About EIL Ecuador

The Experiment in International Living in Ecuador

Experiment in International Living (EIL) was established in Ecuador in 1977. Its founder, Mrs. Anne Lalley de Alvear, a visionary woman and passionate promoter of cultural exchange, registered EIL Ecuador as a nonprofit organization that promotes the exchange between people of different cultures, religions and ages. Each of its programs promotes international understanding and respect between peoples.

EIL Ecuador has over 40 years of experience in the field of cultural exchange and more than 27 years of experience teaching languages.

anne-lalleyAll programs offered by the EIL Ecuador meet the highest quality standards. To make this possible, EIL has established cooperation agreements and partnerships with the excellent educational institutions.


EIL, the Experiment in International Living, is a pioneering organization of Cultural Exchange in the world, born in 1932 in the United States, as one of the first international organizations to promote intercultural coexistence programs.

feil-300x296After its founding, the Experiment in International Living expanded its coverage and established representative organizations in many other countries. In 1954 the national offices came together to form the Federation EIL, which established its headquarters in Switzerland and the task of coordinating educational exchange programs was developed. Currently, the Federation EIL brings together eighteen representative organizations: http://federationeil.org/

Its activity was consolidated and expanded to create new programs without changing their philosophy of enabling people of all ages to share experiences, languages and customs with people of different traditions, expanding horizons, creating strong friendships, and promoting peace .

Each “Experiment” is a laboratory without borders. Living with host families, study or adventure tours, experiential learning, cultural immersion, language training, and learning internships, and volunteer work, make participants develop leadership skills, gain valuable international experience, increase their self-confidence, and develop a balanced understanding and respect for different ways of living in the world.


Staff – The Experiment in International Living – EIL Ecuador

Mission EIL Ecuador

To train our participants in the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to contribute effectively to international understanding and world peace

Vision EIL Ecuador

To establish ourselves as the best organization facilitating cultural exchange and language teaching nationally and internationally


Our greatest aspiration is world peace through intercultural understanding


Solidarity, respect, commitment, creativity, credibility, teamwork

International Skills

In order to contribute to our Mission, we intend for our participants to develop:

  • Linguistic and intercultural communication skills.
  • The ability to be self-sufficient learners who can self-evaluate

EIL Ecuador does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality or ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, political orientation, age, ancestry, disability and complies with all applicable national and international laws regarding nondiscrimination.