Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

For His Children - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-727 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Whether you are college age, retired or are looking for a second career; whether you are deeply searching for a meaning in life, or simply want to help others; if you are willing to give enthusiastically of your time, talents and energy, FHC invites you to come to Ecuador. There are many opportunities and ways to get involved, no matter your interests, skills or age.

A childcare volunteer at "For His Children Centre" would be working with a team of volunteers from the community who work here everyday. Most of these volunteers have other responsibilities as well, so international volunteer help is needed and much appreciated.

A childcare volunteer at this placement would be working with children ages new born to 18 years of age. Your role may include teaching, playing games, reading stories, helping at mealtimes or just being there as an adult and providing support and affection.

These children usually come from homes where little attention has been able to be given to their emotional needs and a volunteer's efforts to involve the children in fun games and sport activities is most welcome and appreciated by all.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Supervise Children

A childcare volunteer would be expected to supervise the children 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.

Baby Duties

A childcare 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.

Fundraising Activities

A childcare volunteer would work with other volunteers to organize fundraising events for the daycare in order to provide materials, food and clothing for the children. A volunteer would need to use their imagination to develop campaigns to bring attention to the people of Quito to help the center. Bake sales and flee markets are some of the activities volunteers have successfully conducted in the past.

Street Outreach

A childcare volunteer may assist the team at the center when they help street children. At this time, an effort is made to provide a little fun activities, as well as health education to the children. These activities have the goal of helping children who's parents are not able to provide the time to attend to their child's emotional needs.

Lunch Time

One of the duties of a childcare 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.

Host Organization Details

For His Children

For His Children (FHC) is an Evangelical Christian Association that provides homes for homeless children with normal needs and special needs, in Ecuador. Currently, 40 to 50 children are cared for in two residential care homes, one in north-east Quito and a home in Latacunga, in the Province of Cotopaxi. The environment provides physical and emotional support, spiritual nurturing, and lots of tender loving care. The residents of FHC range from newborn to 18 years of age.

Founders Clark and Melinda Vaughn and their two young children, Phillip and Lesley Ann (both now adults) moved to Quito in 1990, and began caring for abandoned and orphaned children as foster parents, receiving referrals to care for severely malnourished, premature and disabled children. Supported by "God’s Provision of Prayer", donations and encouragement, the ministry grew from one child in 1990, to now over 700 children who have been held in the arms of FHC.

Believing that all children are created in God’s image, For His Children exists as a Christ-Centered Ministry to homeless children, providing care in a loving and supportive environment. They strive to unite them with their biological or adoptive families and advocate on behalf of the others.

The greatest encouragement FHC has been their supporters, families, friends, donors, volunteers and team members. They continuously give life’s most precious commodities of time, love and support which the Association very much appreciates.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

For His Children is a Evangelical Christian Association , they believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The role of the organization is to help anybody in need following the teaching in the Bible. Volunteers are not asked to be religious to help in "For His Children Orphanage, " just to respect their beliefs.

When They Were Founded

Clark and Melinda Vaughn and their two young children, Phillip and Lesley, were living in Mammoth Lakes, CA, when they decided to accompany fellow members of the "Church on the Mountain" in Crowley Lake, on a two-week mission trip to Ecuador in 1988. While in Quito, the Vaughn’s were moved by a spiritual calling from God to relocate to Ecuador to “love His people.” Two years later, the Vaughn’s sold their home and Clark’s law practice, packed up eight large suitcases and purchased four one-way tickets to Quito, Ecuador.

---"In 1990, when my family and I moved to Ecuador, we envisioned," For His Children", as a small ministry providing 5-star care to needy children in a clean, bright and loving environment. That is what we did for some years, caring for children in our own home, with a couple of tias, waiting in line to use the washing machine, sharing the kitchen’s one refrigerator, being “chauffeur” for doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and lots of other errands."

How Are They Funded

For His Children is a Christ-Centered Ministry for homeless children first funded by the founders Clark and Melinda Vaughn in their home supported by "God's Provision of Prayer" of the Evangelical Christian Association, as well as individual donors.

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

The For His Children orphanage is located in Ecuador’s heavily populated capital city of Quito. With a large population and bustling daily activity Quito and the area surrounding the orphanage have all the amenities volunteers may need to be comfortable. Quito has a variety of restaurants, hotels, shopping centers and markets, as well as hospitals, medical clinics and post offices.

The orphanage itself is in good condition and has the supplies to effectively house, teach and feed the children living there - that being said, there are always jobs to be done for volunteers interested in more physical work. Small fixes like painting, sanding and landscaping are some of the things For His Children needs to work on.

Transfer From BaseCamp

For His Children is located in the sector right across from the Carcelen bus terminal in the northeast region of Quito. Once at the terminal walk down the street directly across and continue east on Capri for two blocks. Turn left on Calle E-6 and the orphanage is the fourth or fifth property on the right hand side.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 20km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:40

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

For His Children
Terminal Terrestre Quitumbe Y Eloy Alfaro

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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