The Volunteer Experience

UBECI need your support in the following areas

Project Play, do and learn


  • Dental
  • Christmas
  • Clothes
  • School kit
  • Health Prevention classes

NGO Support

  • Research funding
  • Strategic planning
  • International connections
  • Marketing
  • Administrative Activities

Volunteering with UBECI allows you to work closely with the amazing children in our programs.  Your time with them will have a positive impact on their daily lives during a crucial time in their development, and you, in turn, will have a rich, eye-opening experience.

At UBECI’s projects, we encourage our volunteers to become engaged in the designing and developing of activities conducive to early childhood development.  We also encourage individuals who are professionally or academically interested in international development to take a proactive role.  Many of our volunteers stay engaged in UBECI programs long after their volunteer period in the field.

In addition, UBECI offers a range of programs that have potential for leadership at varying levels.  From the working children program to the summer program, leaders are always wanted and needed to assist core educators and to offer valuable insight.  Not only will being a leader in one of these programs be a personally rewarding experience, it will also add to your professional records on a resume for future employers.  More information about leadership opportunities and requirements can be found within each program’s description..

Potential volunteers should apply to their preferred program at least two months in advance. Let us know your interest in volunteering and provide us with the approximate dates and length of time for which you wish to volunteer. Once we have received your inquiry we will send you our program information. Volunteers must complete an application process in order to be admitted to the UBECI volunteer programs. All volunteer application documents need to be sent to the e-mail addresses below at least one month before participating in the program.




  • 1 copy of passport, full color
  • $240 registration fee (lodging, meals, and airport pickup not included)
  • Fluent English
  • Minimum time commitment: 1 week
  • Spanish is helpful but not required
  • At least 18 years of age
  • An open attitude
  • Willingness to work with children
  • Background check
  • Abide by the contract and rules of the organization.
  • Personal reference letter
  • Job reference letter

Note: The UBECI Program also offers the opportunity to volunteer as groups and families. If you are interested in volunteering with your group or family, please let us know when you sign up.  Volunteers under the age of 18 are only allowed to participate if arriving with an adult relative and a signed letter of permission.

Due to our budget and responsibilities in daily activities, UBECI cannot offer accommodation services directly to its volunteers. We are in partnership with a local volunteer program, Volunteer Connection Ecuador that coordinates all of the application process and accommodation services directly with applicants, including affordable room and board, airport pick up, Spanish lessons, and other travel information. Please email both:


We are grateful for the time and dedication of our volunteers and are glad to write your recommendation letters or serve as a reference given good performance.  If you anticipate needing a recommendation letter from us, or would like to use us as a reference, please email ubecidirector@ubeci.org at least 1 month prior to the deadline. We do not guarantee letters of reference otherwise.