Besides teaching English, jobs in tourism are the easiest positions to land in Quito. Wherever there are tourists, there is a demand for friendly and reliable people to provide them with information. Inquiring at hotels, restaurants and bars in the Mariscal will usually prove fruitful if you have a clean, professional, friendly demeanor and some experience in the service industries. There are also opportunities for travel writers, software engineers familiar with SEO and website design, and people who can serve as adventure guides or tour leaders.
Volunteering in Quito
On point with the growing trend toward "voluntourism"â€”or supplementing travel experiences with volunteer workâ€”thousands of people come to Ecuador each year looking to volunteer. Lots of programs exist in and around Quito, but these opportunities vary greatly in type of work involved, cost, and minimum length of commitment. Most volunteer opportunities are in the health care, education and conservation fields, though you are likely to find some program in line with your particular interests and backgrounds. Schools, orphanages, hospitals, childcare centers, organic gardens and farms, and indigenous communities are all popular placements. Many programs offer homestays, low-cost or free accommodation options, and some will even provide food, transportation and Spanish language classes. Depending on the volunteer work, required commitments can span from one day to one year. Some programs and organizations charge little to nothing, while others have high registration, weekly or monthly fees. Keep in mind that the reputations of some organizations are questionable, so it it best to check out credentials and personal testimonies before deciding on a volunteer opportunity.