Youth Outreach Volunteer

Fundacion Grupo Aldec - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-753 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Social Services Category: Child and Youth Work Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic Placement Fee: 30 USD
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Volunteer Job Description

The Aldec Foundation established the Citizen Outreach Community Center, where daily activities are arranged that promotes academic, as well as health related issues. The center also provides meals which often is the influential factor in a child first coming.

Volunteers are an essential part of ALDEC and thanks to help from local volunteers, student volunteers from various schools, as well as national and international volunteers the foundation has assisted many families over the years.

This foundation is looking for volunteers who can work in many different endeavours for the center, be it: fun and educational activities for the children, providing psychological support for children and/or their families, assisting in all aspects of meal preparations, working in social media, fundraising events, helping to develop marketing strategies and communication -- to be more successful in obtaining financial support and getting more people to volunteer etc.

Child and youth volunteers, at this placement, do not need to have previous experience. However, they should be flexible in the tasks they are asked to do, have good communication skills and enjoy interactions with children of various age groups.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Activities at the Center

Child and youth volunteers would be expected to assist other volunteers in developing and implementing games and activities for the different age groups of children at the center.

Volunteers may also be required at times to provide psychological support for children and/or their families.

Kitchen Assistant

A child and youth volunteer would be expected to help with meal related chores. This could include helping to buy supplies, the preparation of food, as well as assisting the children at mealtime and the cleaning-up afterwards.

Social Media

A child and youth volunteer should be knowledgeable of various social media sites. One of the important tasks of volunteers at this foundation is to inform the children in the area of the center and what it has to offer them.

Fundraising

A child and youth volunteer would be expected to work with other volunteers to organize fundraising events and campaigns to help support the center and its many worthwhile endeavours.

Host Organization Details

Fundacion Grupo Aldec

The Aldec Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with at risk children and young people age 6 to 17 years and their families, in the historic center of Quito.

The Aldec Foundation recognizes that many of the children in this area come from homes where physical and emotional abuse occurs and academic educational endeavors are rare. The foundation strives to improve this status through their various efforts and instill in the children: a desire for a academic education, a need to develop skills and abilities towards future employment, a respect for themselves and the self confidence to pursue their dreams.

The Foundation feels that one of its primary duties is to instill core values of life such as: respect, honesty, justice, solidarity, education mystical patriotism, organization, transparency and accountability.

Low and/or no in-come families can not provide the money necessary for school tuition and even if this is waived the cost of school uniforms, supplies and lunches is not available. Therefore most of these children become, "street kids" with no hope for the future and frequently opt to unethical behavior.

The Aldec Foundation established the Citizen Outreach Community Center. Students from various schools and other concerned and caring people contribute their time and efforts towards these needy children and their families. Daily activities are arranged that promotes academic, as well as health related issues. The Center strives to maintain a warm and inviting atmosphere where not only educational pursuits are accomplished but fun and exciting new games and activities occur. The center also provides meals which often is the influential factor in a child first coming.

When They Were Founded

This story of solidarity began 11 years ago in the city of Quito, when a group of volunteer families decided to create a nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the lives of children at risk in the historic center of Quito. Through the efforts and love of these families the center was established and still continues to function providing education, food and fun and enjoyable activities for those in need.

How Are They Funded

The Aldec Foundation is a organization that is funded by several families and with the help of volunteers they where able to open their doors 11 years ago. They also receive the help of companies in Spain.

Donation Requests

The Aldec Foundation would appreciate any of the following:

Fresh and canned food Vegetables and fruit (fruit pulp) Cereals and grains Oil and fats Powdered and liquid milk Products in general School supplies Clothing in good condition for children and their families

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

The house is colonial architecture and its a big house with everything kids and volunteers need. The bedrooms are in good condition and it has a kitchen where volunteers and children cook together. There is an interior patio where kids can play and relax.

The Aldec House is located in central Quito. Quito is seated between Andean volcanoes; 2,800 meters above sea level. The historic centre of Quito extends over 320 ha. and is the largest in Latin America.

This important area is home to priceless churches, chapels, monasteries, colonial convents, plazas, museums, republican buildings and interesting architecture of the early twentieth century. In September 1978, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared Quito as " The First Cultural Heritage Site".

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.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Walk one block to 6 de Diciembre Street and take the Ecovia at Baca Ortiz Station to the south. You are going to travel for about 15 minutes and then you will get off at the Plaza Grande Station at Centro de Quito. Walk two blocks behind the bus station and you are going to be on the main street of Oriente, look for the yellow house.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 6 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

Clínica de Atención Diaria VozAndes
Carapungo 2a. Etapa
Quito
TEL 1: (593 2) 2262 142 Fax: (593 2) 2269 234

Placement Address

Fundacion Grupo Aldec
Vargas N9-69 Y Oriente.
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


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: 30 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.

Feb 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019 Apr 05, 2019
May 03, 2019 Jun 07, 2019 Jul 05, 2019
Aug 02, 2019 Sep 06, 2019 Oct 04, 2019
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

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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