Volunteer overseas in a kindergarten in Ecuador

  • Volunteer to provide teaching support to this kindergarten in Ecuador
  • Your volunteering support will make a significant difference to the time given to each child
  • Suitable for those wanting experience working with young children and gap year volunteers
  • Conveniently located in the centre of Quito

Project summary

This kindergarten and primary school is located in a fantastic, open setting in one of the main parks in central Quito. Over 200 children aged 4–6 years attend but numbers vary between eight classes with 25 – 30 children in each.

It is a long-standing project for Outreach and a successful one. The project is state funded with small contributions made by each child. Children are mainly from the poorer part of Quito and many live in the shanty town. They are however proud of their school and the staff provide an excellent, balanced education.

Each classroom is light and brightly painted but facilities and teaching materials are rudimentary. In addition to the grassy areas in the park the children have a good sized playground with a few items of basic play equipment.

Volunteers would be just a few minutes from the city centre but the school is surrounded by open space with dramatic views over Quito.

this volunteering opportunity is suitable for those wanting experience working with young children and gap year volunteers.

Volunteer roles and responsibilities

Volunteers are needed to assist the permanent members of staff and also teach their own lessons. The class sizes are large and with just one teacher per class it is difficult to manage activities that engage all the children. Volunteers however can work with small groups within the classroom providing fun, practical support.

Volunteers would teach basic English, help with art & crafts, reading and writing, singing and all the fun and play associated with teaching young children. Confident volunteers would be asked to take their own lessons. This would normally be done with the help of a fellow volunteer.

The work is demanding but you would have your afternoons free for preparation of activities and lesson planning.

How you can make a difference

The class sizes are large with just one teacher for 30 pre-school children. If a member of staff is away the children double up so as many as 60 in one class.

Volunteers improve the level of interaction possible with each individual child, increasing their engagement, development and enjoyment. You will support the work load of the local teachers and make a particular difference by working with small groups of 3 or 4 children.

Like many of our projects the kindergarten can and does function at a basic level without volunteers, however, the extra help is appreciated for the difference it makes.

What is distinctive about this project:

An opportunity to work in a well-run kindergarten in a wonderful location in central Quito. Less frequented by volunteers, it provides you with an opportunity to have a real community experience and make your mark.

Blue Tiger Features:

It is likely you may be the only volunteer working on this small project, although you will be with other volunteers in shared accommodation. This gives you a better opportunity to commit to your experience (and your Spanish).

It will suit a confident volunteer who works with, or aspires to work with young children, and is happy to have a rich cultural experience, getting fully involved with the running of the kindergarten.


It’s closed the last 2 weeks of Aug, Christmas and Easter. Otherwise it is open.


Volunteers will need to speak Spanish with staff and children. The Spanish lessons included will help you reach an acceptable standard.

Experience required:

No teaching experience is required, but experience of caring for or working with young children will be an advantage. Most important is that the volunteer is proactive in making a meaningful contribution, as the staff will not have the time to manage the volunteer.

Good to know:

The project is conveniently located in central Quito, in a lovely park. The kindergarten is open early but finishes around lunchtime, giving volunteers the time to prepare for the following day and take in something of Quito.

Price table

4 weeks8 weeks12 weeks16 weeks

Includes: Comprehensive travel insurance (supplements may apply to older travellers). Accommodation, food, airport transfer, travel to projects, in-country support, welcome meal, excursion. Two weeks of good quality 121 Spanish tuition.
Excludes: Flights, visas, vaccinations

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Country co-ordinator

Monika Montes

Monika is superbly connected throughout Ecuador and has been working with Outreach International since 2003. She lives with her two teenage children in central Quito and plays host to many of our volunteers who work in the city. Monika’s passion for volunteering is reflected in her commitment and level of support that she provides. She speaks fluent English and is a qualified Spanish tutor.

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