Our volunteering or internship program offers cultural living in the Panecillo Kichwa community. It allows participants to truly engage with our families, as another son or daughter in the daily household activities. All projects are organized by the parents of visitors’ households, according to current self-identified needs in our community.

Daily work may include a variety of combined activities, flexibly planned according to the interests of each volunteer. Visitors have the chance to support their new families, while at once benefiting from all that they learn sharing life with our community.

Possible Project Areas and Activities for Family-Stay Volunteers

  • Giving English language classes (in high school or planned with community)
  • Agricultural support: caretaking and maintenance of Andean fields
  • Helping in the harvest of the family’s agricultural products
  • Participation in Kawsaymi’s Andean cooking classes
  • Learning about medicinal plants (Afternoon lesson about traditional medicine)
  • Helping families in daily care of animals (cows, chickens, pigs, guinea pigs)
  • Helping with grocery shopping in Otavalo’s food market
  • Participation in community work day (“minga”)
  • Helping families create their artisan products (weavings, embroidery, bracelets, etc.)
  • According to volunteers’ interests, a traditional dance course may be arranged
  • Taking part in a hand-embroidery course
  • Helping operate Kawsaymi restaurant when we have reservations
  • Program development in environmental education for our community
  • Participation in the community’s festivals and cultural events

Tiempo de voluntariado

  • 1 Day
  • 1 Week
  • 1 Month
  • 1 Year

Housing for Volunteers;

All volunteers and interns stay with indigenous Kichwa host families, in our typical homes within the community. They will have the opportunity to get to know our customs, traditions, natural medicine, traditional gastronomy, Kichwa language, agriculture, Andean cosmovision, games, and much more. We offer this experience with the goal that each volunteer will take away the best memories of our Kichwa Otavalo culture.


Work Days and Hours

  • Monday – Friday
  • 8 Hours/ day (Volunteers have off on weekends)
  • 8:30-am 13h00-pm – 14h00-pm a 17h00-pm

Included in the Program:

  • Housing
  • 3 Meals a Day (Traditional Cuisine)
  • Project Orientation

 NOT Included in the Program:

  • Transport

  • Visa

  • Clothing Wash Service

  • Travel Insurance

  • Hot Water

What should you bring?

  • Cell phone with functioning Ecuadorian SIM Card
  •  Sun Protection
  •  Bug Spray
  •  Towel
  •  Warm Layers

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