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Volunteer Teaching English Ecuador

Do you want to share your passion for the English language with disadvantaged kids in Ecuador? Have you been dreaming of volunteering abroad? Then this program is perfect for you!

Ecuador is the ideal location for your volunteer experience. This South American country seems like it holds worlds inside it, from the Andes mountains to the Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos Islands, from colonial cities to beaches to the cloud forest,there is something here for every traveler.

Despite its beauty and charm, Ecuador struggles with poverty and a lack of quality education for its young people. Over half of the population lives below the poverty line, and sadly, child labor is a major source of income for many families.

With all the tourism pouring into this exciting destination, Ecuadorians who learn to speak English have the chance to break the cycle of poverty and have well-paying careers and bright futures. Unfortunately, low-income families don’t have access to this type of education, which led IFRE to team up with local schools to bring it to them and we need the help of international volunteers in Ecuador like you!

By volunteering in Ecuador teaching these kids English, you’ll open up a world of opportunity to them and change the course of their futures. You’ll get great experience teaching in an international classroom and feel amazing knowing you are making such a profound difference in the lives of children in need.

Help create a better life for Ecuadorian children in need and give them the tools they need to escape poverty! Contact IFRE today to learn more about volunteering teaching English in Ecuador!

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Volunteer Responsibilities & Impact

When you join volunteer English teaching program in Ecuador, You’ll be spending an average of 4-6 hours per day in local schools. You will work alongside teachers and teaching students conversational English and helping provide a valuable life skill. You may also help teach in other areas such as physical education, mathematics, computer skills, art, or music. We encourage you to find fun ways to teach your students, and to also engage them in extra-curricular activities.

Your time teaching these kids will open up a whole new world to them. Not only will they be eligible for jobs in the tourism industry, as English is the language of the modern business world and they will have bright futures with a variety of new opportunities. As they break the cycle of poverty, their communities will grow, change, and develop positively as a result.

Skills and Qualifications:

We welcome volunteers from a variety of backgrounds to help out at this project. You will need a solid grasp of the English language, and native speakers are preferred. You should love kids and be passionate about working with teenagers and younger students alike.

Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred, but not required. If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay even more rewarding – both for you and for the children you are helping.

A dress code is required for all participants – no shorts or sleeveless shirts are to be worn and volunteers must maintain a presentable appearance (i.e. no excessive tattoos or piercings).

Volunteering Teaching English in Ecuador is an amazing and rewarding journey where each and every day will be filled with fun and exciting experiences.

Since you will be working in schools, you can expect your daily schedule to revolve around the school day. Your exact hours will differ based on your placement, but here’s a general idea of what you can expect.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering teaching English in Ecuador, you will be brought to the school you will be working at by our in-country coordinator. Here you will meet the teachers you will be assisting and all the wonderful young students you will be teaching.

You’ll have an informative orientation where you’ll learn all about your service work, your daily schedule, safety measures, and the customs and culture of Ecuador.

Weekdays: Your teaching begins on the second day, and atypical volunteer day is as follows:

6.00 to 7.30 AM: Enjoy a traditional and lovely breakfast with your host family.

7.45 AM: Head out to the school and get started on an exciting day teaching English and working with the kids.

12.00 PM: Break for lunch which is a great chance to chat with the local teachers and your fellow volunteers.

3.00 PM: After the school day is over, you’ll be free to explore Quito or head back to your host family’s home and relax.

6.45 PM: Enjoy dinner with your host family and immerse yourself in daily Ecuadorian life.

Volunteer Teaching English Ecuador: Dates and Fees

Program Dates

IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

The Teaching English Program is closed during the months of July and August.

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Volunteer Program Fees (US$)

Weeks Teach English
  1 Week   $345
  2 Weeks   $590
  3 Weeks   $835
  4 Weeks   $1,080
  5 Weeks   $1,325
  6 Weeks   $1,570
  7 Weeks   $1,815
  8 Weeks   $2,060
  9 Weeks   $2,305
  10 Weeks   $2,550
  11 Weeks   $2,795
  12 Weeks   $3,040

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years)

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The volunteering programs in Ecuador fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel

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Accommodation and Meal

While volunteering in Ecuador, you will stay with one of our socially respected host families in their safe, secure home. They will serve you three local meals a day, and you will be welcomed like a member of their own family. This is an amazing way to get immersed in the Ecuadorian culture.

