global awareness program

  • a gap year group relaxes around the fire from volunteering in Ecuador
  • a gap year group relaxes around the fire from volunteering in Ecuador
  • This volunteer on her gap year in Ecuador on a reforestation project
  • a volunteer group washes in the river after a hard day's volunteer work in Ecuador
  • A gap year volunter group rides to their project location in the morning

Global Awareness Programs in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.


Yanapuma's "Global Awareness Program (GAP Ecuador) offers options for study and volunteering in cosmopolitan Quito, historic Cuenca, and all around Ecuador, including on the Galapagos Islands.

GAP Ecuador is designed to offer formative experiences to students interested in learning about the relationship between the developed and developing world - socially, politically, culturally and environmentally. Programs vary in length from one month and upwards, and different options can be strung together to create an individual and insightful GAP experience.

"If you come only to help me, you can go back home. But if you consider my struggle as part of your struggle for survival, then maybe we can work together." - Aboriginal wise woman, Australia.

You can learn Spanish in bustling Quito or in tranquil Cuenca while you volunteer with children in daycare centers, schools, and rehabilitation centers, or with elderly-in-need or clinics and health centers.

You can volunteer in the Amazon rainforest, at the Pacific coast, in the Andean sierra or on the Galapagos Islands in projects that range from working with children and youth, environmental education, reforestation and organic agriculture, conservation, community projects, tourism, and more.

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Month Program Activities
1. Volunteer and take Spanish classes in Quito or Cuenca, with weekend excursions and extra activities, and stay with a local host family
2. Volunteer in a project in the Amazon, the Andes, the Pacific coast or the Galapagos Islands
3+ Add an extra month or more of volunteering in any of the above locations

Yanapuma maintains accords with over 30 grass-roots and community organizations around Ecuador, projects that we have vetted and regularly re-evaluate to ensure that they maintain their high standards of community service and volunteer hosting.

We have worked with international organizations for the past 8 years, offering our services as in-country partners and hosts, and maintaining safety and emergency standards and procedures, to offer a reliable and trustworthy service to individual and groups of volunteers.

Our GAP Ecuador service includes:

  • Airport transfer to accommodation
  • Orientation and safety briefing
  • Full backup and emergency care
  • Excursions and extra activities
  • Accompaniment to volunteer placement
  • Skilled group leaders to manage groups
  • Wide range of volunteer options
  • Spanish classes and courses