Volunteer with children in Ecuador and help promote early childhood development. You can help us give children the skills they need to succeed at school. You’ll also teach basic English and make sure that children practice good hygiene everyday.
By volunteering with children in the Galapagos, you’ll support teachers in overcrowded classrooms. You’ll help with their lessons and you’ll be able to give more individual attention to children in small groups. The more volunteers we have, the more children can get the individual support they need. This is a great way to travel and gain practical childcare experience, all while making a difference.
You’ll live in shared accommodation with other volunteers and interns on the tiny island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos. You can also request to stay with a host family. This is a unique opportunity to get an incredible insight into the lives of Galapagos locals!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
Your main role as a Childcare volunteer in Ecuador is to help kindergarten teachers give individual attention to as many children as possible.
You will do a variety of tasks, such as:
- Run educational activities like helping children learn to read
- Improve English language skills through conversation
- Run hygiene awareness campaigns to help keep the children healthy
- Support for special needs children with individualised attention
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Encourage learning through play
As with most kindergarten-aged children, little ones in Ecuador love learning new things and practicing their skills daily. Volunteer with children in the Galapagos, and help improve their early childhood development by:
- Teaching educational songs
- Doing arts and crafts
- Playing games and sports outdoors
It’s important to have an element of fun in each of these activities, as children learn best through play. We also encourage volunteers to work closely with small groups of kids. This will help you identify areas that need further development.
Improve English language skills
Galapagos is a tourism hot spot. When locals have a good grasp of English, they can conduct better business and live more prosperously. You can help lay a foundation from an early age by teaching the alphabet, having conversation sessions, and reading English books to the children.
Encourage best hygiene practices
An important part of your role is to encourage children to practice good hygiene everyday. You can help improve hygiene by teaching them how to brush their teeth properly and to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. Make this fun with songs, games, and little class challenges.
Support for special needs children
Due to a lack of designated facilities in Galapagos, children with special needs are often enrolled in mainstream schools. You can help the local teacher by providing personalised support and stimulation to assist these children in keeping up with the rest of the class.
For all of these activities, we’ll give you training, workshops, and resources to help you do the best job possible.
Where will I be working in Ecuador?
You’ll live and work on the island of San Cristobal. It forms part of the Galapagos archipelago, located about 1,000km from mainland Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.
Our volunteer placements are all at kindergartens in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Conditions are most basic than what you’re used to.
Even though it is the capital of Ecuador’s Galapagos province, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is still more of a port town than a city. It’s home to several pristine white beaches, but only two are for people. The others are all devoted to the protection of the local sea lion population.
With many cobbled streets and an attractive wharf area, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is a charming village, with much to explore during your evenings off.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
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.
It was amazing to see the progress the children made over the month that I was there. They are so young but they learn so much, so quickly and it was such a great feeling knowing that I had been able to help them.
Volunteer with Children in Ecuador
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