The education project lets volunteers help create better learning environments for children from disadvantaged communities.
The overall quality of public education in Ecuador remains poor. The proportion of the national budget devoted to education is one of the lowest in Latin America. Indigenous groups only have an average of two years of schooling, and illiteracy rates in some parts of the country are as high as 50 percent. Poverty in Quito is associated with lack of educational opportunity, particularly among poor communities living in the slums.
The education project lets volunteers help create better learning
environments for children from disadvantaged communities. Volunteers
bring new ideas and perspectives, and offer the children extra help.
Volunteers live and serve in Quito.
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers work four to six hours a day in an after-school center or local public school to help teachers teach basic to intermediate English to children ranging from 5 to 18. The courses are either part of the children’s regular coursework or extracurricular. Volunteers work with the local teachers to develop lesson plans, lead classes and implement learning activities like games, shows, storytelling and songs. As the classes can be very crowded, volunteers are also important in keeping order. Finally, during school holidays, volunteers may have the opportunity to teach English to children and young adults from the neighborhood where volunteers live. These classes are much smaller and focused more on conversation than following a set curriculum.
There is no typical day :-)
Volunteering abroad is all about finding your role in local communities. Unlike a tourist, volunteers travel to serve instead of to be served.
Also, remember that you’re working in the developing world in very poor contexts—conditions are constantly changing. There is no script to follow and being adaptable is crucial. This is what makes international volunteering challenging and rewarding.
In general though, you’ll be working Monday through Friday. Weekends are off. Every project is different, so you want to read the detailed project descriptions.
Connecting with the locals and other volunteers is also a big part of the experience. You’ll have plenty of time after your work and on the weekends. Volunteers often check out tourist sites together, hang out in the evening, travel on the weekends, etc. It’s up to you, don’t worry you’ll have a lot of fun too :-)
Quito is a vibrant capital with rich history and traditions. The city offers plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with the local culture. The Old Town neighborhood is the historic center, and its maze of narrow alleys are home to lively street scenes and beautiful colonial architecture. Just a few blocks away, the modern Mariscal Sucre neighborhood presents plazas and wide streets filled with bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. There are cultural spots throughout the city, including the Monastery of San Francisco, famous for its bleach-white towers that strikingly rise against the Pichincha Volcano behind. The enormous La Carolina Park in Quito offers a break from the urban chaos, and on nice days it is filled with people cycling, laying out, playing soccer and enjoying the botanical garden. The Andes Mountains that impressively encircle the city offer great hikes to lookout points. Additionally, from Quito begin many biking, climbing and whitewater rafting excursions. And, for volunteers who would like to improve their Spanish, we can connect them with affordable and excellent Spanish classes once they arrive in Quito.
A driver will pick up at the airport and drop you off at the volunteer house.
You live in the friendly UBELONG Quito Volunteer House, which is in the residential neighborhood of Tumbaco, one of the safest and most convenient parts of town. The house is also the home of Geovanna’s wonderful family, so you have the opportunity to experience local family life. The house features many great amenities, including free wireless internet and an outdoor grilling area you can use anytime. You share a room with one to six other volunteers. Bathrooms are shared and cleaned regularly.
Quito offers some of the most distinctive and delicious food in South America and volunteers can expect to eat very well during their stay. Every day, volunteers receive breakfast and lunch. A cook prepares a wide-range of Ecuadorian dishes exclusively for the volunteers.
Volunteers work with local teachers to help plan and lead classes for students ages 12 to 15, although there may be students who are older.
Volunteers work in local schools or community centers teaching English to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Volunteers can contribute to a variety of medical areas, mainly treatment of tropical infectious diseases.
Volunteers work in either a living center, a boarding school or a local NGO for children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Volunteers work under the direction of the local medical professionals who determine the level of responsibility delegated to volunteers.
Volunteers work with a local organization that supports poor girls in rural communities.