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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Ecuador

Devote yourself to a variety of service projects that will make a difference within indigenous communities throughout South America’s west coast. Along the way, you’ll explore vastly different eco-systems, diverse cultures, and experience rich history.

  • At a Glance

    20 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~35 Hours

    Location: Ecuador

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: TBA
    Lock-in 2019 rates for a limited time

    Supervised Flight: TBA

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (lodges, hotels, and guest houses)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Youth Education and Community

Journey to Ecuador where you’ll give of yourself while feeling part of a new community on this 20-day cross-cultural journey.

Spend time teaching local youth, understanding the importance of Ecotourism, and learning about Ecuador’s rich history while connecting with the local indigenous communities. Along the way, there’s plenty of time to enjoy tropical waterfalls, hot springs, artisanal chocolate making, and exploring the jungle!

Elements of the Experience

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Ecuador is a service-learning program at heart. We will visit 3 different communities throughout our journey to take part in service projects designed to shed light on Ecotourism and the importance of empowering locals. This experience will allow teens to teach in local schools, learn how communities use natural resources and other items to create income, and volunteer with indigenous communities.

Cross-Cultural Connections

Stand UP Ecuador is a wonderful opportunity to explore Latin American culture – its people, art, food, traditions, and history. As a Jewish experience, we learn about the Jewish community in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

A Unique Teen Travel Experience

Ecuador is a historically rich country on South America’s west coast, and we make time for plenty of adventure and fun! Get ready to swim in natural pools under waterfalls, journey through the Amazon jungle, experience traditional Ecuadorian cooking and dancing, artisanal chocolate making, and much more!

Why Ecuador?

Ecuador is home to over 16 million people today with a very small Jewish community. The majority of Jews still in Ecuador live in the county’s capital, Quito. During our journey, you’ll have a chance to immerse yourself in local Jewish culture and experience Jewish life in Quito, which is only 15 miles from the equator!

Ecuador is one of the world’s most environmentally diverse places and is overflowing with culture and history. There are many natural and historic sites to see as you travel the country including natural waterfalls, active volcanoes, colonial-era structures, and a visit to the Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo (Ethnographic Museum Middle of the Earth).

From the lush Amazon jungle to the stunning beauty of the Andean mountains – each region boasts distinctive landscape, eco-system, and culture. There’s nowhere else where you can have such diverse landscapes in a space the size of Nevada.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Experience incredible views of Cuicocha Volcanic Lake
Volunteer in local schools teaching English to youth
Explore the Kichwa community in the Amazon
Visit the largest outdoor market in all of South America, the Otavalo Market
Cool off in natural pools at La Cascada Waterfall
Relax and unwind at Papallacta Hot Springs
Make music and enjoy dance lessons with the local Quichua community
Experience the artisan chocolate-making process and a chocolate facial

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Ecuador is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Ecuador.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Ecuador

  • Flight to Ecuador
  • Check-in to accommodations & welcome activities
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #2 | Monday | Touring

  • Visit the city’s main Basilica and its colonial-era structures and learn about the history of Ecuador
  • View the Monument to the Equator, and tour the Museo Mitad del Mundo, the museum of Ethnographic indigenous communities of Ecuador
  • Tour the Compania Church,  which is among the best-known churches in Quito because of its large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster, and wood carvings
  • Spanish survival skills for Ecuador – practice your Spanish and learn even more
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Quintillano Sanchez School Introductions

  • Introductions at Quintillano Sanchez School
  • Create and lead activities such as art, cooking, and computer technology to teach local youth English vocabulary, pronunciation, and conversation – you  will volunteering for four days at this school
  • Ride the Teleferico cable car to experience the panoramic views of the city of Quito from a 13,000-foot (4,000-meter) peak
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Indigenous Learning

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Lecture with a local professor about the indigenous groups in Ecuador
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #5 | Thursday | Authentic Ecuadorian Cooking Class

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Ecuadorian cooking lesson at a local restaurant
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #6 | Friday | Volunteering

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Travel back to accommodations to prepare for Shabbat
  • Enjoy your first Shabbat service and dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Quito

  • Morning Shabbat programming
  • Relax and enjoy Shabbat with the local Quito Jewish community
  • Celebrate your first Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Let loose and kick up your dancing shoes with a Salsa dancing lesson
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #8 | Sunday | Souvenir Shopping and Touring San Clemente

