Come and Exlplore Ecuador

About YFU Ecuador

Meet YFU

Youth For Understanding (YFU) represents a global movement comprising devoted individuals and organizations united in their mission to equip young people with the skills and resilience needed to embrace their roles and confront the evolving demands of our interconnected global society. YFU’s national chapters are united by a shared vision for the future.

Today, YFU stands as one of the world’s most esteemed and enduring international educational exchange programs. Founded in 1951 as a non-profit, privately-funded organization, Youth For Understanding (YFU) is unwaveringly committed to fostering international comprehension and world peace through exchange initiatives tailored for high school students. As one of the world’s oldest and most extensive exchange programs, YFU has facilitated cultural immersion experiences for nearly 200,000 high school students with host families worldwide. These YFU students acquire the essential skills and perspectives necessary to navigate the challenges presented by a constantly evolving world, seizing the opportunities offered by our rapidly changing global community.

The national office is situated in Quito, and it consists of four individuals working in the central office, along with seven area representatives spread across various regions. We are here to assist you should you have any questions or require assistance, and you are always welcome to visit our offices!

Your primary point of contact will be the Area Representative in your city. They will provide support throughout your exchange experience and should be your first contact if you need assistance.

In the event that your host family cannot assist you with a particular issue or if you need additional information, please feel free to reach out to the YFU National Office in Quito. Our office hours are from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Office phone numbers: (593-2) 246 2682, 246 3230, or 225 7969.