Follow us on:

Facebook icon  Twitter icon  G+ icon  instagram icon  You Tube icon

ESL Teaching in Ecuador Featured

Rate this item
(2 votes)

Location:  Quito, Ecuador 
Type of Assignment:  Teaching
Project Duration:  Minimum 4 Weeks
Activities: Teaching English to children.



The Organization

How is the Organization involved with the community?

This project aims to improve the quality of education, particularly in the English language, in underprivileged schools in impoverished parts of Quito. These schools lack economic resources, quality learning materials, and well-trained teachers to provide its students with a top quality education. Through this project, volunteers can contribute their experience, training, and ideas to improve the quality of education these underprivileged schools offer.

Background to the project and its aims

This project takes place in several underprivileged schools with limited economic resources, located in the southern and central parts of Quito. Volunteers will teach English to classes of 178 elementary school children, between the ages of 5 and 12 years.

Currently, there is only one teacher for all of the students and grades, thus the contribution of volunteers in these schools is extremely important. Due to the scarce economic resources of these schools, there is a lack of well trained teachers to meet the needs of this many students. The project needs the support and experience of volunteers to strengthen the schools’ English programs and improve the overall education and future prospects of the children.

What are the daily volunteer activities in the project?

Volunteers are mainly involved with teaching English and other subjects (if the volunteer has the appropriate experience/training), and supporting the teachers at the school by collaborating in preparing materials and activities. Volunteers also have the opportunity to develop and implement educational activities and extracurricular activities that develop the children’s creativity. It is essential that volunteers take into account the facilities and resources available and establish intercultural relations with the children inside and outside the classroom.

Program Details

Quick facts about the trip:

Project duration:  Minimum 4 weeks
Project Location:   Quito 
Airport of arrival: Quito (UIO)
Activities:  Teaching English to children
Working Hours:  During school year (September to June), 4-8 hours per day (20 - 40 hours per week), Monday to Friday. The schools open at 7:00 am and close at 1:00 pm
Accommodation:  Shared volunteer apartment or host family
Requirements:  Volunteers should have teaching experience, and, preferably, experience in teaching English. They should also have the patience to work with school-age children, be team-oriented and able to maintain good working relationships. Basic level of Spanish to communicate with locals is recommended in order to maximize the volunteer’s impact on the Centers and the community.

What's included:

Accommodation:  At a volunteer apartment (shared rooms, up to 6 people, with communal space, kitchen, bathrooms, etc) OR host family (private room, laundry service).
Meals:  From Monday-Friday, depending on the accommodation. With a host family you'll have 3 meals per day. At the volunteer apartment only breakfast.
Airport pickup
Pre-departure Orientation and Onsite Training: Volunteers receive a comprehensive workshop on being a volunteer in the project, safety and security in the destination country, culture shock, and pre-departure preparations.
Support: 24/7 during your volunteering time.

What's not included:

Flights, Visas, insurance
Local Transfers: Volunteers will need 1-2 buses to arrive at the project site from their accommodations. Each bus costs $0.25 (budget $1/day for transportation to project site).
Other optional activities not included in program fee:

  • Spanish language courses
  • Cultural activities (in Quito)
  • Weekend tourist activities at project site


Program Duration Cost (USD)
4 weeks 1,101.00
6 weeks 1,392.00
8 weeks 1,683.00
10 weeks 1,974.00
12 weeks 2,265.00
14 weeks 2,556.00
16 weeks 2,847.00
18 weeks 3,138.00
20 weeks 3,429.00
Additional weeks 240.00 per week

All Registration Fees are included in the prices above.