Die Republik Ecuador liegt im Nordwesten Südamerikas am Äquator, was dem Land auch seinen Namen gab. Die Hauptstadt ist Quito und die Währung US-Dollar. In Ecuador werden Spanisch (offizielle Sprache) und indigene Sprachen (Quechua, Shuar u.a.) gesprochen. Die Partnerorganisation ist Ecuador Volunteer mit Sitz in Quito. Es gibt 2 Unterrichtsprojekte: Child Care in Cayambe (Anden)und Teaching English in Napo (Amazonen).
Hier findest Du die Projektbeschreibungen:
Both projects have a huge necessity to have a teacher to support them as theses areas are relatively isolated and the schools usually don’t have many professional teachers. Your skills are very much needed here.
Kinderbetreuung am Cayambe (Anden) – CHILD CARE
This project was created to give attention to children of low-income families that work in plantation of roses in rural areas of the Andes.
The Daycare Center is located on 2850 meters of altitude and right on top of the Equator, close to the volcano Cayambe, in the Ecuadorian Andes; one of the best spots worldwide to produce Premium Quality Roses. The project works in a small community to give support the children of low-income families; many of these families found a new economical hope working in plantation of roses. This sector is considered as one of the main economic focuses for the country, thanks to the development of many growing companies that are dedicated exclusively to the exportation of flowers. The project is supported by one of these companies, who provide work to many women in agriculture area.
One of the Center’s objectives is to provide these children with a high quality education. To reach this goal, we require volunteers who are committed to the children and willing to give them a solid early education. It offers these children an integral and supportive care that fulfills the health, nutrition, and psychological needs they require at their age. The work in the Center is done alongside the parents and the local community, which often lack the knowledge or economic means to take on and provide for the needs of their families.
Throughout the day the volunteers develop various skills depending on the age of the child. These include early stimulation of motor skills, cognitive and language development, fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional skills, play and group participation skills, etc. In addition, the volunteers have the opportunity to improve their Spanish language while they are speaking with the Staff members and children.
In order to work with children, it is indispensable to be patient, creative, and caring. The children are ready to learn and very intelligent; they quickly discover the care and commitment that the volunteers offer them. As a volunteer, you will support the teachers in the Center. The teachers will assign you a group of children, split up by age. The activities the teachers plan each week vary depending on the age group of the children with which you are working. There are also some general activities that are the same across groups, such as preparing meals and cleaning up the children.
General activities for all age groups include:
- Care for children between the ages of 1 and 3 years
- For babies, practice basic motor skills and functions, early stimulation exercises
- Teach basic math, counting, and English to children
- Older children, organize activities in arts, music, crafts, reading, etc.
- Plan educational and recreational activities for the children
- Help prepare meals to ensure children receive a balanced diet
- Teach children good manners and behavior
- Care for children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years.
- Plan educational and recreational activities for the children.
- Help prepare meals to ensure children receive a balanced diet.
- Teach children good manners and behavior
Accommodation: is in the volunteer house where the volunteers will have to share rooms and bathrooms, the house is located in the Daycare Center offering basic services for the participants. The 2 meals breakfast and lunch are included from Monday to Friday, but it doesn’t include dinner and meals during the weekend. The kitchen in the Center is well equipped, making it easy for you to prepare meals in case that you require.
Housing Policies: Volunteers are not allowed to smoke, drink, or use drugs in the community.
Location: Cayambe, Pichincha Province ( Andes), 2 hours from Quito by bus. The Project is located very closet o Cayambe city, wher you can find pharmacies, Internet services, telephone booths, private clinics, hospitals, supermarkets, laundry services and more.
Teaching English and Computer Skills in the Punta Chontas, Amazones
This project is located in the Amazon region and is focused to the give educational support to the younger members of the Punta Chonta community, who have big dreams. The community does not have enough trained personnel to improve the level of education for this reason we are looking for general teachers and English teachers.
Since this project was established, the coordinators have been in charge of all of the affairs of the community of Punta Chonta and surrounding communities, including building houses, maintaining the local health center, and building a school. While the project’s main objective is to provide the community’s youth and adults with English and computer classes and to support local teachers, the community is also interested in obtaining outside collaboration in other areas, such as environmental conservation, urban environmental planning, and improving the quality of the local health center.
Punta Chonta is located in a forested area with great biodiversity. Summer (the dry season) lasts from August to January, and winter (the rainy season) lasts from February to August. The region’s main resources are coffee and cocoa beans, but it is also known for other activities such as tourism, a variety of agricultural products, and gold panning.
Environmental conservation: In recent years, the community has been threatened by both national and international oil companies that claim to have discovered an oil well in the middle of the nearby Rio Napo. Oil extraction in the area would have extremely grave consequences for Punta Chonta and neighboring communities. Oil exploitation would ruin the community’s way of life, pollute the river, cause deforestation, and introduce new ways of life extremely different from those of the native residents. Volunteers are needed to help conserve the environment and prevent environmental degradation within and around the community.
Punta Chonta’s population is inevitably growing, so the community needs a development plan to enable the community to be organized and self-sufficient. Volunteers with experience in eco-friendly urban planning would be important assets for the community.
The community is always open to new initiatives and new ideas for new projects to benefit the community.
Volunteer Work Activities
- Teaching computer and English to students of 12 and older
- Work with 6 groups, max. 25 students per group
- Support teacher in the following subjects: geography, math, social science, natural science, history y language
- Cooperation in development with new community projects
- Organize educational and recreative activities for the local kids
- Workshops on environmental subjects important in the community
- In case of experience the participant can do presentations in the community
- Men and women 20 years and older
- Intermediate level of Spanish (Ecuador Volunteer can provide information on Spanish courses to help the volunteer attain the required level)
- Professional training and/or experience in the field of education, particularly in teaching computer skills and English
- Ability to relate well to youth and get along with local community members
Project Advantages: Ideal for a long-term volunteer. Great for cultural/ Spanish immersion. Learn to harvest and produce cocoa and coffee beans! Wonderful experience for anyone interested in environmental conservation, education, community development, community planning, and working with children. Perfect for creative people who want to contribute new ideas and solutions to developing community.
Accommodations: The project offers volunteers a private room in the home of the project’s directors, Rosa and Hector. The room is fairly simple, with a bed and nightstand. The house has an extra bedroom, a kitchen and a communal area. The bathroom is in a separate area with a toilet and sink. The house has a shower. The house has electricity, but the service is sometimes limited and not reliable. It is important to boil water before drinking it.
Food: you will be provided with food 3 times a day from Monday to Friday. Not in the weekend.
The project site is located 100 meters from the volunteer accommodations. Volunteers can leave valuables with the homeowner without any problem. To make phone calls outside of the community, the volunteer will need a cell phone. The volunteer may borrow the Hector and Rosa’s cell phone if they need to make important calls. Although there is no internet access in the community, volunteers can visit internet cafés in the city of Tena.
Location: Punta Chonta, Province of Napo (Amazon Rainforest), 6 hours northeast. There is a basic health center in Punta Chonta in case of emergency. The nearest health center is located 45 minutes from Punta Chonta. In the community, volunteers should be able to find basic items such as batteries, cleaning supplies, snacks, etc. The city of Tena, located 3 hours from Punta Chonta by bus, has a number of supermarkets, pharmacies, internet cafés, and travel agencies.