English Teaching in The Galapagos


English teaching to just 9 children of different ages – help also the Head teacher supervise other subjects at this small school in the hills on Isabela island and make a difference whilst developing your Spanish speaking skills.


This small, rural school only has 9 pupils and one teacher and desperately needs help with the teaching of English.  The Head will also appreciate another pair of hands to help supervise the children.


What you will doing

Reached from Puerto Villamil by bus departing at 6.30am in the morning, this hillside school is some 20 minutes from town and opens in the mornings from 7.00 am till

The bus does not leave until 3pm in the afternoon, so you can either prepare lessons for the next day when the children have gone home or walk down to the Eco Lodge and help out there until the bus comes.

Once back down in the town, you can relax for the rest of the afternoon.

With just one teacher trying to teach all ages all subjects, you can see why they desperately need help.

With very poor sporting facilities, these kids will really appreciate you teaching them some physical activities but with few resources you will need to think about how you can do this.  Any equipment you can take out with you will be much appreciated – they have a concrete yard with some rusty old football posts and that is about it!


Why they need help

Many of the children from the hills have moved to the school down in the town leaving just 9 with one teacher.  Government cuts are such that the children do not receive any specialist teaching in English Language  so your input is really appreciated and much needed.


What to do whilst there

You can walk from your accommodation to the beautiful white sandy beach for swimming (not all year round as the water can be very cold when the Humbolt Current hits the islands) and there is a surfers’ beach also within walking distance.  There is a walking trail to the National Parks’ Tortoise Breeding Centre, past some pretty lagoons where you will see marine iguanas, flamingos and many birds.    The National Park is also within walking or perhaps better cycling distance and just beyond is the famous Wall of Tears built by prisoners when the island was a penal colony.  Bikes are available for hire and there are guided tours such as walking half way round the volcano crater in the Sierra Negra where you can see the recent volcanic lava that has half filled the crater.  Another good trip is to the small island on the other side of the harbour called Las Tintoreras where you can see an abundance of marine iguanas as well as the white tip reef sharks that come to sleep in the rock fissures during the day.  You also get the opportunity to snorkel on that trip in a shallow lagoon where it is possible to see turtles, rays, sea lions and other marine life

Take plenty of books as laying in a hammock reading a book is the perfect way to relax after a day’s volunteering!


For more information about what’s going on in The Galapagos, take a look at The Galapagos Foundation Trust


For more information about travelling to Ecuador and The Galapagos, check out the FCO advice page

Prices Whats included Whats not included
4 weeks min £1,210 Airport pick up by taxi and delivery to host family in Quito Flights to Ecuador and the Galapagos (Baltra)
Price per extra week £150 First week at Spanish School in Quito Boat fares from Santa Cruz to Isabela - US$30 plus other small boat charge from Baltra
Accommodation and meals for 4 weeks Immigration fee to Galapagos US$10
24-hour telephone contact with in-country co-ordinator National Parks Entrance Fee US$100
Placement projects Travel Insurance
Comprehensive orientation on arrival Harbour fee on Isabela Island US5 Water taxis in harbours US$1
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