When volunteers arrive in the country, the first thing we do is give them a warm welcome. We all travel together from the airport to the welcome camp in Quito to share and learn a bit about Ecuadorian culture. We engage in various ice-breaking games and activities to get to know each other better. After these two days of orientation, volunteers are ready to meet their host families and projects. Alongside the host family and the Fiides team, we teach them how to get to each project using public transportation, which excites us all as it’s the first wonderful experience volunteers learn to do in our country.
After spending a considerable time in Ecuador, we arrange the mid-term camp, which is a very valuable period. During this time, volunteers can share their experiences about their host families, projects, feelings, and anything else necessary to improve and make the following months the best. It’s four days full of emotions, laughter, and tears. Everyone contributes solutions, and we provide advice for every situation. All volunteers return home renewed and ready for their last few months in Ecuador.