Deliver creative workshops & artworks to help indigenous communities build pride in their cultural identity
The indigenous communities surrounding Atandahua have few opportunities and resources. Children study in dilapidated schools and receive very basic education with minimal creative expression or cultural reinforcement. This affects their personal and cultural identity and many do not see a future beyond the poverty they see around them.
Art has the power to bring communities together, build confidence and transferrable skills, and transform communal spaces into vibrant hubs with powerful symbology that can change how people feel about themselves. We're looking for passionate interns who can work with children and community groups to design and implement arts programmes which result in community-wise impacts that can be a stepping stone to a better life.
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Gain more community experience with the support of trained mentors to expand your knowledge and build your confidence.
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"A wonderful cultural exchange experience from beginning to end!"
One of the best parts of this experience was having the best of both worlds culturally: on one hand, you’re able to live in a less-touristy part of Ecuador and immerse yourself in Ecuadorian culture, but on the other hand, you don’t feel completely like a fish out of water.
My internship involved interacting and collaborating with various stakeholders, from the teachers to the parents. By the end of internship, I felt that I had made a meaningful contribution. I enjoyed my time in the homestay practicing my Spanish and learning about Ecuadorian culture.
The community of volunteers and interns has also found a special place in my heart. Whatever your reason for looking into El Terreno - it turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. I'm very grateful the universe had led me there.
Isabela from the USA (Ecology & Sustainable Agriculture)
Free Discovery Call & Plan
Flexible Start Date & Duration
Educational Documentation Support
Pre-Arrival & Travel Support
Shared Accommodation with WiFi
(Family Homestay also Available)
Lunches Monday to Thursday
Weekly Professional Learning/Mentoring
Certificate of Completion
Private Room within a Local Family Homestay
Spanish/Kichwa Classes (before or during visit)
Private Transfer from Airport
Additional Professional Mentoring Sessions
Fill out the online interest form
Participate in your discovery call, free of charge
Review your personalised internship plan, free of charge
Place your deposit & confirm your place
Complete any required documents for your education provider
Join us for an unforgettable experience in the Ecuadorian Andes!
Make a Difference.
Travel the World.
Imagine waking up to the cockerels at dawn as the sun rises over the horizon as you take in Chimborazo volcano over your morning coffee. After breakfast, walk down to meet your mentor, stopping to say hello to the friendly neighbours in the community as they take their cows to pasture.
Then, take the bus with your supervisor to one of the five communities where you delivering your project. Meet with the teachers, see the space and plan your activities. Have lunch with the rest of the team and workers from the local community, sharing stories and learning about the local culture.
In the afternoon you will deliver your activities in the rural community. Work with a class size you feel comfortable with and build your experience and confidence. Build meaningful relationships with the locals who are keen to get to know you.
Spend the evening with the other interns and volunteers to go and watch the sunset, go out to a local bar/restaurant or simply spend the evening learning more from your host family.
Still not sure what a hands-on in the Ecuadorian Andes would look like? Speak to our team who will create you a personalised internship plan to give you a glimpse into the future, all free of charge.