An Ecuadorian NGO dedicated to promoting sustainable development in indigenous and marginalized communities in Ecuador. Yanapuma Foundation offers individual volunteering, study abroad, service learning and faculty-led programs for international students, universities and related organizations.

volunteer in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador!

Yanapuma collaborates with grass-roots organizations and local communities all around Ecuador to offer reliable and rewarding service work. Our friendly volunteer coordinators are always on hand to advise and support you throughout the process.
You can volunteer with animal rescue centers, childcare and education, clinics and health centers, conservation and sustainable farming, street children, adults and children with learning difficulties, the homeless aged and more. Click here to see them all!

ecuador volunteer program for study abroad and service learning students

Study Abroad & Service Learning.

Yanapuma works with indigenous and marginalized communities around Ecuador as well as collaborating with local grass-roots organizations to offer service learning, study abroad and global citizenship programs for international students in a wide variety of disciplines.
We can arrange programs for individual students as well as for groups, short term or long term, in Quito or Cuenca, or all around the country. We can also arrange research sites and research projects to fulfill academic requirements, working in tandem with your university.

sustainable development - vegetable garden in Ecuador

Yanapuma Foundation of Ecuador

Yanapuma Foundation is an Ecuadorian non-profit NGO, dedicated to promoting sustainable development in indigenous and marginalized communities. We operate on a "social enterprise" model, part funding our work through income generated from our own activities.
Our development projects have included conservation and reforestation, sustainable agriculture, vegetable gardens, nutrition and diet education, and scholarships for deserving youth to continue high school.

Spanish classes for volunteers in quito

Spanish School and Travel Agency

Learning Spanish is important for volunteers and interns. We offer Spanish classes in Quito and Cuenca for students and volunteers at all levels, either while volunteering or before beginning a service or volunteer project.
We also run our own travel agency - True Ecuador Travel - dedicated to promoting educational travel and ready to make any travel arrangements for volunteers, groups and faculty-led programs in Ecuador.

Featured Volunteer Projects:

Here are some of our most popular volunteer destinations in Ecuador for our international volunteers.

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Q01-School for children with learning difficulties - Quito

A01-Traditional and Western Medicine in the Andes

G01-Conservation on the Galapagos Islands