Secondary School Teaching Volunteer

Fundación Sierra Flor - Lasso, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-100 Location: Lasso, Ecuador Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic Placement Fee: 100 USD
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Volunteer Job Description

Quality education is the key to overcoming poverty and forging healthy communities that contribute to the progress of developing countries and a better world for all people. The Sierra Flor Foundation provides quality education for children and vocational training, as well as personal growth opportunities for young people and adults who live in Lasso, an Andean community located two hours south of Quito, Ecuador.

A volunteer English teacher would have a choice of teaching young children or teenagers. Volunteers may also be asked to provide English lessons to the adults in the community, as the foundation can not afford a private English teacher. The success a volunteer English teacher would have at this placement, to advance the knowledge of English to the Ecuadorian people, would depend on the volunteer's initiative and work ethics.

A volunteer English teacher would be expected to participate in any financial endeavours to obtain money for the foundation. Fundraising is one of the ways that Sierra Flor obtains money to pay for the kids food and school supplies, as well as some of the salaries for the teachers.

A volunteer English teacher at this placement will need to assess the English Language Program that previous volunteers developed, (if there is one) and then determine their lesson plans for their volunteer period. They will also need to keep a record of the progression of the students during this period and outline an English educational lesson plan for future volunteers.

Volunteers do not need to have a teacher's education or experience but they do need energy, enthusiasm and creativity to succeed at this placement.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Teach English

A volunteer English teacher must prepare the English lessons ahead of time. Of-course these lessons would be geared to the age level you decided to teach and the children's present knowledge of the language. The volunteer would develop a written English program that could be continued by the next volunteer who comes to this placement.

Homework Assignments

A volunteer English teacher would be responsible to provide English language homework to her students and the correction of said homework. Also the volunteer would be required to give tests and exams when appropriate.

How successful you are and the depth of your experience will depend on how much effort and dedication you are willing to exert, at this placement.


A volunteer English teacher would be expected to participate in all community fundraising projects. It would also be appreciated by all if volunteers developed and implemented new projects to obtain funds. Bake sales within the Lasso community have been really successful the last couple of years, but use your imagination and be creative.

Fun Trips

Lasso has a lot of beautiful places to visit and enjoy. Volunteer English teachers may be asked to arrange class trips for their students or to help organize group trips with other teachers.

Host Organization Details

Fundación Sierra Flor

Sierra Flor Foundation provides quality education for children, as well as, vocational training and personal development opportunities for young people and adults living in Lasso, an Andean community located two hours south of Quito, Ecuador.

Children should be given the opportunity to start their lives in the best way possible, as their future and indeed the future of their communities, nations and the world depends on it. Early childhood centers and elementary schools help our children grow healthy and develop the ability to learn throughout life, which has lasting effects on both the progress of individual children and the overall progress of their communities and their country.

The Sierra Flor Foundation believes that continuous learning contributes to a life of success and positive social change. Therefore, they not only provide education for children but for adults and youth as well. Their Technical and Vocational Institute helps teens and adults to acquire the knowledge, values and skills needed to become productive and employed in their society. Thus, leading to a more enjoyable life style and the satisfaction that comes from being able to support their families and in turn their communities.

The adult education program of Sierra Flor also encourages parents to get involved in the education of their children. They believe that education does not end when a child leaves the classroom, but also needs to be cultivated at home and in the community.

The Sierra Flor Foundation is helping to build a better future," One Mind at a Time".

When They Were Founded

Fundacion Sirrra Flor was established in 1996, by the company, Sierra Flor Cia. Ltda. for the children and families of its workers. It has since expanded to welcomed children and adults, not only at their rose farm, but those living and working in the vicinity of the village of Lasso.

They have made great progress towards their goals of providing educational opportunities and forging healthy communities but much remains to be done.

Who They Work With

When this foundation was created there were 15 children in the bilingual education program which has now grown to serve 80 students. The foundation also benefits 230 children in the community and helps approximately 1,200 families in the surrounding area.

How Are They Funded

This foundation was created and funded by the company 'Sierra Flor Cia. Ltda' for the children and families of its workers. To date it has invested approximately $350,000 in the foundation to make its dream a reality.

This company still provides funding for the project, but now as the foundation has grown, they also accept donations and support from private funders.

Donation Requests

The foundation needs and would greatly appreciate any donations to benefit the children in the program, such as: school supplies, videos, clothes, and personal care items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.

Placement Location Information

Lasso, Ecuador

Lasso is located approximately 2 hours from Quito. This area is high in the mountains and offers a unique mix of desert and mountain landscapes. Lasso is close to the Cotopaxi volcano which has the second highest summit in Ecuador and is a great option for hiking.

Fundación Sierra Flor believes that "quality education is the engine that drives social change. Providing quality education in rural communities is an enormous challenge but it also holds immense promise." The foundation aims to implement effective, integrated approaches to education and community development, integrating community, family and children´s needs to improve the local peoples prospectives.

Fundacion Sierra Flor was founded by Tatyana Trepp, (a Swiss woman married to an Ecuadorian man). Tatyana noted that the employees on their farm returned to work carrying their babies on their backs, 15 days after giving birth. She realized that provisions needed to be made for the care of these children.

