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Hippotherapy (horses) and canotherapy (dogs) are recognized worldwide as an effective method for physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. The goal-oriented program develops the patient’s balance, coordination, orientation, and rhythm while giving them a sense of achievement and an emotional connection with the animal they are working with.
Volunteers staying in Quito can choose to stay with a carefully vetted family, who have experience of hosting foreign volunteers. This is a fabulous opportunity to practice one’s Spanish and becoming deeply immersed in Ecuadorian culture. The volunteer project will be no further than a manageable bus ride away. Home stays include three meals a day. Volunteers with special dietary requirements and/or food allergies are asked to inform the organization in advance to ensure their needs are met. In Quito only, it is possible for volunteers to live in a private apartment or hostel, although this will be more expensive, may suit a volunteer couple. The accommodation details for projects elsewhere in Ecuador are described under their respective Project Descriptions.
|Population||16,144,000 (2015 estimate)|
|Climate(s)||Equatorial, Monsoon, Tropical Savanna, Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Oceanic (Temperate/Cool), Temperate Mediterranean|
|Major Airport(s):||Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE)|
|Economic Driver(s):||Agriculture, Tourism, Industry|
Travel to South Africa and participate in an extramural program for disadvantaged youth. As a volunteer, you will assist with the main objective of the...
Length of Trip: 2 weeks
Based on an animal rescue and rehabilitation center in the Amazon jungle, volunteers work in partnership with an indigenous Quichua community. The program's mission is...
Length of Trip: 2 weeks