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IOI - Empowering Galapagos

English-Speaking Teaching Assistant, Local Schools

Galapagos, Ecuador show on map

As an English Teaching Assistant you will work with students in a local K-10 school. This will include lesson planning, learning activities, games, songs, and projects.

Role Overview

Our goals in facilitating English-speaking teaching volunteering in the Galapagos is to build capacity in the local school system and increase local people's job potentials.  The Galapagos' tourism-based economy caters to primarily English speakers.  Therefore, English language skills are very important for local people's ability to get a job. Most school teachers speak little to no English, so there is insufficient preparation of students to join the tourism work force.  Your job is to use and continue to develop your English teaching skills to help teachers in the classroom with lessons, activities, even cultural activities.

As an English-speaking Teaching Assistant, volunteers assist local teachers in English classes for students in a local K-10 school.  You will:

  • Work with local teachers and assist with everything from lesson planning, to leading and supporting the teacher with language learning activities, to games, songs, and projects.
  • Come up with some of your own activities in English for classes.  

Lessons range from complete beginner to intermediate English.   



Requirements

  • Intermediate level of Spanish in order to communicate with co-workers and students.
  • A genuine passion for children’s education, and their well-being.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
  • We expect volunteers to come with an open mind and an energetic, creative, and enthusiastic nature that stimulates the learning environment.
  • Volunteers are welcome to bring classroom materials, but not required to do so. 

Accommodation 

Accommodation is provided by one of our carefully selected host families or in our volunteer housing. In both types of housing, volunteers have their own room, a fan, bed, desk, dresser, and bathroom, as well as warm water and drinking water.  In our volunteer housing, breakfast is not included, but you have access to our fully equipped kitchen facilities to cover your needs. Lunch and dinner is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town, which are usually open-air seating with local cuisine. You simply sign for your meal and we’ll pick up the bill at the end of the month. 

Our host families have experience with outside culture and international living and provide an amazing immersion experience. All host family houses are nearby the IOI offices and the local schools in the beach town of Puerto Villamil. Homes are fairly simple, clean, and welcoming. You will have breakfast and dinner with your family. Lunch is at the above mentioned restaurants.  

We at IOI pair you with your host family, and we are available at any time to help if any issues arrive with  the restaurants, your host family, the schools, if you get sick and need to visit the doctor, etc.

Participation Fee

The program fee is necessary to cover your cost of living and logistics. Our overhead is covered by other means, and thus, 100% of any funds that exceed your direct cost will go towards the project you participated in.

To book you need to pay a Reservation Deposit.
That deposit WILL BE DEDUCTED from your program fee.

What’s Included          

Cost includes food, full room and board, permits, visas, local coordination and training at respective facility, local transport, full access to our facilities, etc.—everything minus personal expenses and your airfare to Galápagos.

Typical day

Schedule

Schedules are based on a 25 hr/week commitment.
Typically Monday-Friday 7:00AM –12:00PM Exact times may be subject to change depending on the tasks at hand. Time for preparation is in the afternoons.

Details on Arrival

Arrival days are Mondays

Free-time activities

On Galapagos you can live a Pacific Island life. This means you can choose between a lot of free time activities including surfing, soccer, beach volley, etc.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

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 (intermediate level) and Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English at ESL certificate or teaching degree level
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 - 12:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
50+

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
IOI - Empowering Galapagos (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.
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On-site services

Services by IOI - Empowering Galapagos

Cost includes food, full room and board, permits, visas, local coordination and training at respective facility, local transport, full access to our facilities, etc.—everything minus personal expenses and your airfare to Galápagos.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided by one of our carefully selected host families or in our volunteer housing. All our rooms have a private Bathroom, warm water, a fan, a bed, and a desk/dresser. Many of the host family housing include A/C.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

In our volunteer housing, breakfast is not included, but you have access to our fully equipped kitchen facilities to cover your needs. Lunch and dinner is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town. You simply sign for your meal and we’ll pick up the bill at the end of the month. 

Our host families have experience with outside culture and international living and provide an amazing immersion experience. You will have breakfast and dinner with your family. Lunch is at the above mentioned restaurants.

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. 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.
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)
$2,000.00
5 weeks
$2,300.00
6 weeks
$2,600.00
7 weeks
$2,900.00
8 weeks
$3,200.00
9 weeks
$3,500.00
10 weeks
$3,800.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$4,400.00
Average fees
$433.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Galapagos/Ecuador between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. IOI - Empowering Galapagos 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 IOI - Empowering Galapagos during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Ecuador  Galapagos, Av. Conocarpus y Pinzón Artesano

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