Volunteer overseas in a kindergarten in Ecuador
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for helping to make this experience possible for me. I’m sad to leave, but am also bursting open with the wealth of new storiesUnder 18, Ecuador