Teach in stunning Ecuador! You'll assist in a government school with 500 pupils aged 3 to 12. The children come from many different economic backgrounds and family situations. You'll be able to teach English and a wide range of other subjects: IT, sports, music, art, drama, anything you have a reasonable knowledge in!

You'll need a little Spanish to do this project, but we've got that covered! If you have no knowledge of Spanish at all, you can combine your project with two weeks of Spanish.


Hi, I'm Karen, Project Coordinator for Ecuador, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
Price: £895 (approx. US$1,140) for 2 weeks
£200 (US$250) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 4 weeks to 12 weeks, or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: All year round – you choose your start and finish dates, subject to school holidays. You should ideally arrive at the weekend (between 8.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.)
Requirements: Minimum age 17, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No qualifications necessary. 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.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Weekly Salsa Class and drink in Quito
Daily transport to and from your project
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 the airport.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in working with children, teaching.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.


  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


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A volunteer teaching an older class in the school
A volunteer teaching an older class in the school.
A volunteer and a teacher from the school
A volunteer and a teacher from the school.


The school has approximately 500 children between the ages of 3 to 12 years old, with 25-30 in each grade. Each class has one general classroom teacher who teaches all main subjects and then there are a few specialized teachers in English, Arts and Sports who don’t have their own class, and instead they rotate around all the classrooms teaching their specialized subject.

You'll mainly work as an assistant. The children will really appreciate any attention you give them! Volunteers are needed to help with the following activities, but this also depends on the initiative you show:

  • English classes, the English teacher always needs help with preparing lessons, finding new materials such as English songs as well as practicing conversational English with volunteers to help pronunciation. The presence of volunteers is highly important, apart from keeping the children’s interest and making the class more active, native English speaking volunteers are also a great support for the teacher, to improve vocabulary, pronunciation skills, and especially in sharing new ideas on how to make the class fun and interesting and change it from being a difficult class for the children to their favourite one!
  • Classroom assistant, all of the teachers need help in their classrooms, preparing lessons, helping with activities, assisting children who are slower than others.
  • Sport/Art/Computer lessons – if you are very interested in these subjects you are more than welcome to help the teachers give these lessons and come up with new ideas.
  • Help during break and playing times with keeping order and engage in recreational activities.

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

A volunteer coordinator is assigned within the project, who only speaks Spanish.

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

  • 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


If you have no previous knowledge of Spanish, and would like to arrange some classes during your stay, please speak with your Travellers Project Coordinator who can go through the options with you.

A student in class on the gap year teaching project in Ecuador
A student in class concentrating on a drawing!
A volunteer teaching in class on the gap year teaching project in Ecuador
A volunteer teaching a class. The colourful classrooms are always striking.
Volunteers, teachers and children enjoying fiesta at the school on the gap year teaching project in Ecuador
Teachers, children and volunteers enjoying a fiesta being held at the school.
The Basilica in Quito
The impressive Basilica in Quito.


You'll either stay in a volunteer house with other participants or you can choose to live with a host family, depending on your preferences/availability. Staying with a host family does mean a small supplementary fee.

The Volunteer 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 17. 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.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is Wi-Fi / Internet available in the accommodation.

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!

The Volunteer house on the Projects in Quito
One of the bedrooms in the Volunteer House in Quito.
Quito at night with its colourful lights.


Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

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.


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 programme (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 well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.



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Staff and volunteers having a fun night out
Staff and volunteers having a fun night out.


Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Spanish Lessons Optional Add-On in Ecuador

¿Cómo se dice en Español??? There is no better way to learn a language than to live it, eat it, breathe it and speak it in a Spanish-speaking community!! You can learn Spanish as an Optional Add-On to your main Project.

