Location: Cuenca • Base Cost: $2750 • Age: 16-19
*Official dates, costs, and details for 2015 will be published soon
Famous for its location on the Equator, Ecuador features a diverse landscape that features the Andes Mountains, coastal plains, jungles, and the Galapagos Islands. Celebrating our third year in the country, H.E.F.Y. will be implementing several exciting changes to the program including young men and young women on the expedition, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
In Ecuador, you will be working in the charming colonial city of Cuenca, which lies 8,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by mountains on all sides. There are many disadvantaged and disabled children living in Cuenca and other small cities, but there are not enough resources to provide social and emotional support to these children. For this project, you will build new housing facilities at an orphanage that primarily serves severely disabled and disadvantaged children. This will allow the orphanage volunteers to be more available to the children and will provide increased support for children in need. You will have the unique opportunity to see the children each day at the work site and volunteer in the orphanage twice a week.
Evening activities will include spending time with local church members and a stake dance. You will also be able to take a trip to the Guayaquil Temple. On the weekends, you will explore the Galapagos islands, which serves as the exclusive home to a number of animal species, and go ziplining.
Cost from 2014
*Official prices for 2015 will be published in October
|Leaves from JFK, returns to MIA||$2750|
All listed costs cover international airfare (from the selected departure location), food, lodging, and activities for the duration of the trip, as well as materials and labor for the humanitarian project. Click here to learn more. Many participants pay much less than this by fundraising all or part of the costs of their trip! Click here to learn how.
Official trip dates for 2015 will be available in October and registration begins in November. If you'd like to register your interest for a trip, please click here and fill a short form so we can send you a link to register in November. Priority will be given based on age and the date of registered interest.