  • Travel to Otavalo (2-hour drive)
  • Visit the largest outdoor market in all of South America, the Otavalo Market. This is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular markets in all of Latin America
  • Stop at Cuicocha Volcanic Lake, a 3km wide caldera and crater lake, part of the Cotacachi Cayapas
  • Drive to San Clemente community, a small indigenous community located 2-hours northwest of Quito, in the Imbabura region, located in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador
  • Tour the San Clemente community – take a walk on the medicinal plant path to learn about medicinal plants and their uses
  • Immerse yourself in ancient Incan culture and spend the week staying in guest houses of the Quichua community
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #9 | Monday | Quichua Indigenous Community in San Clemente

  • Quichua community project – work alongside community members to create signage and mark the Cubilche Lagoon Trail
  • Evening crafts and cooking lesson with traditional Quichua foods
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Hands-on agricultural lessons in the field – try your hand at plowing with bulls
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Learn to take care of and shear llamas
  • Evening music with the community
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #12 | Thursday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Learn traditional craft making, which is important to women’s earned income in the community
  • Evening traditional dance and storytelling
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #13 | Friday | Tubing & Chocolate

  • Travel to Mindo (3.5-hour drive)
  • Tubing adventure down the Mindo river
  • Artisanal chocolate tour and tasting
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Spend your second Shabbat as a group in the Mindo Cloud Forest
  • Overnight: TBA – Mindo

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Mindo Cloud Forest

  • Relax and enjoy Shabbat
  • Optional walk around the town and visit to the butterfly sanctuary
  • Celebrate Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBA – Mindo

DAY #15 | Sunday | Welcome to the Jungle!

  • Travel to Sinchi Warmi, a lush and tropical Amazonian ecosystem (5.5-hour drive)
  • Learn about a program initiative of the local Kichwa women that proves that it is possible to succeed as an indigenous woman while maintaining Kichwa culture
  • Visit a nearby organic farm to collect cacao and chocolate making lesson, and optional chocolate facial
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #16 | Monday | Jungle Hike

  • Jungle hike to learn about the medicinal plants and making crafts from plants
  • Compete in groups to make a local rafts
  • Make dinner and crafting with the local Kichwa community
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Explore the Rio Napo River

  • Hike through the dense jungle to swim in the La Cascada waterfall
  • Enjoy a boat ride down the Rio Napo River
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Hot Springs

  • Drive to Papallacta Hot Springs (3-hour drive)
  • Soak in the divine thermal pools at Papallacta Hot Springs that range in temperature from frigid to half a dozen varying degrees of steam. The thermal waters are rich in minerals, sulfates, and alkaline
  • Overnight: TBA – Papallacta

DAY #19 | Thursday | Travel Day

  • Drive to Quito to depart from Ecuador (3-hour drive)
  • Stop at Mercado Artesanal (Artisanal craft market) in the La Mariscal neighborhood of Quito
  • Return to the airport for flight back New York

DAY #20 | Monday | Welcome Home

  • Arrive in New York

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels, lodges, and guest houses. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?

Ecuador’s capital, Quito, lies in the Central Valley between the Andean Mountains’ eastern and western ridges. The equator is less than 20 miles north of the city, yet at an altitude of 9,350 feet. On Average, Quito’s climate is between 50s at night and mid-high 70s during the day. It is the dry season in the highlands. You will want to bring a heavier sweater or light down jacket for the evenings. In the Amazon Basin, you will encounter warm tropical, humid weather surrounded by lush jungle. Bring shorts and a rain jacket for short rains, usually occurring in the afternoon.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Ecuador is 20 teens.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Ecuador, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, eggs, potatoes, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – Good news! You don’t need a visa to enter Ecuador.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

  • *CLTC #5 (Beber) + Stand UP Ecuador
    33 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

  • At a Glance

    20 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~35 Hours
    Location: Ecuador

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: TBA
    Lock-in 2019 rates for a limited time


    Supervised Flight: TBA

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (lodges, hotels, and guest houses)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Youth Education and Community

Journey to Ecuador where you’ll give of yourself while feeling part of a new community on this 20-day cross-cultural journey.

