Our Year Program in Ecuador
11 Months (Feb-Dec or Sept-Aug) |
Host Family with Option of Independent Housing
WorldTeach has been providing international volunteer teaching opportunities in Ecuador since 1991 which includes several placement opportunities: Quito and smaller cities within the Sierra region.
The ability to communicate in English is highly valued throughout Ecuador because of the country’s developing tourist industry, as well as Ecuadorians’ desire for improved access to the global economy. Tourism, both cultural and environmental, has become an increasingly viable means of generating revenue in this South American nation. Knowledge of English also helps Ecuadorians open their businesses to a wider, global audience. Come help build their economy towards prosperity!
Ecuador is a small country bursting with geographic and ethnic diversity. The country has four distinct regions: the coast, the Andes mountains, the jungle, and the Galápagos Islands. Each is unique and boasts its own climate, ethnic groups, and natural beauty. The culture is dynamic and the people lively, but at the same time, the pace of life is a quite laid back and “Ecua-time” is a phrase used to encompass things moving at this slower speed.
Quito, located at roughly 9,300 feet above sea level*, boasts the second highest elevation capital in the world. Of the over 14 million people who live in Ecuador, approximately 2 million live in Quito, and it is here that the majority of WorldTeach volunteers serve for the year. Quito offers the amenities and conveniences of a big city surrounded by volcanoes and mountains on all sides. Our other teaching sites in Ecuador are located in smaller mountainous cities and towns in the Sierra region where there is more of a local and traditional feel.
*It usually takes 36 hours for an average person’s body to acclimate to the altitude. Those with breathing conditions, heart disease, or asthma should check with their medical practitioner about living at a high-altitude.
Your main task will be teaching English to young adults and professionals in a university setting. Apart from classroom hours, you are also responsible for preparing classes, grading and any other duties assigned by your placement school. Class size varies, as do the types of students and their levels of English. You may teach young adults, faculty and staff, and/or open-enrollment classes for members of the community.
In addition to your teaching responsibilities, we encourage you to actively participate in community life and engage in additional activities or projects of interest. Past projects and activities of volunteers include organizing English/Spanish conversation exchanges, volunteering with community organizations, starting sports teams, and participating in local sports clubs or dance lessons.
Placement & Housing
Placements are in the capital city of Quito or in smaller cities at institutions throughout the Andean region. During your service, you live with a host family and have access to electricity and running water. Most of the placements generally have access to internet, with some families having their own internet or availability of internet cafes in close proximity. After the first two months, participants can elect to move into independent housing.
Your contribution to the Ecuador program of $2,990 goes towards:
- Up to $2500 housing stipend by successful completion of program
- Up to $2500 living stipend by successful completion of program
- Comprehensive orientation, mid-service, and end of service training conferences
- Pre-departure preparation and visa assistance if necessary plus visa fee*
- 24-hour in-country field staff support
- Supplemental overseas travel medical insurance
- Access to a remote teacher quality support
- Alumni services and networking
*Visa fee of up to $250 USD for regular processing of Ecuador Volunteer Visa
Participants are able to successfully fundraise all or a significant portion of their program expenses. Please refer to our fundraising page for more information about fundraising possibilities.
Volunteers in the Ecuador Year program must:
- Be a native-level English speaker
- Have a bachelor’s degree by the time of the program’s departure
- Be between the ages of 21 and 74
- Be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in teaching