Updated on: 4/Jun/09
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM DESCRIPTION TEFL ISABELLA ISLAND (GALAPAGOS) ECUADOR BRIEF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION This program focuses on teaching English to the kids of a local school in Isabella Island in the mornings while having the opportunity to get to know the area and its tourist spots during the afternoon. Volunteers will work closely with an Ecuadorian English teacher and children from ages 4-12 years old. The need of knowing English in the Islands is extremely important due to the high level of tourists that it receives daily, and the importance that this language has worldwide. Volunteers will play a key role in improving the lives of these children. The school that participants will be working in is in a need of having volunteers who will not only teach the children but also will help the teachers increase their English skills as well as adults from the area who are interested in the language. Volunteers can work with kids in the mornings and as an option they can provide English classes to adults and teachers in the afternoons. Participants must arrive to Quito on Monday, a transfer in service will be waiting for you at the airport to drive you the hostel reserved by Lead Adventures. On Tuesday volunteers will be met by Lead Staff at the hostel and taken to their office. At the office the volunteer will receive a comprehensive orientation about Ecuador and the project itself. On Wednesday morning the participant will travel to the Galapagos to the Baltra Airport. On arrival to Baltra airport, the airline will transport all passengers to the Ithabaca Canal. The passengers will cross the canal (5 minutes) and arrive to the north tip of Sta. Cruz Island. In Sta. Cruz participants will take a taxi or bus and get to the town of Puerto Ayora to the Hostel reserved by Lead Adventures. All these instructions will be given to you in detail during your orientation. At the hostel you will meet the hostel representative you will give you information about Puerto Ayora. The hostel rep will explain how to get to the speedboat ticket booth where you will need to buy your speedboat ticket for Isabella for the next day. Volunteers will have all Wednesday afternoon free to explore Puerto Ayora and will eat dinner at the hostel. On Thursday volunteers will have breakfast at the hostel and will be able to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station or Turtle Bay (a white-sand beach, one of the most beautiful ones in the world) on their own. In the
afternoon the volunteers will depart to take the speedboat to Isabella Island where they will be met by the hostel owner and taken to the accommodation. From this point on Isabella will be home and volunteers will start their work at school on Friday. *Volunteers can work at the TEFL program in Isabella and Sta. Cruz to experience both islands!
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS For an extra charge and in your free time explore the different activities that the islands have to offer: * Island Hop! Start at Espanola Island and enjoy natural wonder after natural wonder, from the immense blowhole, to the thousands of nesting blue-footed boobies, to the world's largest waved albatross colony. Continue to Floreana Island and see flamingos! Enjoy Black Tortuga Bay on Sta. Cruz and witness a mangrove maze chock full of sharks, rays and sea turtles. * If you are a diving fan, The Galapagos is a unique, world-class diving location. This underwater world is still private, pristine, and relatively unexplored. It is not the coral reefs that are the main attraction, but rather the unique mixture of marine animals and their fearlessness of intruders into their watery world. You will be diving next to sea turtles, manta rays, penguins, sea lions, dolphins, and numerous species of shark, including hammerheads and whale sharks. There are also hundreds of species of tropical reef fish, many of which are particular to this fantastic underwater sanctuary. * Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation in Sta. Cruz. This is an international non-profit research organization dedicated to providing scientific research, technical assistance and information to ensure conservation success in Galapagos.
A DAY AT THE PROGRAM HOURS ACTIVITIES 6:45AM-7:00AM Breakfast at the hostel 7:10AM-1: 00PM Work at the school 1:15PM-2: 30PM Lunch at a local restaurant 2:30PM-on Free time to enjoy Isabella Island 6:30PM-7: 30PM Dinner at the hostel 7:30PM- on Enjoy Isabellaâ€™s nightlife *This is just an exemplary daily itinerary. All activities scheduled above are subject to change.
LOCATION (Province and Town)
Animal Rescue Center Social Adventure Environmental Construction/Building Education Sports
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PROJECT/ORGANIZATION/INSTITUTION DESCRIPTION Organization
Location of the Organization Non-profit/private/public organization Number of employees
Isabella Island Public 8-10
1. Describe the population/community that the institution provides its services to. In case of rescue centers or environmental organization include the type of animals and environment it works with. The school works with and average of 60-80 students, boys and girls. They are kids that live in the area. Most of them come from a mestizo background. The ages of the student population varies from 6 to 12 years old. Each classroom has approximately 20 students. 2. Services that the organization/institution provides (description). The school focuses on elementary education from 1st to 6th grade. The schools teach English as the second language.
