My name is Sophie Panton, I'm from Ottawa, Canada and for over a year now I've been planning this volunteer trip to Quito, Ecuador. I am 18 years old and am taking a gap year before I start university in the field of journalism. On this gap year I wanted to take the opportunity to explore different cultures and new places in the world while still having a purpose and I have always loved working with children. I found this amazing program in Ecuador with the world renowned company IVHQ in which I have registered for a volunteer program in a local kindergarten. I am so excited for this new and rewarding experience and the chance to give back. Unfortunately with program fees, vaccinations, insurance and flights it becomes quite expensive, I hope that you are as inspired by this opportunity as I am and are able to lend me a helping hand, anything helps! Thank you very much.