Spanish and volunteering in Ecuador

Learn Spanish and Volunteer in Ecuador with Yanapuma!


Yanapuma offers the chance to learn Spanish while you volunteer in Quito or Cuenca, at our Spanish schools in either of these two cities. While Quito offers a unique combination with its historic colonial center and its modern business center, Cuenca offers a tranquil, historic setting for learning Spanish while you volunteer.

With our "Volunteer Quito" or "Volunteer Cuenca" programs you can study Spanish while you volunteer. Each program involves volunteering in the morning and taking 3 hours of Spanish classes in the afternoon, to fill your time with a genuine immersion experience. Different projects require different levels of Spanish, and there are options for those who are just starting to learn Spanish for the first time. Besides learning Spanish you will have ample opportunity to learn about the social, cultural and environmental realities of Ecuador through the course materials that we offer. 

Or you may prefer to take a Spanish course for a week or more before beginning your volunteer placement in one of our other projects around Ecuador.

We offer both individual and group classes for volunteers of all ages.

Yanapuma foundation - a non-profit NGO
Yanapuma Foundation is an Ecuadorian non-profit NGO, dedicated to promoting sustainable development in indigenous and marginalized communities around Ecuador. We charge a one-time registration fee to our volunteers to cover the office and staff costs, as well as for regularly monitoring the projects we work with and offering back-up to each volunteer. We try to keep the fees as low as possible, and anything that is left over goes towards the project work of the foundation.

Yanapuma receives well over a hundred individual volunteers during the course of the year, and the same number again in the various groups that come from organizations, universities, colleges, and high-schools from around the world. Our volunteer and intern coordinators are experienced in arranging volunteer programs and accompanying volunteers through the processes involved in volunteering.

Aside from the one-time registration fee for volunteering, volunteers pay directly to their hosts for accommodation and food. These costs vary from project to project, depending on how each organization and community funds itself.