Education is the key to a prosperous future, however many schools in developing countries are extremely under funded and find it hard to attract talented, qualified staff meaning that teachers are often overstretched and the quality of teaching is low. As a Teaching Volunteer, you will draw upon your own educational background to fill this gap while mentoring and educating students and supporting fellow staff. At some placements you may be given sole responsibility for a classroom of children and be expected to teach the curriculum to varied age ranges and at others you’ll support the existing classroom teacher. Schools may call on volunteers to teach a wide variety of subjects, so you’ll need to be creative in the use whatever resources are available!
Ecuador offers the opportunity to either work in a primary or secondary school. Many of the schools only have basic facilities, but some better equipped private schools are also included in the programme. Volunteers will assist teachers in the classroom, teach their own subjects and help to organise extra-curricular activities, such as sports, music and art.
Many of our host schools are run as private charities to help the local community. Volunteers can teach a variety of age groups and subjects including English, Maths, Science as well as others depending on their skills and the school’s needs. Schools are very under-resourced, but you will find that the students are eager and willing to learn and the more effort you put in the more you will be rewarded. Resourcefulness, initiative and ingenuity are key attributes needed.
Often volunteers set up extra-curricular clubs such as sports coaching, drama or music clubs. These clubs are often very well attended by the local school children and become a great part of the week for the community and also the volunteer to enjoy.