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Ecuador Community Work

Earn your TEFL certificate as you teach conversational English and explore one of South America’s smallest but most captivating countries, brimming with culture and beauty, from Andes to Amazon.

Prices from US$1,045

Ecuador is a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America. Despite its diminutive size, it is bursting with vibrant culture, mesmerising landscapes, exotic tropical wildlife and pristine habitats. It encompasses the all-consuming emerald Amazon, rich in natural resources and home to a wealth of fascinating creatures.

Ecuador has a picture-perfect capital painted in pastel colours, alive with cafés, clubs, bars, churches and museums. Markets where friendly locals sell their wares are surrounded by the hustle and bustle of traditional street life. In contrast, the peaceful and serene Andes provide a home for indigenous mountain communities and enigmatic mountain creatures alike.

This captivating country contains a culture that is expressed in an abundance of wholesome and delicious cuisine, diverse musical forms and colourful festivals that will enliven your senses. Whilst it is South America's tiniest country, it has everything you could possibly want, including stretches of white sand beaches, expansive plains, steamy jungles and spectacular mountains. All this and more is waiting to be discovered on your spectacular Ecuadorian adventure!


  • Discover a a pocket-sized slice of beautiful South America
  • Teach conversational English against a stunning backdrop
  • Immerse yourself in a new & exciting culture


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Basic Spanish recommended


Location Andes region, Ecuador
Activities Teaching English
Teaching other subjects of your choice
Learn Spanish from the locals
Transport Airport pick-up
Bus journey to project site
Accommodation Shared volunteer cabin


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK TEFL training weekend and certification
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Ecuador is a very poor country and falling oil prices, the 1990s Asia crisis, and the effects of the El Niño climate phenomena, which caused considerable damage to the infrastructure and harvests, have led to a decline in living standards for much of the population. In 1999, according to the World Bank, 69% of the population live below the poverty line, of these 34% in absolute poverty.

The Frontier-Ecuador Project aims to build skills in poor rural and urban communities throughout the country, giving them better chances to succeed in the future. It also aims to foster environmental regeneration by improving facilities for ecotourism.


Your teaching programme will run five days a week for a few hours each day in the mornings. You'll be teaching conversational English and other subjects of your choice, learning Spanish quickly as you go and making friends with the other teaching staff and international volunteers. You may also involve yourself in the reforestation project that is being run by the local community, as well as any other general community development work as required and appropriate. The wide ranging nature of the work will ensure you take away valuable lessons and with a bit of enthusiasm and commitment to the cause you are bound to have a wonderful time and take away a lifetime's worth of memories.


You'll fly into Quito where you'll be met by a friendly Frontier staff representative. He or she will then accompany you on the two hour bus trip to your project site based within an indigenous Andean community in the northwest of the country.


You'll stay at a wonderful cabin in a cloud forest set in a picturesque landscape of tiny villages and lush vegetation. Your shared cabin will have a bathroom, a bed, and bedding. Your cabin will be within 10–45 minutes walk from your project site.


You will be provided with three meals a day. Your diet will consist of a variety of nutritious and delicious local dishes. Vegetarians will delight in the varieties of rice and bean combinations that are available!

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Volunteers are welcome to explore this fascinating region, where bars, open-air restaurants, cafés, museums, and famous monuments are in plenty! A range of cultural and adventure trips can be arranged. Extra costs may apply.


2 weeks US$1,045

Extra week US$295


Monthly.  Please be aware that in South America, work programmes may be considerably reduced during festive periods or religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas.

This project is not available on the following dates in 2019:


The school will be closed on these days:
New Year: 1 January
Carnaval: 4-5 March
Good Friday: 19 April 
Labor Day: 1 May

Battle of Pichincha: 24 May
Indedpendence Day: 10 August
Guayaquil Independence Day: 12 October
Day of the Dead: 1 November
Cuenca Independence Day: 03 November
Christmas: 25 December - 01 January the school is closed


You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Quito (UIO)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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