Ecological kindergarten in quito

Support an ecological kindergarten

The kindergarten in Quito supports children between the ages of two and five with one extensive educational concept. Parenting, learning a respectful treatment of people and the environment as well as a playful leisure activities are important components of kindergarten. In particular, should artistic talents be discovered and promoted. You support with care, creative lessons or help the children in the garden.

from 8 weeks (+1 week language course)

maximum 12 weeks without a visa. For longer stays, please note the visa requirements

Age: from 18 years
Linguistic proficiency: Basic knowledge of Spanish required; Language course included in the program
Other previous knowledge: not mandatory
Project start: all year
Project location: Quito, Pomasqui
Accommodation: Host family or volunteers apartment
Meals: Breakfast and lunch are available in the daycare center on working days. If you live with the host family, you will also receive dinner on weekdays.

Children learn to deal with nature in a sensible way

The daycare center can accommodate up to 150 children from mostly poor families. The project is divided into two centers that are in close proximity to each other. There are sanitary facilities, classrooms, a kitchen, computer rooms, dining room, a sleeping area as well as office and staff rooms and a room for psychological care. There is also an ecological vegetable garden with a small animal farm for rabbits, ducks, chickens and guinea pigs. The whole kindergarten is geared towards the children sensible use of nature to convey.

Leisure and learning opportunities for the children

The children can play, make music, sing, do handicrafts, spend time in kindergarten Stop the garden and plant trees together with supervisors and volunteers and the feeding animals. There is also English class and the possibility of being playful computers to learn. Some children are picked up at noon. Others take an afternoon nap and then stay until 4 p.m. at the latest.

Talent development

According to their age, the children should be in the best possible way during their time in the facility holistically promoted and get the opportunity to develop talent early on. The parents and the whole district should be involved. Thanks to its ecological approach within the city, the project aims to Family awareness of ecology create and contribute to the spread of green spaces.

Live the children responsibly

The project especially wants children out poorer families give the possibility of adequate care. This brings relief to the families and enables the children to find their way around more easily, for example at school. The staff will be happy if you support them by taking care of the children, playing with them and one responsible handling with other people, animals and the environment.

A typical daily routine

In the morning you take part in the welcome ritual. There is a lesson plan for the morning. You help with English class, the Singing, painting or dancing. There are various activities with the children, in which you always work in a team with the supervisors. The main thing is that you pay attention to the support of the children and give them an awareness of the environment. You also help the children with the Feeding the animals, and the Planting trees. You help the caregivers to always take care of the well-being of the children. At lunchtime, when the children are asleep, you help with to clean up and brush.

working hours

You work as a volunteer Monday to Friday about from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free days on public holidays and weekends. You can actively use your free time to travel with other volunteers. The facility organizes various events during school holidays trips for the children, whereby you accompany the group with other employees of the kindergarten.

minimum age

As a volunteer you have to at least 18 years old be old.

minimum duration

So that the children can get used to you, there is a minimum stay of 2 months being considered.

Expertise / previous experience / skills

If you already have experience in the educational-social area, this is certainly useful. Especially if you take care of the very young infants, certain basic knowledge in dealing with the little ones will not harm you. However, they are not a prerequisite for your voluntary work in the daycare center. It is much more important that you like to be surrounded by children and approach your tasks on site with heart, joy and creativity.

linguistic proficiency

Without a basic knowledge of Spanish, it will be very difficult to communicate with parents and children. That is why Spanish language course in Ecuador part of this volunteer program. However, the staff at the facility speak English and can help you at any time if your Spanish is not yet perfect.


Working with the children has one great responsibility in itself. As a volunteer, you will become part of the facility. A high sensitivity in dealing with the little ones and their parents is an important component of the work in this project.

Holiday hours

in the July and August the kindergarten has no regular operations. During this period, however, a kind Holiday program for the children, with excursions and other activities on some days. If you are interested in volunteering during this period, just let us know what opportunities there are.

Arrival at the airport and transfer to the accommodation

One of our team members is waiting for you at the exit of Quito airport after baggage claim and customs. The person will hold a sign with your name so you can’t miss them. From there, she will drive you to your accommodation in Quito. Depending on traffic conditions and accommodation, the journey will take between 40 and 60 minutes. If you live with the host family, you have the first evening off to rest from the long journey.

language course

After the first night in your new bed, your five-day language course begins, which takes place directly at the accommodation. Here you can improve your Spanish skills and at the same time get to know the everyday life of Ecuador through joint excursions in Quito.

Start of work and commute to work in projects in Quito

On Monday after your language course ends, you finally start working in the project. On your first day, our ManaTapu contact will accompany you to your job and introduce you to the project coordinator. From the second day, you will take care of your way to work independently.