When the first 5 babies became old enough to attend school --classrooms were built -- teachers found -- and the process of teaching good hygiene -- providing nourishing meals -- as well as an academic education was initiated. They now have 170 children attending the program.

Sierra Flor classrooms are located in a beautiful green area that provides ample space where the children can play games during their break times. The classrooms are well equipped with didactic games, as well as attractive drawings on the walls. They also have a classroom where volunteers teach computer skills.

The children start their day at 7am with a shower and then a nutritious breakfast. At 10am fruit and a snack are provided followed by vegetable soup, rice or potatoes for lunch and then a snack at 3pm before going home at 3:30pm.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From Quito you will take a bus directly to Lasso (2hours) where someone from the foundation will meet you at the bus stop.

You will have to take a taxi to Quitumbe Station, this is the main bus station in Quito. Buy a ticket to Latacunga, Cotopaxi and get off at the Latacunga Station, look for the person holding up you name with the organization's name.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 125 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 2:15

Weather in the Area

Climate is determined in large part by its high elevation and is classified as a subtropical highland climate. The temperature is fairly consistent throughout the year with an average midday temperature of 18 degrees Celsius and an average night time temperature of 9 degrees Celsius. There are two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season is from June to September with the rainy season occurring October to May. It is important to pack rain gear for the wet season.

City/Village Description

Lasso is located approximately 2 hours from Quito. This area is high in the mountains and offers a unique mix of desert and mountain landscapes. Lasso is close to the Cotopaxi volcano which has the second highest summit in Ecuador and is a great place for hiking.

Lasso is to be found in the Cotopaxi province, an hour and 15 minutes drive south of Quito along the Latacunga Highway. It is a few kilometres away from the main entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park, in plain view of the volcanoes.

In the surrounding area, there are many important tourist attractions such as the markets and indigenous groups of Saquisilí, Latacunga, Pujilí and Ambato people, as well as the picturesque lakes of Yambo, Anteojos and Quilotoa.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Hospital General de Latacunga
Hermanas Páez 1-02 y 2 de Mayo (Esquina )
TEL 1: (03) 2800331 /2800332
TEL 2: /2810278/ 2810279

Placement Address

Fundación Sierra Flor
Barrio Mancheno

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ecuador at our BaseCamp Center in Quito. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Ecuador and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ecuador.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Ecuador to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

BaseCamp Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador
BaseCamp Ecuador Address

Juan Rodriguez E8 - 72 Y
6 De Diciembre
Quito, Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador Contact Details

Tel: 593 2-254-7737 (Guest House Jazmines)
Mobile: 593-0-998-221-438

BaseCamp Ecuador is located in the trendy Mariscal district of Quito. Within easy walking distance of banks, restaurants, internet cafes and more; BaseCamp in Quito is perfectly situated for any need. Whether you are taking advantage of the rich and vibrant night life of La Mariscal or visiting a local market, BaseCamp Ecuador is always just a few minutes away.

There are six dormitory style guest rooms and five wash-rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. There are two common areas on the main floor, including a small resource centre, containing books, magazines, games and other Ecuadorian publications. As well there is a large selection of local movies and documentaries which are available for guest viewing. In addition to the two common areas, BaseCamp Quito has a rooftop terrace, the perfect spot to watch the street come awake with a morning cup of coffee, or spend an afternoon relaxing in the sun.

BaseCamp Quito is also the orientation and training centre for international volunteers visiting Ecuador. In addition to accommodation and meals, BaseCamp Quito also provides volunteers with orientation, Spanish Language training (1 - 8 weeks), placement consultation and work plan seminars, as well as follow up and continued support while volunteers are at their placements. All of these services are available to guests who are interested.

Living With a Host Family in Ecuador

Living with a host family in Ecuador is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

In the case of a volunteer lodge or ranger station (which is often the only option for placements within a National Park), volunteers will be living in dormitory type accommodation and meals will be provided in a mess hall or dining area.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ecuador.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ecuador

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks

Ecuador wildlife and conservation placements require an additional $7 USD per day fee to cover park fees and accommodation. All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Placement Fee Alert

This placement has a placement fee!

In some cases, a placement will have to take on certain expenses in order to host a volunteer. For example, some medical internship placements take time away from paid medical staff to help with educational assistance. This has a cost that is compensated by a placement fee. In other cases, the organization may have to pay for additional equipment, energy consumption or other expense in order to put a volunteer to work.

In such cases, the organizaiton charges a fee. This fee is paid directly to the organization in cash on the ground.

One of the reasons that we keep this fee separate is so that volunteers who do not pay us for accommodation, meals etc (Program Fees), will see that they will still have to make this payment directly to the organizaiton upon their arrival.

The placement fee for this organization is: 100 USD

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021
Jan 07, 2022 Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022
Apr 01, 2022 May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022
Jul 01, 2022 Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022
Oct 07, 2022 Nov 04, 2022 Dec 02, 2022
Jan 06, 2023 Feb 03, 2023 Mar 03, 2023
Apr 07, 2023 May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023
Jul 07, 2023 Aug 04, 2023 Sep 01, 2023


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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