Summer ESL Teaching Volunteer in Ecuador



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)





The Tandana Foundation is seeking summer volunteers to develop curriculum, teach, and lead field trips and activities for local secondary school students in Quichinche, Ecuador, a region that is rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity. This summer course will run from July 8, 2019 to August 2, 2019. Please allow for time both before and afterwards for orientation and debrief/conclusion.

Position Description

Your primary responsibility will be to provide continuity and excellence in the curriculum and teaching for Tandana's Vacation Courses in Quichinche, Ecuador. Specifically, you will design a coherent and effective curriculum for one level of ESL classes, as well as other electives, for secondary school students. These classes will take place five days a week in the mornings for five weeks in July and August. You will plan the curriculum ahead of time, teach it, and record it in a way that is easy for future volunteers to follow. For the electives, you may plan and teach lessons in other subjects, such as art, leadership, math, health, physics, or geography, and you will help lead field trips and enrichment activities for the summer students. Finally, you will serve as a a cultural ambassador and a positive representative of The Tandana Foundation. In return, you will be placed with a host family, which will allow countless opportunities to explore the indigenous cultures and subsistence lifestyles of highland Ecuador as well as the natural environment around you. You will also be given all the support you need to succeed in your work and be encouraged to accomplish your personal goals.


  • Conversational Spanish
  • Experience living in cross-cultural situations, preferably in Latin America
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a diverse array of people, to solve problems creatively, and to promote a positive experience for all involved
  • Self-motivation, responsibility, and an ability to work independently
  • Prior ESL experience or training, or demonstrated interest in teaching
  • Minimum age is 19
  • Minimum time commitment is: around 40 days but is negotiable. 3 months is preferred.


  • Design, implement, and record effective curriculum for ESL and electives
  • Lead local students on field trips and service activities
  • Collaborate with and assist Tandana’s Cursos Coordinator and Ecuador Program Manager
  • Represent Tandana in a positive manner to all community members and volunteers and help to build good relationships


  • The opportunity to participate in unique cultural activities and be a part of a dynamic, multi-cultural team
  • Detailed orientation and ongoing support from Tandana's Ecuador Program Manager as well as a mentor
  • Room and board with a local family (homestay)
  • Work expenses including local transportation, cell phone, and consular fees. (Volunteers pay their own airfare to Ecuador)


  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Interested parties should send a resume and cover letter addressing each of the following questions to Aaron DiMartino, Operations Director, at

  1. Please describe any experience you have living in Ecuador or in another cross-cultural situation.
  2. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?
  3. Describe an experience that was very challenging for you. How did you deal with the difficulties, and what did you learn from the experience?
  4. What are you passionate about, and how do you express that passion?
  5. What do you think will be most exciting about this opportunity?
  6. What do you think will be most difficult about this opportunity?
  7. What are your personal and professional goals for this opportunity and how can we help you accomplish them?