||What we do
FRI facilitates non-formal educational programs that allow
participants to experience life in another culture. By living
with a local host family, participating in observational visits
to nearby communities, and volunteering with different kinds of
organizations, our participants learn about Ecuadorian culture,
community development, adaptability, time management, independence
and, hopefully, so much more. While our programs focus mostly on youth,
we encourage people of all ages to take part.
To meet the expectations of our diverse national and international youth clients through the work of a highly professional team committed to fostering the positive growth of people that will also contribute to the sustainable development of our societies.
We are convinced that our programs facilitate sociocultural processes in which the participants learn:
- to develop a critical conscience, as well as an understanding and respect for other cultures
- that respect unites us all and makes us responsible for the realities of and solutions to the currently existing problems in the world
As such, FRI facilitates international volunteer programs
and internships that have the goal of building peace world wide.
Our staff has over 17 years of experience with non-formal
educational programs. In addition to organizing programs, we have been
participants in, and supervisors of, similar programs throughout the world.
All of our staff members are bilingual in Spanish and English, and one member of our
staff speaks fluent French. The "formal" educational qualifications held by our staff
include: a Diploma in International Relations, a Degree in Sociology and a degree in
Social communications. We feel that it is important to continue the process of learning,
thus, in an effort to develop a better understanding of cross-cultural management,
we have participated in training in a numer of different countries.