  • OPTION 1: One-Week Intensive Spanish GROUP Course:
    20 Hours per Week: £445, includes accommodation for the week
  • OPTION 2: One-Week Intensive Spanish PRIVATE Course:
    20 Hours per Week: £495, includes accommodation for the week
  • OPTION 3: One-Week Super-Intensive Spanish Course: (If you have no Spanish at all and are doing a project in the Galapagos or one of the Conservation projects near Puyo, you'll be required to take this course.):
    20 Hours per Week Group Lessons PLUS 10 Hours per Week Private Lessons, 30 Hours in total:
    £525, includes accommodation for the week

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. The classes are highly focused on the development of communication skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing.) The school 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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Learn Spanish in Ecuador, having fun!

10 Hours Private Lessons per Week: £75 per week
20 Hours Group Lessons per Week: £150 per week.

GROUP LESSONS: There are usually a maximum of 6 students per group.
PRIVATE LESSONS: One-to-one tuition. If you prefer to tailor your lessons, you could choose how many hours of lessons you'd like a week - from 2 to 40!

Quito is a wonderful city, with a population of 2.4 million inhabitants. It is full of exciting history to explore. 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, museums and monuments. There is also a range of shopping malls, a zoo, an ice skating rink, and plenty of restaurants and bars serving wonderful cocktails and tasty food.

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Spanish class
Spanish class.
An outdoors Spanish class
An outdoors Spanish class.
The entrance to the Spanish School
The entrance to the Spanish School.

Terms and Conditions apply for Add-Ons, please see here.




Puyo is the provincial capital of Pastaza housing some 25,000 residents. It also provides a crossroads for visitors arranging various tours to the jungle and forest reserves. If you're an early riser, the views of the incoming rolling mists are spectacular dissipating into cloud form as the day rolls on. This attractive jungle town is also the crossover point for further onward routes into the northern and southern oriente as well as travelers journeying back to Baños and Ambato.

In recent years, Puyo has become noted by tourists for its incredible natural beauty. Surrounded by mountains, forest, rivers and natural valleys, the abundance of surrounding wildlife and scenery is absolutely breathtaking. The city also has a good infrastructure, providing visitors with good accommodation and a variety of activities. The annual festivals that are celebrated by the locals are also a special treat.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.


Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

A pack of seals chilling on the Galapagos Islands.
Volunteer climbing Cotopaxi, an active volcano in the Andes Mountain about 31 miles south of Quito.
A group of volunteers boating down the river - a fun thing to do while you're there!
One of Ecuador's very colourful markets. In fact, the whole country seems to be colourful!
Cotopaxi, with Quito lying beneath it.

Teaching Children in Schools in Quito

I'm Raymond Dennison 51 volunteering in a school in Quito for 2 weeks. The best thing so far has been meeting the beautiful teachers and pupils- they are amazing.

I would recommend this placement certainly - only thing is a person really needs to have a decent level of Spanish- my Spanish is poor and is proving to be a hinderance , someone with good Spanish would enjoy the placement a lot more.

The placement is for someone who has a good understanding of young children and is prepared to try and become a teachers assistant - I've been drawing ducks, pears and apples 32 times lol for the kids to colour in !!!!

My typical day starts at 630 when I get up a bite to eat then get the bus from my house to the school for 8am- I've been working mostly with the art teachers but also helped with an English class - the children I've worked with are between 5-6 years old - hopefully I can do a bit with some of the older students before I go home. We have a break at 10am for 30 minutes then finish my day at 12:30 pm.

Overall I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience and I would be happy to talk to anyone in connection with my placement!

Teaching Children Project, plus the Spanish Course, in Quito

…I wanted to do something to show I was not useless. My great passion is music and I wanted to impart some of the knowledge I have gained. I play a few instruments and I am a classically trained pianist so although not a trained teacher,, I have a great deal of knowledge of music. It was great to see some of the kids interested and some of them had real talent. One of them bought a guitar while I was there and I do not think he had played before.

The director was very welcoming and I felt honoured to attend a ceremony on 27th February celebrating an important battle for Ecuador.

I developed a great interest in Ecuador. People were proud of their country but not in a jingoistic way and I would love to return and see more of the country. I found the people there very friendly and it has given me a different slant on Spain as they are both Spanish speaking.

[Doing this project] has given me a sense of self-worth and I would recommend it as a good thing for older people who may be missing their work...