Want to Teach English in Ecuador?

  
  • Everyone in the course has graduated today and most of us have positions lined up that start in the near future. We've kind of settled into our routines and are assimilating somewhat. I also have had a great experience with every part of the program so far. Carrie and Justin have both been very helpful and everyone has been getting along really well.

    Jed

    Ecuador

    LanguageCorps Programs in Ecuador

    Stretching from the Volcano Pichincha to the west and the steep canyon of the river Machangara in the east, Quito is divided into "Old" and "New" cities. The Old has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site based on its astounding colonial architecture, while the New shines with modern office buildings and thriving businesses. Ecuador continues to be one of the most popular locations for LanguageCorps participants.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Ecuador:

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Ecuador is US$1,995

    The TESOL Plus Program Fee in Ecuador is US$2,695

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    Are you ready to teach English in Ecuador? Email, call, or write us for more information - or apply now. Learn. Teach. Explore. Travel. Give Back. Get paid to teach English in Ecuador.

  • Ecuador Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

  • Although I've been back in the States for two months now, the incredible experience I had abroad is still very fresh in my mind. That being said, I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the LanguageCorps staff for giving me the opportunity to teach English in Ecuador. I was quite nervous before making the big leap, but applying to LanguageCorps turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. It was a fantastic year and I'll never forget it.

    Tyrel

    Ecuador

    Country Overview

    Stretching from the Volcano Pichincha to the west and the steep canyon of the river Machangara in the east, Quito is divided into \"Old\" and \"New\" cities. The Old has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site based on its astounding colonial architecture, which takes full advantage of the regional timber and vegetation, while the New shines with modern office buildings and thriving businesses.

    Early in the 16th century, Incas controlled Ecuador and used Quito as their northern capital. Unfortunately, an Incan general destroyed the city in 1533, rather than let it fall into the hands of the Spanish conquistadors. \"Modern\" Quito was built from the ruins, and became a Royal Audiencia of Spain in 1563, separating the administration of what is now (roughly) Ecuador from Peru.

    Our Training Center is in a very new part of Quito, with all of the conveniences of a modern capital. The city is right in the middle of the Andes (several nearby peaks make stellar day trips), and its central location allows for plenty of weekend sightseeing in the rest of Ecuador. Nearby are opportunities to swim in the warm Pacific waters, visit colorful Indian markets, and witness some of the most magnificent active volcanoes in the world. Within the city itself, a very extensive network of public transportation allows for easy exploration of both the Old and New cities.

    The air is thinner at nearly 3000 meters above sea level, so take time to acclimate and bring warm clothes - though located on the equator, Quito nights are chilly (7�C/55�F) year round. Quito natives keep warm through the evening with salsa dancing, which all visitors should be ready to learn.

    The wet season (which is not too wet) lasts from October through May, while the dry season runs from late June to September. Dry season highs average 26�C/78�F.

  • Although I've been back in the States for two months now, the incredible experience I had abroad is still very fresh in my mind. That being said, I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the LanguageCorps staff for giving me the opportunity to teach English in Ecuador. I was quite nervous before making the big leap, but applying to LanguageCorps turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. It was a fantastic year and I'll never forget it.

    Tyrel

    Ecuador

    Job Prospects & Pay

    Most Teachers are placed with private language institutes, private schools, or occasionally University language departments.

    Wages average between US$600 and US$800 a month over a year, but actual wages can vary considerably month to month. Expenses are quite reasonable, however, with rent running US$100-$300 per month per person. Considering that utilities tend to be around US$25 a month, while restaurants, markets, entertainment, travel and public transportation are all quite cheap, it is not uncommon for Teachers to save a small amount of money. includePay('Ecuador', 'Summary');

  • Everyone in the course has graduated today and most of us have positions lined up that start in the near future. We've kind of settled into our routines and are assimilating somewhat. I also have had a great experience with every part of the program so far. Carrie and Justin have both been very helpful and everyone has been getting along really well.

    Jed

    Ecuador

    Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    Though known for exotic fruits, exquisite seafood, and potatoes, Ecuadorians pride themselves on homemade savory soups and hot sauces (aji). The former include Chupe de pescado, a coastal specialty of fish and vegetables, and Locro (cheese, avocado and potato); the latter vary tremendously in flavor and spiciness.

    Rice and potatoes (and aji) are typically served with every meal - from lomo salteado (thinly sliced beef immersed in onions and tomatoes) to ceviche (seafood \"cooked\" in a marinade of citrus and onion.

    While vegetarians suffer in rural areas, Quito menus frequently offer a variety of green options. Quito also provides a wide range of cosmopolitan cuisines, from Argentine steak to Japanese sushi. Great food tends to be quite affordable by Western standards, especially if you stick to the menu (set plate meals). These typically include soup, a main course, and dessert, all for the equivalent of US$1.

    Empanadas (crispy meat or cheese-filled pastries) and llapingachos (potato and cheese pancakes make great snacks, but be sure to allow yourself time to adjust to the new cuisine before venturing out to the street vendors. It is also wise to avoid drinking tap water. Ecuadorian spring water, distilled and sparkling, is omnipresent in Quito. Participants are responsible for their own meals, though some meals are also included for TESOL Plus participants while staying with your host family.

    Ecuadorians, particularly in the central region where Quito is located, tend to be conservative dressers. While it is rare for Teachers to wear suits, some of their students will, and certainly many language schools have dress codes that don't permit jeans or athletic shoes. At the least, males will find that having a few ties with them can be an advantage.

    Western visitors should also note that Andean peoples tend to be relatively small. If you are female and over five and a half feet tall or male and over six feet, don't count on clothes being easily available.