Eco-Lodge or farm work north of Quito

If you work in the eco-lodge or on the farm north of Quito, our team will take you to the bus that drives to the project. You will be picked up at the bus station.

During work

If you need something or if there are difficulties, you can always contact our project manager or the team in Germany. Outside of work, you have enough time to go on excursions.

Next travel

If you have some time left after your project, you can still travel on your own or with other volunteers. Please note that the project team expects you to stay at least for the intended duration. In the event of early termination, no money will be refunded. Alternatively, you have the option to extend the project work on site if there are enough places available.

way home

After the project, you are responsible for coming to a city with an airport. You can also stay in one of the ManaTapu accommodations at any time. Please let our team know at least two days in advance. You have to pay extra for the nights after the project. Our team can take you to the airport free of charge from the accommodations in Lima, Guayaquil and Quito. Let us know in advance.

Quito is the capital of Ecuador and is located in the province of Pichincha, which in turn is part of the Sierra Norte region. A total of around 2.7 million people live here, which makes Quito the second largest city in Ecuador after Guayaquil. When the weather is good, the snow-covered peaks of the volcanoes that surround Quito can be seen in the distance. Due to its proximity to the equator, the city has a mild climate all year round. There are only two seasons in Quito: In the dry season between June and September, temperatures rise up to 30 ° C. In extreme cases, the rainy season between October and May allows the thermometer to cool down to only 3 ° C.

In the capital of the world, which is the highest in the world at 2850 meters, old and new enter into an exciting symbiosis: in the middle of the Andes, different architectural styles, cultures and lifestyles mix to form a unique style. From excursions into nature, to art exhibitions and shopping to bar hopping – there is something of everything in Quito. Here is a small selection of sights in the city:

old town

The old town of Quito is one of the best preserved city centers in Latin America and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. There are numerous monasteries, churches and buildings with their typical patios (inner courtyards) and different architectural styles. For example, the seat of government of Ecuador on the Plaza de la Independencia is in the immediate vicinity of the Bishop’s Palace, the town hall and the cathedral.

El Panecillo

A statue was erected on the hill in the west of the city in honor of Vírgen María and can be seen from almost anywhere in Quito. From here you also have a great view of the entire city.

La Mariscal

In La Mariscal there is an abundance of artistic and cultural entertainment offers, which appeal to both locals and tourists. You can also go shopping in La Mariscal during the day. When the day draws to a close, numerous bars and discos open here to nightlife.

El Guapulo

El Guápulo is the artist quarter of Quito, where many creative people have settled. Accordingly, many exciting and colorfully designed corners can be discovered here.

Lifestyle, culture, food and traditions in Quito differ significantly from our habits. The cityscape is characterized by busy hustle and bustle and bright colors. Thanks to the mild climate, everyday life in Quito takes place on the streets, in the parks and in public places. You can be sure that there is always something going on somewhere! In the megacity, there is an exciting mix of different cultures, lifestyles and architectural styles that is waiting to be discovered. And when it comes to sports, Quito and its surroundings offer a variety of leisure options.

For projects in Quito / During the language course in Quito

The House of the Cedeño host family is located in the Bakker II district in northern Quito. In the working-class district you will find everything you need to live in the immediate vicinity: supermarkets, restaurants and bars, a park and a hospital. Buses and taxis are easily accessible on the nearby main street.

The house has two bathrooms and five bedrooms, which can accommodate up to seven volunteers from different projects (the rooms are divided by gender). In the common areas (kitchen, living and dining room and terrace) you can spend cozy evenings after work.

food & Furnishing

  • Monday to Friday: breakfast and dinner
  • TV & WiFi (fee-based)
  • Washing machine

The cozy Our Jurado homestay is located in the Carcelén district. You can walk to everything you need to live: supermarkets, pharmacy, restaurants, a park, sports facilities.

In ein your own room Only one volunteer lives here as another family member. In addition to a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and dining and living room, you will find a washing machine and WiFi here.


You receive from your host mother from Monday to Friday breakfast and dinner. Depending on the project, lunch is also included. At the weekend you have to even for your food To take care of. Of course, you can always use the host family’s kitchen for this.

If you are in zoo you get lunch there.

Do you work in the school, you are responsible for lunch yourself.

in the kindergarten you get breakfast and lunch.


For the zoo There is a separate shuttle bus for the employees.

The school is about 8 km from the house and can be reached in different ways: either you take the bus or taxi or you rent a bike from the host family.

The kindergarten is a good 7 km from the property. The best way to get to the project is by bus or taxi.

