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Education in the Galapagos, in Ecuador, just like anywhere in the world, is an essential part of a child’s life. This project is specifically designed to allow volunteers to work in and alongside the local schools as well as the community to offer English classes. The project aims to empower local students through education providing them with greater opportunities in the future.
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Location of the Project:  Galapagos, Isabela Island
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Project length:  Min 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
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Arrival Airport:  Baltra Airport (GPS)
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Volunteer Work:  English Teaching Assistant
Age:  18 - 60
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 4 international volunteers
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Important Note:  Most flights will require an overnight stay in Quito or Guayaquil before a connecting flight to Baltra.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Private room in a volunteer house or homestay
Food:  Two meals a day, unless you select the homestay
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Airport Transfers:  Volunteers make their own way. Boat ticket to Isabela Island is included.
Orientation:  All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival.
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Support:  Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.

What's not Included

Flights, visa (if required), travel health insurance, transfer to and from the airport Optional island hopper plane from Baltra to project base on Isabela island (additional cost of approximately $200 each way), personal expenses
The Galápagos Islands  is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean and is considered one of the world's leading locations for  wildlife viewing. Its isolated landscape is home to a wide range of animal and plant species, many that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos' species later inspired his theory of evolution.
Working as a teaching assistant on this project will allow you to engage with learners from all age groups. You may be required to assist classroom teachers in a pre-school, working with children aged 3-5 or help teach English to students in both elementary and high schools. You will also be responsible for implementing some of your own ideas and lesson plans. Depending on your chosen age group your tasks will vary, but may include the following:
  • Supporting teaching staff with outside play time with the younger children
  • Help with feeding the children breakfast
  • Managing and organizing English classes
  • Playing games and guiding activities, including games, songs and projects
  • Creating and organizing activities to stimulate English practice
A typical day: You will be working in the school from Monday to Friday for 4 hours a day. Your schedule may vary by day, but will be anywhere from 7:00am – 1:00pm. Your afternoons are reserved for class preparation for the following day and in the evenings you are free to relax and rest. Saturdays and Sundays are free to spend as you wish.
Internet
Internet:  WiFi is available.
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry facilities are available.
Accommodations
Accommodations:  You will stay in a private room in a shared volunteer house. The accommodations have western - style flush toilets and shared common areas, including a kitchen and dining room. For an additional $10 per day you can choose to stay with a host family. At your homestay you will also stay in a private room with western - style flush toilets.
Food:  At the volunteer house accommodations lunch and dinner is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town. Breakfast is not included, but you have the use of an equipped kitchen for cooking. At the homestay accommodations you will have breakfast and dinner with your host family. Lunch is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town.
Please take note of this project's minimum requirements:
  • CV
  • Police clearance
  • Basic level of Spanish in order to communicate with fellow workers and children
  • A genuine passion for children’s education and their well-being
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Energetic, creative, and enthusiastic nature to stimulate the learning environment
The Galapagos Islands are one of the world's most popular tourist destinations for wildlife viewing. Made famous by the sceintist Charles Darwin, the islands are home to species that many people are familiar with, such as the blue-footed boobys and giant tortoises. There is much to be seen on a trip to these islands, and a few suggestions are listed below.

Darwin Lake
Also located on Isla Isebla, Darwin Lake is a saltwater lagoon that has twice the amount of salt of the surrounding ocean.

Tagus Cove
From the cliffs surrounding Darwin Lake, volunteers can take a panga ride to Tagus Cove where there is the opportunity to see, and even snorkel with, indigenous marine life such as Galapagos penguins!

Tortuga Bay
For volunteers who wish to island hop, Isla Santa Cruz, to the right of Isabela Island, is an excellent choice. Tortuga Bay is one of the most popular and beautiful beach destinations in all of the Galapagos Islands and is located in southern Isla Santa Cruz. There are sharks, marine iguanas and occasionally flamingos in the Bay.
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