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.

Mission

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.

Objectives
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

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.

Kléver Albán
Executive President
and Program Supervisor
kalban@andinanet.net
Fabián Pulloquinga
Program Supervisor
Fpulloquinga@andinanet.net
Samuel Córdova
Executive Vice President and Program Supervisor
Samuelcordova@andinanet.net

 

Partners

 Canada
 
Canada World Youth
Partner since 1983
www.cwy-jcm.org

York Region District School Board
Partner since 2001
www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca
 
     
 
InterCordia
Partner since 2004
www.intercordiacanada.org
The World Is Our Village
Partner since 2008
www.theworldisourvillage.org
 


 sweden
 
Volontarresor
Partner since 2005
www.volontarresor.se
Las och Res
Partner since 1995
www.lasochres.se