Galapagos kindergarten

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ELIGIBLE FOR UNDER 18s
PRICE FROM
£323 p.w.

Price is based on 3 months
MINIMUM DURATION
1 month

Volunteer to work with pre-school children in Galapagos

  • Volunteer in Galapagos and work with pre-school children in a kindergarten
  • Teach English and learn Spanish at the same time
  • Take time out to enjoy the amazing Galapagos wildlife on your doorstep
  • Suitable for gap year students and volunteers under 18 years old
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Project summary

The Galapagos have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. They offer some of the most interesting and most beautiful places in the world for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Yet the impression you get as a hosted tourist is deceptive. Most of the locals still live with very basic facilities and low income. The significant income generated from tourism does not trickle down to the majority of island residents. Many of the tour boats and hotels are owned/operated by tour companies and individuals who take the money back to the mainland. The majority of the island population are forced to cope on low wages from menial jobs, while suffering the high prices that come from necessarily importing the vast majority of goods.

Improving social welfare programmes mean that kindergartens/pre-school nurseries are available free of charge to all families. This helps free the women to work to boost the family income. The level of care is at a minimum, however, with perhaps one staff member being responsible for 20-30 children, aged 3-4 years – something that would not be accepted in our home countries.

Through our extensive network of island contacts Outreach International has a number of options for volunteer kindergarten placements across all three islands, including the opportunity to volunteer at an indigenous nursery school, providing an added cultural dimension.

This project is suitable for volunteers taking a gap year, volunteers under the age of 18, those wanting to work with children, teach English as a foregin language and learn Spanish. It is also a chance to experience living in Ecuador and experience the local culture.

Volunteer roles and responsibilities

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Kindergartens for children aged 3-6 years old are available for volunteer participation in all three islands. Volunteers would assist the existing staff in all duties; running activities and games, arts & crafts, basic English lessons and Spanish lessons, plus helping with the feeding, cleaning and general care of a lively group of children.

This is definitely a role where attitude counts – volunteers need to be proactive and step forward and help in all things, given the large number of children in each class. Some of the nurseries are keen to provide basic English lessons to the children and volunteers can play an important role in this.

How you can make a difference

All the kindergartens have minimal staff ratios and volunteers enable more activities and a higher standard of care to be offered to the children. More attention can be offered to each child and a much greater level of stimulation and engagement offered, providing a better start in life for these children. All of the schools want to promote English even at the very young age, so volunteers can help provide basic English lessons and give the enthusiastic children a chance to practice with a native English speaker

What is distinctive about this project:

This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to work with young children, offering very practical help that makes a difference, all in the back-drop of the most amazing setting. It is an ideal volunteer role for anyone thinking of working with pre-school children as a career choice.

Blue Tiger Features:

We have relationships with kindergartens on all three main islands and which project is the right project for you will be based on a discussion about your experience and preferences, both the type of kindergarten and your choices on accommodation and even island preferences.

You may be the only volunteer working in the kindergarten, giving you a potentially more integrated experience, but you should feel able to act independently and proactively when supporting staff.

Season:

The availability of each kindergarten varies and will be confirmed as part of the placement.

Languages:

Staff and children only speak Spanish, so volunteers will need a moderate level of Spanish to give their best to this project.

Experience required:

No specific experience is required, but experience of working with or caring for young children is helpful.

Most important is the attitude of the volunteer – the desire to work with young children and muck-in with all activities.

Good to know:

The Galapagos islands are renowned for their wildlife. What is less well known is the traditional, charming, courteous and laid back way of life of the small islands community. By volunteering you become part of that community and enjoy the same benefits of a slower pace of life, with a ‘Buenos dias’ never far away.

Price table

4 weeks8 weeks12 weeks
£2,450£3,240£3,880

Includes: Return flight from Quito to Galapagos. Comprehensive travel insurance (supplements may apply to older travellers). Accommodation, food, airport transfer, travel to projects, in-country support, welcome meal. Two weeks of good quality 121 Spanish tuition.
Excludes: Flights, visas, vaccinations. Galapagos visitor permit, payable locally on departure from Quito and/or arrival in Galapagos

Things to see and do

  • Island tours
  • Scuba diving & snorkelling
  • Beaches
  • Darwin Centre
Paulina Ratti

Country co-ordinator

Paulina Ratti

Paulina qualified as special needs teacher and language therapist from the University of Guayaquil. She has lived in San Cristobal on the Galapagos all her life and has been supporting our volunteers since 2006. She is a well known island character, recognised locally for her brightly painted wall murals. She lives with her husband in Baquerizo, the town on San Cristobal.

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