Significant factors make Ecuador a key location for goers to take action, particularly in the area of modern day slavery. With its open borders, Ecuador is a source, transit and destination country for sex trafficking. Poverty, corruption, unemployment and lack of education are prevalent, increasing the high risk for sexual exploitation. But Jesus came to proclaim freedom for the captives, to bind up the broken hearted, and to bring reconciliation and renewal! Through relational ministry, intentionally and respectfully demonstrating the love of Christ who loved us first, this team is helping youth and families at risk experience the transforming power of life in Jesus Christ as they respond to the issue of modern day slavery, poverty and oppression.
In 2011, a woman from Holland had a dream to help young women coming out of these vulnerable situations in Quito, Ecuador. That was the start of End Slavery Ministries Ecuador. Now, in 2019, we have four thriving programs that focus on providing transformational relationships and support to this population of beautiful people and their families. Casa Adalia is a home in Ecuador where women who have been rescued from modern day slavery - or are at risk of being trafficked - can experience emotional, physical, and spiritual healing. Esperanzart is a jewelry workshop for the women that serves as occupational therapy, professional development and a first step toward healthy employment in the future. Caminos de Libertad is a nonresidential program focused on providing support as women from the same backgrounds live in the community and are facing the realities of life daily. Amadas is an outreach to people currently in legal street prostitution where a group of volunteers consistently show God's love through building friendships.
As a social work team member, you would work with a multidisciplinary team and be part of at least two of the above programs. Social work provides an amazing foundation to working with these women, their families and the community at large. You would serve as an advocate for these women. You would build healthy relationships with them. You would have the opportunity to bring new innovative ideas to the team. You would be a valued team member. You would play a key role on the team as you participate and bring your unique gifts and skills. The programs are growing, and with the growth there is more need for educated, compassionate, Spanish speakers who would be able to help sustain these programs and contribute to their effectiveness. The work is hard and it is not to be considered lightly, but should be considered with much prayer. This field can seem very appealing, but loses its flare very quickly. Please consider with care.
- Proficient in Spanish, minimum intermediate or advanced proficiency level
- Bachelors degree (BSW) or masters degree (MSW) in social work from an accredited college or university
- Teachable spirit and desire to learn about social work in the Ecuadorian cultural context.
- Motivation to help women be successful and be empowered to reach their goals in the present and future.
- Desires to make a difference in the life of young women through relational ministry and being a good role model.
- Understands the vulnerability of the women in our care and keeps strict confidence of their stories except for sharing with the Director and staff as needed
- Keeps photos and names of the women off of social media for their protection, including blogs, newsletters, emails and Facebook
- Flexibility and adaptability when plans change
- Effective organizational skills: best use of time and resources