Work with children ages 3, 4 and 5 in the preschool. You will assist the classroom teachers. You will be responsible to help carry out activities, games, songs and projects that the teacher has planned. You will also be responsible to come up with some of your own activities for class. You will help the teacher with outside play time and feeding the children breakfast and snack. English lessons can also be incorporated with the kids through activities, games, songs and projects.
Cost includes full room and board, permits, visas, local coordination and training at respective facility, local transport, full access to our facilities, etc.—everything minus personal expenses and your airfare to Galápagos.
Accommodation is provided in our fully equipped volunteer housing or by one of our carefully selected host families. These are families who have experience with outside culture and international living through cultural exchange with our students and volunteers. Additionally to providing extra income for housing our students and volunteers, we train these families to be ambassadors in the community in areas such as English, domestic wellbeing, and nutrition.
You will have breakfast and dinner with your family. Lunch is provided at your choice of various restaurants in town. You simply sign for your meal and we’ll pick up the bill at the end of the month. For volunteer housing breakfast is not included. Lunch and dinner are provided in your choice of restaurant.
We encourage all volunteers to stay as long as possible to maximize local and personal benefit. We encourage longer commitments by heavily discounting each additional week stayed. Minimum stay is 4 weeks; maximum stay is 3 months. Subsequent permanent hiring possible. All volunteers must arrive to Isabela on Mondays.
Our schedules are based on 20 hrs/week. The normal schedule is Monday-Friday 7.30 – 11.30AM which may be subject to change depending on the tasks at hand. Preparation time would be in the afternoons.
Experience and Feedback
We’re a very small and personal program but have had some 20 long term volunteers (one year plus) and over 200 short term and students volunteers. Our satisfaction rate is 99%. However we respect your privacy and don’t give out direct contacts. Our International Coordinator can send you some feedback and comments from former participants upon request.
Intermediate 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
Materials needed to Apply
After being accepted into our volunteer program you will receive a log-in for our website. Please download the pre-departure package from the respective section of our website for detailed preparation info. If you have any questions or doubts about the program at all, please contact Amanda@ioi.ec
After reviewing all details, please click on the link below to pay your deposit, safely through PayPal or via Credit Card. Alternatively, you can send us a check to our Florida office @ 24 Mangrove Lane, Key Largo, FL 33037; made out to Intercultural Outreach Initiative and with your name in the purpose line.