Volunteer Teaching in Ecuador
It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time. That’s especially true for underprivileged children. Volunteer teaching in Ecuador is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time. Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.
While the responsibilities of volunteers vary based on their qualifications; a major component of the work includes shadowing and assisting local teachers. Nevertheless, volunteers may take part in: preparing lesson plans, assigning tasks to students, teaching lessons, grading student work, participating in continuing education, and (most importantly) helping improve the children improve their English speaking skills.
Volunteers are encouraged and welcomed to use music, games and other interactive activities to make the learning experience as fun and beneficial as possible.
As the schools our NGO partner supports often lack resources, volunteers are encouraged (but not required) to bring donations of school supplies or to raise funds to help purchase supplies, clothing, and other necessities locally when in Ecuador. A little bit goes a long way in these schools, so any contributions are greatly appreciated and welcomed! If you have questions, feel free to Contact Us.
Room & Board
Your project fee for projects in Ecuador covers your room and full board in a host family house. Lunches are not included during weekends as volunteers typically use this free time to explore Ecuador and experience local restaurants.
- Shared, single-sex room (occasionally a private room is available) with a fan
- 3 meals per day during the week & 2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner on weekends
- WiFi is usually not available at host houses, so purchasing a local SIM card for an unlocked phone is recommended
- Tap water in Ecuador is not drinkable, so all water is boiled prior to drinking – alternatively, bottled water or the use of a camping water filter may be used
- In the Andes region, hot water is available in host houses due to cold weather – in the coastal and Amazonian regions, due to the heat, hot water is generally not available but fans often are
- Mosquito nets are provided
As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.
|Additional weeks (each)||$150|
Included: Private/shared room in host family home • Meals (3 on weekdays, 2 on weekends & holidays) • 24/7 local support • Airport pick-up
NOT Included: Flights • Airport return • Vaccinations • Visas • Travel insurance • Extra activities • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees
For project duration not listed, please Contact Us.
All projects incur a $250 application fee. Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.
Volunteers participating in all projects in Ecuador have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons. Click the button below for more information.
Special Considerations | Volunteer Teaching in Ecuador
For special considerations regarding all projects in Ecuador, please visit the Ecuador page.
Criminal Record Check
GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children. Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee). U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.
The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.
Our partner NGO in Ecuador supports a huge number of projects. In most instances, placements will occur at the location most in need of volunteers at the time. Occasionally, volunteers will be given the opportunity to select which location they prefer.
This project requires volunteers to speak English fluently and have at least a basic level of Spanish. For individuals interested in improving their Spanish language skills, classes are available outside of volunteering hours. Please see the Spanish Lessons page for details and pricing.