The Ecuador Tierra Viva Foundation is a non-profit charity organization, based in Ecuador. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of the Ecuador’s neediest communities through provision or improvement of water, health and education services.
ETV has been working with schools in Ecuador since 2010 through the Book Bus project . For 2017 start with our new project named "Casa Buho". We are looking for Spanish speaking volunteers to support our Machalilla project as reading mentors throughout the year. Our reading scheme compliments the children's school curriculum and emphasises themes that will impact on their lives as they grow up. Mentoring the children to read will encourage them to progress beyond the words and numbers of the classroom and use books to develop their creativity, explore their surroundings and widen their view of the world. Project placements start and finish on a Saturday with a minimum project commitment of 4 weeks. The longer you can commit, the greater the benefit for the children we support and the more you will get out of your Casa Buho experience.
Project aims and objectives for Puerto Lopez in 2017
Casa Búho aims to improve the reading and literacy skills of children in the project area by providing free and regular access to enjoyable and challenging books. The Project is active year round.
• Casa Búho currently leads 4 programs for promoting reading:
1. “Mi tarde de Lectura” (My Reading Afternoon). We work with a group of schools in Machalilla and the sessions are designed for children of elementary school. Age ranges are between 6 and 12. This program is available to children after school with reading aloud being the soul of this initiative. We believe, and are based on several different studies, that reading to children creates bonds and builds bridges that allow them to develop their literary taste and love for books. We are responsible for generating this encounter between children and books.
2. “Bebés Búhos” (Baby Owls). We work with babies of an age range 6 months to 2 years. As earlier a person is exposed to books, better chances he/she has to become a good reader in the future. In parallel, we work with the child’s mother or legal guardian. This allows us to do a more complete work making the child’s development at home easier.
3. “Súper Lectores” (Super Readers). As part of this program Casa Búho lends books to children to be taken home and read. Join our “ideas exchange” between the reading promoter and the children where the main topics which the child enjoyed will be discussed.
4. “English for Kids”. We believe that Machalilla is a developing touristic town and it can benefit greatly having English speakers to help tourists in their pass through this wonderful place.
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2. Casa Buho Staff
• Project Director
Our project Directors are educated, trained and experienced in their roles. They ensure that the children receive maximum benefit from the programmes and that all staff and volunteer participation is a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.
• Volunteers (local and international)
We invite volunteers to help as reading mentors at all the activities outlined above. Reading mentors inspire the children to read and help them overcome any reading and/or writing difficulties they have during the activity. Volunteers must have a minimum Basic level of Spanish with the confidence to speak in public.
3. Project resources
- Project HQ in Machalilla
- Project Director
- Books and Materials
- Volunteer accommodation at the Casa de Voluntarios
- Support from Quito
How the Volunteer programme works:
- Volunteer profile
Volunteers must have at least a confident level of Basic Spanish to join the project, the project offers a valuable opportunity to strengthen your language skills. Volunteers will have the desire to work with children to improve their reading and writing skills.
- Volunteer activities
If the volunteer possesses any formal studies in education, pedagogy, child psychology, or any other area related to children, the experience at Casa Búho will fit perfectly as you will be able to apply their specific knowledge to any of the programs we run and help us make them better.
- Volunteer support
Volunteers receive a formal project induction on arrival and work under the supervision of our project director. The project provides support at local level in the event of minor illness or accident. All volunteers must hold travel and health insurance to cover serious illness or accidents.
- Volunteer accommodation
Accommodation is provided at the Casa de Voluntarios in Puerto Lopez. There are 4 double rooms with shared bathrooms, a communal kitchen and dining area and a garden where you can relax. The house is situated in a quiet part of town and is less than 10 minutes walk from the beach.
- Eating in Puerto Lopez
The House has a well-equipped kitchen and self-catering is a popular option for our volunteers. It's cheap and fun to buy food locally and cook together as a group. Fresh food is available from the produce market and there's a well stocked supermarket in town. Fresh fish is the local specialty! For those who like to eat out there are many choices of eateries in town from simple meals in the market to more upmarket restaurants for when you want to treat yourself.
Local project coordinator
Book Bus T shirt
Shared twin room
Not included in the program
Transport to Puerto Lopez
Visa is required for more than 3 months
The project has not any fee. However there is a cost to cover your accommodation that is $600 per month ($20 per day)
We suggest you bring
Cell phone with Ecuador network chip
Book Donations: many volunteers like to donate books and materials to the project.
If you would like to provide children’s picture books (in Spanish only please) you can purchase them in Quito’s book shops such as Liberia Espanola and Libri Mundi.