Volunteer with FYYChE as an English Teacher
Immerse yourself in Kichwa culture and daily life in Ecuador's central highlands while giving children in rural schools a chance at furthering their education and escaping poverty.
Our volunteers live in the communities they serve for the duration of one school year (minimum), teaching English in the community's school and living as a welcomed member of the community. Room and board for the year are provided through a home-stay in the community, but travel expenses are left up to the volunteer. Volunteers will provide a few hours of instruction each weekday in addition to optional help with local agricultural projects. The majority of volunteers will be teaching elementary and middle school aged children with little to no prior English instruction. No certification in teaching of any sort is required, and if you need we can recommend some good books to prepare first time EFL teachers. However, at least a conversational level of Spanish is a necessity since next to no one in the communities speaks English.
Chimborazo is right in the center of Ecuador, so on the weekends or during breaks you're never more than a few hours bus ride from amazing sights and experiences. Buses, like most things there, are quite cheap (compared to the US) and within a weekend trip radius you have the Amazon rain forest, gorgeous beaches of the pacific ocean, and breathtaking treks through the Andes (including mt. Chimborazo, the tallest mountain in the world, measured from the center of the earth). There will also be plenty of opportunities to invest yourself further in the community during a minga (community work day) or in any of the many fiestas (especially in the months between Christmas and Easter).
If you would like more information about volunteering with FYYChE, please contact us through the form below or email Aaron Stapel at firstname.lastname@example.org