    Housing & Communication

    During training, TESOL Plus participants live with our Ecuadorian host families. Families in Ecuador have a reputation for being warm and fun-loving, making it easy for you to feel right at home, and all of our host families are experienced hosts, accustomed to having foreign guests in their homes. Many have at least one family member who speaks English, and all are used to communicating with foreigners. Some meals are also included while staying with your host family.

    After training, most Teachers find an apartment for solo or group living. As families in Quito tend to be large, apartments tend towards the spacious. It's relatively easy to find a clean, safe, comfortable place to live (though the electric showers make some people nervous).

    Internet access is widespread in Ecuador, and there are many decent, fast, and cheap (US$1-1.50 per hour) internet cafes quite near the Training Center. Most foreigners living in Ecuador, and in fact most Ecuadorians, rely on internet cafes, though Teachers who chose to bring a computer with them can normally obtain dial-up internet access at their apartments. (Note that broadband is still rare in Ecuador - be prepared for all dial up, all the time.)

  • Everyone in the course has graduated today and most of us have positions lined up that start in the near future. We've kind of settled into our routines and are assimilating somewhat. I also have had a great experience with every part of the program so far. Carrie and Justin have both been very helpful and everyone has been getting along really well.

    Jed

    Ecuador

    Excursions

    There are many things to see and do in and around Quito:

    Explore Quito's history and art museums, including two dedicated to Oswaldo Guayasimin, Ecuador's most famous painter

    Relax in Quito's several large parks, where soccer, basketball, and volleyball matches take place every Sunday

    Hike through the Pasochoa National Park, or travel to the equator at Mitad del Mundo

    Explore a pre-Inca archaeological site

    Trek through a local forest reserve to see rare birds, plants, and pumas

    Take it easy on warm Pacific beaches

    Visit the animal market in Guamote

    Take a train to \"Devil's Noose\"

    Ride horses up Mt. Chimborazo

    Stroll around Riobamba and the snow-capped peaks of three volcanoes

    Meanwhile, off the coast dwell the rare plant and animal species of the Gal�pagos Islands. Cruise by night from island to island, or snorkel in lava grottoes, home to sea lions and seals.

    Or... take a trip through the Amazon jungle.

    Learn from naturalists about the fragile ecology and unique biodiversity

    Explore mangrove forests and flamingo lagoons

    Observe the courtship display of rare tropical birds

    Paddle into the heart of the jungle on a guided canoe expedition

    Visit a native village and learn about indigenous Ecuadorian traditions

  • Everyone in the course has graduated today and most of us have positions lined up that start in the near future. We've kind of settled into our routines and are assimilating somewhat. I also have had a great experience with every part of the program so far. Carrie and Justin have both been very helpful and everyone has been getting along really well.

    Jed

    Ecuador

    Travel Resources

    We're still working on getting these up, but check back soon or email us at info@languagecorps.com and we will send you some.

  • Everyone in the course has graduated today and most of us have positions lined up that start in the near future. We've kind of settled into our routines and are assimilating somewhat. I also have had a great experience with every part of the program so far. Carrie and Justin have both been very helpful and everyone has been getting along really well.

    Jed

    Ecuador

    Frequently Asked Questions

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$1395-2295. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$2345-2995 depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$2595-2695 for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • Everyone in the course has graduated today and most of us have positions lined up that start in the near future. We've kind of settled into our routines and are assimilating somewhat. I also have had a great experience with every part of the program so far. Carrie and Justin have both been very helpful and everyone has been getting along really well.

    Jed

    Ecuador

    TESOL Certification Program, Ecuador

    The TESOL Certification Program combines TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification with a streamlined set of support services. The intensive, four-week TESOL training and certification course (conducted in Quito, Ecuador) provides participants with professional knowledge and skills in TESOL methodology, as well as teaching practice with local EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students. The TESOL Certificate you earn is internationally recognized and will allow you to teach English in any overseas location. During training, the training center staff provides counsel and guidance on CV (resume) development, what Ecuadorian employers are looking for, and schools that have teaching positions. Teaching positions are readily available throughout Quito, and elsewhere in Ecuador.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Ecuador is US$1,995

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

  • Although I've been back in the States for two months now, the incredible experience I had abroad is still very fresh in my mind. That being said, I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the LanguageCorps staff for giving me the opportunity to teach English in Ecuador. I was quite nervous before making the big leap, but applying to LanguageCorps turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. It was a fantastic year and I'll never forget it.

    Tyrel

    Ecuador

    TESOL Plus Program, Ecuador

    The TESOL Pus Program combines TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification with a more comprehensive set of support services than the basic TESOL Certification program. The Quito-based program begins with a week of Spanish language and cultural training, directed to your level of Spanish ability. During this week you can become familiar with the city of Quito, brush up on or learn Spanish, and become acquainted with your Ecuadorian host family. This is followed by an intensive four-week TESOL training and certification course that provides participants with professional knowledge and skills in TESOL methodology, as well as teaching practice with local EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students. The TESOL Certificate you will earn is internationally recognized and will allow you to teach English in any overseas location. During training, the training center staff will provide counsel and guidance on CV (resume) development, what Ecuadorian employers are looking for, and schools that have teaching positions. Teaching positions are readily available throughout Quito, and elsewhere in Ecuador. Home stay accommodations are included during the five weeks of training.

    Other support services are included as well, such as assistance with a Cultural Exchange Visa, and a re-entry package that helps you leverage your experience abroad as you look towards employment or furthering your education when you return to your home country.

    The TESOL Plus Program Fee in Ecuador is US$2,695

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.