Spend time teaching local youth, understanding the importance of Ecotourism, and learning about Ecuador’s rich history while connecting with the local indigenous communities. Along the way, there’s plenty of time to enjoy tropical waterfalls, hot springs, artisanal chocolate making, and exploring the jungle!

Elements of the Experience

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Ecuador is a service-learning program at heart. We will visit 3 different communities throughout our journey to take part in service projects designed to shed light on Ecotourism and the importance of empowering locals. This experience will allow teens to teach in local schools, learn how communities use natural resources and other items to create income, and volunteer with indigenous communities.

Cross-Cultural Connections

Stand UP Ecuador is a wonderful opportunity to explore Latin American culture – its people, art, food, traditions, and history. As a Jewish experience, we learn about the Jewish community in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

A Unique Teen Travel Experience

Ecuador is a historically rich country on South America’s west coast, and we make time for plenty of adventure and fun! Get ready to swim in natural pools under waterfalls, journey through the Amazon jungle, experience traditional Ecuadorian cooking and dancing, artisanal chocolate making, and much more!

Why Ecuador?

Ecuador is home to over 16 million people today with a very small Jewish community. The majority of Jews still in Ecuador live in the county’s capital, Quito. During our journey, you’ll have a chance to immerse yourself in local Jewish culture and experience Jewish life in Quito, which is only 15 miles from the equator!

Ecuador is one of the world’s most environmentally diverse places and is overflowing with culture and history. There are many natural and historic sites to see as you travel the country including natural waterfalls, active volcanoes, colonial-era structures, and a visit to the Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo (Ethnographic Museum Middle of the Earth).

From the lush Amazon jungle to the stunning beauty of the Andean mountains – each region boasts distinctive landscape, eco-system, and culture. There’s nowhere else where you can have such diverse landscapes in a space the size of Nevada.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Experience incredible views of Cuicocha Volcanic Lake
Volunteer in local schools teaching English to youth
Explore the Kichwa community in the Amazon
Visit the largest outdoor market in all of South America, the Otavalo Market
Cool off in natural pools at La Cascada Waterfall
Relax and unwind at Papallacta Hot Springs
Make music and enjoy dance lessons with the local Quichua community
Experience the artisan chocolate-making process and a chocolate facial

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Ecuador is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Ecuador.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Ecuador

  • Flight to Ecuador
  • Check-in to accommodations & welcome activities
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #2 | Monday | Touring

  • Visit the city’s main Basilica and its colonial-era structures and learn about the history of Ecuador
  • View the Monument to the Equator, and tour the Museo Mitad del Mundo, the museum of Ethnographic indigenous communities of Ecuador
  • Tour the Compania Church,  which is among the best-known churches in Quito because of its large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster, and wood carvings
  • Spanish survival skills for Ecuador – practice your Spanish and learn even more
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Quintillano Sanchez School Introductions

  • Introductions at Quintillano Sanchez School
  • Create and lead activities such as art, cooking, and computer technology to teach local youth English vocabulary, pronunciation, and conversation – you  will volunteering for four days at this school
  • Ride the Teleferico cable car to experience the panoramic views of the city of Quito from a 13,000-foot (4,000-meter) peak
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Indigenous Learning

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Lecture with a local professor about the indigenous groups in Ecuador
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #5 | Thursday | Authentic Ecuadorian Cooking Class

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Ecuadorian cooking lesson at a local restaurant
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #6 | Friday | Volunteering

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Travel back to accommodations to prepare for Shabbat
  • Enjoy your first Shabbat service and dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Quito

  • Morning Shabbat programming
  • Relax and enjoy Shabbat with the local Quito Jewish community
  • Celebrate your first Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Let loose and kick up your dancing shoes with a Salsa dancing lesson
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #8 | Sunday | Souvenir Shopping and Touring San Clemente

  • Travel to Otavalo (2-hour drive)
  • Visit the largest outdoor market in all of South America, the Otavalo Market. This is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular markets in all of Latin America
  • Stop at Cuicocha Volcanic Lake, a 3km wide caldera and crater lake, part of the Cotacachi Cayapas
  • Drive to San Clemente community, a small indigenous community located 2-hours northwest of Quito, in the Imbabura region, located in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador
  • Tour the San Clemente community – take a walk on the medicinal plant path to learn about medicinal plants and their uses
  • Immerse yourself in ancient Incan culture and spend the week staying in guest houses of the Quichua community
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #9 | Monday | Quichua Indigenous Community in San Clemente

