What will I be doing on this project?
As a volunteer teaching English in Ecuador, your main focus will be to teach conversational English to young children at government schools. You will work alongside local staff and teachers, who will be able to offer you support and advice.
- Help children gain confidence with their English conversation skills
- Assist with other subjects you might be interested in
- Work at a summer camp during school holidays
- Teach conversational English at the Projects Abroad English Centre
At your volunteer Teaching Placement in Ecuador, your work will focus on the following:
Help improve English conversation skills
As a volunteer English teacher, you can help nurture the new generation of young Ecuadorians to be confident speaking the language to anyone they encounter. You will do this by helping improve pronunciation, phonetics, and grammar.
We also set up conversation classes to improve the student’s oral skills and capacity to participate in conversations. You and other volunteers will play an important role in facilitating these.
Assist with other subjects you might be interested in
If you have skills or knowledge about teaching other subjects, you can volunteer to assist local teachers with those too. Some ideas include additional languages (e.g. German or French), IT, maths and science.
Work at a summer camp during school holidays
During the school holidays in March and April, you can get involved at our summer camp and focus on teaching English, art, and sports to local children. Sports lessons may include swimming, basketball, and football, but you can also teach any other sport you're interested in. The children who attend the camp are between the ages of 3 and 11.
Teach conversational English to adults
We also have an English Centre at the Projects Abroad Offices. You can choose to teach conversational English to both adults and children here. You can do this exclusively or combine it with working at a school.
Where will I be working?
You will be based on the island of San Cristóbal. It forms part of the Galapagos archipelago located about 1,000km from mainland Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.
With many cobbled streets and an attractive wharf area, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is a charming village, with much to explore during your evenings off. It’s home to a couple of pristine white beaches, but only two are for humans. The others are all devoted to the protection of the local sea lion population.
We have two placement options. You can teach conversational English at the Projects Abroad English Centre, or work as an assistant teacher in a government school. You can also opt to do both. If you join us doing school holidays, you’ll teach at a summer camp for local children.
If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you may consider taking weekend trips to other parts of the island.
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.
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 snorkelling 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.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
Meet the team in Ecuador
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