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The Book Bus is a charity working in Africa and South America promoting literacy.
The Ecuador project is dedicated to the memory of five volunteers who died in a tragic road accident in Ecuador in April 2008.
Money was raised and a bus was adapted to carry up to 16 volunteers and is packed with books and artistic material, working seasonally in four regions of the country: Amazon, Andes, southern coast and northern coast.
Volunteers travel on board stopping off at rural schools and working with small groups of children to practise and inspire a love of reading by planning fun activities, arts and crafts and games based around the books.
The placements appeal to a wide range of people of various ages and placements can last anything from two weeks to 16 weeks.
Volunteering on board the Book Bus is a great way to see an alternative side of a country and is immensely rewarding as you are not only seeing the country, but are also giving back to local communities.
There are amazing opportunities for travel at the weekend and exploring the country during the afternoon and evening. Volunteers work from 8am to around 1.30pm and accommodation is provided throughout the project.
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