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Dream Center Jama

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Duration
15 days
Starts in
Quito
Ends in
Don Juan
Group size
Maximum number of volunteers is 5.
Experience the feeling of empowering children and young adults in a vulnerable situation and enjoy the magic of life in an authentic fishing village!

This magical dream project in a small village along the Pacific coast started in 2016 after a big earthquake hit in Ecuador and left hundreds of people without a home. The dream center’s mission is to improve the lives of the most vulnerable population.
Through formal and informal education programs in a safe environment, you will encourge them on a path towards discovering their full potential.

Program Highlights
- Help create an organic garden
- Help organize activities that include sports, art, music, and theater
- Read English books with the kids
- Converse with kids/teenagers about their dreams
- Beach cleanups with the kids/teenagers
- Create activities regarding recycle
Itinerary

Dream Center Jama

Work Schedule

- The day starts at 08:00, and you can help make breakfast with the other volunteers.
- Kids/teenagers start arriving to the library around 09:00.
- You will work with kids at the library until 13:00, after that, you have time for lunch.
- After lunch, kids/teenagers will return to the library for more classes, activities, sports and/or work in the organic garden. There may also be beach cleaning with the kids, or you can use other talents and/or passions you have to make an impact in the project.
- You may be requiered by the coordinators to help at the center with cleaning, painting walls, etc.

Arrival Day
You will be met by our Project Coordinator, who will take you to the project. He will show you the village and explain all your tasks for the next day.

Mondays - Fridays
During your first week, you will work with the coordinators, who will show you around and give you your tasks. If you have a basic level of Spanish, you will assist the coordinators with basic activities for the center,
such as preparing material for classes, play and/or sport activities with the kids, help in the kitchen, support in the development of the organic garden, support a beach cleaning project with the teenagers/kids and painting walls,. If you have an intermediate to high level of Spanish, you can teach the kids/teenagers and interact more with them.

Saturdays - Sundays
These days are free. After a week of hard work, you can enjoy going to the beach, playing soccer or beach volleyball with the coordinators and other volunteers. You can also go to Canoa, a beautiful beach with a lot of nightlife. The coordinator can suggest some activities.

About Your Location

Don Juan has breathtaking beaches, where you can walk for hours. In your free time you can visit the impressive nature reserve Lalo Loor dry forest, or go to the vibrant coastal village of Canoa (approx. USD5/bus) or enjoy interacting with the locals and relax. There is a small pizza bar where you can relax at night.

Public Holidays

No work days on the following public holidays:

2022
28 February
01 March
15 April
02 May
10 August
10 October
02-03 November
26 December

What is included

- Administration fee
- Orientation meeting
- 24/7 local emergency contact
- Wifi at the library

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Copy of your passport
Police Clearance Certificate
Motivation letter
All foreigners entering Ecuador are obliged to have a valid health insurance
Basic spanish is needed to help with basic tasks at the center or to help the coordinator. To teach and work with kids, you should have a medium-high level.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
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Accommodation

Accommodation in Quito
The first night's (arrival day Saturday) accommodation in Quito is in 4-bed dorms with shared bathroom at a Selina Hostel, unless you are making your own way to the project. Then the arrival day at the project is Sunday.

Selina Hostel is located in La Mariscal, a vibrant neighborhood where you can find exciting night life, and lots of restaurants and cafeterias. La Mariscal is located 30 minutes walking from Quito´s Historic Center.

Accommodation in Don Juan
Accommodation is in a homestay, living with an Ecuadorian family is a great way to be in a total immersion with the language and culture.

Local homestay accommodation includes breakfast and most houses have Wi-Fi internet access even-though it will be a limited connection.

All volunteers will have a private bedroom and a shared bathroom.

Local transport

Transportation
Airport arrival transfer in Quito is included. This project is available with or without a private transfer from your accommodation in Quito to the project in Don Juan.
If you choose to take local transport, you will be taken from your accommodation in Quito to the bus station, where you will buy a ticket to Pedernales bus station, where the local coordinator will meet you. A local bus ticket costs approx. USD7 (not included) and it takes about 6 hours.

Meals

Breakfast at hostel in Quito is included.
Meals are included while at the project, and you will help to prepare delicious healthy Manabí meals

Dream Center Jama

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