The goal of the Peace Corps Ecuador TEFL program is to help students in Ecuadorian public schools develop communication skills in English that will help them access further academic and / or professional opportunities that can contribute to the socioeconomic development of Ecuador.
The specific objectives of the program are :
1. Increase the capacity of teachers to use general and English teaching skills more effectively
2. Increase the capacity of teachers to use gender-equitable practices in the classroom
3. Increase English proficiency of English teachers
4. Increase achievement of students in English
5. Increase community involvement in the promotion of student learning
Activities could include the following :
Competitive candidates will have a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline and a strong desire to teach English
Required Language Skills
Candidates must meet one or more of the language requirements below in order to be considered for this position.
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).
While TEFL Volunteers in Ecuador are expected to use English in the classroom and with their co-teachers, Spanish will be necessary to interact with parents, school officials, and other teachers and for other day-
to-day activities in the community. To successfully swear in as a Volunteer, Trainees must demonstrate an intermediate level of oral proficiency in Spanish at the end of the 10-
week pre-service training. Peace Corps Trainees receive a significant amount of training and support in the acquisition of Spanish.
Trainees who arrive in country with low levels of Spanish find reaching an intermediate level of oral proficiency more challenging.
Post highly encourages all applicants to begin working on their Spanish as early as possible prior to departing the US for Ecuador.
After Volunteers swear in, they are required to live with a host family in their community for a minimum of their first six months at site.
This is in addition to the 10 weeks of living with a host family during pre-service training.) Host families are chosen with the help of host country co-
workers in the community prior to the arrival of the Volunteer.
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.
There will likely be some sites in which Volunteers will be required to live with Ecuadorian host families for their entire two years of service.
Among a number of benefits, Volunteers who live with a host family for their entire 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, their neighbors, and their communities.
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 as strong a sense of community, but they often report that they enjoy the independence that comes from living in a larger city .
Each job location and each counterpart organization 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 Program have found that bringing a laptop or a tablet is a great convenience. Internet access continues to expand in Ecuador, and a personal computing device often makes it easier for Volunteers to access and share technical resources in support of their service.
There will also be assignments during pre-service training (PST) where having a personal computing device will come in handy in order to make completing those assignments easier.
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.
Generally speaking, couples should expect living conditions to be the same for them as for single Volunteers. Every effort will be made so that couples can live together with a single host family during pre-
service training, but there is always a chance that they may have to live apart during pre-service training due to space or other limitations.
Medical Considerations in Ecuador
insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
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.