Rostro de Cristo is located in two communities on the outskirts of Guayaquil–Ecuador’s largest city and port–in the southwestern Ecuadorian province of Guayas. One community, Mount Sinai, is an invasion community that is currently within the Guayaquil city limits to the northwest. The other community, Arbolito, is a neighborhood within the growing municipality of Durán, just across the river to the west of Guayaquil. Visit our interactive map for a visual of these communities.
In both the Mount Sinai and Arbolito communities, RdC volunteers live together in a volunteer house. In both cases, these volunteer houses are located adjacent to and on the same property as a retreat house, which is used to host visiting retreat groups. RdC volunteers live in an intentional Christian community with an emphasis on simple living, hospitality, service, and spirituality. Each volunteer is accommodated with his/her own bedroom; bathrooms and other living spaces are shared.
Located next to the volunteer houses in Mount Sinai and Arbolito are the retreat houses. Rostro de Cristo hosts an average of 25 retreat groups yearly from universities, high schools, and parishes from all over the United States. Each group stays for an average of seven to ten days. Volunteers take turns planning and leading retreat groups through their daily activities and experiences. The reflections and prayer times for the retreat groups are planned by the group themselves; however, the group leader assists with any needs the group might have.
Visit our staff page to find out who the current staff are and what their roles are within Rostro de Cristo.
This number varies annually, but Rostro de Cristo usually receives between 35 and 60 applicants each year.