Hands for Humanity, a Minnesota-based volunteer organization that provides community care in Ecuador, is searching for volunteers for its November service trip.

Kate Welp, the executive director of Hands for Humanity, wants volunteers with a “sense of adventure and a willingness to serve others.”

Hands for Humanity has been leading service trips to Portoviejo, Ecuador, since 2002.

“We have long-standing relationships,” Welp said. Her organization has built a strong connection with the community in Portoviejo. When Welp went to Portoviejo this spring with nursing students from RCTC, the community put on a special water show just for the students.

The service trip in November will go to an orphanage and a preschool. During the trip, volunteers will help with tasks such as building a play set or painting walls.

Additionally, the group plans crafts and other fun activities to do with the children.

“We play with the kids and let them be kids for a while,” Welp said.

Hands for Humanity doesn’t have any requirements for those interested in serving on the November trip.

Children younger than 18 must have a guardian traveling with them. The organization has had many families go on past service trips.

The estimated project fee for the November trip is $875 and covers lodging, ground transportation, program fees and group meals. Participants are responsible for booking their own flights.

Hands for Humanity would like solid commitments from those interested in going on their November trip by Aug. 31. There is a $100 application fee that is required to hold a volunteer’s spot on the trip.

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Sara was the 2019 summer intern in the Post-Bulletin newsroom. She is a student at the University of Missouri, where she studies journalism. She plans to graduate in 2021.