Ecuador Teaching and Sports Coaching

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1. In Brief

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. Ecuador includes the all-consuming emerald rainforests of the Amazon and is rich in rare and endangered species.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and enigmatic mountain creatures alike. This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses.

Whilst it is South America's tiniest country, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Teach English to lively and friendly children
  • Design and implement a structured sports and athletics programme

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Moderate Spanish required
  • This is a very popular placement and you should check availability upon application.

FAST FACTS

Duration Minimum of 4 weeks, up to a total of 6 months
Costs £995 for 4 weeks, £199 per extra week
Location Quito, Ecuador
Activities Teaching English, maths, art or hygiene & nutrition
Assist in creating educational materials
Grading homework
Teaching vocabulary
Introducing games & activities
Design and implement sports and athletics training programmes
Transport Airport pick-up 
Accommodation Homestay or hostel

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Food
Airport pick-up 
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your project will take place in one of three public fiscal schools and your pupils will range in age depending on your location. You may be involved in long-term projects such as teaching English, maths, art or hygiene and nutrition, or other subjects in which you have experience. The projects will depend on your Spanish ability and you may also be able to assist in creating educational materials, grading homework, teaching vocabulary and introducing games and activities.

Most of the schools in the area, including where the project operates, do not have any kind of structured sports or fitness schedules. The life skills and lessons that can be learnt from sports, such as teamwork and leadership, are just as important as the health benefits of an active lifestyle, and you will have the opportunity to work on developing this structure and the incorporation of sports and fitness into the lives of the youngsters. While the sport with the greatest following is without a doubt football, you will be encouraged to use your own background and skills, and experiences and interests, to develop any kind of sports programme that you see fit and that will benefit its participants, including even general fitness and athletics.

The official school holidays in Quito are from the end of June until the end of August. If you would like to continue volunteering through the summer there are a few different options. If you would like to stay in Quito, you can volunteer at one of two nurseries for very poor or at-risk children or you can help out at a school for children with disabilities. Some of the children there are orphans, and you would be bringing some much needed support into their lives. Alternatively, if you would rather continue teaching, you can opt for a few weeks at a rural community school on the Ecuadorian coast.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

This project is located thirty minutes outside the capital of Ecuador, Quito, in the north of the country. You will be met at Quito Airport by a friendly in-country representative. You will be given an orientation, and introduced to your host family and the local project area. Following your project introduction you will make the journey from your accommodation to your project every day. You will be responsible for your daily transport costs, but using public transport these should be fairly minimal.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You'll stay with a host family in the local community on a full board basis, enabling you to completely immerse yourself in the culture and language of Ecuador as you will be living just like a local! You will be provided with a clean room and all bed linen, and you may find there are other volunteers staying at the same time. You may well have hot water showers available, but you should also be prepared for it to run out! The families are warm and welcoming and will make you feel at home in no time!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three delicious and authentic Ecuadorian style meals a day. You will enjoy a simple breakfast of bread, butter, jam, milk, water or juice, fresh fruit and eggs. Lunch is often a delicious and nutritious soup, or pastries with meat, vegetable salad and juice. Dinner is likely to be a simple but delicious meal of rice, potatoes and meat, often served with aji, a spicy sauce. Local specialities often found in cafes and restaurants include lemon marinated shrimp, ceviche, which can be made with fish, shellfish or shrimp, and marinated beef steak. Vegetarians are welcome and there is a surprisingly extensive range of dishes on offer for non meat-eaters, although this is mainly in the larger towns.

4. The reviews

Adios Ecuador, we will be seeing each other again!!  | 16 Sep 2012
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Teaching experience  | 20 Feb 2010
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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are welcome to explore this fascinating region, where bars, open-air restaurants, cafés, museums, and famous monuments are aplenty! A range of cultural and adventure trips can be arranged. Ask your hosts to book these with local providers and contribute directly to the local economy.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

4 weeks US$2,095

Extra week US$445

DEPARTURE DATES

This project runs throughout the year with the exception of Christmas, New Year and national holidays; please check when applying.

Volunteers should aim to arrive in order to start work on the Monday.

School terms 2015-2016

Term one: 1st September- 24th December 2015

Term two: 15th February- 23rd June 2016

This project is not available during following dates:

23rd of March to 25th of March

24th of May

DURATION

Minimum of 4 weeks, up to a total of 6 months

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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