Learn more about your housing and food with a lovely host family in Ecuador.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

You’ll have every evening and weekend free, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore the exciting destination of Ecuador. Check out the colonial city of Quito, go on a trek in the Andes, or take a weekend adventure to the Galapagos. The possibilities are endless!

Discover some of the things you can do during your free time in Ecuador.

Safety and in Country Support

Nothing is more important to IFRE than your safety. We’ve carefully planned an amazing and safe trip for you, offering you support before and during your entire time abroad. You’ll be watched over by our professional in-country team who is right there in Ecuador to help you every step of the way.

Learn more about our in-country team and our focus on safety.

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Volunteer Teaching English Ecuador: FAQs

IFRE takes care of all the details to plan your successful volunteer experience in Ecuador. Here are some things you should be aware of when traveling with us.

Arrival and departure

You will fly into Quito International Airport. Once you book your flight, provide your itinerary to our in-country coordinator and they will arrange your airport pick-up. Our representative will be there waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it. We suggest flying in a day before the start of your project.

We do not offer departure transportation, so you’ll need to arrange this yourself. Just have a chat with our local project staff, and they’ll be happy to help you set up a taxi to the airport.


Whether or not you need to apply for a visa in advance of volunteering in Ecuador depends on your nationality. Citizens of the USA, Canada, the UK or any European country (except France) only intending to stay in Ecuador for less than 90 days won’t need a visa to get entry into Ecuador. Volunteers from other countries will need to visit the official embassy of Ecuador in your home country to apply for a tourist visa, or you can apply at the airport on arrival. Do some research ahead of time to find out the requirements.

Visa extension is possible through a visit to the Immigration Department in Quito city.

You can learn more about Ecuador’s visa and immigration policies here:


Get vaccinated to stay healthy and have a safe volunteer trip abroad. Meet with your doctor to discuss your trip and needed vaccines.

For a volunteer work in Ecuador, vaccinations for diseases like meningitis, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), typhoid, chickenpox, hepatitis B, rabies, shingles, hepatitis A, pneumonia, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), influenza, polio, yellow fever are compulsory.

Be sure to consult with your local doctor before taking these vaccinations. Also, you can learn more about these vaccinations by clicking this link.

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Volunteer Health and Safety

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Other relevant information:

You do not need to have official teaching credentials to volunteer as an English teacher in Ecuador. Depending on the particular volunteer opportunity you choose, you may be working with poor, disabled, or otherwise disadvantaged children and you’ll have the chance to make a difference in their lives.

Why volunteer teaching English in Ecuador?

Teaching English in Ecuador is a great chance to fulfill your passion for the English language and helping disadvantage children.

You’ll get an international teaching work experience

One of the key benefits of volunteering in Ecuadoras an English teacher is the work experience you’ll gain. This will look great to colleges and future teaching positions and prepare you for a career in the teaching field.

You will be sharing your passion for teaching English with the impoverished children

Your students will get excited about learning English because you will be sharing your passion for the language with them. Have fun doing what you love and help kids in need at the same time!

You will make English education accessible to children of Ecuador

The majority of Ecuadorian people face hardships and struggle to learn English due to poverty. By volunteering teaching English, you’ll be offering this valuable skill to impoverished people who could never gain access without your help.

Gain insight into the education system of Ecuador

When you join our Ecuador volunteer projectto teach English,you will gain valuable insight into the Ecuadorian system of education. Learn from looking at teaching from a different point of view, and also find ways to help improve the education for Ecuadorian students.

Contact IFRE to today get started on your Ecuador volunteer adventure.

Other Volunteering Opportunities in Ecuador

You can help make a difference in Ecuador in a wide range of ways. You can work with conservation on the Galapagos or in the Andes,

work at an orphanage

help support street children, and much more.

Contact IFRE today to find the ideal project for you!

Other English Teaching Opportunities Worldwide

English fluency is a highly valued skill all across the world, and IFRE arranges teaching programs in a variety of countries to help disadvantaged people learn this incredibly useful and marketable skill. For your convenience, some of our most popular teaching programs are listed below:

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