At a glance
- Study Spanish in Ecuador while living on the beautiful San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. You’ll get personalised Spanish lessons each week with a professional language teacher.
- Interact with native Spanish speakers on a daily basis in the markets, restaurants and on your travels. Study Spanish full-time, or part-time alongside another project.
- You will live in a shared volunteer accommodation on the island, which means you can share meals and explore with other volunteers.
16 or over
What will I do on the Spanish Language Course in Ecuador?
You will live on San Cristobal Island, and will receive weekly Spanish language classes from a qualified language teacher. Here are some of the activities you can expect to take part in on this course:
- Learn Spanish from a qualified teacher
- Explore San Cristobal Island
- Volunteer on a project before, during, or after your language course
This course will include the following activities:
Learn Spanish from a qualified teacher
You will spend a few hours each day learning Spanish grammar and vocabulary, and practicing conversation. The duration of your classes will depend on whether you take the standalone course, or an add-on language course. If you study full-time, you will have 15 hours of classes per week.
Our add-ons can be taken in 5, 14, or 30-hour blocks. Classes will take place at the Projects Abroad office, and depending on your level of proficiency, you may be placed in a class with two or three other students.
If you are taking this course as an add-on or a bridging course in order to volunteer or do an internship, your teacher will tailor the classes to your programme. You can learn vocabulary and conversation skills relevant to the project you do.
Explore the San Cristobal Island
There is plenty for you to see and do in Ecuador. You can explore the island and interact with locals, or spend time with other Projects Abroad volunteers. Visit extinct volcanoes, go snorkeling to witness an underwater paradise, or see amazing endemic animals such sea lions, iguanas, and giant tortoises. There is so much for you to discover
Volunteer on a project during or after your language course
If you choose to volunteer before, during, or after your language course, the majority of your day will be spent participating in various volunteer activities. Depending on the project you choose to work on, you may do things like support early childhood development at kindergartens, or teach English at local schools.
Where in Ecuador will I be working?
You will live on San Cristobal Island, and stay with other Projects Abroad volunteers in a shared accommodation. Your language classes will take place at the Projects Abroad office.
San Cristobal forms part of the Galapagos Islands, known for their vast number of endemic species, many found nowhere else on earth. San Cristobal boasts four extinct volcanoes, and is the island where Charles Darwin first went ashore to conduct fieldwork on his theory of evolution.
Activities on the island include:
- Viewing an exciting variety of sea and land animals
- Visiting beautiful beaches
- Seeing incredible extinct volcanoes
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Our projects in Ecuador are based in the Galapagos Islands. This region is famed for the research Charles Darwin did here with its many unique animal species. It’s the ideal location to explore the natural beauty of Ecuador.
While you’re volunteering here, it’s worth checking out the beautiful beaches where seabirds circle above and sea lions laze about on the sand. You can also go snorkeling or scuba diving along the coast.
Hiking around the base of one of the many volcanoes that make up the Galapagos is spectacular and thrilling! You can also follow the Darwin trail or trek through the Punta Pitt.
There are plenty of museums and art galleries for you to learn more about the culture and history. You can also chat to locals and buy souvenirs at bustling markets.
What’s great about joining our projects is the chance to connect with other volunteers. So you can choose to explore the Galapagos independently or you can travel with the new friends you make along the way.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team
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