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Kaya Responsible Travel

Street Address: The Arches, North Campus Incubator, Sackville Street

Locality: Manchester

Region: United Kingdom


Counseling and Vocational Training for Women in the Red-Light District in Ecuador

Duration of Program
2 to 26 Weeks
Dates of Program
Every Monday
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 Years+
Project Review

Help bring dignity, education, self-worth and opportunity to women who have been abused, assaulted, and victimised by the sex trade. Volunteers work in a centre that welcomes disadvantaged women for skills training in sewing/dressmaking, beauty salon work, making handcrafts, cooking and baking, first aid and information science. The centre is licensed to grant middle school diplomas. Many emotional and physical factors must be considered when working with women in this position. Often they have been out of school for many years, have been living on the margins of society and must relearn basic academic information as well as functional duties on a daily basis. You can offer so many things to these women to get them moving in a positive direction. Many of these women learn new practical skills but then fail to make the next step of applying those skills to legitimate work. You can show them how to write CVs and cover letters, how to apply for micro-financing, how to market and promote their wares, and give general advice for their future. Non-judgmental, positive and helpful foreign volunteers are a wonderful source of support, encouragement and guidance for the women.

Major Responsibilities

    Job Responsibilities: 

    Participants work directly with the women who come to the center for life assistance, and can be involved in any aspect of the women’s academic and vocational development as well as supporting their physical and emotional needs when required. An important role of participants will be to assist the women as they transition into a better, healthier lifestyle. Daily activities may include teaching English courses, computer training, and even teaching the women how to take care of their bodies and stay healthy.

Cost/Program Fee
Euro 725 for 2 weeks, Euro 175 for each week thereafter

What program fee Includes

    What is included:

    • Accommodation: Single or shared room in a home-stay
    • Food: 3 meals per day – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Airport pick up and drop off
    • Training: Pre-departure pack, on-site orientation and project induction included
    • Transport between Quito and project site
    • Support: 24 hour support
    • Excursions planning

    What is not included:

    • Flights
    • Insurance
    • Visas

Skills/ Qualifications

Volunteers need a caring, understanding and supportive nature to try and realise what some of these women have been through. They should have a real drive and passion to see these women succeed. Those with business development skills, computer and design skills are also very much desired.

Arrangements for Room/Food

In most cases volunteers are placed in local home-stays where they either have their own room or share with another volunteer. Usually two meals a day are provided by the home-stay family, all included in the placement fees. This way a portion of your volunteer fee goes back into the local economy, and you gain first-hand experience of true local family life.

Application Process

For detailed information on the application process feel free to contact us at:

Any Missing Important Information

    Some communities might have high prevalence of viral diseases like malaria or yellow fever, so volunteers need to get vaccinated accordingly. Each member of Kaya staff have worked, travelled, studied or volunteered abroad, and many staff have visited and volunteered in our projects knowing firsthand the country and nature of the programme placements. Their knowledge of international travel and volunteering is invaluable, and they can give you good advice and tips to make the most of your international placement. For detailed information about this program contact us at: