Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

Hogar Infantil Jesus Nino - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-32 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

The Hogar Infantil Jesus Nino Home is a daycare center that works with families who live in difficult circumstances. The staff at the Home are all volunteers from within the community who give their time whenever possible to care for the children. The Home not only functions as a daycare facility but is also a home for 20 orphaned children.

Childcare 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.

Volunteers at this placement would be responsible to create and implement fun and learning activities for the children who have had little opportunity in their young lives to do so. Some of the children attend school but still require attention at all other times and of-course some are babies who require almost constant care. Volunteers would also be expected to help with the routine work at the Home.

Volunteers are highly appreciated at this placement and can assist the staff and the children at the Home in numerous ways. No special background is needed to work there but experience with children and lots of enthusiasm are a plus.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Supervise the Children

A childcare volunteer would be expected to help supervise the children at all times when in the Home. This could include duties like helping them with their homework, playing games with them at break time, assisting at mealtime, teaching them new songs or dances, storybook reading time etc.

Baby Care

A childcare volunteer would be expected to assist in the daily care of the babies. Bathing, dressing, changing diapers or feeding them. A volunteer may also be asked to help prepare baby formula or to assist in activities to stimulate their minds.

Street Outreach

The team goes once a month to the streets in Ecuador to mix with the children there. The goal is to provide some fun games and activities for these street children. To perhaps teach them a few pointers in health and hygiene but mainly to bring a little joy into their stressful lives.

Fundraising Activities

A childcare volunteer would work with other volunteers to organize fundraising events for the Home. Money is always needed to provide food, clothing and supplies for the children. Volunteers will need to use their imagination to developed and then implement fundraising activities. Bake sales and flee markets have been successful in the past.

Host Organization Details

Hogar Infantil Jesus Nino

The Hogar Infantil Jesus Nino Home is a daycare center that works with families who live in difficult circumstances. The employees at the Home try to help these families by taking care of their children, helping with their educational needs and their nutritional aspects of health.

Hogar Infantil Jesus Nino opened the doors for orphans a couple of years ago and now they have over 20 orphaned children residing at the Home. Dona Maria organizes with her volunteers fundraising events every month to help cover food, diapers, clothing and toys.

The Home also helps children from 10 to 16 years old by providing them with food and shelter in return for assisting at the Home in numerous ways.

The Hogar Infantil Jesus Nino Home is running out of space and money due to the fact that it is no longer only a daycare. The team at the Hogar Infantil Jesus Nino Home are mostly volunteers from the universities here in Quito and volunteers from all over the world. This has been great for the kids because they have shared time with people from different cultures, which has enabled them to broaden their prospective towards foreigners and learn more about the world around them.

Volunteers are always needed at the Home and the volunteers need only to have a good heart and a willingness to care for these children in need. Dona Maria is always glad to hear about people who want to assist in the care of the children thus helping to make her dream a reality.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

Catholic, however, volunteers do not need to be of any religious faith.

When They Were Founded

The Hogar Infantil Jesus Nino Home was founded by Dona Maria, an Ecuadorian women who is now 80 years old. In 1976 she started her fundraising campaign in New York, USA and then came back to Ecuador and founded the organization, in Chimbacalle , South of Quito. She wanted, (with the assistance of volunteers), to help financially distressed people in Ecuador, to have a place to bring their young children where they could be looked after in a safe, happy and learning environment.

Who They Work With

Children of poor and needy families. There are 80 children in the daycare and 64 in the kindergarten.

How Are They Funded

The Hogar Infantil Jesus Nino Home was originally funded by an Ecuadorian woman named Dona Maria. It is a self-sustaining institution that obtains funds through fundraising campaigns, private and public donations and funds received to finance specific programs.

Donation Requests

Recreational and educational games and toys, school supplies and children's clothing

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

'Hogar Infantil Jesús Niño' is a daycare center that works with families who live in difficult circumstances. The employees at 'Jesús Niño' try to help these families by taking care of their children, helping with educational services and nourishment.

This neighborhood has a lot of families who are struggling to feed their families with the very low wages offered to laborers in Ecuador, sometimes less than $100 a month.

Adults who have small children therefore have no other choice but to work. In a neighborhood desperate for childcare options, Jesus Niño provides a safe and hopeful alternative for working parents. This daycare center is small, but warm and welcoming.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Volunteers will commute to the south of Quito (30 to 45mins from central areas of Quito). Walk down two blocks to 6de diciembre street, take the Sauces Station south, when you get to Alamedas Park get off and walk across the park to take the bus, headed to Huacho town. You are gonna travel for about 30 min, and you have to get off at the last Station across the Quicentro Sur Mall. Take the next bus to Chimbacalle, when you get to the main mark, look for the main street Adrian Navarro.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 25km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:45

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
Quito
TEL 1: 593 2 2998-777

Placement Address

Hogar Infantil Jesus Nino
Adrian Navarro 10-10 Y Andres Perez Sector El Cama
Quito
Ecuador

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
250
 
  1 Week
395
 
  2 Weeks
620
 
  3 Weeks
844
 
  4 Weeks
1,068
 
  5 Weeks
1,243
 
  6 Weeks
1,418
 
  7 Weeks
1,593
 
  8 Weeks
1,768
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
175
 

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

MONTHS NOT AVAILABLE

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

  • August

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.

Nov 01, 2019 Dec 06, 2019 Jan 03, 2020
Feb 07, 2020 Mar 06, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
May 01, 2020 Jun 05, 2020 Jul 03, 2020
Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020 Oct 02, 2020
Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021
Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021 Apr 02, 2021
May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 2021 Jul 02, 2021
Aug 06, 2021 Sep 03, 2021 Oct 01, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

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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UK 866-646-4693 (toll free)
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International 613-353-3000
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