Secondary School Teaching Volunteer

Hogar del Nino San Vincente de Paul - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-626 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Hogar del Nino San Vicente de Paul, ( home of the child), is a home for young women and orphaned children.

The school of this organization needs volunteer English teachers. To have a foreign teacher who's native tongue is English come to their school to teach the language would be a great incentive for the children to learn the language, as well as to come to school.

Volunteer English teachers at this placement would determine their lesson plans for their volunteer period. They would 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.

A volunteer English teacher would be asked to conduct English language skills in as many classes as they were able to, preferably all classes if possible. These classes would include homework for the students so the volunteer would be able to see what was absorbed in the lessons taught that day and where the problems were. Tests would also be conducted by the volunteer for the same reason. The volunteer would also be expected to provide some English language training to the teachers at the school.

The school does not require a volunteer English teacher to have a teacher's specific qualification; as long as the volunteer's native tongue is English. This program allows volunteers to experience the wonders of Ecuador while making a positive contribution to its people. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about Ecuador’s history, culture, traditions and nature, as well as improve their Spanish language skills.

Volunteer Tasks Required

English Lessons

A volunteer English teacher must prepare the English lessons ahead of time. Of-course these lessons would be geared to the age level of the children in each class and the amount of English they already know. Most of the children at the school know very little English so the lessons at first would teach the basic English language.

Recreational Activities

A volunteer English teacher may be expected to develop and implement games for the children during their breaks and lunch periods. These games may involve sports, singing or dancing activities and should encourage the children to interact with each other. The goal is to create a warm and happy learning environment for the children.

Homework Assignments

A volunteer English teacher would be responsible to give homework assignments to the children each day and that those assignments are related to the subject taught that day or are in preparation for the next class in the subject. Also you would be in charge of correcting the homework and providing exams on the subjects if and when appropriate.

Teach Local Teachers English

The volunteer English teacher who's native tongue is English may be asked to help the local teachers with their English language skills especially in the correct pronunciation of the English words.

Host Organization Details

Hogar del Nino San Vincente de Paul

The first Daughters of Charity who then change their name to Hogar del Nino San Vicente de Paul, ( home of the child), took care of the sick poor people in their homes. Later they cared for the sick in hospitals, educated young girls in schools and cared for the foundlings. They also attended to the needs of galley convicts, wounded soldiers, the elderly, the mentally ill and the marginalized; they went everywhere and anyone in need was the object of their care.

The organization quickly became international. The missionary spirit, which developed from their beginnings, soon took "Daughters of Charity" far away. Poland was the first step for the organization to become international. The organization is now widespread throughout the world and tries to respond with creativity and courage to the appeals of the Church and of the poor, while respecting cultures.

The sending on missions of the Sisters throughout the whole world (Mission Ad Gentes) is at the heart of the vocation of the Daughters of Charity.

When They Were Founded

Hogar del Nino San Vicente de Paul, ( home of the child), was first begun around 1876 in response to a social problem of obtaining shelter and protection for young women; after they were attended to at the hospital and had no place to go. The organization was established by the," Daughters of Charity, San Vicente de Paul", who also worked in the hospital. In the beginning only young women were taken in but in 1879 they started to accept orphaned children.

Vincent de Paul discovered the material and spiritual misery in the countryside. In 1617 he brought together the ladies of the bourgeoisie after an encounter with a poor family. He founded the “Confraternities of Charity. They were to organize the daily material support and spiritual accompaniment of those who were poor in order to help them move toward well being and regain their self assurance. In 1876 the "Daughters of Charity" as they had become known changed their name to Hogar del Nino San Vicente de Paul.

How Are They Funded

Hogar del nino Vincent de Paul receives its funding from the churches around the world that also are funded by Vincent Saint Paul and they created the foundation here in Quito thanks to those donations. Currently the foundation sustains itself by fundraising and by great people who are willing to donate to help the poor.

