School Teacher in the Jungle

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High­lights

🎓 Teach and learn with Kichwa kids, an amazing growth journey for both teachers and students
🐵 Experience the Amazon rainforest, a unique adventure in the most biodiverse place on earth
👌 Immerse yourself in the local Kichwa culture, appreciate a different way of seeing the world and nature
🤝 Build long lasting friendships across cultural boundaries
❤️ Contribute to the education of the future stewards of the Amazon
If you are passionate about teaching and supporting marginalized peoples, come to the remote Amazon to teach and learn with amazing children from the Kichwa community This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Our program

The Sacha Yachana Wasi Christina school was founded in 2001, as part of the umbrella project, "Selva Viva", which also includes a protected area, a wildlife rescue center, and an ecotourism lodge. The projects work collectively to ensure that the Ecuadorian Amazon and its inhabitants (human and non-human) thrive in harmony. By volunteering at Sacha Yachana Wasi Christina you will be part of this very unique project!

We aim to provide high quality education to children whose communities receive little educational support from government authorities and have often been marginalized and forgotten by society. Education based on critical thinking and values, and mastery of different languages (Spanish, Kichwa, German, English) provides the kids with more livelihood opportunities and the ability to maintain strong healthy communities into the future.

The teaching system in small rural schools in Ecuador follows a distinct education system compared to western schools. Although the school contains over 30 students of various ages from 3 to 11, there are only two teachers and thus, two classes. This is not ideal as students of different ages have different educational and attention requirements but are not able to receive specialized consideration. Volunteers allow for more specialized educational opportunities and increase the efficiency of learning for all age groups. Depending on interests and abilities volunteers may assist in overseeing any age groups or subjects of specialty ranging from arts and crafts for young students to mathematics and language courses for older students.

 

The location

Sacha Yachana Wasi Christina is located within the Selva Viva Protected Forest adjacent to amaZOOnico Wildlife Rescue Center in Napo Ecuador. It is located roughly one hour drive from Tena, the nearest city. The site is only accessible by canoe on the Arajuno River. Most children live on the opposite side of the river (on Anaconda Island) and arrive each morning on the school canoe. The infrastructure of the school is basic, consisting of three main teaching areas, a playroom for small children, a small field for sports, and living quarters for the permanent teachers. Volunteers stay in the vibrant "volis house" located at amaZOOnico (2 minute walk from the school), which is also shared by volunteers from the wildlife rescue center. The volunteer house consists of single, double, and triple rooms, bathrooms with modern plumbing and refreshing cold showers, and a large kitchen with electric stove and refrigerator. Keep in mind, all of this is located in the tropical rainforest which means wild animals (monkeys, insects, snakes), heavy rain, and high heat and humidity will be a part of everyday life.

What we expect from you

Formal teaching experience and training is not mandatory, but patience and a love for children is a must. Additionally, volunteers must be fluent in Spanish to coordinate with the permanent teachers and communicate with the children. The school day starts at 6:30 and ends at 12:30 each day from Monday to Friday, thus the time commitment is 30 hours per week. Volunteers are expected to be open-minded and respectful of cultural differences and act with kindness and respect towards the natural environment and wildlife in the protected area. It is not expected that volunteers bring items for donation, however, this would be greatly appreciated as many children cannot afford basic supplies (notebooks, pens, arts and crafts materials) and government assistance for providing learning materials is low. Breakfast and lunch is provided to volunteers each day. School volunteers must share cooking duties for dinner with volunteers of amaZOOnico (each volunteer is usually responsible for cooking dinner once or twice a week). Volunteers are also responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the volunteer house, including sleeping quarters, common areas, bathrooms, and kitchen.


Typical day

6:30: Children begin to arrive on the school canoe

7:00: The formal school day begins, the director gives a daily introduction to the entire group

7:30: The children split into their various classrooms

9:00: The children break for snacks and recreational time (volunteers would return to amaZOOnico where they will be served breakfast)

9:30: Classes resume

11:30: Children have free time to play sports or other recreational activities

12:30: The school day ends, and children leave on the school canoe

13:00: Lunch is served for volunteers at amaZOOnico

15:00: Once or twice a week (depending on volunteer numbers) you will be assigned to clean the bathrooms in the volunteer house

18:00-20:00: Dinner is served in the volunteer house. Once or twice a week (depending on volunteer numbers) you and one other volunteer will be responsible for preparing the dinner for the group

Weekend days are completely free, and you can explore the various activities in the area or travel to the nearby city of Tena

Free-time activities

Free time is precious time 

🧘🏊🚶🛌🚣🧗🤸📚

We expect volunteers to work hard, but we also expect them to take time to slow-down and enjoy the experience to the fullest. 

Tourism is the primary source of income for the region; therefore, you will find many opportunities for free time fun. Daily tours are offered for various activities including forest hikes, cultural tours of nearby communities, medicinal gardens, chocolate and coffee production and so on. If you are willing to travel a bit further on your free days, you can also find whitewater rafting and cave exploration as well as karaoke bars and discotheques for some nighttime fun. If you’re more into relaxation, it’s easy to disconnect with a nice book in one of our comfy hammocks, or by taking a swim in the river on a hot day.

Hiking
Safari/
Zoo
Sightseeing
Swimming
Yoga/
Meditation

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 Spanish (fluently)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Formal teaching experience and training is not mandatory, but patience and a love for children is a must. Additionally, volunteers must be fluent in Spanish to coordinate with the permanent teachers and communicate with the children.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 06:30 - 12:30

What's Included

Services by Amazoonico
The fee is used to cover food and lodging during your stay :) 
Accommodation
Our cozy and vibrant VOLIS HOUSE is waiting for you!

🏡We have single, double and triple rooms. The rooms are assigned based on the number of volunteers and could be we need you to share a room. We provide sheets, a pillow and a thin blanket

👨‍🍳A gas stove, a electric stove, and brand new fridge are available at the volunteer house

🚿There are 4 showers and 4 toilets. Cold showers are a perfect match for long days working, and sweating, in the hot rainforest. 

🔌We have electricity at amaZOOnico, so we recommend you to bring adapters that fit the type of connection that exists in Ecuador

📡There is no WIF at the volunteer house. However, volunteers can access internet at the school,  amaZOOnico's research center and little gift shop. Additionally, around much of the center you can find 3G cellular phone signal with the phone company Claro. A local Ecuador SIM is required.
Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Food is included in the volunteer fee. The food includes such items as pasta, rice, eggs, flour, powdered milk, legumes and fresh vegetables (depending on what is available). Coffee, tea, cocoa, milk and water are available as well.

Beer, sodas, and chocolates are to be found, however you must pay for these items.

From Monday to Friday, there is a local cook who prepares breakfast and lunch (you can choose a meat or vegetarian option). During the weekends, we take turns to prepare breakfast and lunch for everyone. The volunteers are in charge of cooking dinners every night in a rotating plan. All the dinners during the week and breakfasts and lunches on the weekend are vegetarian.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Arrivals are on sundays only 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$399
5 weeks
$499
6 weeks
$599
7 weeks
$698
11 weeks
$1,097
19 weeks
$1,895
50 weeks (max. stay)
$4,988
Average fees
$100 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Amazoonico will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Amazoonico during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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School Teacher in the Jungle

If you are passionate about teaching and supporting marginalized peoples, come to the remote Amazon to teach and learn with amazing children from the Kichwa community

$100/week

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