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Volunteer to teachchildren in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, with Travellers Worldwide

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TEACH CHILDREN AND ADULTS AT A COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS IN ECUADOR

Teach in one of the most fantastic places on the planet! Really make a difference at this wonderful project, whilst living and breathing the Galapagos islands  - a truly amazing experience! This project is based on the beautiful island of San Cristobal.

Your work will be very varied - you can help teach English to children between the ages of 4 and 12, and teenagers aged 13-18. Alongside English you can also help teach IT, Sports, Art and Music.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates

Availability all year round – you choose your start and finish dates. Subject to School holidays. You should ideally arrive on a Saturday, between 8.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.

Duration From 3 weeks to 6 months subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 18, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm!). You'll need a little Spanish to do this project, but if you have no knowledge of Spanish at all, you can combine your project with a 1-week intensive Spanish Course in Quito prior to starting your project in the Galapagos.
Price Full Price List

Please note for projects in the Galapagos Islands: As flights from Quito to the Galapagos have to be booked upon receipt of your booking (because flights get fully booked very early), you will need to pay an additional non-refundable deposit of $650 immediately.
This flight deposit is already included in the price and is not in addition to it.
What's included Arranging your Program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Food (excluding lunch)
Up to 2 nights in Quito for your induction
Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos Islands

Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport, Galapagos National Park Fee ($110)
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into South/Central America and the Galapagos Islands

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and adults and knowing that you made a difference to them.  

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

WORK CONTENT:

The school is located in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the island San Cristobal. The school serves the needs of the islands 7,475 inhabitants and comprises a primary and secondary school. The primary school teaches children from 4 to 12 years old, whereas the secondary school teaches students from 13 to 18 years old and altogether there are around 550 students.

The Primary School is open in the morning and classes start early at 7.15 and finish at 12.30 and in the afternoon, the Secondary School students attend from 1pm – 6.30pm.

Each class has one general classroom teacher who teaches all main subjects and then there are a few specialised teachers in English, Art and Sport who don’t have their own class as instead they rotate around all the classrooms teaching their specialised subject.

You will help the teachers to take English classes as the teachers always need help with preparing lessons, finding new materials such as teaching English songs to the children, and helping with practicing conversational English and volunteers help enormously with the correct English pronunciation.

You will also help with organising other activities including assisting the children who may be slower than others.

If you have an interest in Art, IT, Music or Sport you are more than welcome to help the teachers give these lessons and come up with new ideas.

Keep in mind that even though you can give a preference of age or subject you would like to help with, this volunteer position is a flexible one, and you'll be asked to work where needed.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES:
You may also help out with mini projects at the school. Recently the school garden was improved by volunteers and parents who planted trees and built a play area for children to use during the break. Other mini-projects could include:
• Painting or maintenance of classrooms
• Construction work
• Maintaining the garden and play area
• A sports event
• Painting a mural on a school wall

WORKING HOURS:
Your work schedules will depend on how many other volunteers are working in the project at the same time as you. Depending on the ages of the children you would like to teach, you may work Monday to Friday from 7.15am to 12.30pm for Primary school and from 1pm - 6pm for Secondary.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
The School is closed for holidays during the last week of September and the first week in October and also March-April.

SPANISH LESSONS:
If you have no previous knowledge of Spanish, you can include 2 weeks of Spanish lessons at a well-established Spanish school in Quito. If you choose this option...

  • You'll have 4 hours of group Spanish classes in the morning during the first week of your placement, and will work at the project in the afternoon.

  • For the second week of your project you will have 2 hours of private Spanish lessons.

If you'd like to, we can arrange for you to continue taking Spanish classes once your two weeks of lessons have been completed (please see the prices page for the supplemental cost for this).

All the teachers at the school have taught Spanish for 8 or more years and between them they have developed a great many resources to make the lessons lively and fun. They also periodically organise interesting and enjoyable activities in order to introduce the Ecuadorian and Latin culture to their students - most recently they've been cooking Ecuadorian dishes in classes! It's a great, fun way to learn!

Got any questions? Please email us:
info@travelersworldwide.org


Volunteer to teachchildren in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, with Travellers Worldwide

Volunteer to teachchildren in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, with Travellers Worldwide

Volunteer to teachchildren in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, with Travellers Worldwide

Volunteer to teachchildren in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, with Travellers Worldwide

ACCOMMODATION:

Getting there:
You will most likely fly into Quito in Ecuador where you will be met by Travellers staff and have an induction and an overnight stop-off here. Your volunteer work will start on Monday; however, you will fly from Quito to San Cristobal during the weekend. Your return flight from Quito – Galapagos islands is included in your project price! You will be met at the airport by our project director and taken to the accommodation and settled in before your induction.