Before the project, you have the option of a one-week orientation course with Spanish classes in Quito to be completed. You learn in the course five hours a day, how to use the language in everyday situations. For this you go out to the city after some vocabulary and grammar training, where you can immediately apply your newly acquired knowledge. The course is suitable for both newcomers and advanced learners. The teacher will take your personal language level into account. Even if you already have good language skills, the course can make sense for you. Because you get the opportunity to find your way around in the foreign country. The course always takes place between Monday and Friday instead of.

If you want to do the basic language course for more than a week, you have the option to extend it. The extension can be for one week get booked. You will be here for five days four hours daily improve your language skills. The extension course is also in Quito occur. The rest of the process is similar to the basic course.

In this project you have the opportunity in the evenings after your work a language course in Quito close. The course runs from Monday to Friday and lasts 1.5 hours a day. He takes place in a classroom instead of and is to deepen grammar and vocabulary.

Svenja worked in the ecological kindergarten in Quito for seven weeks. In the interview, she tells about tinkering and playing with the children and how she learned in Ecuador to be less stressed.

Svenja worked in the ecological kindergarten in Quito for seven weeks. In the interview she tells about tinkering and learning with the children and how she learned in Ecuador to be less stressed.

January 2018

ManaTapu: You were with ManaTapu in Latin America – how did you like the project?

Svenja: I chose the project because I wanted to work with children and to do something completely different than at home. I don’t really know why I chose Ecuador. It was the first country that came to my mind. The kindergarten made a very good impression for me, the facility is well maintained and totally beautiful. I was honestly surprised how beautiful it is and the groups are also extremely well equipped so that the gifts I brought with me were not really needed. All children bring all their materials (pens, paper, glue, etc.) at the beginning of the year. The team and another volunteer were very nice.

I was in the dolphin group and the teacher played very nice games with the kids and I was always involved in everything. We also played a lot outside, which I liked. The daily routine for me was that I supported the teacher in all activities. I printed out tasks for the children for them and prepared the homework. I also helped the children with their daily tasks. The kindergarten is more like a preschool and the children learn colors, numbers and some English words. There is a lot of handicrafts and painting and here too I was able to support a lot.

I think it’s a shame that during the breaks there was no playing with the children, neither the teachers nor the other volunteer (not from Manatapu). I was always the only one who dealt intensively with the children. I quickly took the children and the team to my heart and the farewell was very sad. When I said goodbye, I got a great cake and a farewell photo.

Activities in the language course

ManaTapu: How was the language course? How did your Spanish skills develop during your stay??

Svenja: The language and introductory course brought me a lot and helped a lot to find my way around at the beginning. My teacher did a lot with me so that we could use the language well in everyday life and I was able to improve my Spanish quickly. I spoke almost exclusively Spanish in the project and in the family, so that my language skills quickly consolidated.

ManaTapu: What tips do you have for volunteers who are soon traveling to the country?

Svenja: I did a lot of research beforehand and read a lot about Ecuador, which prepared me quite well, but in the end you learn everything important on site. I found Ecuador to be very safe and never felt uncomfortable, but I still have friends who were robbed in Quito. One should simply listen to common sense and follow the common safety instructions.

ManaTapu: Is there anything you shouldn’t do??

Svenja: I didn’t walk around alone in the center of Quito at night or in the dark, but otherwise I didn’t feel restricted.

A bit of Ecuadorian serenity

ManaTapu: Were there special challenges or complicated situations??

Svenja: Initially the shower in my host family didn’t work but that was fixed after a few days. I have at last learned to see everything a little more relaxed and let go of the German austerity ;-)

ManaTapu: Do you see the country and Latin America differently now??

Svenja: I was sure beforehand that I would have a great time and that Ecuador would be a great pleasure for me. I would have liked to have had more time, but I was able to see a lot and I loved Ecuador with the country, the people and the food. I can’t wait to go back.

ManaTapu: Did you feel like you were immersed in people’s everyday lives??

Svenja: I am very happy that I was able to live in such a lovely family and to be able to participate in the everyday life of an Ecuadorian family. I had the feeling of getting to know the culture well and really enjoyed the time.

ManaTapu: How does the change of cultures feel??

Svenja: It was a bit of a culture shock at the beginning, but I quickly got used to it and it was, among other things, a reason for me to come to South America so that I would not continue to stress the world. I learned here to see everything more relaxed and I am not so impatient today.

ManaTapu: Would you volunteer again??

Svenja: I would do it again and again and live in a family again. Next time I would definitely want to stay longer and travel longer after the project.

ManaTapu: From your point of view, the project contributes in a meaningful way to improving the situation on site?

Svenja: I think it’s great that there are such projects and I think that they not only help on site but also the volunteers. I quit my job to do this project and I was happy every day to take this step.


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