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Teaching English Project

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  • Share your passion in teaching English to disadvantaged children
  • Work with rural and urban schools and help shape the futures of the students
  • Live with a local family and explore day-to-day Ecuadorian life
  • Practice Spanish while connecting with the best of nature and culture in Ecuador in your downtime

Breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains, photogenic cities, and famous Galapagos islands – introducing Ecuador! If those sound good for you, then volunteer in Ecuador by teaching English! Due to the booming tourism industry and the rising integration with the global economy, the demand for English education is high in Ecuador. As a country blessed with natural wonders, tourism is one of the most viable means of income for the locals. English therefore, becomes an important skill for one to have, and it has the potential to pull many out of poverty. Many schools in Ecuador, however, are not well-funded and neglected. The schools lack well-trained teachers, and the children often find it hard to improve, especially in the English language. New Hope partners up with local schools to provide qualified English teachers to private or public schools at elementary and high school levels. Teach English in Ecuador, so that the children can have a brighter future ahead of them. While you're there, enjoy the splendor of the Andes and the regal colonial architecture of the city of Quito!

In July and August, the school will remain closed because of holidays. Volunteers during this period will work in rehabilitation program with disabled children aged 8-16 or in day care centers for children during this period.

Volunteers' Responsibilities

As a volunteer teaching English in Ecuador, you will be placed at urban and rural locations. Most of the volunteers work as teachers in a private or public school. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching basic English to the students
  • Teaching other subjects such as Math, Science, Physical Education, or other subjects of interest
  • Helping students to improve their Basic English and conversational skills
  • Supporting recreational and artistic activities focused on educational learning
  • Organizing and developing activities that encourage learning
  • Assisting the fulltime local teacher with class duties
  • Working alongside the local teachers on curriculum development
  • Assisting school administrations with daily tasks
  • Tutoring the students and help with their homework
How You Can Make a Difference

The ability to speak English accurately often ensures Ecuadorian students' success by equipping them with the skills required to compete in the growing global economy. Our volunteers will mostly teach resource-poor schools in rural and urban areas, which are often attended by children from impoverished backgrounds. English has become an increasingly crucial skill for Ecuadorians to have because it opens them up to more opportunities in the tourism sector. The ability to speak, read and write well in English can mean a monumental difference in securing a good job that can pull them out of poverty. By teaching English in Ecuador, you'll help students in either elementary or high school levels to have a brighter future ahead of them. At the same time, this is the perfect opportunity for you to practice your Spanish while teaching English in an international setting.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join our volunteer English teaching in Ecuador project beyond a fluency in English and a preferred basic/intermediate fluency in Spanish. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish language program. Volunteer teachers should have strong English fluency, both written and verbal, although no previous teaching experience is required. Volunteers should have a love for teaching, English and conversation. Volunteers should also be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and strive to be good role models for the children. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.

Project Location

The project is located in Quito, the capital city and also the largest in Ecuador. Quito is also the first city to be termed a UNESCO World Heritage site. Quito has a rich pre-Columbian history. Found on the ruins of an Inca city, it is the least-altered historical center in Latin America. Lined with picturesque plazas, towering 17th-century churches and monasteries and beautifully restored mansions, you'll find yourself taken back in time as you wander past the architectural treasures. Beyond the city of Quito, Ecuador is a country brimming with nature's majesties. Go on a trek into the magical Andes, wildlife-watching at the verdant Amazonian rainforests, and experience the mythical Galapagos Islands with its panoramic and volcanic landscapes; there is something for everyone at Ecuador. A lovely trait of Ecuador is its climates, which at any one location, will very rarely change at all in the year. All climates can be found in Ecuador, from the tropical coastlines and Amazonian lowlands to the cooler and dryer climate at higher elevations.

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