Teach English in Ecuador
CITY: Galapagos, San Cristobal island
Teach English to the local population of Galapagos on San Cristobal island! Located 600 miles west of the coast of Ecuador, this isolated location is home to approximatley 35,000. The Universidad San Francisco de Quito has an extension campus, Galapagos Academic Institute for Arts and Sciences in order to provide courses for the local students.
Our EFL program is open to high school students aged 15 and up, traditional university students, and members of the community who are working professionals. Classes meet Monday through Friday for 2 hours for seven weeks. Each level (7 in total) has an afternoon and evening schedule (3:00-5:00 and 6:30-8:30 PM), so that each teacher will teach the same level of material twice a day, four hours total. For example, a teacher will have a level 1 class twice each day with different students.
Teachers are encouraged to create their own classroom materials, though we have text books for students and an office of additional supplementary materials for teaching. Teachers are required to administer Placement and Exit Exams to the program (with a written, oral, and grammar section), each every two months. Teachers are also required to assist in extra-curricular activities and clubs.
Due to the unique laws of Galapagos, volunteers are unable to work or volunteer with other agencies during their contracted time, no longer than 6 months. Teachers must also commit to the laws of the National Park in regards to the treatment of animals and government regulations regarding imports of products (especially organic and animal matter).
While our TEFL program doesn´t have any direct fees, teachers are required to pay for their own visa processes($100), all flight costs (international and national approximately $450), and additional costs (food, lodging, and transportation approximately $35/day) while staying in Quito (visas must be registered there and the teachers will also meet with officials from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito main campus for an orientation, total about one week´s time).
Once here on the island of San Cristobal, teachers are offered a private dorm with bathroom on campus, and a daily food stipend (everyday including weekends of their 6-month teaching contract) of $12/day.
All teachers must have a TEFL certificate or extensive teaching experience.
To apply, send resume/CV, cover letter, sample lesson plan, and contact information for 2 references to the following email address: [email protected]
Ecuador is a small country in the northwest portion of South America. Bordered to the north by Colombia and Peru to the South, there are four distinct regions with four distinct cultures. Quito is the capital, as well as the second largest city, with enormous mountains flanking its sides. Mostly characterized by it’s Andean culture, the Sierra is a large part of the country. The spine of the Andes Mountains runs down the country, with many of the cities sitting in valleys along the PanAmerican Highway. … Read More
Ecuador uses the U.S. Dollar, and as a result many things are much cheaper than in the United States. A lunch will cost anywhere from $1.75-$3, including soup, a main course, desert and drink. A liter beer bought in a store will cost anywhere from 80 cents to $1.50. In a bar it could cost $1.50-2. A taxi could cost you $1-$3 to get across a city. But keep in mind that prices in Quito will always be higher. In most cities, you should agree to the price of a taxi before getting in, but in Quito it is sometimes better to ask them to use the meter. By law, they have to do it if you ask. … Read More
Not all teachers are required to have a special visa, though if you plan on staying past your 90 day tourist visa, you will need to get a Cultural Visa. This means that someone, or a school, will have to sponsor you. If you are arriving by yourself it can be difficult to find someone who will be willing to do this for you. There are language schools in places like Quito and Cuenca, however, that will take care of this with relative ease. … Read More
Interviews With English Teachers In Ecuador
Interview with Jon Brandt, Teaching English in Ecuador