Whether you’re painting buildings or building playgrounds, you’re adding a lot of color to the lives of local kids and communities. Learn how to make the local beverage “chicha” and be challenged in a blowgun target shooting contest. You know what they say: work hard, play hard!
Ascend 12,150’ above the city of Quito. Enjoy the extreme adrenaline rush zip lining 11,975’ above the cloud forest canopy. Ride the thrilling rapids of the Mindo River. Hair-raising adventures. In a place shaped by its volcanic past.
Ecuador may be the second smallest country in South America, but there are no limits to the geographical extremes you will encounter. From glacier-peaked volcanoes to tropical cloud forests, the Amazon basin to the Pacific coast and the Galapagos Islands, this small country has a lot to offer. A country rich with culture, adventure and natural beauty, Ecuador hosts an incredible number of plants and animals and is home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites. About 10% of the population is of European descent, another 25% belong to indigenous or native cultures and the remainders are of mostly mixed ethnicity. Friendly, exotic, beautiful. And so cool!
Come experience the natural and cultural richness of Ecuador. All programs explore the capital Quito and its surrounding areas plus the island of Santa Cruz. Highlights include a visit to La Mitad del Mundo (center of the world), getting up close to giant tortoises, and snorkelling in the Galapagos.
Sami really had a wonderful experience. She learned so much about Ecuador, its people and their customs, and what foods they eat. Through community service she became aware of how people live, grow, and learn. There are no textbooks that could ever possibly offer her this hands-on experience.”
What a fantastic program and a trip of a lifetime! Marlee enjoyed being with the children in the orphanage, painting, planting and all the adventures that the group went on. The Galapagos Islands were better than she ever imagined. Thanks Westcoast Connection for a fabulous summer!”