Ecuador Teaching

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1. In Brief

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. Ecuador includes the all-consuming emerald rainforests of the Amazon and is rich in rare and endangered species.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and enigmatic mountain creatures alike. This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses.

Whilst it is South America's tiniest country, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Teach English to lively & friendly children
  • Immerse yourself in a new & exciting culture

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Moderate Spanish required
  • This is a very competitive placement and you should check availability upon application.

FAST FACTS

Location Quito, Ecuador
Activities Teaching English, maths, art or hygiene & nutrition etc.
Assist in creating educational materials
Grading homework
Teaching vocabulary
Introducing games & activities
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL training day & certification
In-country Accommodation
Food
Airport pick-up
Ground transfer to project site & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your project will take place in one of two public fiscal schools and your pupils will range in age depending on your location. You may be involved in long-term projects such as teaching English, maths, art or hygiene and nutrition, or other subjects in which you have experience. The projects will depend on your Spanish ability and you may also be able to assist in creating educational materials, grading homework, teaching vocabulary and introducing games and activities.

The official school holidays in Quito are from the end of June until the end of August. If you would like to continue volunteering through the summer there are a few different options. If you would like to stay in Quito, you can volunteer at one of two nurseries for very poor or at-risk children or you can help out at a school for children with disabilities. Some of the children there are orphans, and you would be bringing some much needed support into their lives. Alternatively, if you would rather continue teaching, you can opt for a few weeks at a rural community school on the Ecuadorian coast.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

This project is located thirty minutes outside the capital of Ecuador, Quito, in the north of the country. You will be met at Quito Airport by a friendly Frontier representative. You will be given an orientation, and introduced to your host family and the local project area.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You'll stay with a host family in the local community on a full board basis, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in the culture and language of Ecuador as you will be living just like a local! You will be provided with a clean room and all bed linen, and you may find there are other volunteers staying at the same time. You may well have hot water showers available, but you should also be prepared for it to run out! The families are warm and welcoming and will make you feel at home in no time!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three delicious and authentic Ecuadorian style meals a day. You will enjoy a simple breakfast of bread, butter, jam, milk, water or juice, fresh fruit and eggs. Lunch is often a delicious and nutritious soup, or pastries with meat, vegetable salad and juice. Dinner is likely to be a simple but delicious meal of rice, potatoes and meat, often served with aji, a spicy sauce. Local specialities often found in cafes and restaurants include lemon marinated shrimp, ceviche, which can be made with fish, shellfish or shrimp, and marinated beef steak. Vegetarians are welcome and there is a surprisingly extensive range of dishes on offer for non meat-eaters, although this is mainly in the larger towns.

4. The reviews

A real need for the right kind of volunteer  | 30 May 2017
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Patience and love  | 20 May 2017
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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are welcome to explore this fascinating region, where bars, open-air restaurants, cafés, museums, and famous monuments are aplenty! A range of cultural and adventure trips can be arranged. Ask your hosts to book these with local providers and contribute directly to the local economy.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks $995

Extra week $345

DEPARTURE DATES

This project runs throughout the year with the exception of Christmas, New Year and national holidays.

Please aim to arrive on a Monday.

The school will be closed during the following dates, please check when applying:

3rd of February- 13th of February - First term vacations
1st July until the beginning of September - End of scholar year vacation

This project is not available on the following dates in 2017:

New Year: 2 January

Carnaval: 27-28 February

Good Friday: 14 April 

Labor Day: 1 May

Battle of Pichincha: 26 May

Indedpendence Day: 11 August

Guayaquil Independence Day: 9 October

Day of the Dead: 2 November

Cuenca Independence Day: 3 November

Christmas: 25 December

DURATION

Minimum of 2 weeks, up to a total of 6 months

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK TEFL training day & certification

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfer to project site & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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