Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

Foundation Ninos de Villa Ticca - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-13 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Social Services Category: Childcare Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic Placement Fee: 40 USD
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Volunteer Job Description

Villa Ticca needs childcare volunteers all year. They work with the children from the southern part of Quito; kids who's parents have no time or money to invest in an academic education or a regular daycare centre.

At Villa Ticca there are more than 60 kids who will give the volunteers an amazing experience. Help is always needed and appreciated by all.

This children's centre relies on the help of volunteers to aide in caring for children from low-to-no income neighbourhoods. The children at this placement are full of energy and benefit greatly from the compassionate, enthusiastic care given to them in all forms, be it educational and/or recreational. The help from volunteers is also important because each one of these children need lots of attention as most come from dysfunctional homes and sometimes they bring aggressive attitudes that requires a lot of patience, time and understanding.

During the summer holidays, Villa Ticca is closed. At this time holiday activities are organized for the children who live in the neighbourhood of the childcare centre, as well as for the children who must stay at Villa Ticca during the summer months. The holiday activities take place following a fixed but very flexible program which usually includes art, sports and games of various kinds. New ideas and activities contributed by volunteers are always most welcome.

There are no specific educational requirements for a childcare volunteer at this placement. However, the volunteer must be a mature and positive individual who has a sincere desire to help children. The volunteer should be able to be flexible in his/her duties at the centre.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Assist in the Kitchen

One on the tasks of a childcare volunteer would be to help in the kitchen at lunch time. This may mean to help the cook prepare the noon day meal, as well as assist the children who need it during mealtime.


A childcare volunteer may be asked to attend to the kids needs during class time, as well as lunch time. The volunteer would be expected to help the children enjoy their day by creating fun activities for the children to do. Kids demand a lot of energy all day long so volunteers must be prepared to be very active. A volunteer may also be asked to assist the staff in the general personal care of the children.

Teach English

One of a childcare volunteer's tasks is to help the kids learn basic English such as colours, numbers, animals etc. The volunteer would be in charge of sending them home with assignments about what they learnt each day.

Break Time

At break time a childcare volunteer's job is to play with the kids. Teach them fun stuff to do and at the same time things that have an educational aspect to the activity so they can learn something new, as well as develop in their interaction with each other. Creativity will be an important tool to help the children keep busy. Create new games and/or help to organize and participate in existing ones. .

Host Organization Details

Foundation Ninos de Villa Ticca

Foundation Ninos de Villa Ticca is an organization that helps the children of teenage and single mothers, as well as, the children of financially needy families. For an average of only five dollars per month a child receives an education, food and a safe place to learn and play; while their mothers study towards future employment or are in the process of trying to find a job or are already working.

Foundation Niños de Villa Ticca aims to create the possibility of a better future for the Ecuadorian families who are in these stressful circumstances by providing their programs at a extremely low cost.

Approximately, 150 children from the age of new born to twelve years of age come Monday to Friday to one of the two locations in Ecuador. One of the childcare centers is located in the capital of Quito and the other in Peguche, (a small Indigenous Community north of Otavalo). The children are educated, fed, clothed and taken care of in a safe and loving environment. They receive medical and psychological help if or when necessary. The after school group of older children are provided with help in their studies, receive guidance when necessary and the comfort of being in a secure setting. Villa Ticca also endeavours to advise mothers and families about proper nutrition and health issues.

When They Were Founded

Evelien Kremer, Marisa Martienus and Mariska Versteegh met each other in Ecuador while doing volunteering work. They all stayed in Hostal Loro Verde in the tourist area of La Mariscal in Quito. They worked in several children's daycare centres like Centro Myra, Jesus Nino and San Roque. They were struck by the lack of help for single and teenage mothers who were living in the streets. These mothers were found sitting on the street begging for money or something to eat. They didn't have any hope for a better future under their present conditions. Thus, the Dutch women decided to start a foundation in the Netherlands devoted to improving these deprived women and children in Ecuador. The organization was founded in 2003 and named," Ninos de Villa Ticca".

Who They Work With

This foundation provides services for teenage mothers, single mothers and families with very low incomes, but the main community are the children who attend to Villa Ticca Day Care.

How Are They Funded

The foundation was founded by three Dutch girls in 2003. The childcare functions thanks to its sponsors in Holland. In 2002 the three women met in Ecuador where they were working as volunteers. The confrontation with the severe shortage of help for minors and single mothers in Quito struck them deeply.

Donation Requests

Any clothing for children from ages new born to twelve years of age, paper, crayons, colouring pencils, colouring books, pencils, unfolded boxes (for helping to keep various items in an organized manner), toys, mattresses, cabinets and games would all be greatly appreciated.

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

Villa Ticca is a childcare center situated in the South of Quito, among the poorer neighborhoods of Quito. This neighborhood has a lot of families who are struggling to feed their families.

Adults who have small children therefore have no other choice but to work. In a neighborhood desperate for childcare options, Villa Ticca provides a safe and necessary alternative. This center provides free and subsidized childcare for more than 80 children. The center is crowded, but the atmosphere is nurturing, and provides parents with supervised care for their children.

No one could get lost when trying to find the Villa Ticca Day Care center. It is the only white house in the area that has cow designs painted on the outside walls. Upon entering the center you will find a small yard where the little kids have their recreational activities, as well as different classrooms for the kids 2-3 years old and 3-4 years old. We also have the common kitchen and dining room, since the little kids eat there at noon. On the first floor the restrooms are located as well, and they are specifically designed in size for the little kids. Entrance to the second floor is up some snail shaped steps. Here the Principal's Office is located, a restroom for the grown ups, another big classroom where the kids do their painting jobs and on the side they have small mattresses that are used by the youngest kids to take their naps. Additionally there is a third floor, with a different set-up from the others, where a classroom for kids, 4-5 years old, is located.

Even though the neighborhood where Villa Ticca is located is still part of the city, it is similar to a rural zone, where there are a few groceries shops, fruit places, shoe places among others. At the principal avenue it is possible to take different buses that continually go to the north or south of the city.

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 and 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.

Transfer From BaseCamp

On the corner of La Rabida y La Colón take the Colon-Camal bus going south. Get off at Pedro Cepero and Francisco Cobo Street or you can tell the bus driver you want to get off at Barrio Las Cinco Esquinas. From the Cinco Esquinas (five corners) area walk about three blocks south and you will find Francisco Cobo Street, on your left. Walk along this street until you intersect with the Calle Gabriel de la Huerta, and take a right. About one block down, on your right hand side, you will see a building painted like a cow.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 30km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:50

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

Centro de Salud No. 4
Hernán Murillo y Martín de la Calle
TEL 1: 593 2 658 068

Placement Address

Foundation Ninos de Villa Ticca
Francisco Cobo S8202 Y Gabrield De La Huerta

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: 40 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.

Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022 Feb 04, 2022
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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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