Become a World Explorer
Ecuador is an exciting tourist destination with its magnificent Andean mountains lined with 30 volcanoes, Amazon rainforest, colonial cities, colorful indigenous markets, Incan heritage, and an amazing coastline. Don’t forget the Galapagos Islands, far out in the Pacific!
CHI works with trusted partners in Quito, Ecuador to screen and interview potential families to host our World Explorers. Quito was the first city to ever be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1535, Quito sits on a high plateau in the Andes of South America. Many of the original structures here date back more than 500 years and remain largely intact, making Quito quite charming.
You will have a local coordinator to assist you during your visit to Ecuador. Placements are in or around the capital and in safe neighborhoods. It is easy to travel to the mountains, beaches and rainforest from Quito. Our partners can also help you sign up for Spanish classes if you are looking to learn Spanish in Ecuador.
WE calculated the price for two scenarios. The first scenario considers your choices above. The second scenario is the scenario that offers the best value. We also compared our prices with two other options. A hostel-stay with 3 meals per day and a hotel-stay with 3 meals per day. For the hotel-stay, we considered 1-2 star hotels because we learned from past World Explorers that most of them are traveling on a budget. However, a home-stay (staying with a host family) is substantially better than a 2-star hotel-stay when all amenities, comfort, and support are considered. Aside from that, you will be staying with people who care about you, who will be sharing their culture with you, and who will embrace you as part of their family. These, as part of your life-changing experience, are priceless!
You will be traveling abroad on a tourist visa; hence, in most countries, you can only stay up to 90 days. We understand you might want to stay longer and we designed the World Explorers program to meet your desire. Instead of staying over 90 days in a country, we allow you, the World Explorer, to participate on a second adventure on a different country. And that is not all. You can actually participate as many times as you would like (some exclusions apply). Please contact a World Explorers customer care specialist for more information.