Year-Long Teaching Opportunities in Ecuador

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Year-Long Teaching Opportunities in Ecuador

Your service in Ecuador will begin with a month-long intensive orientation run by the Field Staff. Orientation will include TEFL training, two weeks of intensive practice teaching, Spanish classes, information sessions and discussions about Ecuadorian culture and politics, health and safety issues, and cross-cultural adjustment. After orientation, volunteers travel to their sites and begin their teaching assignments. Depending on the placement, volunteers are usually responsible for teaching up to 20 hours a week. Apart from classroom hours, volunteers are also responsible for preparation of classes, grading and any other duties assigned by their institutions. Class size varies widely through the placements, as do the types of students and their level of English. Volunteers may teach university students, faculty and staff, and/or open-enrollment classes for members of the community. With our year-long program, you can also become TEFL certified to earn credibility and give you an edge in the ESL teaching job market. While certification usually costs about $1,899, with WorldTeach you can become certified for only $350 while also gaining priceless in-country teaching experience. Volunteer placements in Ecuador are based on the best match between the needs of the host institution and the personal qualifications of the volunteers. Volunteers may be placed independently in their host community or with a small group of other volunteers (including other departure groups and the summer program). Volunteers live with host families. Most host families will have electricity and running water, though in some regions hot water is inconsistent at best. Weather in Ecuador varies greatly, depending on the region. The coast is hot and humid year round, with frequent rain from January through April, while weather in the Sierra is often described as "eternal springtime," with cooler temperatures (depending on altitude) and periods of both rainy and dry weather. It rains consistently in the rainforest region, with a slightly drier period from December to February. Lunch is the largest meal in Ecuador, and involves multiple courses. The first course of soup is typically followed by a main dish consisting of rice, meat or chicken, and beans or lentils. Potatoes are native to the Andes, and also feature prominently in the Ecuadorian diet. A wide variety of fresh tropical fruits and juices are also available throughout the year. Volunteers can choose to earn a 125-hour In-Destination TEFL Certificate accredited by WorldTeach through ACCREDITAT during their term of service.

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Fully Funded Global Education Fellowship in Ecuador

About the Ecuador Global Education Fellowship As a WorldTeach Global Education Fellow, you will be on the front lines of international education and innovation, developing professional skills and cross-cultural expertise while broadening your global network. Fellows will live in Ecuador for 8 months participating in Ecuador’s Time to Teach initiative, sponsored by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Fellows will advance effective, student-centered education practices in Ecuadorian schools, while participating in an ongoing conversation about the future of globalization, education and international development in the 21st century. Fellowship postings will be in primary and secondary schools in rural areas such as the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to one of the most bio-diverse regions of the world (Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve), and the Andes and Sierra Highlands, a region of majestic mountains and lush valleys that is famed for its recreational and tourist opportunities. What the Fellowship work will include: The Global Education Fellowship is a multi-faceted professional development program. Fellows are expected to complete research and reflection projects addressing the theme of how 21st century globalization is affecting education and learning, with projects tailored by each Fellowship participant to match their unique areas of interest and career objectives. The research component will average 15 hours per month, while teaching will average 30 hours per week. You will be responsible for lesson plans, grading and other duties as assigned by local school administrators. Class sizes and students’ previous exposure to English will vary. What training and support does the Fellowship provide? • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)© assessment and coaching program • Mentor support for individual research or reflection project that contributes to the understanding of intersection of globalization and education as it impacts students’ futures or learning. • Professional development seminars focused on the forces of globalization and their impacts on education and national development • WorldTeach accredited TEFL certification and week-long orientation to prepare for teaching placements • Career mentoring upon fellowship conclusion • Access to network of over 7,000 WorldTeach alumni both during fellowship and after Additional Fellowship Details • Fellows are placed in rural K-12 schools in the Amazonian and Sierra (Andes) regions of Ecuador. • Fellows live with an assigned host family in the local community. • Breakfast and dinner are provided by the host family and typically consist of rice, meat, and beans or lentils. Potatoes are native to the Sierra region and are also featured in the Ecuadorian diet, along with fresh fruits and juices. • The Fellowship is fully funded and includes visa, housing, transportation and international airfare, supplemental overseas health and emergency evacuation insurance, orientation and additional training conferences, 24-hour in-country field director support, access to educational resources, TEFL certification, and alumni support and networking. • Fellows receive a monthly living stipend to cover basic expenses.

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Year-Long Funded Teaching Opportunities in the Marshall Islands and American Samoa

WorldTeach, a non-profit organization founded through Harvard University, is currently accepting applications for passionate individuals to serve as volunteer teachers in our yearlong, funded programs in the Pacific Islands of American Samoa and the Marshall Islands. Programs are funded by each country's ministry/department of education. Applications will be accepted into June 2018, and volunteers will depart July/August 2018 for one year. Teaching experience is not required and the program is open to international students. Volunteers are full time teachers of English, math and science.
"The most important thing I learned during my WorldTeach experience is that I can step out of my comfort zone and into an entirely new experience and come out having accomplished more than I ever expected. I learned that having an open mind, a sense of adventure, and persistence will allow me to make the most of every experience and opportunity in life." American Samoa volunteer
Yearlong volunteers receive:
- Housing (teacher apartment or host family)
- Monthly stipend
- Visa
- Health & emergency evacuation insurance
- Training comprising 3-4 week Orientation upon arrival, Mid Service Conference, and End of Service Conference
- Meals and housing during orientation and conferences
- Transportation between training and placement sites
- Support from full time, in-country field staff
- Professional development through Teacher Quality Program and WorldTeach professional development communities

WorldTeach volunteers also receive the following benefits as part of the WorldTeach network
- Access to WorldTeach TEFL Certification enrollment at the volunteer rate
- Discounted enrollment to UN-mandated University for Peace Centre for Executive Education online certificate course
- Access to graduate school scholarships for WorldTeach alumni

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