The three general goals of the Peace Corps Ecuador TEFL Program are :
1. Capacity building of high school English teachers
2. Development of English materials
3. Community outreach
Volunteer activities may include the following :
Volunteers will participate in a pilot of Peace Corps’ newly-developed TEFL training program which provides you with a Peace Corps TEFL Certificate upon your successful completion of service.
This program provides 120 hours of standardized training and practice teaching along with two years of supervised teaching experience framed through quarterly online learning events facilitated by Peace Corps Ecuador staff.
This training is designed to prepare to respond to the goals of TEFL Volunteers : (1) building counterpart teacher capacity through teaching Communities of Practice, (2) improving student achievement in English, and (3) encouraging community engagement in school improvement and student learning.
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).
Additional Language Information
To successfully swear in as a Volunteer, Trainees must demonstrate an intermediate level of written and oral proficiency in Spanish at the end of pre-
service training. 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.
After Volunteers swear in, they are required to live with a host family in their community for their first six months at site.
This is in addition to the 11 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.
Please keep in mind that there may be sites in which Volunteers will be required to live with Ecuadorian host families for their entire two years service, but there are many benefits to two-
year home stays. Volunteers who live with a host family for their 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 and neighbors.
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 a strong sense of community, but they often report that they enjoy the sense of independence that comes from living in a larger city and not being in the "fish bowl" as they might be living in a smaller community.
Each job location 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 Certificate Program have found that bringing a laptop or a tablet is a great convenience, not only in terms have increased options for internet access but also to be able to complete required assignments off-
line and then upload those assignments later. Please note that bringing a device is not a requirement for this program, as Volunteers may also complete the assignments through local internet cafes or other access points.
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.
Medical Considerations in Ecuador
insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
Before you apply, please also review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.