From time to time we hire Group Coordinators on a short term basis to lead and facilitate our group volunteer programs. This job involves coordinating service projects and leading volunteer programs for people from the United States who travel to Ecuador to learn about the local culture, make friends, and contribute to community well-being. Although we don't have any current openings, please send your resume and cover letter if you are interested. We will then contact all applicants when we have specific dates to advertise.


  • Understand and implement Tandana values
  • Take responsibility for leading the volunteers in all aspects of the program in a safe and engaging manner
  • Arrange logistics of the program, take responsibility for handling the money and keeping accurate records
  • Lead the programs on a daily basis and facilitate all aspects of the group’s stay in Ecuador
  • Work with community leaders and other local contacts to coordinate volunteer work and cultural activities
  • Set a positive tone for the group and create opportunities for reflection and improvement of group dynamics
  • Represent Tandana in a positive manner to all community members and volunteers
  • Solve problems and handle emergency situations in a professional manner



  • Minimum of conversational Spanish; fluency preferred
  • Experience leading groups in service projects or other experiential education programs
  • Experience living in cross-cultural situations, preferably in Latin America
  • Experience working with North Americans; English fluency
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a diverse array of people, to solve problems creatively, and to promote a positive experience for all involved
  • Self-motivation, responsibility, and an ability to work independently
  • WFA certification or greater first aid training and CPR certification


  • First-time Group Coordinators will receive compensation of $50 - $75 per day, depending on experience and level of responsibility.  Daily wage increases with experience.
  • Round-trip airfare to Ecuador from the United States
  • Work expenses including food, local transportation, cell phone, and consular fees (if applicable)
  • The opportunity to participate in unique cultural activities and worthwhile community projects

How to apply:

Interested parties should send a resume and a cover letter addressing each of the following questions to Aaron DiMartino, Operations Director, at aaron [at] Please write "Group Coordinators" in the subject line of the email.

  1. Please describe any experience you have living in Ecuador or in another cross-cultural situation.
  2. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?
  3. Describe an experience that was very challenging for you. How did you deal with the difficulties, and what did you learn from the experience?
  4. What are you passionate about, and how do you express that passion?
  5. What do you think will be most exciting about this job?
  6. What do you think will be most difficult about this job?
  7. What are your personal and professional goals for this job and how can we help you accomplish them?
  8. When are you available and for how long? Please explain.
  9. How would you rate your Spanish and English speaking ability? Beginner, intermediate, advanced, native speaker?