Population: 15.9 Million CAPITAL: QUITO

Ecuador hums with life from its cities to its bountiful, ever-changing landscapes. The Equator, western coastal lowlands, eastern jungles of the Amazon, highlands and Galapagos Islands are an outdoor adventure lover’s dream. Though the smallest Andean nation, it is home to over 20,000 species of plants, 1,500 different birds and more than 300 mammals. Visitors are charmed by friendly and fun-loving locals. Ecuador is truly an exotic destination, known throughout the region as a microcosm of South America.

Despite its abundant natural and human resources, Ecuador’s potential for growth has been limited by unpredictable economic and political factors. Approximately 30% of Ecuadorians live in conditions of poverty, and another 24% in extreme poverty with a stunting rate similar to those reported by several Sub-Saharan nations. The poor are often the last to receive basic education, sanitation and utility coverage.


COMMUNITY MEMBERS directly benefited 


Increase in Adult Class Enrollment


Hours served by volunteers last year  

The Need

  • Rural farmers live on less than $1.00 a day
  • Underemployment is 52.5%
  • 29% of children under 5 are malnourished
  • Limited access to cognitive development resources
  • 6% of children ages 5-14 working as laborers
  • 53% of girls do not attend secondary school
  • South America’s highest deforestation rate
  • 1 doctor for every 675 people
  • 6 out of 10 women affected by gender violence
  • 40% live on less than $2.00 a day
  • 24% of children drop out of school before grade 5
  • 16.5% of births are to mothers aged 15-19

Our Response

  • Adult Cooking and Nutrition
  • Adult English
  • Children’s Cooking and Nutrition
  • Children’s Art
  • Children’s English
  • Education Global Access Program (E-Gap) 
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise and Wellness
  • Library and Community Center
  • Preventative Health Center
  • Small Business Development
  • Teen Center

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The Community


The Chillos Valley

Population: 150,000

The Chillos Valley is home to some of the greatest wealth disparity in the region. A diverse population of 150,000 shares close quarters; middle-class professionals live beside impoverished rural farmers. The cycle of poverty is reinforced as those who need it most are denied quality education, basic medical care, sanitation and utility coverage. Within this environment, our work stems from the belief that communities are equipped with a diverse range of skills and strengths. Our programs support local institutions and initiatives, build networks to connect individuals with resources, and empower individuals to thrive as leaders for a better future.

You Can Make A Difference

Ecuador Programs

Ecuador Volunteer Team