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Katitawa is an independent primary school founded in 1977 and located in the indigenous Andean village of Salasaka, Ecuador. The school is designed to create a place where the children learn the basic subjects taught in any elementary school, while also creating an education model that promotes the children’s cultural identity.

Apart from the school, Katitawa runs a number of projects and activities within the community including:

  • a library and community center with internet access
  • vacation classes
  • English classes for adults
  • a plant nursery

Volunteers are given a lot of freedom to find projects within the community they can support. Volunteers could do anything from teaching English, Maths, Computer Classes or any other subject you are familiar with to helping out in the kindergarten and the library. Also needed is construction work, fundraising, working at the plant nursery or a range of other things important to the success of the project.

Volunteers work seven hours a day, five days a week (M-F). Weekends are free and volunteers are encouraged to explore the rest of the country.

Opportunity types

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The program requires two week commitments. GV strongly recommends that volunteers working with children on this project commit to a minimum of one month—longer stays better support the development and welfare of young children.


Donation of $10 per week to cover your accommodation and two meals. Incredibly nominal fees to cover other communal meals, or you can cover that yourself. They are fair and not out to bilk volunteers, merely to help offset expenses.


For more information about volunteering with Escuela Katitawa , visit them online:

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