  • Quichua community project – work alongside community members to create signage and mark the Cubilche Lagoon Trail
  • Evening crafts and cooking lesson with traditional Quichua foods
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Hands-on agricultural lessons in the field – try your hand at plowing with bulls
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Learn to take care of and shear llamas
  • Evening music with the community
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #12 | Thursday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Learn traditional craft making, which is important to women’s earned income in the community
  • Evening traditional dance and storytelling
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #13 | Friday | Tubing & Chocolate

  • Travel to Mindo (3.5-hour drive)
  • Tubing adventure down the Mindo river
  • Artisanal chocolate tour and tasting
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Spend your second Shabbat as a group in the Mindo Cloud Forest
  • Overnight: TBA – Mindo

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Mindo Cloud Forest

  • Relax and enjoy Shabbat
  • Optional walk around the town and visit to the butterfly sanctuary
  • Celebrate Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBA – Mindo

DAY #15 | Sunday | Welcome to the Jungle!

  • Travel to Sinchi Warmi, a lush and tropical Amazonian ecosystem (5.5-hour drive)
  • Learn about a program initiative of the local Kichwa women that proves that it is possible to succeed as an indigenous woman while maintaining Kichwa culture
  • Visit a nearby organic farm to collect cacao and chocolate making lesson, and optional chocolate facial
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #16 | Monday | Jungle Hike

  • Jungle hike to learn about the medicinal plants and making crafts from plants
  • Compete in groups to make a local rafts
  • Make dinner and crafting with the local Kichwa community
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Explore the Rio Napo River

  • Hike through the dense jungle to swim in the La Cascada waterfall
  • Enjoy a boat ride down the Rio Napo River
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Hot Springs

  • Drive to Papallacta Hot Springs (3-hour drive)
  • Soak in the divine thermal pools at Papallacta Hot Springs that range in temperature from frigid to half a dozen varying degrees of steam. The thermal waters are rich in minerals, sulfates, and alkaline
  • Overnight: TBA – Papallacta

DAY #19 | Thursday | Travel Day

  • Drive to Quito to depart from Ecuador (3-hour drive)
  • Stop at Mercado Artesanal (Artisanal craft market) in the La Mariscal neighborhood of Quito
  • Return to the airport for flight back New York

DAY #20 | Monday | Welcome Home

  • Arrive in New York

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels, lodges, and guest houses. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?

Ecuador’s capital, Quito, lies in the Central Valley between the Andean Mountains’ eastern and western ridges. The equator is less than 20 miles north of the city, yet at an altitude of 9,350 feet. On Average, Quito’s climate is between 50s at night and mid-high 70s during the day. It is the dry season in the highlands. You will want to bring a heavier sweater or light down jacket for the evenings. In the Amazon Basin, you will encounter warm tropical, humid weather surrounded by lush jungle. Bring shorts and a rain jacket for short rains, usually occurring in the afternoon.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Ecuador is 20 teens.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Ecuador, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, eggs, potatoes, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – Good news! You don’t need a visa to enter Ecuador.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

  • *CLTC #5 (Beber) + Stand UP Ecuador
    33 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Stand UP Ecuador

Devote yourself to a variety of service projects that will make a difference within indigenous communities throughout South America’s west coast. Along the way, you’ll explore vastly different eco-systems, diverse cultures, and experience rich history.

Stand UP Ecuador

Devote yourself to a variety of service projects that will make a difference within indigenous communities throughout South America’s west coast. Along the way, you’ll explore vastly different eco-systems, diverse cultures, and experience rich history.

  • At a Glance

    20 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~35 Hours

    Location: Ecuador

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: TBA
    Lock-in 2019 rates for a limited time

    Supervised Flight: TBA

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (lodges, hotels, and guest houses)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Youth Education and Community

Journey to Ecuador where you’ll give of yourself while feeling part of a new community on this 20-day cross-cultural journey.

