2018 Friends of Starfish Annual Ecuador Trip


May 14 - 20, 2018

The Starfish Foundation takes a trip each year with a dedicated group of volunteers to our location in Guayaquil, Ecuador! Volunteers are able to help out with our students and get to learn more about our foundation through a hands-on approach.


We will spend most of our days at the Starfish Foundation in Flor de Bastión, Guayaquil. While there, trip participants can help with tutoring, interact with students, learn about Starfish programs, and work on small service projects. If you have a skill you would like to share with the students, please let us know!  In the past, we have had yoga lessons and English lessons. These days will also include a group lunch with Starfish families and visits to their homes.

We will have the opportunity to sightsee and explore Guayaquil. Some highlights include a visit to the local artisan market, lunch along the "Malecon" (boardwalk in Guayaquil), and a long climb up "Las Peñas" for a beautiful view of the city.


The total trip cost is $550. This includes your meals, accommodations, transportation within Ecuador, and group activities in Guayaquil. Please note you are responsible for the cost of your flights to and from Ecuador, vaccinations, and spending money. In the past, trip participants have spent very little once in Ecuador, as all meal expenses and group activities are included in the trip cost.

A deposit of $100 is due by March 15 in order to secure your spot. Your final payment must be made by April 15. Payments can be made by check to The Starfish Foundation, Inc. (in the memo, indicate "Friends of Starfish Trip") and mailed to 1133 Dulaney Gate Circle, Cockeysville, MD 21030. 

If you are in need of financial assistance to attend the trip, please contact us at ecuavol@thestarfishchange.org. There are a limited number of scholarships available to help offset the cost of travel to and from Ecuador. Awards will be given out based on need and prior involvement with the foundation.


Trip participants are responsible for booking their own flights. In order to facilitate transportation to the hotel, contact Starfish to receive information about the better flights to book from and to Miami.

If you need logistical assistance planning your flight schedule, please do not hesitate to ask. Please forward your flight itinerary to ecuavol@thestarfishchange.org once it is booked. Flight itineraries are due by April 15.


For any questions, please email Ecuador Volunteer Manager Erica Anderson at ecuavol@thestarfishchange.org

Beth Awalt
2016-2017 Annual Report

To our Starfish family and friends,

As we look back on our fifth year, it is with joyful hearts that we give thanks to you, and it is with excitement that we look forward. With your support, we have served more than 300 students over the past five years, and The Starfish Foundation, Inc., has grown into a vital part of the community in which we serve. When we started Starfish five years ago, we thought it might work for a few months, a year, or - at most - five years. How wrong we were! Our future looks bright as we continue to work with an amazing group of supporters, volunteers, staff and students. In our fifth year, our growth and team achievements continue, thanks to you, our Starfish family. We are excited for our next five years and beyond!

This year we celebrated educational achievements of our students and new organizational milestones, such as becoming a recognized non-profit organization in Ecuador. We improved our quality of programming with an expanded library, new psychological services and a focus on curriculum. Most importantly, we continued to work in close collaboration with an amazing team of youth in Ecuador. You will learn about some of our remarkable students and volunteers in our annual report, including Ruddy who coordinated a Christmas party for 250 young children and Anna who used her teaching acumen to assist with curriculum development.

None of this could have been possible without your constant support.

From the bottom of our hearts, gracias for helping our students' dreams come true.

Amor y Paz, Jenn and Beth 

Read the annual report.

Beth Awalt
An Evening for the Stars

Save the date! The 2018 "Evening for the Stars" Starfish Benefit Dinner in Baltimore will take place on Saturday, April 21st! Tickets are now available.

It's an evening of fun for a cause! This benefit dinner is one of the highlights of our year and helps The Starfish Foundation provide education support and leadership development to Ecuadorian high school students living in extreme poverty. 

To learn more or to RSVP, click here.

Beth Awalt