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Teach Children in Quito in Ecuador

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TEACH DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN QUITO IN ECUADOR

Teach in stunning Ecuador! The government school we work with has about 200 pupils aged from 5 to 14 years old. The children come from many different economic backgrounds and family situations.

Some of the children are sponsored by the upper class employers of their parents, others cannot attend school everyday as they work as street vendors for part of the week.

This school really needs volunteers and you'll be greatly appreciated. You'll work with disadvantaged children who will benefit enormously from your help! You will be able to teach English and a wide range of other subjects - IT, sports, music, art, drama, anything you have a reasonable knowledge in! Please let us know if you have a special interest and we will do our best to tailor make your project!

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates

Availability all year round – you choose your start and finish dates.
You should ideally arrive at the weekend, between 8.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.

Duration From 4 weeks to 6 months subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 17, 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.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your Program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Weekly Salsa Class and drink in Quito
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), Food, Return transfer to airport,
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the fascinating culture of Ecuador

  • 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 has approximately 200 children between the ages of 5 to 14 years old, with about 30 in each grade. Every grade has a class teacher and there are also teachers for English, Sports, IT and Music (although at present the Music teacher position is vacant!) The school principal particularly appreciates the help of volunteers as he has a grade class himself, which combined with his responsibilities as the principal, leads to a very stressful mix!

The English teacher teaches all grades. She is Ecuadorian but her English is great! She always appreciates the chance to converse with native English speakers though, and your help in her classes is invaluable. The children get frustrated with the subject, as it is hard to learn and understand, so they lose enthusiasm rapidly. Volunteers help to liven up these classes and make it enjoyable to learn English.

You'll mainly work as an assistant. The children will really appreciate any attention you give them! Some of the tasks that you may participate in, will include:

  • Teach English (from Wednesday to Friday)
  • Teach Music (the school doesn't have a music teacher at present so if you have an interest in music this would be greatly appreciated)
  • Generally assisting the teachers and the classes
  • Teaching sports
  • Helping with creative activities, such as Art classes or Drama classes
  • Helping during the school lunch

If you have a special interest please do not hesitate to inform us. We will do our best to arrange that your project is focused on your interests!

As the English teacher is Ecuadorian, any assistance you can give her is much appreciated. Most of the children find the subject frustrating and very hard to learn  - by livening up the classes, you could turn the subject of English into the most loved class of the week for the pupils! The children are lovely and very inquisitive! They will ask you lots of questions about your home country, your life and your experiences - any photos you have that you wish to take along will be met with delighted smiles and much enthusiasm!

Your presence in the English classes is highly important. Not only will you make the class more active and keep the children's interest, as a native English speaker you'll also be a great support to the teacher. You'll help her to refresh her memory of the language and to improve her vocabulary, pronunciation. You'll also no doubt give her new ideas for the future!

You will generally work at the school Mondays to Fridays from 7am to 12:20.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS:
The exact dates of the school vacations in Ecuador are usually only announced a few months before the vacations start. However, please see below for approximate dates of the school vacations:

  • Summer Holiday – beginning of July to beginning of September

  •  Christmas Holiday – 24th, 25th and 31st December only

  •  Spring Holiday – Beginning of February to 3rd week of February

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!

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ACCOMMODATION:

You'll either stay in a house with other volunteers, in a privately run hostel, or with a host family depending on your preferences/availability. Staying with a host family or in the hostel does mean a small supplementary fee - please see the prices page for details of this.

The house is located in a tourist area, 'La Mariscal', near to where all Spanish lessons are held and where there is plenty of nightlife, restaurants and internet cafes. The house has 7 rooms and accommodates 13. There is a large, fully equipped kitchen, a TV room with a DVD player, wireless internet, 2 safety boxes and a garden with hammocks and a BBQ area. All bathrooms have hot water and there is a cleaning lady 5 days a week.

The hostel is located in the same area, just a 5 minute walk from the house. The cosy backpackers hostel has double rooms with private bathrooms and a small restaurant.

FOOD:
Food is not included in this project (unless you choose to live with a host family, when food is provided on Mondays to Fridays.

Accommodation with host families means that you get to eat, sleep, work, socialise and generally live like an Ecuadorian! Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long after they leave Ecuador and in some cases they return to the country later especially to visit their family.

Whichever accommodation you choose, you're sure to enjoy a great stay in Quito! 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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ABOUT THE SCHOOL
The school is for children between the ages of 5 to 14 years old. It is a public, government-funded school, which means that all the equipment, teachers, school uniforms, school lunches and class materials are provided by the government.

Because of this the children come from all walks of life - however the majority of them are very poor. The families of these children mainly earn their living from being bricklayers, artisans, housemaids, street vendors or are unemployed.

A number of the children are sponsored by their parents' employers - in an exchange for their parents services in their homes, the upper class employers sponsor the children so they do not need to work and can receive an education instead. Other children cannot attend school every day because they must support their family by selling candy and other goods on the street.

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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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!

Photo right: Turtles in the Galapagos Islands


LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

LOCATION:
The project is based in the north of the city, accessible by bus from your accommodation.
Quito is very easy to get around. You can either use the buses, trolley buses or taxis, which are all very cheap and easily accessible.

Quito is a wonderful city, with a population of 2.4 million inhabitants. It is full of exciting history to explore, which is easier to find than in most cities as the most important dates in Ecuadorian history are in the street names - you'll come across 10 de Agosto street, 12 de Octubre street and 6 de Diciembre street!! You then just have to find out what happened on those dates!  

There is always something to do in Quito, whether you'd like to experience some culture or join in with the cosmopolitan, modern way of life. Cultural highlights include the old town, the cable car and the equator, along with a multitude of museums and monuments.

Modern highlights include a range of shopping malls, a zoo, an ice skating rink, and plenty of restaurants and bars serving wonderful cocktails and tasty food - you'll find anything from traditional Ecuadorian cuisine to Thai and Italian!

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. 

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.

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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Quito at night




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