Orphanage Childcare Volunteer

SOS Aldeas De Ninos Ecuador - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-692 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

In Ecuador, the SOS Children Villages provide care and attention to children ages new born to 12 years of age. Their programs focus on education, health and work skilled training.

The SOS Programs provide effective and immediate help in emergency situations; aimed at children and other vulnerable members of the local community in which the village is part.

These projects are looking for people with great social sensitivity, good strength and physical and mental health to participate for a period of not less than fifteen days in emergency projects undertaken by the organization in support of children, women and families in the SOS village.

A childcare volunteer would be expected to help the staff in their humanitarian aid efforts towards those who have lost everything.

A childcare volunteer may be asked to help the staff with: the everyday personal care of the children, help to maintain the homes, participate in sports or other forms of fun activities with the children, conduct workshops or assist with fundraising events.

It is necessary for volunteers to have a clear understanding that this placement is very demanding on a volunteer's time and is labour oriented.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Activities With Children

A childcare volunteer may be involved in the activities of the children in the homes in the SOS village. Be it: sports and games, art and crafts, music and dance, basic educational needs or teach the English language etc.


A childcare volunteer may be asked to help the staff in the general care of the children in the SOS homes. This may include helping the children wash, brush their teeth, get dressed and assist them at mealtimes.


A childcare volunteer would be expected to work with other members of the team to plan and conduct weekly workshops in which women and children learn about health and hygiene issues or skill oriented projects towards possible future income endeavours.


For this task a childcare volunteer would need to use his/her imagination to create new ways to fund raise for these children. Be it bake sales, book sales, clean-up projects in the community for money donations etc.

Host Organization Details

SOS Aldeas De Ninos Ecuador

The organization is an independent, non-governmental, social development that respects the various religious and cultural norms of each country they reside in. They work in countries where their mission can contribute to the development and well being of the child. The SOS Children Villages, work in the spirit of the," United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child" and they promote these rights around the world.

In Ecuador, the SOS Children Villages are in three different locations: Quito, the Coast and the Sierra. They provide care and attention to children ages new born to 12 years of age. There programs focus on education, health and work skilled training.

The SOS Children Villages are based on a family oriented approach that abides on four main principles. These are: each child needs a mother figure; each child usually grows up more adjusted to life challenges in a home with other siblings; each child needs a home, with a safe, healthy and warm environment to grow up in; each child profits in many ways in a supportive community environment.

When They Were Founded

The first SOS Children's Village was founded by Hermann Gmeiner in 1949 in Imst, Austria. In Ecuador in 1963 the Lords, Gerhard Engel, Julio Mancheno, Anselmo Perez and Werner Speck, founded the first SOS Children's Village, in Quito. The Village has 8 hectares of land donated by the Illustrious Municipality of Quito. In 1978 in Ecuador, the Vicariate of Esmeraldas founded the SOS Children's Village of Esmeraldas, located in Atacames on land donated by the Curia. Since 1980 this village has had 12 houses.

Who They Work With

SOS enables children to live according to their own culture and religion, and to be active members of the community. They help children to recognize and express their individual abilities, interests and talents. They ensure that children receive the education and skills training they need to be successful and contributing members of society.

SOS also shares in community life and respond to the social development needs of society's most vulnerable children and young people. SOS establishes facilities and programs that aim to strengthen families and prevent the abandonment of children. In Quito SOS has 7 Social Centers that works as a kindergarten for kids whose parent are working and dont have a place to leave their kids. The center gives attention towards the kids, the family, women and the community. .

How Are They Funded

The first SOS Children's Village was developed and implemented to help children in need, who had lost their homes, their safety and their families as a result of World War II. The organization has since expanded to help children all over the world, with the support of many donors and the help of many volunteers.

The SOS Children Villages take action on behalf of street kids, children that are orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them

Donation Requests

books and notebooks crayons pencils toys clothing for all ages

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

SOS Aldeas de Ninos Ecuador is a village complex comprised of 12 to 14 homes where the residents help each other in their daily living activities. The village is the bridge that integrates children safely back into the environment through a positive standard of living with friends and neighbourly support.

Each "family" has its own house, which provides a stable, safe and secure dwelling for children to grow-up in. The house is the family home with its own family feeling, rhythm and routine. Children develop and learn together, sharing responsibilities and all the joys and sorrows of everyday life.

The SOS children are welcomed into a family oriented home headed by a "mother" who strives to develop a positive emotional bond with each child thus helping to provide the security that each child seeks and needs.

"Mom" recognizes and respects the family history of each child, as well as his/her cultural roots and religion. The "mother" is a person with a vocation for children who received specialized training in regards to the care and development of children towards successfully helping them to become mature, independent individuals, able to respect themselves and support their future dependants in Ecuador.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Walk from BaseCamp House down to 6 de Diciembre Street and take the Ecovia bus to the south of the city; get off at Quicentro Shopping Mall. Take another bus called ESTADIO UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL; this will take you to Av America and Veracruz. The complex is located at the corner where these two streets meet.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 8 km
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
TEL 1: 593 2 2998-777

Placement Address

SOS Aldeas De Ninos Ecuador
Veracruz N34-102 Y Av. América C

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.

  • September

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.

Give us a Call
Canada / USA 866-646-4693 (toll free)
UK 866-646-4693 (toll free)
Australia 866-646-4693 (toll free)
International 613-353-3000
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