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1. Capacity building of high school English teachers
2. Development of English materials
3. Community outreach
Volunteer activities may include the following:
•Co-planning and co-teaching to improve linguistic and methodological capacities to implement participatory activities that promote authentic communication and critical thinking
•Training English teachers in new and current methodologies, subject content and resource development, thus creating sustainable improvements in teaching and establish learning tools
•Enhancing English language skills to make use of academic and technical resources published in English in the Universities
•Promoting critical thinking within language classes to improve the quality of life and employment opportunities.
•Working with local teachers to design English teaching materials that are relevant to students' lives
•Creating opportunities for professional development workshops promoting communicative language
•Developing life skills classes or clubs for local youth
•Organizing and working with community groups to implement needs-based development projects
•Offering English classes to community members
Volunteers will participate in the TEFL training program which provides you with a Peace Corps TEFL Certificate upon your successful completion of service. This program provides 120 hours of standardized training and practice teaching along with two years of supervised teaching experience framed through quarterly online learning events facilitated by Peace Corps Ecuador staff. This training is designed to prepare to respond to the goals of TEFL Volunteers: (1) building counterpart teacher capacity through teaching Communities of Practice, (2) improving student achievement in English, and (3) encouraging community engagement in school improvement and student learning.
• Bachelor's degree in any discipline with state certification at the primary or secondary level in any discipline (English, TEFL, foreign language, art, or social science); or
• Bachelor's degree in English, TEFL or Linguistics; or
• Bachelor's degree in any discipline with English, foreign language, or literacy tutoring experience with elementary, middle, or high school students, or adults.
• Experience living and working overseas
• At least 3-6 months' experience teaching
Required Language Skills
A. Completed 4 years of high school Spanish coursework within the past 8 years
B. Completed minimum 2 semesters of Spanish college‐level coursework within the past 6 years
C. Native/fluent speaker of Spanish
Candidates who do not meet the language proficiency levels above can take the language placement exams to demonstrate their level of proficiency. Competitive applicants typically attain a score of 50 on the Spanish College Level Examination Program CLEP exam or a score of Novice‐High on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL OPI).
In Ecuador, living with your family is the norm for most adults, including college-educated professional adults. Generally adult children live with their parents until they get married and start a family of their own. Living with a host family increases Volunteer safety, acceptance, credibility, integration, and language acquisition, and while not required, Volunteers are strongly encouraged to live with a host family throughout their entire two years of service.
Please keep in mind that there may be sites in which Volunteers will be required to live with Ecuadorian host families for their entire two years service, but there are many benefits to two-year home stays. Volunteers who live with a host family for their two years of service often participate more fully in the local culture, enjoy greater opportunities for acceptance and inclusion, and develop a stronger sense of solidarity with their families and neighbors.
In some cases, Volunteers assigned to schools in the bigger cities do not live in the neighborhood or community where they work but commute to and from their work each day. These Volunteers may feel challenged by not having a strong sense of community, but they often report that they enjoy the sense of independence that comes from living in a larger city and not being in the "fish bowl" as they might be living in a smaller community.
Each job location will have its pros and cons. It's up to each individual Peace Corps Volunteer to adapt into that reality and make it a positive experience.
Based on the agreement with the Ministry of Education in Ecuador, Peace Corps asks TEFL Volunteers to plan vacation dates around their school's extended breaks and to try not to take vacation during the school year.
Volunteers in the TEFL Certificate Program have found that bringing a laptop or a tablet is a great convenience, not only in terms have increased options for internet access but also to be able to complete required assignments off-line and then upload those assignments later. Please note that bringing a device is not a requirement for this program, as Volunteers may also complete the assignments through local internet cafes or other access points.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Ecuador: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
Medical Considerations in Ecuador
- Ecuador may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten, peanuts and shellfish.
- After arrival in Ecuador, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.
Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.
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