English Teaching in The Galapagos


English Teaching in The Galapagos is a great way to practise and improve your Spanish speaking skills whilst travelling abroad and living in a completely different community.

Spanish school in Quito

Spend your first week in Quito, the capital of Ecuador on the mainland and attend the Spanish school every day for a couple of hours with one-to-one Spanish lessons.  This will enable you to get used to Ecuadorian accents, prepare for your placement and get your Spanish speaking skills up to speed as you will need them for volunteering in The Galapagos.

Whilst there, visit all the beautiful places in Quito such as the Centro Historico, the TeleferiQo with fabulous views over the city and the Mitad del Mundo, a theme park that is situated on the Equator where you can jump from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere!

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The placement on Isabela Island in The Galapagos

After your week in Quito, fly to The Galapagos and travel from Baltra to Santa Cruz and then on to Isabela Island by boat which will be an adventure!

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.

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Butter wouldn’t melt in my mouth!


What you will doing

Accommodation is in a hostel in shared single sex rooms with en-suite bathrooms in the capital of Isabela island, Puerto Villamil.  There you will have your meals and the location is perfect for walking round the town, getting to the beach, bars, hiring bikes, catching buses.

The school is reached from Puerto Villamil by bus departing at 6.30am in the morning,  and 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.

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!

Once back in town, you can relax for the rest of the afternoon and many volunteers go to one of the bars on the beach with a book for the Happy Hour and meet new friends there.

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Spotting a giant tortoise in the Galapagos whilst volunteering as an English Teacher


Why they need help

Many of the children from the hills have moved to the school down in the town leaving just 8 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.

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The jetty on Isabela island, Galapagos


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!

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View from high point in The Galapagos


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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