Spend time teaching local youth, understanding the importance of Ecotourism, and learning about Ecuador’s rich history while connecting with the local indigenous communities. Along the way, there’s plenty of time to enjoy tropical waterfalls, hot springs, artisanal chocolate making, and exploring the jungle!

Elements of the Experience

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Ecuador is a service-learning program at heart. We will visit 3 different communities throughout our journey to take part in service projects designed to shed light on Ecotourism and the importance of empowering locals. This experience will allow teens to teach in local schools, learn how communities use natural resources and other items to create income, and volunteer with indigenous communities.

Cross-Cultural Connections

Stand UP Ecuador is a wonderful opportunity to explore Latin American culture – its people, art, food, traditions, and history. As a Jewish experience, we learn about the Jewish community in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

A Unique Teen Travel Experience

Ecuador is a historically rich country on South America’s west coast, and we make time for plenty of adventure and fun! Get ready to swim in natural pools under waterfalls, journey through the Amazon jungle, experience traditional Ecuadorian cooking and dancing, artisanal chocolate making, and much more!

Why Ecuador?

Ecuador is home to over 16 million people today with a very small Jewish community. The majority of Jews still in Ecuador live in the county’s capital, Quito. During our journey, you’ll have a chance to immerse yourself in local Jewish culture and experience Jewish life in Quito, which is only 15 miles from the equator!

Ecuador is one of the world’s most environmentally diverse places and is overflowing with culture and history. There are many natural and historic sites to see as you travel the country including natural waterfalls, active volcanoes, colonial-era structures, and a visit to the Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo (Ethnographic Museum Middle of the Earth).

From the lush Amazon jungle to the stunning beauty of the Andean mountains – each region boasts distinctive landscape, eco-system, and culture. There’s nowhere else where you can have such diverse landscapes in a space the size of Nevada.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Experience incredible views of Cuicocha Volcanic Lake
Volunteer in local schools teaching English to youth
Explore the Kichwa community in the Amazon
Visit the largest outdoor market in all of South America, the Otavalo Market
Cool off in natural pools at La Cascada Waterfall
Relax and unwind at Papallacta Hot Springs
Make music and enjoy dance lessons with the local Quichua community
Experience the artisan chocolate-making process and a chocolate facial

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Ecuador is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Ecuador.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Ecuador

  • Flight to Ecuador
  • Check-in to accommodations & welcome activities
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #2 | Monday | Touring

  • Visit the city’s main Basilica and its colonial-era structures and learn about the history of Ecuador
  • View the Monument to the Equator, and tour the Museo Mitad del Mundo, the museum of Ethnographic indigenous communities of Ecuador
  • Tour the Compania Church,  which is among the best-known churches in Quito because of its large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster, and wood carvings
  • Spanish survival skills for Ecuador – practice your Spanish and learn even more
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Quintillano Sanchez School Introductions

  • Introductions at Quintillano Sanchez School
  • Create and lead activities such as art, cooking, and computer technology to teach local youth English vocabulary, pronunciation, and conversation – you  will volunteering for four days at this school
  • Ride the Teleferico cable car to experience the panoramic views of the city of Quito from a 13,000-foot (4,000-meter) peak
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Indigenous Learning

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Lecture with a local professor about the indigenous groups in Ecuador
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #5 | Thursday | Authentic Ecuadorian Cooking Class

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Ecuadorian cooking lesson at a local restaurant
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #6 | Friday | Volunteering

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Travel back to accommodations to prepare for Shabbat
  • Enjoy your first Shabbat service and dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Quito

  • Morning Shabbat programming
  • Relax and enjoy Shabbat with the local Quito Jewish community
  • Celebrate your first Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Let loose and kick up your dancing shoes with a Salsa dancing lesson
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #8 | Sunday | Souvenir Shopping and Touring San Clemente

  • Travel to Otavalo (2-hour drive)
  • Visit the largest outdoor market in all of South America, the Otavalo Market. This is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular markets in all of Latin America
  • Stop at Cuicocha Volcanic Lake, a 3km wide caldera and crater lake, part of the Cotacachi Cayapas
  • Drive to San Clemente community, a small indigenous community located 2-hours northwest of Quito, in the Imbabura region, located in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador
  • Tour the San Clemente community – take a walk on the medicinal plant path to learn about medicinal plants and their uses
  • Immerse yourself in ancient Incan culture and spend the week staying in guest houses of the Quichua community
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #9 | Monday | Quichua Indigenous Community in San Clemente

