Volunteering Teaching English Ecuador!
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of impoverished Ecuadorian children? How would you like to teach them English and offer them hope for a brighter future?
Join Global Crossroad in Ecuador, a South American country that is sure to surprise and delight you. From the high-flung capital of Quito with its historical architecture to the strange wonders found on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador has a lot to offer!
Unfortunately, extreme poverty has led to many problems for the people of Ecuador, particularly the children.
Over ¼ of the population suffers from chronic hunger and malnutrition, and nearly 300,000 kids have been forced into child labor to help feed their families. These poor kids lack access to the proper education they need.
At our teaching English volunteer program in Ecuador, we have teamed up with many local schools and agencies to help serve kids that desperately need our help. Teach low-income Ecuadorian children valuable English language skills and offer them hope for a brighter future!
Contact Global Crossroad today to learn more about helping kids in need in Ecuador!
Volunteer Responsibilities & Impacts
You’ll be teaching basic English to Ecuadorian children in local schools. You’ll help them with their conversational skills and set them off on a journey which will open up a whole new world to them! Here are some of the duties you can expect as a volunteer English teacher in Ecuador:
- Teaching basic English
- Developing children's English conversational skills
- Supporting recreational and artistic activities focused on educational learning
- Providing companionship for the children
- Organizing and developing educational and creative activities
- Supporting teachers
Your time volunteering teaching English in Ecuador will have a huge impact on these children’s lives. They will gain valuable skills that will help them get well-paying jobs in their futures, breaking the cycle of poverty. You will also gain valuable experience teaching in a classroom!
Skills and Qualifications
There are no specific qualifications or teaching credentials required to join this program. The main thing you will need to succeed is a love for children and a dedication to helping others.
Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program. You can do this simultaneously with your Ecuador teaching English volunteer opportunity, or you can join the program for a full week immersion prior to your project start date.
Every single day working with children in Ecuador is going to be meaningful, fun, and fill your heart with joy and hope. You can expect to volunteer an average of 4 hours per day, Monday-Friday. Your actual hours worked will vary based on your final placement.
You’re probably curious what a typical day will look like, so we’ve prepared a sample schedule for you here:
- First Day: On your first day of volunteering in Ecuador in teaching English program , our in-country coordinator will bring you to your placement. You’ll be introduced to the teacher you’ll be working with and meet the amazing kids you are here to help!
- Orientation: You’ll learn all about your service work, your schedule, safety protocol, and we’ll brief you on the customs and culture of Ecuador.
- Weekdays: A typical volunteer day might look something like this:
- 7.00 to 7.30 AM: Enjoy a simple yet healthy breakfast around the table with your welcoming local host family.
- 7.45 AM: Head out to your school placement, and get ready for a fun and exciting day volunteering teaching English in Ecuador!
- 12.00 PM: Head back to your host family for lunch, or pack one to go and bring it to your project site. This will give you a chance to spend the time chatting with your fellow volunteers, local project staff, and getting to know your students better!
- 3.00 PM: After a day of volunteering, you’ll be free to spend the afternoon and evening exploring the fascinating city of Quito. Fellow volunteers make great adventure partners!
- 6.45 PM: Join your host family for a delicious local Ecuadorian dinner. Practice your Spanish and learn more about your new friends!
Volunteering Teaching English Ecuador: Dates and Fees
Dates: Volunteer in Ecuador
All volunteer programs in Ecuador start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.
The Teaching English Program is closed during the months of July and August.
Fees: Volunteer in Ecuador
Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Ecuador volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad's volunteer opportunity in Ecuador application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).
In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to your host family and project. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.
Program fees cover:
- Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
- Food (local food 3 times a day)
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
The volunteering programs in Ecuador fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.
Accommodation and Meal
Volunteer English teachers in Ecuador will enjoy safe, clean, and comfortable accommodations in the welcoming home of one of our socially respected and experienced local host families. This is an amazing chance to immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian culture and experience a true home away from home.
As for meals, you’ll share three healthy local meals around the table with your host family. You can also ask for a lunch to-go and bring that with you to your project site.
Free Time and Weekend Exploration
Ecuador has so much to offer the international traveler, you’re going to want to get out and explore as much as you can. Luckily, you’ll have your evenings and weekends totally free from your Ecuador teaching English volunteer program, so you’ll have plenty of time to make this happen!
Afternoons and evenings are perfect for exploring the colonial city of Quito and marveling at its historical architecture. Weekends are a great chance to take off and discover new areas, going on trips to some of the other amazing places in Ecuador you aren’t going to want to miss.
Safety and In Country Support
Your safety during your teaching English Ecuador volunteer experience is our number one priority! We’ve got you covered every step of the way. We carefully vet every aspect of your trip, routinely visit our project sites, work only with trusted local partners, offer comprehensive travel insurance, and have an amazing in-country team to support you.
Volunteering Teaching English Ecuador: FAQs
You’re probably asking yourself a few questions about your big upcoming volunteer trip abroad, and we’re here to provide you with the answers you need:
Arrival and departure
You’ll be flying into Quito International Airport to work in our Teaching English volunteer opportunity in Ecuador, and we suggest arriving a day early. Give us your flight details ahead of time, and we’ll be sure to have a local representative of Global Crossroad waiting for you when you land who will take you safely to your accommodations.
Be sure to let us know if you experience delays or changes in your plans, and we’ll make the needed adjustments. When you finish up your time at the project, you’ll need to book your own taxi to the airport. Just chat with the local project staff and they’ll be happy to advise you.
You’ll need a tourist visa to volunteer teaching English in Ecuador. If you’re from the US, you can obtain your visa upon arrival at the airport. Be sure to research the requirements for your home country.
You can apply for a 30-90 day single-entry tourist visa at your local Ecuadorian embassy, or save yourself a trip and apply online:
If you’d like to extend your time in Ecuador, you’ll need to visit the Immigration Office in Quito and apply for an extra 90 days.
The last thing you want while volunteering teaching English in Ecuador is to get sick, and kids are notorious for spreading illnesses. Protect yourself by meeting with a doctor at least a few weeks before you travel and getting up to date on your vaccines.
If you want to travel to Ecuador then it is necessary to get vaccines for influenza, rabies, chickenpox, shingles, hepatitis B, pneumonia, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis A, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), & meningitis.
Why Volunteering Teaching English Ecuador?
Help kids in need have a brighter future
The poor children of Ecuador face a lot of struggle in their young lives, and the path to a bright and successful future is not a clear one. Pave the way for their future success by giving them the English language skills they need to get well-paying jobs and break the cycle of poverty!
Gain valuable experience teaching in a classroom
Future teachers can gain valuable experience and really boost their confidence when it comes to teaching in a front of a classroom of students by joining this experience. This looks great on a resume and will really help you advance your future career.
Give back while you travel
Anyone can go on a vacation, but it takes a truly kind and compassionate person to spend that time helping others and trying to make a difference in the world. Travel with a purpose and volunteering teaching English in Ecuador!
Start an exciting career as a digital nomad
Teaching English is a career unto itself, and many digital platforms make it possible for you to teach from your computer and live anywhere in the world! If you really love your time at this project, you might have a future teaching English abroad!
Contact Global Crossroad today to start your volunteer adventure teaching English in Ecuador!
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