DetailsPractice your art skills in one of the most versatile countries in the world. You will be traveling with a group of like-minded people, leaving your very own unique mark in Ecuador. Additionally, you will work with children and gain unforgettable memories by sharing your knowledge and supporting a local community. You will also have the chance to paint right at the beach in Montañita. The Artist and Educators Exchange Program was developed in partnership with Milwaukee Odyssey and Arte Del Mundo. It was created for those who wish to explore and take part in teaching, learning and developing inspiration for future artistic endeavors. Throughout this trip each participant will have the chance to work alongside like-minded artists, art teachers and students of various trades and backgrounds. You will not only learn through your ventures but you will also have the opportunity to make a difference that will positively affect the preservation of arts in education and helping to develop communities through creative expression. Most importantly, Escape to Ecuador includes diversity in activities so that everyone will have a great time, will make the most of their travels and will return home with a sense of accomplishment by volunteering to enhance opportunities for the next generation!
Day 1 Thursday
Arrive at the Quito airport where we will pick you up and take you to your accommodation. Next, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful view from the terrace while you have your Welcome Dinner on the Guest House Rooftop overlooking the entire city of Quito.
Day 2 Friday
Start the day with a hearty breakfast and orientation. Then you will take the Teleférico that lifts you up Mount Ruco Pichincha. Next, we’re off to the Guayasamin Museum for a look at Ecuador’s most popular artist of the 20th century. Afterwards, we’ll head to the monument of Mitad del Mundo (literally ‘the center of the world’). Tonight we round off the day by experiencing the nightlife of downtown historical Quito.
Day 3-4 Saturday – Sunday
We’ll leave after breakfast at 10 am to head towards Baños. Once having arrived in Baños and settled into our accommodation, we’ll have an orientation and begin conceptualizing a mural. After dinner, we take a ride in the Chiva bus to Tungurahua Volcano. The next day, after breakfast, we will go on a hike down and up the Devil’s Cauldron Waterfall. Afterwards, we will take a cruise into the outskirts of the jungle to Puyo. There we will visit Monkey Island, an animal rescue site where they mainly rehabilitate monkeys from animal trafficking. On our way back to Baños we will stop at Rio Verde to check out La Casa Del Arbol. Dinner will be served upon returning to Baños.
Day 5-9 Monday – Friday
On Monday we’ll head over to the Arte Del Mundo facilities. There we will continue our mural project and preparation for the volunteering at the children’s after school program. We will spend most of the day volunteering to encourage literacy, creativity and a love of the arts at the free after school program for children aged 6 to 12. English programs for children and adults, and theatrical entertainment in Baños are also a part. We will have dinner each day (Monday - Friday) and you will have personal time to explore the city of Baños.
Day 10 Saturday
After breakfast our driver will take you to Montañita (8 hour drive). Enjoy the sunset at the beach, have dinner together and experience the nightlife.
Day 11-13 Sunday-Tuesday
You will have time to conceptualize your artwork and paint in this colorful town. Relax at the beach, take a swim or grab some drinks.
Day 14 Wednesday
After breakfast you will drive back to Quito. Tonight there will be a goodbye dinner.
Day 15 Thursday
Back to the USA.
- All accommodations
- Daily breakfast
- Daily dinner
- Private transportation
- All excursions
- All activities
- Entrance fees
- Art supplies
- Ecuadorian Bi-lingual Guide
- Health & Traveler's Insurance
- 200$ donation to Artedel Mundo
- International airfare
- Personal expenses