Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses the Amazon jungle, the Andean highlands and the wildlife rich Galápagos Islands.
The country’s capital, Quito, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is lined with cobblestone streets, photogenic plazas, 17th-century churches and monasteries, and beautifully restored mansions from the country’s Spanish colonial past. You can also visit the ‘exact center of the world’ at the Itiñan Sol Museum, located at exactly zero degrees Latitude.
Like most of Central and South America, Ecuador is soccer-mad, and fútbol is the national obsession. Soccer thrives in lower-income working class areas where it is often the only recreational outlet available, such as the Andean foothills outside Quito, where 64% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Working with local non-profit organization La Fundacíon de las Américas para el desarollo (FUDELA) you’ll help use soccer to bring educational and vocational young people living in underserved communities, giving them access to more opportunities that will help them in life.