  • Quichua community project – work alongside community members to create signage and mark the Cubilche Lagoon Trail
  • Evening crafts and cooking lesson with traditional Quichua foods
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Hands-on agricultural lessons in the field – try your hand at plowing with bulls
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Learn to take care of and shear llamas
  • Evening music with the community
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #12 | Thursday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Learn traditional craft making, which is important to women’s earned income in the community
  • Evening traditional dance and storytelling
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #13 | Friday | Tubing & Chocolate

  • Travel to Mindo (3.5-hour drive)
  • Tubing adventure down the Mindo river
  • Artisanal chocolate tour and tasting
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Spend your second Shabbat as a group in the Mindo Cloud Forest
  • Overnight: TBA – Mindo

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Mindo Cloud Forest

  • Relax and enjoy Shabbat
  • Optional walk around the town and visit to the butterfly sanctuary
  • Celebrate Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBA – Mindo

DAY #15 | Sunday | Welcome to the Jungle!

  • Travel to Sinchi Warmi, a lush and tropical Amazonian ecosystem (5.5-hour drive)
  • Learn about a program initiative of the local Kichwa women that proves that it is possible to succeed as an indigenous woman while maintaining Kichwa culture
  • Visit a nearby organic farm to collect cacao and chocolate making lesson, and optional chocolate facial
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #16 | Monday | Jungle Hike

  • Jungle hike to learn about the medicinal plants and making crafts from plants
  • Compete in groups to make a local rafts
  • Make dinner and crafting with the local Kichwa community
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Explore the Rio Napo River

  • Hike through the dense jungle to swim in the La Cascada waterfall
  • Enjoy a boat ride down the Rio Napo River
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Hot Springs

  • Drive to Papallacta Hot Springs (3-hour drive)
  • Soak in the divine thermal pools at Papallacta Hot Springs that range in temperature from frigid to half a dozen varying degrees of steam. The thermal waters are rich in minerals, sulfates, and alkaline
  • Overnight: TBA – Papallacta

DAY #19 | Thursday | Travel Day

  • Drive to Quito to depart from Ecuador (3-hour drive)
  • Stop at Mercado Artesanal (Artisanal craft market) in the La Mariscal neighborhood of Quito
  • Return to the airport for flight back New York

DAY #20 | Monday | Welcome Home

  • Arrive in New York

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels, lodges, and guest houses. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?

Ecuador’s capital, Quito, lies in the Central Valley between the Andean Mountains’ eastern and western ridges. The equator is less than 20 miles north of the city, yet at an altitude of 9,350 feet. On Average, Quito’s climate is between 50s at night and mid-high 70s during the day. It is the dry season in the highlands. You will want to bring a heavier sweater or light down jacket for the evenings. In the Amazon Basin, you will encounter warm tropical, humid weather surrounded by lush jungle. Bring shorts and a rain jacket for short rains, usually occurring in the afternoon.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Ecuador is 20 teens.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Ecuador, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, eggs, potatoes, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – Good news! You don’t need a visa to enter Ecuador.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

  • *CLTC #5 (Beber) + Stand UP Ecuador
    33 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

  • At a Glance

    20 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~35 Hours
    Location: Ecuador

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: TBA
    Lock-in 2019 rates for a limited time


    Supervised Flight: TBA

  • Included:

    • Accommodations (lodges, hotels, and guest houses)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Private transportation
    • Medical insurance
    • Gratuity for program staff
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Stand UP for Youth Education and Community

Journey to Ecuador where you’ll give of yourself while feeling part of a new community on this 20-day cross-cultural journey.

Spend time teaching local youth, understanding the importance of Ecotourism, and learning about Ecuador’s rich history while connecting with the local indigenous communities. Along the way, there’s plenty of time to enjoy tropical waterfalls, hot springs, artisanal chocolate making, and exploring the jungle!

Elements of the Experience

A Mission of Service
Stand UP Ecuador is a service-learning program at heart. We will visit 3 different communities throughout our journey to take part in service projects designed to shed light on Ecotourism and the importance of empowering locals. This experience will allow teens to teach in local schools, learn how communities use natural resources and other items to create income, and volunteer with indigenous communities.

