Focus Population: 60+ children of a variety of ages
Schedule: January to December
Although geared toward children, our program benefits people from all walks of life: students, employees of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), mothers, and the general community. The focus of this program is to provide means to develop greater English language skills during times of globalization, increased communication, and rising employment and educational requirements.
As an English speaker, you can be of great help in our program as a teaching assistant or English teacher.
The majority of students in our program have very limited knowledge of basic English. In Ecuador, children must pass a designated level of English in order to ascend to higher levels of education. These children face great obstacles to educational success due to difficulties in pronunciation, reading, and conversation in English.
English classes are conducted each day. Our program gives students the opportunity to learn from a native speaker, and provides them with designated time and space to obtain the knowledge and practice they need.
The UBECI staff in Ecuador consists of a program director, educators, and volunteers. Volunteers enrolled in this program can play one of two roles:
Teaching Assistant- As a TA, you will assist local English teachers with activities emphasizing pronunciation, conversation, reading, and writing through games and songs. You do not need to be a trained or experienced teacher to be a TA.
English Teacher- With a greater leadership role, English teachers are responsible for creating and/or continuing curriculum established by former volunteers. You will be the principal adult in charge of the classes. Individuals with prior teaching experience preferred for this role.