Social Work Internships in Ecuador
- Placement locations: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
- Role: Providing emotional support and care to local children while working alongside a trained supervisor.
- Requirements: Interns must be studying social work or a related field and should speak intermediate Spanish
- Type of placement: Kindergartens
- Accommodation: Shared volunteer house or host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible. Not available during March and April.
Ecuador is known for its tranquil islands, beautiful scenery, and diverse wildlife. However, marginalized groups are neglected, and children are especially affected. The children that need the most help in Ecuador are underprivileged children from single-parent homes (and the parent is often still very young themselves) and children who have special needs, such as autism. It is crucial that these children receive the stimulation and care that they need to thrive and reach development milestones.
As a Social Work intern with Projects Abroad, you will be placed at a kindergarten to provide children with support, care, and a structured environment. You will not be working alone – throughout your internship, a professional social worker will be supervising you. We recommend using this opportunity to ask questions, take notes, and learn new techniques to hone your own skills.
To participate in this project, you must be studying social work or a related field. You will also need to speak intermediate Spanish. If you would like to improve your Spanish before starting your placement, we offer a Spanish Language Course in Ecuador.
Your Role at the Social Work Internship in Ecuador
You can use the knowledge and training from your studies to help local staff with various tasks, including:
- Providing stimulation for the children through basic education activities such as singing and arts and crafts
- Assisting the local staff with the day-to-day care of the children
- Playing with the children and observing their behavior in and outside the play area
- Give individual attention to the children with special needs who are learning alongside the other children
- Assessing each child and identifying their strengths
During a typical day, you will be expected to work for around six hours a day, Monday to Friday. You and your supervisor will agree on your working schedule during your first few days in Ecuador.
This project runs all year round (except during March and April) and has flexible start dates so the choice of when you join and for how long depends on the time you have available. If you are only able to join us for the minimum duration of four weeks, we will ensure you get the most out of it.
If you are interested in this project but are not studying in this field, then please read about our standard Care Project in Ecuador.