- Quito, Ecuador
- Program Type:
- Intensive Language
- Degree Level:
- 1-3 months, 4-6 months
- Program Description:
Schools projects are based in a range of primary and secondary schools in Quito and Cuenca. Volunteers will assist other teachers and also take on classes for themselves. Your contribution will be not only your teaching of English but also other activities to make the school life of these children a little bit more enjoyable. Schools / Caring placements are in institutions working with children in care, children with physical disabilities, children with learning difficulties and street children. Volunteers help with caring which is fairly demanding work. Children with disabilities and young adults placements are in a state school for disabilities that offers a broad range of activities and professional support. Volunteers help with teaching, caring, gym, dance and general art. The street children project offers a variety of roles from gathering in the street children, the outreach program, teaching English, helping with homework, art, producing a newsletter, or helping at the clinic doing basic chores. Teaching/Music: One placement is in Cuenca at the “Conservatorio de Musica”, music conservatoire, to teach music to children and young adults. Volunteers assist with teaching and are allocated their own students. The other music placement is the Fundacion Brass Band de Ecuador in Quito working in the north of Quito with kids who have musical talent but have otherwise no economic means to study any instruments. Volunteers are involved in teaching as well as in preparation and playing in concerts. The volunteers can also teach English in the afternoons. Teaching/Community: We offer a unique placement of community living in the Andean cloud forest. This is an isolated and very beautiful organic farming community of about 50 families and an environmental centre about 1.5 to 2 hrs from the capital city. The community produces jams, cheeses, etc, and is involved in reforestation projects as well as attempting to set up as an ecotourism venture. Our volunteers teach in the community school in the mornings and are involved in other activities in the afternoons such as guiding on treks, and sometimes herding cattle!
From tropical jungles to the volcanic landscape of the Galapagos, Ecuador is an enticing, exciting country. The colonial Spanish influences are evident throughout the country, particularly in the stunning cities of Quito and Cuenca, but take a trip into the villages and you will be amazed by the native Amerindian cultures that still flourish in the Amazon basin. There is a real chance to make a difference to the lives of children here in Ecuador, where education and the ability to speak English will transform their lives.
- Setting Description:
- All the placements are in the sierra where the altitude of 2,500 ms +. This requires you to acclimatise when you first arrive. The climate is pleasant - warm or even hot in the day but cold at nights. Waterproofs are essential, particularly between November and March, which is the rainy season. Placements are located in or near Quito, the capital, and in Cuenca, an attractive Spanish colonial university town about 10 hours by bus from Quito.
- What’s Included? Pre-departure briefing Airport pickup Accommodation & food In-country orientation 3-day Teaching Skills Course (teaching placements only) In-country support 24/7 support-line from Canada’s office Need to know Pre Departure Briefing: All volunteers will be invited to a pre departure briefing. On Arrival: Volunteers will attend an in-country orientation as well as a Teaching Skills Course. Volunteers who require additional Spanish skills will also attend the 1 or 2 week intensive
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