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Teaching Assistant in Elementary School

Isabela Island, Ecuador show on map
Live on the world-renowned Galapagos Islands and help teach children English! Invest in the future of children and be a role model! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

This volunteer project takes place on the Galapagos Islands, one of the most famous destinations in the world! This project allows you to become a teaching assistant at schools in the region.

The main priority of this project is to improve the level of English on the islands, so that they can eventually become less isolated from the mainland. An improved level of English will also enable locals to communicate with tourists, which is essential because tourism is a growing industry within the region. Due to the fact that most schools lack English teachers, volunteers are crucial. Your volunteer work will help many people throughout the region while also giving you the chance to enjoy the beautiful beaches and exotic animals.

There are three different islands you can choose from when participating in this project in the Galapagos Islands: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela Island. Each island has their own local school, which is very understaffed. Not only will you be helping students during this project, but even the teachers will try to improve their own English skills during your lessons.

Throughout this project, you will witness first-hand just how important your help is for the children. You will play a crucial role is helping them to develop life skills that they can use forever. The children will see you as a role model, so volunteers should take their work very seriously while working in the schools.

Typical day

You will be working as a teacher’s assistant in an elementary school. Classes usually take place from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm, which means that you will usually have the afternoons off. The sizes of the school can vary, but there are usually around 100 kids between the ages of 5 -12.

On a typical day, you will assist teachers during their classes, help prepare lesson plans, teach the children English, assist with math and computer classes, and play with smaller children during breaks. 

Free-time activities

There is a wide range of activities that you can participate in during your free time while volunteering with this project. In addition to opportunities to play a number of different sports, you can also go hiking around the island and take in the famous views or relax on some of the best beaches in the world.

Water 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 Spanish (basic level) and English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:30 - 13:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Accommodation in local homestay
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation


During the volunteer project, you will stay with a local family that is situated close to the school where you will work. You will have your own room or share with another volunteer, based on availability. Bathrooms and living areas are shared with the host family. This type of accommodation is a great way to learn about the country’s culture and immerse yourself in the Spanish language.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

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 Baltra Airport (GPS) in Galapagos Islands. 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.
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)
$ 1,750
5 weeks
$ 2,005
6 weeks
$ 2,260
7 weeks
$ 2,515
8 weeks
$ 2,770
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,790
Average fees
$ 377 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Isabela Island/Ecuador between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside 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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Ecuador  Isabela Island, Isabela Island, Ecuador

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