10 days
(Or add 4-day extension) – Estimated 15 Service Hours
Meaningful. Sustainable. Unforgettable
Set foot on the equator, explore the capital of Quito and ascend high into the Andes Mountains as you embrace indigenous customs and culture. While you connect with local Andean communities, you’ll gain insight into the local challenges they face, like extreme poverty, access to education and economic opportunities for women. Together with community members and Free The Children, you’ll work side by side building sustainable solutions to these problems. From supporting local girls clubs to working with women’s centers and new schools, every project you touch will help strengthen the community for generations to come.
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 and travel to your accommodations.  

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: TRAVEL TO CHIMBORAZO PROVINCE
Travel with your Field Director to the Free The Children community you’ll be working with. Together you’ll visit and meet with local school children at their school. In the evening, learn about Free The Children’s unique Adopt a Village program model.

DAYS 4-8: SERVICE PROJECT — CHIMBORAZO PROVINCE
As communities evolve so do their needs. We’ll work closely with Free The Children to understand the challenges locals face in the Chimborazo Province. 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 project in a nearby village.
  • Spend afternoons immersed in cultural activities.
  • Evenings are a chance to reflect, discuss events as a group, and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.
 
DAY 9: TRAVEL 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 TOUR EXTENSION 

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: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
  •  Enjoy two full-day boat excursions to other Galápagos Islands where you’ll enjoy snorkeling activities.
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 and travel to your accommodations.  

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: TRAVEL TO CHIMBORAZO PROVINCE
Travel with your Field Director to the Free The Children community you’ll be working with. Together you’ll visit and meet with local school children at their school. In the evening, learn about Free The Children’s unique Adopt a Village program model.

DAYS 4-8: SERVICE PROJECT — CHIMBORAZO PROVINCE
As communities evolve so do their needs. We’ll work closely with Free The Children to understand the challenges locals face in the Chimborazo Province. 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 project in a nearby village.
  • Spend afternoons immersed in cultural activities.
  • Evenings are a chance to reflect, discuss events as a group, and draw connections between the day’s work and relevant global issues.
 
DAY 9: TRAVEL 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 TOUR EXTENSION 

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: GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS
  •  Enjoy two full-day boat excursions to other Galápagos Islands where you’ll enjoy snorkeling activities.
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 attraction, 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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