Love Volunteers

Primary School Teaching Supporter

Quito, Ecuador show on map
Support the primary schools in the poorest communities on Quito, organize the recreation time and teach English, which unlocks a new world of possibilities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

The program

This important project was created with the goal of helping to improve the English speaking abilities of some of the poorest residents of Quito, Ecuador. The Teaching English program aims to serve one of the poorest communities in Quito, housing mostly migrant families coming from the surrounding countryside. The program’s foundation is for the integral development of the local children through projects of education, nutrition, health and recreation. Native English speakers are desperately needed in teaching placements here to improve the children’s English skills and help them prepare for a better future. While English is widely taught throughout the country from primary school onwards, the special value of this work by volunteers is in delivering correct language usage from a native English speaker’s viewpoint. Hence, previous experience and prior training are not essential. As is common in many of the worlds poorer communities, an ability to speak English unlocks a new world of possibilities for children with greater access to education and work opportunities.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide free English language classes to children in primary schools in Quito
  • Improve the future prospects of some of Quito’s most impoverished children, and help them to break the poverty cycle
  • Expose non-English speakers to native English speakers in order to improve pronunciation and conversational skills
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.

How you can help

Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. The impoverished children in this community need a helping hand to escape from the poverty in which their families have lived for generations. English language skills give these children this helping hand – improving their chances for higher education and employment. While there is no disputing the importance of local English teachers in the continuation of ongoing language skills development in a developing country, there is undeniable benefit to having native English speakers imparting their own inherent knowledge of a skill they have effectively spent their entire lives developing. The combination of first-hand knowledge of the English language and an often inability or low-level ability to speak the local language spoken by their students makes international volunteers great English teachers.

Volunteers on this project therefore provide a valid and effective means of English language tuition. They will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Work with children in primary schools
  • Teach English and focus on the children's self-esteem
  • Help children with their homework
  • Give reading and counting classes
  • Organize the recreation time and snacks

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast at the accommodation

7:30am Walk/bus to your project site

8:45am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

2:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

2:30pm Walk/bus back to the accommodation

Evenings Free time to relax and have dinner or go out and explore the sights and sounds of central Quito – a bustling and vibrant metropolis!

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

This program is based in the beautiful city of Quito, where volunteers will find their help is invaluable and very much in need. Quito is a beautiful city filled with significant architecture, friendly people and fun places to visit – making it a fabulous city to volunteer in. 

Concert/Music
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School, University level
Required Documents
Emergency Contact and Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Whist not mandatory, completing a TEFL course prior to joining this project would prove to be highly beneficial. Volunteers on this project will need an understanding of Spanish in order to communicate effectively with staff and students. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation 
  • Food & Meals as specified
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • Registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Upon your arrival in Quito, you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. On Monday morning, after making your way to the local project offices, you will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have. You will then be taken to your assigned project site and introduced to the project team you will be working with. Easy!

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, Ecuador (Code: UIO)

Accommodation
Volunteers on this project are primarily accommodated in one of our local teams Volunteer Apartments, which are centrally located and close to the offices of our local team. These apartments are ‘self-catered’ – perfect for those volunteers who prefer to cook for themselves and without the restriction that come with staying in someone else's home. All standard amenities are available, including full kitchen facilities, hot running water and modern bathrooms. Wifi is also available (additional charges may apply in some cases). For those who prefer, home-stay options are also available with one of our friendly local host families.
Guest Family Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

For those choosing the home-stay option, breakfast and dinner are provided (additional costs apply).

With its reputation for superb exotic fruits, unsurpassed fish and seafood, and not least the numerous varieties of Andean potatoes, Ecuador offers the taste buds a veritable feast. Among the traditional dishes that volunteers might want to try whilst in Ecuador are: Seco de Pollo, Menestra and Ecuadorian Churrasco - a plate consisting of roast meat, a fried egg, chips and fried plantain - or even the great delicacy, guinea pig. For savoury main courses, the hot sauce aji is often used. Easily and very cheaply available from bakers’ shops are empanadas (warm pastry pockets containing meat or cheese), llapingachos (potato and cheese pancakes) and tempting sweet pastries.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,113
5 weeks
$ 1,205
6 weeks
$ 1,297
7 weeks
$ 1,401
8 weeks
$ 1,493
9 weeks
$ 1,596
10 weeks
$ 1,688
11 weeks
$ 1,780
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,884
Average fees
$ 218 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito/Ecuador between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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