Community Water Projects in Rural Ecuador

Company : El Terreno: Cultual Exchange Centre
Location : Atandahua, Guaranda, Ecuador
Duration: 4 weeks to 6 months
Approx Costs: 500 to 3000+ $ Dollars (US)

Design & deliver a hands-on, personalised Internship in Community Water Projects.

Improve your resume and gain real-world experience, while making a real difference to rural communities in the majestic Ecuadorian Andes.

Help low-income, indigenous communities gain access to clean drinking water through community education and infrastructure projects.




Design and deliver a unique internship based on your career aspirations and local needs, supported by an experienced international team.

Advance your career, develop your skills, and improve your résumé through a hands-on project with 1:1 mentoring from a professional in the field.

Make a meaningful difference to low-income populations who lack the education, support, and resources to make the changes themselves.

Immerse yourself in another culture and experience a different way of life through family homestays, cultural activities, and life in a small rural community.

Set off on adventures and make lifetime memories with other interns and volunteers – climb mountains, hike through the jungle, and explore indigenous communities.


The Challenge

Safe and accessible drinking water is a human right. However, Atandahua and surrounding communities are suffer serious issues regarding water quality and security.

Outdated and failing pipework, illegal connections, deforestation, and inadequate storage have led to water scarcity, while unsustainable agricultural practices and a lack of filtration has resulted in a high prevalence of gastrointestinal issues and malnutrition among the population, especially children (48%).


The Solution

Addressing this water crisis requires a comprehensive approach. From public health initiatives to domestic filtration systems, reforestation efforts, and infrastructure improvements. With the guidance and support of our experienced team, you will engage with the local community to identify and implement sustainable solutions that ensure long-term access to clean and secure drinking water; making a tangible impact to these communities.


Find Out More

Interested in developing your career while making a meaningful impact in low-income communities?


What's Included

  • Free Discovery Call & Plan
  • Flexible Start Date & Duration
  • Educational Documentation Support
  • Pre-Arrival & Travel Support
  • Shared Accommodation with WiFi
  • Lunches Monday to Thursday
  • Weekly Professional Learning/Mentoring
  • In-Person Coordination
  • Materials Budget
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Free-Time Recommendations
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Written Reference


Optional Extras

  • Private Room within a Local Family Homestay
  • Spanish/Kichwa Classes (before or during visit)
  • Private Transfer from Airport
  • Additional Professional Mentoring Sessions


What's Not Included

  • Flights, visas, vaccines, or any other expenses to reach us
  • Travel, health, and work insurance
  • Other meals
  • Leisure time activities & Spending money



"I Loved Everything About this Experience!"

"Having recently graduated from university, I wanted to gain experience and put my skills into practice; this internship fulfilled that. The mixture of site visits as well as some desktop work that really worked for me. There is opportunity to work with the local community and really get involved. Also, the mentors taught me so much during and are genuinely amazing.

"Joshua is also a great leader who you can can seek help regarding a work issues but also your personal well-being too.Finally, I stayed with a local family who were so accommodating. It was an experience I will never forget and will value forever."

- Tiara from the UK (Community Water Projects, 2023)


Ready to Begin Planning Your Adventure?

Schedule your free discovery call and begin co-creating your personalised internship in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes.


Start Dates

Flexible - all year round.



$145 per week (when booked before January 2024)

We are a small independent organisation and receive no external funds for our programme and therefore there is a cost to the programme, which is used to exclusively to deliver you the best internship programme possible! 



No specific requirements, though better suited to those with a passion and some experience in building and architecture.

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