.

When They Were Founded

"Sol y Vida" was founded in 2004 in Quito by a group of German and Swiss nationals.

Current active members are: Ann Buchel, Kerstin Pazmiño, Ulrike Fritz, Ligia Perez, Sabine Mehling-Sitter, Claudia Kaeser, Birgitt Brackemann and Karin Zurbriggen. The spectrum of their professional backgrounds range from teachers, psychologists, economists to journalists. They all work voluntarily in their free time for "Sol y Vida". Each one contributes to the foundation with his/her respective skills and experience with the collective desire to save lives and help Ecuadorian children suffering with cancer.

How Are They Funded

Sol y Vida, is funded by donations from numerous people in many countries. It was originally funded by a group of German and Swiss nationals. The names of the active members in Quito change sporadically due to the fact that many of the members,(for professional reasons), live in Quito for a limited amount of time. Often members who have returned to Europe or elsewhere, continue to support the organization from their respective homes.

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

The Baca Ortiz Children's Hospital is a centre for Paediatric Cancer Care. Approximately 60 inquiries for care are received each day, 4 new patients hospitalized a week, 25 chemotherapy treatments daily, 180 new patients seen per year and 750 patients in follow-up. 40% of all children diagnosed with cancer receive chemotherapy.

The Oncology Department of the hospital, has the first Paediatric Palliative Care Clinic and provides a day school for pain control support. The staff are highly trained medical staff.

Its mission is to provide specialized services in a timely, efficient and continuous manner to every child that needs attention in the area of haematology and oncology to improve their well-being and quality of life.

The hospital is a role model for paediatric cancer care and reference for the country in the area of Paediatric Oncology and Haematology; relying on standards, management, training, continuous improvement, efficient use of resources and warm and caring attention to patients and their families.

It is noted that the hospital has volunteers and shelters for the stay of relatives or caregivers of the children patients from other provinces.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From BaseCamp house, walk one block to 6 de Diciembre Street, at your right you will see Domino's Pizza, in front of it you will see Ecovia Bus Station Los Sauces. Get on this bus to the south of Quito. Cost o.25 cents. Get off at Baca Ortiz Station which is just in front of Baca Ortiz Hospital. Walk a 100 meters to the north and in the corner there is the building Antares; the office you will be working in is on the 2nd floor # 201.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5 km
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

Clìnica Pichincha
Paez N22-160 y Veintimilla
TEL 1: 593 2 2998-777

Placement Address

6 De Diciembre Y Colon
Edificio Antares Piso 2

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

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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