Social Work Internship in Ecuador
Are you a social work student looking for international experience? Our social work internship in Ecuador provides the perfect opportunity to gain experience by working with professionals to learn about social work practices. Our social work internship is aimed at giving you a well-rounded experience by allowing you to integrate into a community abroad. You will acquire skills to work with people of different ages, ethnicities, education levels, and socioeconomic statuses.
As a student of social work you are committed to improving the lives of other individuals and communities. Our local partner works in collaboration with grassroots organizations and large international non-profits, typically focusing on under-served populations in need of social support.
Social work placements are available in: centers for at-risk children and youth, organizations for battered women, community medical centers, drug rehabilitation institutions, elderly people and children shelters, human rights foundations and centers for homeless people among others.
Duties vary depending on qualification, experience, and needs of the centers. Interns can expect to work five days a week and make a meaningful difference in the center’s daily life.
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.
|Additional weeks (each)||$150|
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.
Volunteers participating in all projects in Ecuador have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons. Click the button below for more information.
Special Considerations | Social Work Internship in Ecuador
For special considerations regarding all projects in Ecuador, please visit the Ecuador page.
Social Work Background Requirement
This project is limited to sociology, social work, and other social science students.
Criminal Record Check
GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children. Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee). U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.
The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.
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.
This project requires volunteers to speak English fluently and have at least an intermediate 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.