Ecuador: 8 & 12 week placement

Ecuador photo 1Live in the mountainous Northern region of Ecuador, which is home to the Kichwa indigenous people! You will have the opportunity to work alongside Ecuadorians teaching in a rural school or daycare, supporting people with disabilities, working on a farm or in a rural health clinic. Discover the beauty of the Kichwa people who are reclaiming their traditional ways and language!




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Placement: Fundacion Retro Internacional

FRI facilitates non-formal educational programs that allow participants to experience life in another culture. By living with a local host family, participating in observational visits to nearby communities, and volunteering with different kinds of organizations, our participants learn about Ecuadorian culture, community development, adaptability, time management, independence and, hopefully, so much more.  FRI programs facilitate sociocultural processes in which the participants learn:

  • to develop a critical conscience, as well as an understanding and respect for other cultures
  • that respect unites us all and makes us responsible for the realities of and solutions to the currently existing problems in the world

As such, FRI facilitates international volunteer programs and internships that have the goal of building peace world wide.

Fundacion Retro Internacional 

M.Lizarzaburo N48-68 y Av 6 de Diciembre
Prados del Este, 
Casa 28, Dammer 1 Casilla Postal 17-04-10605 
Quito, Ecuador

Tel: (593) 2 241-0756
Fax: (593) 2 240-6533

Partner Contact Fabián Pulloquinga, Program Supervisor



ecuador photo 3Programs available

A. 8 weeks: May-June Learn More

– Live with a host family

– Various volunteer work placements in schools, community centres, medical clinics, farms, and more.

– In-country mentor

– On campus pre-departure preparation

– On campus re-integration upon return

– Apply for SUMMER 2014 now! 


B. 12 weeks: May-June-July Learn More

– Live with a host family

– Various volunteer work placements 

– In-country mentor

– On campus pre-departure preparation

– On campus re-integration upon return

– Apply for SUMMER 2014 now!  


pdf-attachment-extractorA typical day for an intercordian in Ecuador



Stories from the Heart

“Intercordia was meaningful for me because it challenged me to break down barriers within myself. It taught me humility, and the beauty of being still and simply listening to another’s story. Most significantly, it allowed me to master my fears and the opportunity to stand hand in hand, in solidarity with people who were radically different from myself but who later become my family” (James | University of St Michael’s College | Ecuador 2007)


Getting there …

Consulate of Ecuador in Canada:

151 Bloor St, West, Suite 470 M5S 1S4

Tel: 416-968-2077 Fax: (001416) 968 3348


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Embassy of Canada in Ecuador: 

Av. Amazonas 4153 and Unión Nacional de Periodistas
Eurocenter Building,

3rd Floor (one block north of the Supreme Court Building, near Amazonas and United


P.O. Box 17-11-6512
Quito – Ecuador

Telephone: (011 593 2) 2455-499
Fax:(011 593 2) 2277-672 



For Canadians Living In or Travelling to Ecuador

Travel Report:  Ecuador

Lonely Planet:  Ecuador