What We Need
We are looking for individuals who are interested in teaching ESL or those that already are and want to improve their skills and abilities. At Paragon Galapagos, volunteers participate in every phase of the teaching process, from planning to instruction to assessment and so much more. The teaching staff and volunteers have a daily planning meeting with direct support from the head teacher and director of Paragon Galapagos.
Additionally, Paragon Galapagos volunteers act as cultural ambassadors. They lead our weekly English and Coffee conversation time, as well as spend time in the garden getting to know the students.
Volunteers will work approximately 4 hours a day, 2 teaching and 2 as a cultural ambassador.
When & Who
What we Provide
Each home - stay is a private room in a local family's house. Usually, bathrooms are shared. Internet is available at Paragon Galapagos but not guaranteed at the home - stay. Volunteers can provide preferences for food and animals.
Home-stays will accommodate volunteers with typical Ecuadorian cuisine which includes a full breakfast and lunch with a smaller dish for dinner. If volunteers have dietary needs, they can be accommodated for.
Covers costs related to volunteer arrival as well as 24/7 support from Paragon Galapagos from the first to the last day of your volunteer program.
More Services we Offer
Pre-trip assistance begins with an applicants submission. Our outreach coordinator will assist each volunteer throughout the arrival process.
Pick up from the airport in the Galapagos is included, pick up from the airport in Quito can be arranged for a small fee.
Orientation is included in the program fee. Information on tours is available from our Outreach Coordinator who will gladly help volunteers arrange their tours.
Social activities include weekly outings to Santa Cruz places of interest, international food nights, karaoke, etc all included in the program fee.
Other Ways to Help
Children's books, young learner books, young adult novels, children's biographies, creative materials
Additional Info about Us
John, our Director, runs the school manages its academic portfolio, which includes teacher-training, curriculum and assessment, coordination.
Indira is our Outreach Director and is tasked with assisting our volunteers with everything they need.
Alejandra is our administrator. She handles payments and on-the-ground logistical needs of the foundation.
Teo is our head teacher. He runs weekly teacher development and planning meetings.
Entry and exit from the Galapagos Islands is highly restricted. For this reason, our volunteer programs are limited to 87 days. However, if you have experience teaching ESL and would like to volunteer with Paragon Galapagos for an entire school year, Paragon Galapagos will pay for a 9-month visa.
Our needs revolve around the academic year, which runs from May - January.
We are an English language school focused on experiential, holistic education. Our school also doubles as a community center where locals can partake in various communal activities.