Where do we serve? What do we do? We will live and work at the Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador. The center is committed to “eliminating poverty among working boys and their families.”
The Center promotes the practice of ten moral values: loyalty, personal development, family, religion, education, economy, work, recreation, health, and housing.
The Working Boys Center’s programs include a comprehensive education program, which begins with nursery school and ends with adult continuing education courses, and a healthcare initiative program that provides medical and dental care to Quito families. The center’s kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily to 2,000 people. Lastly, the center also assists Ecuadorans in obtaining loans to start their own businesses.
Profile of Those Served by the WBC:
Before working with the Working Boys Center…
60.3% of people lived in a single-room dwelling 73% of people had access to a sewer system 12% of people had telephone service 52.9% of people had seen a doctor for preventive purposes 40.5% of people had running water
After working with the Working Boys Center…
Only 2.9% of people lived in a single-room dwelling More than 96% of beneficiaries had access to a sewer system 59.2% of people attained telephone service More than 63.2% had seen a doctor for preventive purposes 94.7% of people had running water
When is the trip? The 2018 trip will be June 25-July 7.
Who is the program open to? Members of the Classes of 2018 and 2021 may apply for the trip. Participants will be chosen on the basis of the application, recommendations from faculty, and a personal essay. Some of the criteria used in choosing the group are: character, flexibility in unexpected circumstances, compatibility with a diverse group of classmates, leadership qualities, discipline record, academic standing, responsibility, and trustworthiness.
Where can I find the application? You can find the 2018 application here. All applications must be submitted by 3 p.m. on February 16.
What is the cost? The cost for the trip is approximately $1,300 per-student, which includes airfare, taxes, and all applicable fees. Students must also pay for all necessary vaccinations (see below). Students are not charged for room and board, but will be responsible for any personal expenses while on the trip. They should bring no more than $75 for these expenses. Other trip expenses are covered through school financing and fund-raising efforts. Limited Financial Aid is available for students who qualify.
Are immunizations necessary? Saint Peter’s Prep abides by the Center for Disease Control’s advisement that travelers to Ecuador receive vaccinations for: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid. The school will schedule a vaccination appointment with a medical provider for those attending the Ecuador trip. Students are responsible for paying for any needed vaccinations.
Will participants need a passport? Yes. Participants will need a valid passport to travel to Ecuador. Students for the trip who do not have a passport should apply for one immediately at http://travel.state.gov. Please note that passport processing time takes upward of four weeks.
Who should I contact for more information? Please contact Mr. Ryan O'Connell, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, for more information. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (201) 547-6457.