INTI SISA is an educational project that organizes workshops both in the centre of Guamote and in some indigenous communities.

All these workshops have grown from living and sharing with the local people, who often find their training too theoretical and feel the need for more practical courses.

INTI SISA is not a school, but it aims to support the existing educational system.

It is part of the Guamote Canton’s Development Plan, which is constructed around seven main strategic lines including education and tourism.

Computing workshop

Since its inception in 1999, this has been the most popular of all INTI SISA workshops. It provides for learners of all ages, from kindergarten to the third age. For many, it is a way out of poverty and into participation in society. Internet and social media are also part of the package.

For some years courses have also been offered in a number of communities.

Needlework workshop

In Guamote, indigenous women have few chances to access training. They marry very young and then have to focus on caring for their family, animals and fields. The INTI SISA needlework workshop teaches them how to embroider table linen, sew cushion or pillow covers, or make jackets and trousers.

After completing the six levels of the training course, they can make handicrafts in the workshop. This gives them a heightened sense of dignity as well as a degree of financial independence.

Since 2012 we have been visiting communities with portable sewing machines in order to teach locally.


By popular request we opened in 2002 a kindergarten for children aged 4 to 6 years.

Many children receive financial support to attend. They get a nourishing meal each day and go out regularly.

Following the opening of a swimming pool in Guamote, INTI SISA children will also be able to learn to swim.

Homework support

Every afternoon, youngsters find support at INTI SISA to help them with their homework. Computers are also available to them for research. Although Ecuador’s new Education Law (2011) requires that all schools and colleges should provide homework support for their pupils, the facilities offered for free by INTI SISA remain in great demand.


For these courses we rely on the knowledge of our volunteers. With their help we can offer courses both at the Centre itself and in indigenous communities.

Indigenous music

On Sundays there is music at INTI SISA, with both new and traditional instruments such as the charango, the rondador and the bombo. The more experienced musicians collaborated in making the CD entitled Sonidos del Ecuador. In 2015 they produced a new CD 'Ahtina de Inti Sisa' (the force of Inti Sisa).

Training teachers

INTI SISA is keen to help teachers, and organizes seminars in collaboration with the Teachers’ Association of the Canton of Guamote.

School vacation activities

INTI SISA has many games and toys which the children can use during school holidays.

Courses are also on offer during the summer vacation.