Cross-Cultural Connections

Stand UP Ecuador is a wonderful opportunity to explore Latin American culture – its people, art, food, traditions, and history. As a Jewish experience, we learn about the Jewish community in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

A Unique Teen Travel Experience

Ecuador is a historically rich country on South America’s west coast, and we make time for plenty of adventure and fun! Get ready to swim in natural pools under waterfalls, journey through the Amazon jungle, experience traditional Ecuadorian cooking and dancing, artisanal chocolate making, and much more!

Why Ecuador?

Ecuador is home to over 16 million people today with a very small Jewish community. The majority of Jews still in Ecuador live in the county’s capital, Quito. During our journey, you’ll have a chance to immerse yourself in local Jewish culture and experience Jewish life in Quito, which is only 15 miles from the equator!

Ecuador is one of the world’s most environmentally diverse places and is overflowing with culture and history. There are many natural and historic sites to see as you travel the country including natural waterfalls, active volcanoes, colonial-era structures, and a visit to the Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo (Ethnographic Museum Middle of the Earth).

From the lush Amazon jungle to the stunning beauty of the Andean mountains – each region boasts distinctive landscape, eco-system, and culture. There’s nowhere else where you can have such diverse landscapes in a space the size of Nevada.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Experience incredible views of Cuicocha Volcanic Lake
Volunteer in local schools teaching English to youth
Explore the Kichwa community in the Amazon
Visit the largest outdoor market in all of South America, the Otavalo Market
Cool off in natural pools at La Cascada Waterfall
Relax and unwind at Papallacta Hot Springs
Make music and enjoy dance lessons with the local Quichua community
Experience the artisan chocolate-making process and a chocolate facial

Our Partner

Global Village Connect Travel

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Ecuador is organized in partnership with Global Village Connect Travel. Global Village Connect Travel connects people, schools and communities by developing practical solutions that improve education, economic opportunity and health through sustainable projects. They help provide immersive experiences for the teens on Stand UP Ecuador.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary including confirmed accommodations is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Departing for Ecuador

  • Flight to Ecuador
  • Check-in to accommodations & welcome activities
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #2 | Monday | Touring

  • Visit the city’s main Basilica and its colonial-era structures and learn about the history of Ecuador
  • View the Monument to the Equator, and tour the Museo Mitad del Mundo, the museum of Ethnographic indigenous communities of Ecuador
  • Tour the Compania Church,  which is among the best-known churches in Quito because of its large central nave, which is profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster, and wood carvings
  • Spanish survival skills for Ecuador – practice your Spanish and learn even more
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Quintillano Sanchez School Introductions

  • Introductions at Quintillano Sanchez School
  • Create and lead activities such as art, cooking, and computer technology to teach local youth English vocabulary, pronunciation, and conversation – you  will volunteering for four days at this school
  • Ride the Teleferico cable car to experience the panoramic views of the city of Quito from a 13,000-foot (4,000-meter) peak
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Indigenous Learning

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Lecture with a local professor about the indigenous groups in Ecuador
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #5 | Thursday | Authentic Ecuadorian Cooking Class

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Ecuadorian cooking lesson at a local restaurant
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #6 | Friday | Volunteering

  • Spend time at Quintillano Sanchez School leading activities
  • Travel back to accommodations to prepare for Shabbat
  • Enjoy your first Shabbat service and dinner as a group
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Quito

  • Morning Shabbat programming
  • Relax and enjoy Shabbat with the local Quito Jewish community
  • Celebrate your first Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Let loose and kick up your dancing shoes with a Salsa dancing lesson
  • Overnight: TBA – Quito

DAY #8 | Sunday | Souvenir Shopping and Touring San Clemente

  • Travel to Otavalo (2-hour drive)
  • Visit the largest outdoor market in all of South America, the Otavalo Market. This is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular markets in all of Latin America
  • Stop at Cuicocha Volcanic Lake, a 3km wide caldera and crater lake, part of the Cotacachi Cayapas
  • Drive to San Clemente community, a small indigenous community located 2-hours northwest of Quito, in the Imbabura region, located in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador
  • Tour the San Clemente community – take a walk on the medicinal plant path to learn about medicinal plants and their uses
  • Immerse yourself in ancient Incan culture and spend the week staying in guest houses of the Quichua community
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #9 | Monday | Quichua Indigenous Community in San Clemente

