It’s a sad reality to see children, often as young as three years old, working upwards of ten hours a day in the markets, streets and countryside of Ecuador to support their financially struggling families. This intervention program takes a very proactive approach, traveling to the markets around greater Quito, approaching children and their parents to talk to them about the importance of education and early childhood development. Additionally, the staff and volunteers set up tents at the markets where they offer opportunities for thematic early childhood education, including recreation, health/hygiene, values, identity, and education. By meeting these children on their turf, the program has achieved great success in recruiting and maintaining attendees to the pre-school programs, along with an ultimate reduction in the childrens work hours and matriculation in public schools.
What to Expect?
Working with large volumes of children, this project needs as much assistance as possible to reach the thousands of young children working in these markets and provide the attention needed to provide an education. Volunteers get to work directly with over 160 children who are enrolled in this program and witness first-hand the consequences of a globalized, market economy that has made the struggle for poor, subsistence communities even more of a challenge. The presence of Western volunteers also provides added interest and incentive for these children to join in the program.
- Program ID: # 2049
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: QuitoEcuador0° 12' 41.3496" S, 78° 29' 20.67" WEC
- Fitness level: Light Impact
- Closest Airport: Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
- Costs From: $1000 to $1500$1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Community Development ProjectsWomen's & Youth Programs
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