Volunteer Teaching in Ecuador
- Placement locations: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands
- Types of schools: Elementary, High School, Community Program
- Age of students: 6 - 16
- Class sizes: 15 - 25
- Role: Teacher (English)
- Requirements: None
- Extra-curricular roles: IT, Sports, French
- Accommodation: Host families
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Teaching in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador as a Projects Abroad volunteer will give you a new perspective on this developing country and allow you to gain invaluable teaching and classroom-based work experience. The focus is on conversational English, so you do not need any formal qualifications or TEFL training. Whether you are volunteering during your gap year, a career break, or as a worthwhile vacation, you will have an important role to play teaching in one of our partner schools.
Our Teaching projects in Ecuador are based in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands. There is an increasing demand to learn English among Ecuador’s young population and speaking English is essential to getting a job in the islands’ thriving tourist industry.
Volunteering as a Teacher in Ecuador
In Ecuador, you can choose to volunteer in elementary and high schools. You will work with students from the ages of 6 to 16 years old and help local teachers improve the students’ English pronunciation. By teaching fun, inclusive lessons you can develop the students’ confidence and contribute to the improvement of their language skills. Your students are sure to be interested in you and your life, and you can take advantage of this to get them talking to you and each other.
In most schools you will either teach classes on your own or teach classes together with another Teaching volunteer. Local teachers and staff will welcome any ideas you have if you would like to get involved in teaching other subjects such as drama, art, or music, physical education, or IT.
Please note that if you would like to teach an academic subject other than English – for example, math or science – you will need to speak intermediate Spanish.
Our English program in Ecuador also offers free English classes for children in the community. These take place in the afternoons and evenings. If you would like to get involved further and teach after normal school hours, you have the option of teaching here and contributing to a valuable community resource.
Did you know? Voting is mandatory in Ecuador for citizens 18-65, except if you are illiterate.
Additionally, you can work with teenagers from the ages of 14 to 17 and organize various social and conservation activities for them. These activities are crucial as they give youth the opportunity to do something constructive with their free time.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Ecuador Teaching Management Plan.
Volunteering at a Teaching Placement in Ecuador with Projects Abroad
The impact you have on the lives of your students will be obvious, but you will also be part of a much larger volunteer network, which is making a lasting positive contribution to the wider community. It will be an experience you never forget.
This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.
I grew to absolutely love the children and spent breaks talking to them and sometimes joining in their soccer games. Nearer the end of my placement it was getting close to Christmas, and so I asked Dorys if I could teach the children about Christmas back in England and maybe teach them some Christmas carols in English. She happily agreed and I spent a week teaching all the different classes about songs, Christmas pudding and making cards. Read more...
If you are a fully qualified Teacher, we can tailor you a placement where your skills will be put to good use. Please Contact Us for more information.
All volunteers participating on standard projects in Ecuador have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our Galapagos Island Conservation & Environment Project in Ecuador page. You may also be interested in our Combinations option which allows you to combine not only projects, but also destinations.