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English Teacher Assistant

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.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
Wheel Chairs

Typical day

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 :-)

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) and Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at University level
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
The creativity and initiative to lead classes with limited resources.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at UBELONG are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

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.

Water Sports
Swimming
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports

Included Services

What's included?
The fees include: Reservation Fee, Preparation Booklet, Briefing Meeting, First week extra R&R day, Housing, Food, Airport pick-up, UBELONG Mentor, Orientation, In-country support, Reference letter, Fundraising and networking and United States President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre

A driver will pick up at the airport and drop you off at the volunteer house.

Accommodation

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.

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

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.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$820.00
5 weeks
$948.00
6 weeks
$1,075.00
7 weeks
$1,203.00
9 weeks
$1,458.00
11 weeks
$1,713.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$3,370.00
Average fees
$173.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Quito/Ecuador between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. UBELONG 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 UBELONG during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Ecuador

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Ecuador. Please check the visa regulations for Ecuador.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Ecuador and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Ecuador.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ecuador.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Ecuador while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Quito, Quito, Ecuador

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