Teaching Assistant in Elementary School

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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One in a lifetime opportunity: Spend a couple of weeks on the Galapagos Islands
Visit these amazing islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean
Learn more about the interesting history of the Galapagos Islands
Improve your Spanish skills while practicing on a daily basis
Make memoried you will never forget during excursions
Be a volunteer on the world-renowned Galapagos Islands and help teach children in English! Be a role model for the children on these remote islands! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

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

The priority of this educational 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 nature and animals.

There are three different islands you can choose from when participating in this project: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela Island. Each island has their own local school. Not only will you be helping pupils, but even the teachers will try to improve their own English skills with your help.

Throughout this project, you will witness first-hand how important your help is for the children. 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 assistant teacher 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 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

The Galapagos Islands offer many opportunities for cultural activities and escapes into the nature. You have the possibility to observe the Island's endemic wildlife, animals that do not exist somewhere else! You can do many water activities like swimming, snorkeling, kayak, surfing, diving and you can take boat trips to other islands. 

Water Sports


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) or English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Volunteer Questionnaire
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

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  1. Shared or single room in a Homestay (surcharge for single room does apply)
  2. Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  3. Airport pick-up in Quito and 1 overnight stay in Quito
  4. Introduction meeting in Quito
  5. Airport drop off in Quito for flight to the Galapagos Islands
  6. Airport pick-up on San Cristobal Island
  7. Issuing the permit to stay on the Galapagos Islands
  8. Permission to stay on Galapagos as a volunteer
  9. Professional English-speaking advice
  10. Translation of your application documents
  11. Volunteer Work Placement on the Galapagos Islands
  12. English-speaking in-country support
  13. Introduction in Quito
  14. Handbook Ecuador
  15. Intercultural guideline
  16. 24/7 emergency number
  17. Information about suitable travel health insurance
  18. Certificate of participation

Not included:
Entry fee to the Galapagos Islands, approx. US$ 120 (to be paid on site in cash)
Airport Pickup at Baltra Airport

During the volunteer project, you will stay with a local family that is situated close to the school where you will work. You will share the room 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
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.
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.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.


Not included:

Entry fee to the Galapagos Islands, approx. US$ 120 (to be paid on site in cash)

Overnight stay in Santa Cruz before heading to Isabela Island (approx. US$ 80-100)


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$406 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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.

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Teaching Assistant in Elementary School

Be a volunteer on the world-renowned Galapagos Islands and help teach children in English! Be a role model for the children on these remote islands!


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