Gap Year in Ecuador

An up and coming gap year destination, Ecuador is blessed with an impressive volcanic landscape, Amazonian rainforests, coastline, and diverse wildlife that’s worth witnessing. Get to volunteer in an Animal Rescue Center, opt for Spanish learning in Quito, take up mountaineering, horse-riding, and trekking in the Andes and make most of your gap year in Ecuador which is affordable for student travel.

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Most Recommended Trips in Ecuador

Spanish Learning in Quito with GDA
Spanish Learning in Quito

Learn Spanish during your gap year in Ecuador. Attend group learning sessions with experts.

Skills and Activities, Language Learning, Spanish

Ecuador

1-4 weeks

Price Starting From$425

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Soccer Coaching Volunteer Program in Ecuador with GDA
Soccer Coaching Volunteer Program in Ecuador

Are you a sports enthusiast looking for a perfect gap year program abroad?

Volunteer Abroad, Sports Development, Group Tours

Ecuador

2-8 weeks

Price Starting From$749

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Volunteer in Amazon Animal Rescue Center with GDA
Volunteer in Amazon Animal Rescue Center

Have ever imagined how wonderful it would be to live at an animal rescue center with hundreds of them around you throughout the day?

Short Trips, 2 Weeks Trips, Volunteer Abroad, Wildlife and Conservation

Ecuador

2-8 weeks

Price Starting From$975

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Discover Ecuador with GDA
Discover Ecuador

In a span of 4 weeks during your gap year, the Discover Ecuador Program will take you to some of the most beautiful cities, and let you experi

Gap Year Abroad, Tours, Adventure Tours, Group Tours, Fun Trips, Skills and Activities, Surfing

Ecuador

30 days

Price Starting From$1750

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General Questions

Can I know a little more about the Visa requirements?

Citizens of the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the People’s Republic of China and Somalia will need to acquire a visa (12-X) for entering and traveling in Ecuador. Many nationalities will receive a tourist card upon entering Ecuador which will be valid for a period of 90 days. It should also be kept in mind that whether you’re entering on a tourist card or a visa you will be allowed to visit and stay in Ecuador for a maximum period of 90 days in a year. You should confirm all the necessary visa information from the Ecuadorian embassy in your country nearest to you. 

Can I join the program as a solo traveler or do I have to be in a group?

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
 

I am a single traveler. Will I be charged a single-supplement?

Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey? 

Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand. 
 

Will I get to know others in my group before I travel?

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Ecuador, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!

Can I get some help with buying a Medical and Travel Insurance?

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
 

What are the vaccinations I need to take for traveling in Ecuador?

We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. Apart from routine vaccines, like your yearly flu shot, Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, MMR vaccine it is recommended to take shots for Hepatitis A&B, Typhoid, Malaria, and Rabies for traveling in Ecuador. Yellow Fever is a risk in Ecuador and it is a must to get a Yellow Fever vaccine before leaving for Ecuador.
 

How much extra money will I need to carry?

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Ecuador. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 25-35 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Ecuador, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises. 
 

What should I pack for my travels to Ecuador?

You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear and layering is generally the way to go when you’re visiting Ecuador. The main two seasons are the Dry season which runs from June-September and the rainy seasons which runs through the months of January-May. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in mild colors are the best options for the dry season. The same added with a light sweater and rain jackets would be good for the rainy season as well. During the shoulder season of October-November Ecuador experiences cooler temperatures and heavy showers so do consider packing in your rain gear if you want to avoid the splish-splash!
 

Do I need to book extra nights of Hotel Accommodation before or after the tour?

Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
 

Are Airport transfers included?

Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information.