ACCOMMODATION
During your stay on San Cristobal, you will stay with a host family in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. You will stay in a family’s house and will be provided with a space in the kitchen to store your food and cook your meals.

Puerto Baquerizo Morena is a small town and all of the families are located within the 15/20 minute walk from the project. The nearest beach is a short walk from the accommodation.

Food:
Food is not included on this project. In the host families you can make use of the kitchen and you can cook for yourself. If you don’t fancy cooking for yourself all the time, there’s plenty of opportunity to eat out.

Although the majority of food and drinks must be transported from the mainland, there are still economic ways to eat. At lunch time, many restaurants offer ‘almuerzo’ (soup and a main dish) and there are several restaurants in the vicinity.

Teaching Children and Adults in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

 

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Volunteer to teachchildren in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, with Travellers Worldwide

OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience. Very popular choice is booking a one-week Spanish Course in Quito before moving across to the Islands to complete your placement.

Spanish Lessons and Courses

 

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Argentina, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!


LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS:
The Galápagos islands lie some 600 miles from the coastline of Ecuador. Formed by volcanic eruptions into the sea, they contain species found nowhere else on the planet and are one of the most significant sites in the world; most notably because this is where Charles Darwin's theories of evolution were inspired and shaped. This rocky and at first glance inhospitable terrain is home to giant tortoise, swimming iguanas and fearless blue footed boobies.

The marine reserve here is equally impressive, boasting encounters for divers and snorkellers with penguins, marine turtles, manta rays and sea lions, amongst others. Around 90% of the islands are protected areas, with visitor numbers restricted and some sites off limits altogether to ensure conservation.  

You’ll be based on the island of San Cristobal, which is about a 2 hour flight from the Ecuadorian mainland. It is the 5th largest of the Galapagos Islands and its’ primary industries are fishing, tourism and arable farming. The town has restaurants, shops and hotels. It is also fast-becoming a surfing hotspot, with a good beach just a short walk from the volunteer accommodation.

QUITO:
Ecuador's capital, Quito, lies in the north of the country, some 15 miles from the equator and with the Andean Mountains and valleys as a backdrop. It's 10,000ft altitude keeps it cool, with spring like temperatures year round. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in the 1970's for its preserved historic Latin quarter.

The city also contains a thriving 'new town' popular with younger generations for its restaurants, shopping and nightlife. There are lots of restaurants and "Patio de Comidas" where you can pick up an excellent value lunch or dinner. 

THE AMAZON:
The Amazon is the worlds largest remaining tropical rainforest, occupying about one third of Ecuador. To get some idea of its scale, first you need to know that Ecuador's share of the Amazon represents just 2% of the whole rainforest; most of it belonging to Brazil (60%) followed by Peru (13%). Important nevertheless as the Amazon in Ecuador remains relatively untouched, has good infrastructure to make for easy visitation and is home to numerous indigenous settlements which welcome outsiders.

THE ANDES:
One of the greatest mountain ranges in the world, they split Ecuador in two running from the north of the country down. Indigenous communities have cultivated the land in the Andean Highlands for thousands of years, selling their produce in bustling market towns. Catch a glimpse of the abundantly colourful markets, showcasing traditions of ancient civilizations and Inca descendants.

Mountaineers will love the peaks of the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' an area in the central highlands with a number of active volcanoes. Whilst each climb is different and most are incredibly challenging, the rewards along the way are numerous. Dense forest, waterfalls and spectacular views across the valleys below await the intrepid few. Other hot pursuits in this region include walking, rafting, biking or camping.

PACIFIC COASTLINE:
This 2000km coast is fringed with pristine sand beaches, sweeping bays, mangrove forests, crashing waves and tranquil fishing villages. The ports and fishing villages are an important part of Ecuador's economy, delivering fresh sea food and imported goods. At certain times of the year you can see Humpback whales arriving from Antarctic waters to mate; splashing their fins and exhaling gushes of water. Marine birds are also in abundance along the pacific coastline, with sightings of the albatross, one of natures largest birds, being common.

 

TRAVEL:
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