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Teaching Assistant on the Galapagos Islands

The project aims to empower local students through education providing them with greater opportunities in the future.

The project

Education in the Galapagos, just like anywhere in the world, is an essential part of a child’s life. This project is specifically designed to allow volunteers to work in and alongside the local schools as well as the community to offer English classes. The project aims to empower local students through education providing them with greater opportunities in the future.

The location

The Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean and is considered one of the world's leading locations for  wildlife viewing. Its isolated landscape is home to a wide range of animal and plant species, many that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos' species later inspired his theory of evolution.

Volunteer Work

Working as a TA on this project, will allow you to engage with learners from all age groups. You may be required to assist classroom teachers in a pre-school, working with children aged 3-5 or help teach English to students in both elementary and high schools. You will also be responsible for implementing some of your own ideas and lesson plans. Depending on your chosen age group your tasks will vary, but may include the following:

  • Supporting teaching staff with outside play time with the younger children
  • Help with feeding the children breakfast
  • Managing and organizing English classes
  • Playing games and guiding activities, including games, songs and projects
  • Creating and organizing activities to stimulate English practice

Suitable for


Typical day

You will be working in the school from Monday to Friday for 4 hours a day. Your schedule may vary by day, but will be anywhere from 7:00am – 1:00pm. Your afternoons are reserved for class preparation for the following day and in the evenings you are free to relax and rest. Saturdays and Sundays are free to spend as you wish.

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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Intermediate level of Spanish in order to communicate with fellow workers and children
A genuine passion for children’s education and their well-being
Ability to work independently as well as in a team
Energetic, creative, and enthusiastic nature to stimulate the learning environment
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 13:00

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

Free-time activities

There are many thing to do around the Galapagos Islands. A highlight for many visitors, snorkeling is the chance to get up-close and personal with the wildlife of the seas. 

But of course you can also go swimming or surfing. Be prepared to share the beach with the local residents of the Galapagos, the beach-loving wildlife. From sea lions and sea turtles to eagle rays, the creatures on the islands are mostly happy to share their beautiful white sandy beaches with you, as long as you respect them. If you are a keen surfer then you can also surf on some of the beaches, such as Galapagos Beach, but make sure you check the beach's regulations before you hire or buy a board. Be aware the ground under the water can be a little rocky (so bring water shoes) and the water can be cold!

To really go deep into the hidden world of the Galapagos suit up and dive down on a scuba adventure. You can sign up for a scuba diving course (PADI) on the islands in advance, but without previous training you won't be able to make some of the advanced dives available. It is best to train as a scuba diver before you visit the islands to make the most of this unique location. Plenty of divers have seen white-tip sharks, marine iguanas, penguins, golden rays, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks and even whale sharks on their dives! Some of the best spots include Wolf Island and Darwin Island. Please note that you require to be a licensed diver.

Don't forget to explore the National Parks of the Galapagos Islands by hiking through them and follwing Charles Darwin's footsteps.

Water Sports

Included Services

What's included?
Accommodations: Private room in a volunteer house or with a host family
Food: Two or Three meals a day (depending on your accommodation)
Transfers: Round trip boat ticket to Isabela Island is included
Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is provided
Support: Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support


You will stay in a private room in a shared volunteer house. The accommodations have western - style flush toilets and shared common areas, including a kitchen and dining room. For an additional $10 per day you can choose to stay with a host family. At your homestay you will also stay in a private room with western - style flush toilets.

Laundry: Laundry facilities are available.

Internet: WiFi is available.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

At the volunteer house accommodations lunch and dinner is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town. Breakfast is not included, but you have the use of an equipped kitchen for cooking. At the homestay accommodations you will have breakfast and dinner with your host family. Lunch is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town.

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.

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)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

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. GoEco 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 GoEco 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

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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.
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?

The nearest airport is Baltra (GPS) in Galapagos Island. 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.
What can you do in leisure-time in Ecuador while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Isla Isabela, Galapagos, Ecuador

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