Volunteer In Ecuador

 
 
 

Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do. Consider spending five weeks or more with us in Guayaquil. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities that fit the exact commitment you are looking for! What are you waiting for? 

 
 

OPEN POSITIONS

Tutoring volunteer program (5- or 10-week PROGRAM*)

(* = The 5-week program is only available from May to August. Also, volunteers are welcome for more weeks than the minimum 5 or 10!)

Volunteer and offer supplemental learning opportunities at our tutoring program for our Starfish Scholars and other neighborhood students! All summer volunteers will also conduct a project. This project can be anything, such as ESL classes, music lessons, or sharing any other special talent you may have. We're always open to ways to use your skills to help our Starfish Scholars!

Educational Commitments:

  • Tutoring and role model for students

  • Lead a project or club

  • Community engagement

  • Contributing innovative ideas to our programs 

Financial Commitments:

  • Fundraise $200

  • Airfare to and from Guayaquil 

  • Room and board fees of $35/week

  • International health insurance

  • Up-to-date vaccines

  • Personal items (i.e., toiletries)

  • Free-time travel expenses


Without the people of the Starfish Foundation, I wouldn’t have learned more Spanish and how to work with their students. Additionally, without the students of Flor, I wouldn’t have learned how to work with English language learners and develop more skills as an educator.
— Katie
 

Constelación de educadores activos (CEA)
(1-year program)

Who: College graduates and young adults ages 21 and older

What: Volunteering to work with our staff and high school students in Guayaquil, Ecuador at The Starfish Foundation. 

When: August to August

Where: Guayaquil, Ecuador - Starfish volunteers live with a host family in the neighborhood where we work, Flor de Bastión. Accommodations are basic, but comfortable.  

Why: To enhance the education and lives of Ecuadorian families and students who lack access to a strong educational system by mentoring staff, teaching students, and improving the overall educational offerings at Starfish.

Educational Commitments:

  • Daily mentoring of staff members

  • Leading professional development

  • Teaching classes to students

  • Goal-setting and measuring

  • Community engagement

  • Contributing innovative ideas and techniques to curriculum and pedagogy 

Financial Commitments*:

  • Fundraise $2,500 

  • Transportation to U.S. orientation

  • Airfare to and from Guayaquil 

  • International health insurance

  • Up-to-date vaccines

  • Personal items (i.e., toiletries)

  • Free-time travel expenses
    * = Scholarships may be available.

C.E.A. Program Pillars

  • Community

  • Cultural immersion

  • Education

  • Simple living

 
 

TIMELINE AND DEADLINES

 
 

SUMMER 5-WEEK TUTORING Volunteers (May-August)

Completed applications are due by January 31 each year.  Interviews will be conducted in February, and acceptances will be sent in early March. Volunteers must volunteer for at least 5 weeks, beginning approximately* June 1.

* = Exact start dates vary by year. The 2018 start date will be Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Short-Term Volunteer Description

SCHOOL-YEAR 10-WEEK TUTORING Volunteers (September-March)

Completed applications are accepted on a rolling basis. After you submit your application, we will contact you to set up an interview. School-year volunteers have flexible start dates, but they must volunteer for at least 10 weeks. Please apply at least 10 weeks before your intended start date.

Year-Round C.E.A. Teaching & Program Volunteers (August-August)

Applications become available in mid-November.  Completed applications are due by February 15 each year. Interviews will be conducted in February and March, and acceptances will be sent in early April. Volunteers must commit to a full year and meet the requirements for the position to which they are applying. (See more details below.) Orientation in the U.S. will be in July, and the start date in Ecuador will be in early August.