Travel Opportunities

Visiting the Working Boys’ Center – A Family of Families

Our Family of Families has a number of short term volunteer/visit options for university, high school, youth group, church groups, and community groups. Groups can participate in volunteer immersion experiences, mini mingas or spiritual journeys. Brief descriptions are available below.  If you are interested in more information on visiting the Center, please contact our Volunteer Resource, Ruth Herrle, to get more information.

General Trip Considerations

  • We charge a flat fee per day per person to stay in our secure, modern, dorm-style volunteer house while visiting the Center. A hearty dinner Monday through Saturday evening is included in this charge. An invoice for this charge will be sent to you and must be paid in full before your visit.
  • Due to the popularity of our short term volunteer/visitor program, trips should be planned up to a year in advance. All travel dates must be cleared with us due to the limitations of our facility.
  • Based on the requirements of our programs, our minimum age for short term volunteer/visitors is someone who has completed their junior year of high school.
  • The ideal group size would include two chaperones and up to ten students.
  • Chaperones are expected to remain with their students and participate in all activities alongside their students during their Center experience.
  • It is not a requirement that short term volunteer/visitors speak Spanish. However, the ability to speak Spanish is a definite advantage and will greatly increase the impact of one’s experience.
  • Visitors, in particular high school and college age visitors, are strongly discouraged from bringing a cell phone along. A break from technology during your brief stay will enable each participant to have a much more rich experience.
  • The staff at the Center will craft a schedule of service opportunities and sight seeing activities for your group based on numerous factors. For many decades of receiving short term volunteer/visitors, we have created a wonderful template that provides a variety of experiences for groups. Your group will then follow this schedule with the assistance and guidance of the Center staff. Your schedule will also include down time.

 

Spiritual Journey

This trip offers travelers the natural beauty of the Andes mountains, the large capital city of Quito, the quaint small towns and their colorful markets and, on the flip side, the poverty one finds in this breathtaking third world country. This opportunity to see how the poor live is an experience one does not get with a travel agency tour. Only a missionary can share this glimpse of reality with you. More importantly, you get insight into the Center’s programs which offer those poor, who are willing to work for it, the hope and opportunity to escape their poverty and begin productive and satisfying lives.

Reflective guidance among friends, in comfortable Center surroundings, lets the group discuss what they’ve seen and experienced as they wind down after each busy day.

With accommodations at the Center’s modern volunteer house, you’ll travel each day in one of the Center’s buses to various locations arranged to give you a real picture of the beauty of Ecuador and the well-established family development mission that began in 1964. It’s an experience you won’t forget!

For information on the next Spiritual Journey, please contact our Volunteer Resource, Ruth Herrle, to get more information.

View a sample itinerary of a Spiritual Journey.

 

University, High School or Youth Group Volunteer Immersion Experience

Group volunteer experiences can range from one to two weeks long and provide participants with a glimpse into the volunteer missionary experience. Students will participate in an orientation program, tour all Center locations, visit member’s homes, participate in a “minga” or community work gang project, tour popular tourism sites in and around Quito, shadow a volunteer for a day, work on a special project in our technical education shops, and spend a day shopping at the markets of Otavalo in the Andes Mountains. All students stay at our modern volunteer house at the location of Center Number Two. Students gain valuable insight into volunteer life and develop personal relationships with families served by our Family of Families. Special service projects can be developed for groups spending two weeks at the Center.

If your high school, university or youth group is interested in participating in this volunteer experience, please contact our Volunteer Resource, Ruth Herrle, to get more information on available dates, program timeline and arranging a trip.

 

Minga House Building Experience

Join other adults for a 9-day service trip to the Center in Quito. Your group will focus its energy on the service project of helping a family build their home, a.k.a. Minga. Minga is an indigenous word for a community work group and members help construct homes for fellow Center members every weekend through mingas. In addition, the group will have ample time to tour all three locations, visit member homes and see key Quito tourism attractions.

For information on the next minga, please contact our Volunteer Resource, Ruth Herrle, to get more information.

View a sample itinerary for a Minga.

 

Mini Mingas

Adult and university groups can participate in a hands-on service project while visiting the Center. While all groups will have ample time to tour all three locations, visit member homes and see key Quito tourism attractions, groups will focus their energies on a service project helping the Center and its families. Minga is an indigenous word for a community work group and members help construct homes for fellow Center members every weekend through mingas. Groups can participate in home construction minga or in-house minga. In-house minga options include making teaching materials for the English program, helping with daycare field trips, sorting clothing donations, aiding with the preparation of meals for hundreds of Center members, working in the library or painting classrooms at the Center.

If you are interested in arranging a mini minga trip to the Center, please contact our Volunteer Resource, Ruth Herrle, to get more information.