Volunteering in Ecuadorian communities

“Helping was the best experience; I really enjoyed how much interaction we got to have with the community. I have learned so much, from seeing how people make money everyday, how they live, but most importantly seeing how hard they work for what seems like almost nothing but NEVER complaining and always doing the most for others and their families has been the most humbling learning experience”. Samantha, 22

Ecuador is an incredibly diverse country in South America located along the equator. It’s home to a wide variety of flora, fauna and rural communities. Most of them have settled on the Andes and in the Amazon regions. A great part of Ecuador’s population live in less fortunate communities that still maintain their colorful traditions, but unfortunately have limited access to education, economic opportunities, healthcare services or transportation. Children often have to walk long hours to reach a rural school that don’t have all the facilities needed for a quality education.

What is our mission?

For years, a lot of Ecuadorian communities have been underprivileged. But HLD has found out a way to help those people: by fundraising for a cause and by lending a helping hand. Over these past 12 years, we have been successful with 13 social housing projects with the help of international volunteers from Canada and the USA in different Ecuadorian locations like Pallatanga, Camarones and Pujili.

Students that may be interested for our 2018 housing project will have the opportunity to fundraise money at home and then travel to Ecuador to work alongside rural families that need urgent help. Volunteers can choose between our building houses or assist in rural schools via educational programs. Our students are entirely in charge of all the fundraised money that will be used to fund the project. In this way, students can see first hand that 100% of all proceeds goes towards the project as well as helping to construct these homes alongside these families.

Volunteer building houses:

Students will work alongside rural families to build houses while integrating themselves into the community.

Volunteer education:

Students will assist local teachers by helping young children with art class, provide assistance with general hygiene & nutrition and help teach introductory English. Many of these schools are often understaffed and therefore are always in need of assistants.

In each project we’ve worked on, we have changed the lives of community members in a positive way. They have not only improved their standard of living with better homes having electricity, running water, heat, etc or gain closer access to schools, but they also learn invaluable knowledge and are presented with job opportunities closer to cities with modern amenities that ultimately empowers them to work for a better future.

This component also will allow volunteers to become more aware regarding the international differences between culture, privilege and society. It’s the best way to discover the value of working for a real cause and to be certain that it is possible to make a real difference!