Lend a Hand

Volunteer and Fellowship Opportunities

Water Ecuador has volunteer opportunities both in your home country and in Latin American countries such as Ecuador. In your home country, you can get involved by “tabling” for Water Ecuador at local events, assisting in webdesign and other graphic design needs, raising donations for our organization, and many other activities depending on your particular interests and expertise. For open volunteer positions in your own country, click here!

In Latin America (including Ecuador, Mexico, Peru), past volunteers have built water treatment systems, taught in schools about the importance of safe water and good hygiene, tested water sources for microbial and chemical contamination, and worked to strengthen the administrative structure of our organization.

Successful volunteers in Latin America have been:

  • Ready to change the world
  • Passionate and energetic
  • Able to adapt to new and unfamiliar circumstances
  • Able to develop and implement a project without a lot of oversight
  • Adventurous—willing to try something new and make mistakes along the way.
  • Fluent or conversational in Spanish

If this sounds like you, fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we will email you about your potential volunteer experience.

Click here to read an NBC News article which recommends Water Ecuador as a great volunteer opportunity in Latin America, and read more about a Water Ecuador’s volunteer experience with Water Ecuador: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/hispanic-heritage-month/thinking-volunteering-trip-check-these-3-latin-america-n215491

We also run a research fellowship program for college students and recent graduates.  A Water Ecuador Research Fellowship description for 2016 can be found here: Research Fellowship Description.  Though applications are accepted on a rolling basis, we ask that college students applying for internships submit a cover letter and resume directly to dschwarz@waterecuador.org by January 25th.

For detailed information about doing educational work with Water Ecuador, please review the Field Manual: Water and Sanitation Education document and associated materials.

Please refer to the Field Volunteer Handbook for information ranging from how to buy your plane ticket to Ecuador to how to say “septic tank” in Spanish (answer: pozo séptico).

If you have any questions, email info@waterecuador.org. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you arrange an educational and inspiring volunteer experience!