HOME FOR THE ELDERLY
ANDES QUITO, OLD CITY
In 1983, the nursing home, Santa Catalina Laboure, was founded to bring relief and hope from the abandonment, misery and loneliness of the elderly poor.
This nonprofit provides a place of refuge through a caring environment devoted to the healthy development and well-being of one of the most neglected people groups.
The purpose of the organization is to assist and care for this vulnerable and underprivileged group of society, most of whom have been abandoned and/or are living with severe health problems.
At Santa Catalina Laboure, the elderly are provided the love and care they need, with permanent housing for those who have no family nearby, and no economic resources.
The elderly are rehabilitated through counseling and physical therapy, and given opportunities to feel useful to themselves and their community, which raises their self-esteem, improves their mental outlook, and raises their will to live.
With the help of donations, volunteers and foreign nationals, actions aimed at strengthening work, where the different needs of the elderly is prioritized it is implemented.
With the help of economic donations, in addition to receiving foreign and national volunteers, St.
Catherine Laboure will use donations of time and money to cover the widespread needs of the elderly in their care.
St. Catherine Laboure’s Home for the Elderly is located in the historic city center of Quito, in the area of Recoleta.
The volunteer work schedule will be Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, or 40 hours per week.
Taking care of and personally assisting the elderly.
Feeding and attending the elderly
Spending time with the elderly during recreation hours
Encourager and helper during physical therapy
Day 1 - Arrive on Friday (transfer from Quito Airport to Accommodations in Quito)
Day 2 - Orientation (Mission, Vision, and Expectations of the Program)
Visit Colonial Quito.
Day 3 - Tourist Activities – visit the most popular tourist attractions in Quito
Day 4 - Volunteer Work begins
Accommodations – you choose one of these two options:
Option 1: Room and Board at St. Catherine Laboure’s Home for the Elderly. Volunteers will stay on a private floor in a communal area, in either single, double, or triple rooms, with shared bathrooms. Basic services of hot water and electricity are provided.
Option 2: Room and Board in a hostel located in the tourist area, “La Mariscal,” in Quito. Volunteers will stay in either single, double, or triple rooms, with communal areas and shared bathrooms. Basic services of hot water, electricity, and Wifi are provided.
Food: Daily Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are provided in the program during the week days. Volunteers will be served breakfast and dinner in their place of accommodation, and lunch will be served at the Home for the Elderly.
Transportation is included in the program:
Airport transfers for arrival and departure
From accommodation to volunteer placement, and back to accommodation
For all tourist activities during the 2nd and 3rd days of Orientation
Project Requirements: No previous training is required, but we ask our volunteers to be flexible, keep an open mind, and be willing to work.
Clothes: Quito is known as the “Land of Eternal Spring,” because of its mild, yet varied, climate. In the morning, the weather could be warm and sunny, and by the mid-afternoon/evening, it could be cold and rainy. We suggest bringing comfortable layers.
Transfer IN OUT (Airport transportation - Hotel)
Lodging (Monday to Friday)
Breakfast, lunch, dinner (Monday to Friday)
8 hours daily work
Orientation and support during the program
Voluntary service certificate
Materials and tools in situ
Guide with local staff
Emergency contact 24/7