10 days
(Or add 4-day extension) – Estimated 15 Service Hours
Meaningful. Sustainable. Unforgettable
Venture into the heart of Ecuador’s lush Amazonian rainforest, where you’ll find one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. You’ll discover an incredible variety of plants and animals unique to the forest, and witness the impact that deforestation is having there. Together with Free The Children, an award-winning international charity, you’ll work with indigenous communities building sustainable solutions to the education, healthcare and agricultural challenges they face.
Your Service Project Themes
We work with the award-winning charity Free The Children to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include: 
  • Education
  • Health
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Alternative Income and Livelihood
  • Agriculture and Food Security
 
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN QUITO
Meet your Field Director at the airport. 

DAY 2: QUITO 
Take a guided tour of historic Quito, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. 
  • Tour the Intiñan Solar Museum and witness the natural forces at work near the equator.
 
DAY 3: TRANSFER TO THE AMAZON BASIN 
  • After a scenic drive through the Amazon Basin, canoe up the Napo River to the Minga Lodge. Once you’re settled in, you’ll meet for an in-depth community orientation.
 
DAY 4-8: SERVICE PROJECT — AMAZON BASIN
As communities evolve so do their needs. We’ll work closely with Free The Children to understand local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like.  
  • Each morning, you’ll begin your service projects in a nearby village.
  • Spend afternoons immersed in cultural activities.
  • Evenings are a chance for reflection, group discussions and global leadership workshops.
 
DAY 9: RETURN TO QUITO

DAY 10: DEPART FOR HOME
*Please note, some flights will depart late in the evening which will result in the group arriving back in the US on the following day.

ADD 4-DAY EXTENSION

DAYS 10-14: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS 


Day 10: FLY TO BALTRA

  • Fly to Baltra and continue to Santa Cruz island, the second largest of the Galápagos Islands.
  • At the Charles Darwin Research Station, see the breeding center for the giant tortoises from which the islands took their name.
Days 11-12: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
  • Enjoy a full-day boat excursion to another Galápagos Islands where you’ll experience the nature and wildlife.
  • Visit Rancho El Manzanillo to enjoy a turtle watching experience
  • Participate in a snorkeling activity
Day 13: FLY TO QUITO

Day 14: DEPART FOR HOME
 
Interested in learning more about this tour?
Your Service Project Themes
We work with the award-winning charity Free The Children to better understand the needs of each community and then focus projects on those issues. Themes include: 
  • Education
  • Health
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Alternative Income and Livelihood
  • Agriculture and Food Security
 
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN QUITO
Meet your Field Director at the airport. 

DAY 2: QUITO 
Take a guided tour of historic Quito, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. 
  • Tour the Intiñan Solar Museum and witness the natural forces at work near the equator.
 
DAY 3: TRANSFER TO THE AMAZON BASIN 
  • After a scenic drive through the Amazon Basin, canoe up the Napo River to the Minga Lodge. Once you’re settled in, you’ll meet for an in-depth community orientation.
 
DAY 4-8: SERVICE PROJECT — AMAZON BASIN
As communities evolve so do their needs. We’ll work closely with Free The Children to understand local challenges. Since projects are determined closer to your actual tour date, here’s a glimpse at what a typical day might look like.  
  • Each morning, you’ll begin your service projects in a nearby village.
  • Spend afternoons immersed in cultural activities.
  • Evenings are a chance for reflection, group discussions and global leadership workshops.
 
DAY 9: RETURN TO QUITO

DAY 10: DEPART FOR HOME
*Please note, some flights will depart late in the evening which will result in the group arriving back in the US on the following day.

ADD 4-DAY EXTENSION

DAYS 10-14: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS 


Day 10: FLY TO BALTRA

  • Fly to Baltra and continue to Santa Cruz island, the second largest of the Galápagos Islands.
  • At the Charles Darwin Research Station, see the breeding center for the giant tortoises from which the islands took their name.
Days 11-12: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
  • Enjoy a full-day boat excursion to another Galápagos Islands where you’ll experience the nature and wildlife.
  • Visit Rancho El Manzanillo to enjoy a turtle watching experience
  • Participate in a snorkeling activity
Day 13: FLY TO QUITO

Day 14: DEPART FOR HOME
 
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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & Transportation

    Your flights—covered. Ground transportation—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Hotels

    9 overnight stays and 13 with extension.

  • Regional Meals

    Traditional breakfasts, lunches and dinners bring local flavors to life as part of your trip experience.

  • Field Director

    Your bilingual, culturally connected Field Director stays with you 24/7 to handle all on-trip logistics and facilitates post-project reflection activities.

  • 15 Service Hours

    Earn up to 15 service hours that count towards academic credit and the presidential award.

  • Volunteer and Leadership Activities

    Participate in volunteer, leadership, action planning and social issue activities.

  • Guided Sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from your licensed local guides while they lead you on sightseeing tours.

  • Entrances

    Gain access to local attractions, like nature hikes with your guide—we'll take care of lines and tickets.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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