Community Development (Construction) Volunteering in Ecuador

Many Ecuadorian families live in substandard, overcrowded, poorly constructed homes that are barely maintaining their structural integrity; resulting in very unsafe and unsanitary living conditions. Community Development Construction Volunteering in Ecuador helps ensure more deserving families can have decent places to call home.

This volunteer program is ideal for volunteers interested in construction and building, modernizing homes, or simply helping people and their families to live in safer and comfortable conditions.  If you are looking for a rewarding experience to provide decent housing for a family in need, people from all over the world are welcome to join us to build simple, decent and affordable houses, working in partnership with the community and local authorities.

If you like to get your hands dirty, then this is the project for you.  Our Community Development Construction Volunteering in Ecuador project gives you the opportunity to lend your hands to build, renovate or repair houses, schools, parks, libraries, community buildings, bridges and other facilities in poorest rural or urban areas of Ecuador.

As a volunteer on this project, you can expect to get a good workout each day through digging, removing dirt, mixing sand and cement, carrying rocks, bricks, blocks or bamboo, sand, repairing fences, roofs or cabins, assist and support in the construction of water pipes, toilet building, roofs, houses, plastering, painting, gardening, tiling, sanding, electricity and carpentry issues, planning or supervising, and more based on your abilities and qualifications.

Individuals skilled in trades, construction, and engineering are highly encouraged to apply!

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Volunteer working at a construction site in Ecuador


Room & Board

Your project fee for projects in Ecuador covers your room and full board in a host family house.  Lunches are not included during weekends as volunteers typically use this free time to explore Ecuador and experience local restaurants.

  • Shared, single-sex room (occasionally a private room is available)
  • 3 meals per day during the week & 2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner on weekends
  • WiFi is usually not available at host houses, so purchasing a local SIM card for an unlocked phone is recommended
  • Tap water in Ecuador is not drinkable, so all water is boiled prior to drinking – alternatively, bottled water or the use of a camping water filter may be used
  • In the Andes region, hot water is available in host houses due to cold weather – in the coastal and Amazonian regions, due to the heat, hot water is generally not available but fans often are
  • Mosquito nets are provided



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

2 weeks$480
4 weeks$780
Additional weeks (each)$150
Prices for projects in Ecuador are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (

Included: Private/shared room in host family home • Meals (3 on weekdays, 2 on weekends & holidays) • 24/7 local support • Airport pick-up

NOT Included: Flights • Airport return • Vaccinations • Visas • Travel insurance • Extra activities • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

For project duration not listed, please Contact Us.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Trip Add-ons

Volunteers participating in all projects in Ecuador have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons.  Click the button below for more information.

Spanish Lessons


Special Considerations | Community Development Construction Volunteering in Ecuador


For special considerations regarding all projects in Ecuador, please visit the Ecuador page.

Physical Requirements

Volunteers participating in the Community Development Construction Volunteering in Ecuador project must be fit and physically capable of working in an open environment.

Placement Location

Our partner NGO in Ecuador supports a huge number of projects.  In most instances, placements will occur at the location most in need of volunteers at the time.  Occasionally, volunteers will be given the opportunity to select which location they prefer.

Language Skills

This project requires volunteers to speak English fluently and have at least a basic level of Spanish. For individuals interested in improving their Spanish language skills, classes are available outside of volunteering hours. Please see the Spanish Lessons page for details and pricing.