After seven years working as a programme manager, I found it difficult to find the motivation for my job. I needed to do something completely different to re-invigorate my life and myself. My main priority had always been my career and providing for my family, but I have a passion for travel and wanted to help those worse off than me.
My experience certainly took me out of my comfort zone and I learnt a lot about myself. I spoke no Spanish but the language school in Ecuador provided me with the basics.
I then started work at the refuge, helping street kids with their homework, teaching basic English and playing games - rewarding, enjoyable and I really felt that I had made a difference. I came back revitalised and am now planning to start my own business.
Help meet the need for teachers on a spectacular island. Teach English and music, crafts, sports or foreign languages – whatever you feel comfortable with. A great way to contribute while learning about a new culture.
Make the most of your trip to Latin America by learning Spanish. Experienced teachers will set up role-plays and organise cultural visits and classes to make your stay as authentic and enjoyable as possible!
Brighten up the lives of children who are largely left to fend for themselves. Organise activities, encourage them to keep healthy and show them someone cares. You’ll also be supporting children who attend school.
Volunteer to help to rehabilitate injured and abused animals from all over Ecuador. This project is a fantastic opportunity to work with exotic wildlife and to safeguard the future of many endangered species.