  • Quichua community project – work alongside community members to create signage and mark the Cubilche Lagoon Trail
  • Evening crafts and cooking lesson with traditional Quichua foods
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Hands-on agricultural lessons in the field – try your hand at plowing with bulls
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Learn to take care of and shear llamas
  • Evening music with the community
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #12 | Thursday | Volunteering

  • Quichua community project continuation
  • Learn traditional craft making, which is important to women’s earned income in the community
  • Evening traditional dance and storytelling
  • Overnight: TBA – San Clemente

DAY #13 | Friday | Tubing & Chocolate

  • Travel to Mindo (3.5-hour drive)
  • Tubing adventure down the Mindo river
  • Artisanal chocolate tour and tasting
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Spend your second Shabbat as a group in the Mindo Cloud Forest
  • Overnight: TBA – Mindo

DAY #14 | Saturday | Shabbat in Mindo Cloud Forest

  • Relax and enjoy Shabbat
  • Optional walk around the town and visit to the butterfly sanctuary
  • Celebrate Havdalah as a group and celebrate the start of a new week
  • Overnight: TBA – Mindo

DAY #15 | Sunday | Welcome to the Jungle!

  • Travel to Sinchi Warmi, a lush and tropical Amazonian ecosystem (5.5-hour drive)
  • Learn about a program initiative of the local Kichwa women that proves that it is possible to succeed as an indigenous woman while maintaining Kichwa culture
  • Visit a nearby organic farm to collect cacao and chocolate making lesson, and optional chocolate facial
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #16 | Monday | Jungle Hike

  • Jungle hike to learn about the medicinal plants and making crafts from plants
  • Compete in groups to make a local rafts
  • Make dinner and crafting with the local Kichwa community
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #17 | Tuesday | Explore the Rio Napo River

  • Hike through the dense jungle to swim in the La Cascada waterfall
  • Enjoy a boat ride down the Rio Napo River
  • Overnight: TBA – Misahualli

DAY #18 | Wednesday | Hot Springs

  • Drive to Papallacta Hot Springs (3-hour drive)
  • Soak in the divine thermal pools at Papallacta Hot Springs that range in temperature from frigid to half a dozen varying degrees of steam. The thermal waters are rich in minerals, sulfates, and alkaline
  • Overnight: TBA – Papallacta

DAY #19 | Thursday | Travel Day

  • Drive to Quito to depart from Ecuador (3-hour drive)
  • Stop at Mercado Artesanal (Artisanal craft market) in the La Mariscal neighborhood of Quito
  • Return to the airport for flight back New York

DAY #20 | Monday | Welcome Home

  • Arrive in New York

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
An optional supervised flight is offered. This flight often departs from the New York area, Atlanta, or Miami. You are responsible for your transportation to and from this location. Flight arrangements will be released in the spring. Families are also able to book their own tickets using miles or points that correspond to our supervised flight itinerary, or book separate flight itineraries entirely. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in 3-star hotels, lodges, and guest houses. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?

Ecuador’s capital, Quito, lies in the Central Valley between the Andean Mountains’ eastern and western ridges. The equator is less than 20 miles north of the city, yet at an altitude of 9,350 feet. On Average, Quito’s climate is between 50s at night and mid-high 70s during the day. It is the dry season in the highlands. You will want to bring a heavier sweater or light down jacket for the evenings. In the Amazon Basin, you will encounter warm tropical, humid weather surrounded by lush jungle. Bring shorts and a rain jacket for short rains, usually occurring in the afternoon.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size in Ecuador is 20 teens.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Ecuador, expect to eat seasoned rice, beans, eggs, potatoes, tropical fruit and veggies, plantains, and much more. Vegetarians will have no problems eating well on the trip.

Will my teen need a tourist visa for this experience?
If you travel with an American, Canadian, or EU passport – Good news! You don’t need a visa to enter Ecuador.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work.

  • *CLTC #5 (Beber) + Stand UP Ecuador
    33 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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