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Updated on: 19/May/09

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM DESCRIPTION DAYCARE CENTER IN QUITO’S TRASH DUMP ECUADOR BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The daycare center actually grew out of a small kids’ club in the garbage dump of Quito, Ecuador (also known as the Zambiza Dump). The Zambiza location was permanently closed as a dumping site in 2005 because the landfill was full. The site then became a transfer station. Garbage is now trucked in, dumped in a roofed area, sorted through and then reloaded back into trucks to be taken to a location outside of the city. The Daycare Center in Quito’s Trash Dump opened in April of 2006. This center is maintained by a non-profit organization and fully funded by generous donations. Its’ purpose is to provide a clean, safe environment for the children whose parents work nearby in the city dump. Some 40-50 children now attend on a regular basis. They receive one balanced meal and two nutritious snacks, as well as clean clothes and baths, and basic pre-school education. Volunteers will be helping at the daycare center giving support in educational activities, arts and crafts, games, songs, serving meals, taking care of the younger children and more! Be part of this life-changing experience! Volunteers arrive on Sunday to Quito. On Monday morning they are part of a comprehensive briefing focusing on Quito and the daycare center at Lead Adventures office. On Tuesday volunteers start their first day at the program!

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS For an extra cost enjoy the beautiful sight seeing spots that Quito has to offer: * Enjoy the Old Town-churches, government, squares and shopping. The historic old town of Colonial Quito is the jewel in Ecuador's crown. The city was designated the first UNESCO World Heritage City in 1978 in recognition of the importance of its colonial architecture (ahead of cities like Bath and Venice). * Quito is the city that has the best-preserved, least altered historic center in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of


La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. * The Teleferico takes visitors almost to the top of the Volcano Pichincha. It is worth putting aside a few hours for the trip, and day or nighttime is equally interesting. The cable cars will take you up to almost 14,000 feet and the views are stunning. * Visit the "Middle of the World City" where the monument that divides the Northern Hemisphere from the Southern is located. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. The Ethnographic Museum can be also be visited.

A DAY AT THE PROGRAM HOURS ACTIVITIES 7AM-7: 30AM Breakfast at your host family 7:45AM-8: 30AM Bus from host family to the project’s site 8:30AM-1: 30PM Work at the project 1:30PM-2: 30PM Lunch at one of the many restaurants that Quito has to offer 2:30PM-6: 30PM Free time to sight see in Quito 6:30PM-7: 30PM Dinner at your host family 7:30PM-on Enjoy Quito’s nightlife *This is just an exemplary daily itinerary. All activities scheduled above are subject to change.

PROGRAM

FOCUS

Animal Rescue Center Social Adventure Environmental Construction/Building Education Sports

______________ Daycare ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________

LOCATION (Province and Town) ______________ Pichincha, Quito ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________ ______________

PROJECT/ORGANIZATION/INSTITUTION DESCRIPTION Organization Location of the Organization Non-profit/private/public organization Number of employees

Daycare in Quito’s Trash Dump Quito’s east side Non-profit 7-10

1. DESCRIBE THE POPULATION/COMMUNITY THAT THE INSTITUTION PROVIDES ITS SERVICES TO. IN CASE OF RESCUE CENTERS OR ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE THE TYPE OF ANIMALS AND ENVIRONMENT IT WORKS WITH. The organization that we work with provides services specifically to children whose parents’ work at the city’s trash dump. They focus on children who are socio economically disadvantaged. These children come from difficult backgrounds. In June of 1997 the center’s founders began working with the 300+ people that lived and worked right there in the trash. These people gleaned their living by digging through the garbage that flows out of the back of garbage trucks, living in small shacks made from pallets and other building materials they


found in the trash. They survived on what they found to use, eat and sell. The very first Christmas Party in the Quito Dump was held in December of 1997 with more than 300 people in attendance. In 2008 more than 4,300 people came to celebrate. 2. SERVICES THAT THE ORGANIZATION/INSTITUTION PROVIDES (DESCRIPTION) The modern brightly colored center provides stimulation for the children through a variety of educational toys, videos, books and games. The services are provided to newborn babies up to six-year-old children. There is a space set aside for the little ones to nap as well, allowing for much needed rest. In the fall of 2006, center opened a medical clinic across the parking lot from it. Children and their parents can now receive quality health care at a price that they can afford. Vaccinations and vitamins are provided for the children, and it is already evident in the overall health of the children. There are far fewer colds and viruses in the children who regularly attend the daycare, and when a child does become ill, he can be treated immediately. Parents are also utilizing the clinic services, which results in fewer days missed from work, and ultimately, better health and living conditions for their families.

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION 3. How many volunteers can the Project employ monthly? The daycare center can have up to 5 volunteers at the same time. 4. Has the organization received volunteers in the past? Yes 5. If it has received volunteers in the past, please write since what month and year: The daycare center has been working with volunteers since 2006; their experience is extensive. 6. Are there any special features to which the volunteers have to pay attention to when working at this project? (Religion, illnesses, extra-vaccination, etc) No. 7. Are there any requirements to attend this program? Great Interest in working with children and in helping those in need. 8. The project receives volunteers all year round? No. It is closed for summer. 9. Please specify holidays or other dates when the project closes and can not receive volunteers: The daycare center closes for summer vacation in August for one week. 10. Is there a minimum amount of weeks volunteers can work at the project? Minimum 2 weeks. 11. Is there a maximum amount of weeks volunteers can work at the project? Maximum of 12 weeks.


12. Please give detailed description of tasks and duties of the volunteer: -Ensure all children wash their hands. -Provide care and support for the children and make sure they stay with the group. -Plan activities in advance and ensure all materials are ready on the day of the project. -Participate in activities and help children successfully complete projects. -Ensure the children adhere to the program rules. -Help children with assignments and homework. -Aid the teachers with in class activities. -Supervise children during break time. -Aid the staff during snack and meal times. -Organize the children to clean up at the end of the day. 13. Indicate the times and days the volunteer will be working in the week: Volunteers will be working Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 1:30pm. Weekends will be free to explore Ecuador.

LOCATION OF THE PROJECT 14. PLEASE INDICATE THE CLOSEST CITY OR TOWN TO THE PROJECT. The organization is located in Quito. 15. INDICATE WHAT TYPES OF TRANSPORTATION THERE IS FROM THE CENTER OF THIS CITY TO THE PROJECT, ITS COSTS AND APPROXIMATELY TIME THAT WILL TAKE: Public Bus transportation is $0.25. From most of our home stays it will take approximately 45 minutes to get to the project. 16. DESCRIBE THE SORROUNDINGS OF THE PROJECT (country side, urban, town) The center is located in the East side of Quito, adjacent to the city’s trash dump.

ACCOMODATIONS AND MEALS 17. Type of Accommodation? Volunteers will stay at a host family. Host families are located in good residential neighborhoods in Quito. Home stays have been selected after an application process to make sure they have everything participants need. 18. Are meals included? Breakfast and dinner is included at the host families.

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Accommodation throughout your program at a home stay Home stay option includes breakfast and dinner Orientation upon arrival Airport transfer on arrival to Quito Transfer back to the airport at the end of the program Full on-site support and assistance On-site 24 hour emergency contact number


WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED? • Lunch is not included • Personal travel insurance • All items of personal nature • Any extra activities and excursions not described on the planned itinerary • Alcoholic beverages/extra snacks PICTURES OF THE PROJECT


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