Donation Requests

Clothes for children ages 4 months to 17 years of age Toys Notebooks Colored pencils Any school supplies and materials

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

It is a small organisation with a few full-time active members. Members are drawn from all over the world who work in a voluntary manner with the Ecuadorian members for the benefit of the less privileged in Ecuador.

As a volunteer you would most likely be located at one of their projects. Although some are in Quito, most are located elsewhere, often in the countryside.

Hogar Del Nino San Vicente de Paul welcomes anyone who wishes to help them as a volunteer. However, for both the volunteer and the organisation, it is very important to be aware of mutual needs and capabilities.

Below is a summary of the possible ways in which you might work as a volunteer, as well as some of the things you will need to be aware of.

Medicine and General Health -- for placements and various medical brigades, they are looking for: • general doctors • paediatricians • dentists • gynaecologists • ophthalmologists • nurses

Agriculture, Production and Animal Husbandry, they are specifically interested in people with qualifications in: • agricultural science • veterinary services • production and the sale of cheese

Educational Fields, they are currently looking for qualified people in: • Education - Primary (4-12) and Secondary (12-17) levels • Psychology - Particularly with children and/or experience in cases of abuse would be a preference

From time to time, they need specialists in other fields.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Two blocks down from BaseCamp take the Ecovia going to the south of Quito, Get off at Centro de Quito this will be four blocks from the placement. You can ask the driver the location of Hogar Del Nino on San Vicente de Paul, as well as anyone on the street would be aware of said location.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 10 KM
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:30

Weather in the Area

Because Ecuador is located on the Equator line, Quito's weather is very unique. Due to the Equator, Ecuador has no seasons; there is summer and winter. The year has six months winter and six months summer but the number of months for each changes from time to time.

Because Quito is so high up in the mountains, the sun is very strong and the wind blows really hard; it can get pretty cold at night. Quito always has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 10 to 27 ° C.

City/Village Description

Quito or also called "Luz de America", is the capital of Ecuador; a country located in South America, on the Equator line. Quito is considered one of the most beautiful cities in South America because of its amazing colonial architecture, historical sites, fantastic landscapes and panoramic views all surrounded by incredible mountains, rivers, parks and volcanoes.

Quito was founded in the 16th century by the Incas Tribe and is located at an altitude of 2,850 meters above sea level.

Centro de Quito, (colonial city) is the largest and best conserved colonial city in South America; this is why the UNESCO named it a "World Cultural Heritage Site" in 1978. The city's structure on the 320 hectare compound is an outstanding example of superb architecture from the sixteenth to the twentieth century; surrounded by volcanic stone with very narrow streets within, (built stone by stone), there is much to see.

The historic centre of Quito has ancient colonial homes, priceless churches, chapels, monasteries, convents, as well as plazas, museums and republican buildings with interesting architecture.

Once outside of the historical centre of the city, Quito takes on a completely different personality in the “new town” where many high rise and government buildings are found.

Though Quito is old and historic, the public transportation is fairly efficient and the city is served by a network of buses that travel throughout most of the areas; it is a cheap way of getting around. Since the city is very long and narrow, it is divided into three zones and many buses run in each zone of the city.

Currently, the heart of the capital is full of vigour and culture, such as "Heritage Nights" where citizens and visitors can enjoy the unique attractions in the, "jewel in the crown of Ecuador", through images and videos.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Clínica San Francisco
Av. 6 de Diciembre 2043 y Colón
TEL 1: 593 2 2 561 775
TEL 2: 593 2 2 562 291

Placement Address

Hogar del Nino San Vincente de Paul
San Vicente De Paul E
E2-185 Y La Exposicion

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ecuador at our BaseCamp Center in Quito. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ecuador. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Ecuador you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

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

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.

Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020 Oct 02, 2020
Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021
Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021 Apr 02, 2021
May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 2021 Jul 02, 2021
Aug 06, 2021 Sep 03, 2021 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


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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