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Volunteer in Montañita

Make a perfect start to your trip in Latin America with one of our Ecuador Volunteer and Spanish programs. Montañita is a very relaxed place in Ecuador and there is always some action going on. If you want to learn Spanish in Ecuador and volunteer, at one of the best beach destinations in South America. Then Montañita is a great choice! We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities in Montañita and we are happy to help you plan your adventure.

We have 3 options for your volunteering in Montañita

  1. Help care in an Aquarium

If you want to work with animals then you have to go for this option! In this project, you will be a help caring for wildlife at the Animal Rescue Center or share your creativity to work with the Kids Ecological Club at the only coastal aquarium in Ecuador. By volunteering, you will have an experience that you will remember forever. In this coastal aquarium, you have to help injured, sick or stranded animals. The animals are brought in here by a local dive organization and your task will be to take care of these animals. Think about injured or stranded penguins, pelicans, seals, turtles, etc. The intention is that the animals can be returned to the sea and when the moment is there, this is such an adrenaline boost!

  1. Volunteer at an elementary/primary School

The primary school is a typical Ecuadorian small-town school, providing education for local children between the ages of 5 and 11. As it`s usual with Ecuadorians in general, the children are super friendly and before you know it they are running out into the street to say “Hola” as you walk by. The school is looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic about getting involved in the local community and have some skills that they would like to share. With growing tourism in Montañita, the children are very interested in learning English and would appreciate your help. However, this is not the only option. If you have other passions such as sports, art, or anything else you would like to share, they will love the time you spend with them.

  1. Orphanage

At the top of the hill between Montañita and Olon, there is an orphanage. Volunteers will help at the orphanage in the afternoons by assisting the children with homework, playing games with them, and practicing the language with them. It is an amazing place to volunteer since the kids are incredibly grateful for all the help.


During the time of your volunteering, the school accommodates you in beautiful cabañas. You will sleep in a private or shared cabaña, with next to it a beautiful swimming pool and jacuzzi. But you can also live with a local family if you prefer to do a homestay experience.


For volunteering in Montañita, the Spanish school asks for a small compensation of $30 to cover the costs. They will arrange everything and help you during your volunteering with all your questions. It´s also required that you pay a $17,50 per week donation. You pay this money directly to the foundation so you will know that your money will be used for their important projects. 

For our volunteer projects you don´t need to speak Spanish but we always recommend having a basic level of Spanish. Your volunteering will be more enjoyable because you can communicate with the local people and practice your Spanish in real-life situations. For this reason, we suggest that you take a minimum of 4 weeks of lessons before you start with the project if you don´t speak any Spanish. We, therefore, recommend you to take a minimum of 4 weeks of lessons before you start with the project if you have a basic level of Spanish. We offer private and group lessons. But the most popular option is Spanish lessons with surfing!

Please note: If you want to volunteer and take your Spanish lessons on the same day. It`s not possible to combine your volunteer program with taking group lessons or surfing due to the schedule. But you can always follow one of the courses first, and then start with your volunteering afterward. 

To participate in our Montañita volunteer program, there is a minimum of 2 weeks of volunteering and 2 weeks of Spanish lessons mandatory. 

If you are interested in one of these volunteer programs let us know and we will send you more information!


Montañita | Learn Spanish | Volunteer

Please note this is a sample itinerary

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday Spanish lessons Volunteering Free time
Tuesday Spanish lessons Volunteering Free time
Wednesday Spanish lessons Volunteering Free time
Thursday Spanish lessons Volunteering Free time
Friday Spanish lessons Volunteering Free time
Saturday Free time
Sunday Free time
  • Afternoons with volunteer work
  • 24/7 emergency service and volunteer coordinator
  • Spanish course in Montañita (to participate in our volunteer program there is a minimum of 2 weeks of volunteering and 2 weeks Spanish lessons mandatory)
  1. Laura:

    I can highly recommend the school and volunteering, it`s the perfect way to learn Spanish in South America.
    I combined my Spanish lessons with volunteer and they tailor a program for me. I loved working with animals and the staff make sure everybody feels included. At the school they also organise several evening activities to give you the chance to get to know your fellow students. Thank you!!!!

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