VOLUNTEER INFORMATION 3. How many volunteers can the Project employ monthly? The schools can work with 3-4 volunteers at the same time. 4. Has the organization received volunteers in the past? Yes. 5. If it has received volunteers in the past, please write since what month and year: The school has worked with volunteers since January of 2008. 6. Are there any special features to which the volunteers have to pay attention to when working at this project? (Religion, illnesses, extra-vaccination, etc) No, there are no special features to which volunteers have to pay attention. 7. Are there any requirements to attend this program? Volunteers must have a great interest in working with children and in the education field. Volunteers must have a mid level knowledge of Spanish in order to communicate better with the children and the school staff. 8. The project receives volunteers all year round? No. 9. Please specify holidays or other dates when the project closes and can not receive volunteers: The school year goes from first days April to the end of December. Summer months January, February and March are not available for teaching. The school also closes for National Holidays. Please check with a Lead Representative for national holidays. 10. Is there a minimum amount of weeks volunteers can work at the project? Two-weeks minimum.
11. Is there a maximum amount of weeks volunteers can work at the project? No. 12. Please give detailed description of tasks and duties of the volunteer: The volunteer will be working directly with the English teacher in the different grades, assisting her with various activities. The use of different teaching techniques is encouraged to help the students gain knowledge of the English language and foreign cultures. The volunteerâ€™s main responsibility will be to aid the teacher and work with the children in improving the childrenâ€™s writing and verbal English skills; it could be optional to offer English classes at night for the adults of the area. The volunteer will coordinate activities, lesson plans and create a learning environment where English language immersion takes place. The volunteer must have a mid level knowledge of Spanish. 13. Indicate the times and days the volunteer will be working in the week: Volunteers will be working from Monday through Friday. From 7:10am to 1pm. Weekends are free for the participant to explore the islands.
LOCATION OF THE PROJECT 14. Please indicate the closest city or town to the project. The school is located in Isabella Island in the port Pto. Villamil. This is on the southeastern part of the island. 15. Indicate what types of transportation there is form the center if this city to the project, its costs and approximately the time that will take: TYPE COST TIME IT WILL TAKE Taxi $1 15 minutes *Most volunteers walk from the residence to the school. There are taxis that are available for the participants but it is not common to use them. 16. Describe the surroundings of the project (country side, urban, town) The project is located in Isabella Island.
ACCOMODATIONS AND MEALS 17. Type of Accommodation? In Sta. Cruz participants will stay at a hostel for one night. In Isabella the accommodation is at a family hostel with double and triple rooms. Single rooms are available if requested for an extra charge. 18. Are meals included? In Sta. Cruz two meals are included, dinner and breakfaast. In Isabella two meals per day are included (breakfast and dinner) from Monday to Friday. No meals are included on Saturday, Sunday or Holidays.
WHAT IS INCLUDED? Transfer in on arrival on international flight to Quito Airport to hostel in Quito Monday and Tuesday shared accommodation in a hostel in Quito Flight from Quito to Sta. Cruz (if purchased through Lead Adventures for extra charge) Comprehensive Orientation in Quito at Lead Adventures Office Shared volunteer accommodation in Santa Cruz (one day on arrival) Food- two meals (dinner and breakfast) in Sta. Cruz Shared accommodation in a family hostel in Isabella Island Food - two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) for the duration of program in Isabella (Monday to Friday) 2 weeks of traveler’s insurance (for direct bookings with Lead Adventures-not through agencies) 24-hour emergency contact number
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED? International flights Transfers from hostel in Quito to airport for the Galapagos flight Boat transfer Santa Cruz-Isabella and Isabella-Sta. Cruz Lunch in Isabella from Monday to Friday and meals during Saturday, Sunday or Holidays Return transfers from the Islands back to the hostel in Quito Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement (for volunteers who registered for this program through an agency) Personal travel insurance for volunteers who register directly with Lead Adventures after the second week Airfare, or taxes, and National Parks entrance fee ($110) to enter the Galapagos All items of a personal nature Soft drinks, beer, wine, spirits Tours to other protected islands Any activities beyond your planned itinerary
EXTRA SERVICES TO ENSURE YOUR TRAVELING WILL BE EASIER Lead Adventures provides to our participants all the following extra services for an extra cost to ensure you they travel in an easier and faster way to their destination: • Transfer from hostel in Quito to airport for the Galapagos flight • Meet and Greet Hostel Reception at the airport in Sta. Cruz (this includes tourists stops to the Ranchos Primisias where volunteers will have their first experience with the tortoises. Volunteers will also get to go to Los Gemelos, a pair of craters approximately 30 meters deep.) • Boat transfer Santa Cruz-Isabella • Single room accommodation in Isabella • Extra nights in Isabella or Sta. Cruz hostel • Transfer from hostel in Quito to airport for international departure • Traveler’s insurance for those registering directly with Lead Adventures for extra weeks not covered by the program • For those participants who will be in Quito prior to their program in Galapagos, they have the option to travel to Galapagos earlier than Wednesday for an extra cost
PICTURES OF THE PROJECT