Summer 2020 Ecuador Volunteer Scholarship

Spirit is currently offering two merit-based scholarships to take part in a 2-4 week volunteering project in Ecuador through Fundación Bolivar Education Volunteer Program.  

The scholarship program includes the following:
  • Accommodation with a host family including three meals per day
  • Housing security deposit
  • Volunteer project in child or elderly welfare or environmental conservation fields
  • 1 week (20 hours) of private Spanish lessons
  • Personal advisor in Ecuador who follows your progress
  • Orientation session upon arrival
  • A coordinator who accompanies you to your volunteer site on the first visit
  • 24-hour emergency assistance in Quito
  • Activities offered at Simon Bolivar Spanish School including Salsa and cooking lessons
  • Project donation
  • Program fees to cover operating costs of Ecuador program
  • Roundtrip airport transfer in Quito
  • Travel insurance to supplement participant’s current personal medical insurance policy

Eligibility Requirements

  • Application submission window is January 1-March 27, 2020
  • 18 years or older
  • Intermediate Spanish abilities or higher
  • Available to travel for 2-4 weeks during May-December 2020
  • Able to write a blog with photos while in Ecuador at least 3 times per week and complete a post-program evaluation
  • Available for a Skype interview spring 2020
  • Spirit Cultural Exchange employees and their immediate family members are not eligible


Selected scholarship winner will cover round-trip flights to Ecuador and any domestic flights in the US or Ecuador.
Submit blog entries with photos while in Ecuador at least 3 times per week and complete a post-program evaluation

How to apply

Email your resume and a 300-500 word essay that answers the following questions to Chelsea Scarnegie at No phone calls, please.
  1. What are your reasons for pursuing this volunteer experience?
  2. How will this experience enhance your future personal or professional development?
Deadline for submission: March 27th, 2020
Click here to read blog posts from past recipients!