Volunteer In Ecuador

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
 

Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do. Consider spending time with us in Guayaquil through one of these volunteer programs!

 
 

OPEN POSITIONS

Ecuador Volunteer Coordinator (Variable Duration*)

(* = A minimum commitment of February through mid-May [for pre-Ecuador responsibilities], plus mid-May through August [for in-Ecuador responsibilities] is required. Staying in Ecuador past August is an option.)

We are looking for a volunteer coordinator to coordinate summer volunteers who work with our high school students in Guayaquil, Ecuador! The volunteer coordinator lives with a host family in the neighborhood where we work, Flor de Bastión. Accommodations are basic, but comfortable.

See the document below for the full description of this volunteer position, including responsibilities and financial commitments.

Tutoring Program Volunteer (Variable Duration*)

(* = A minimum commitment of 5 weeks is required. We seek, and strongly encourage, longer commitments [i.e., at least 8 to 9 weeks during the summer, and at least 10 weeks during the school year.])

Volunteer and offer supplemental learning opportunities at our tutoring program in Guayaquil, Ecuador, for our Starfish Scholars and other neighborhood students! Tutoring program volunteers live with a host family in the neighborhood where we work, Flor de Bastión. Accommodations are basic, but comfortable.

Responsibilities:

  • Tutoring and role model for students

  • Leading a project or club

  • Community engagement

  • Contributing innovative ideas to our programs

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!

See the document below for a full description of responsibilities.

Financial Commitments:

  • Airfare to and from Guayaquil 

  • International health insurance

  • Up-to-date vaccines

  • Personal items (i.e., toiletries)

  • Free-time travel expenses

  • Tutoring program volunteer fees (see below)

 

Constelación de educadores activos (C.E.A.)
(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 - C.E.A. 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

C.E.A. Program Pillars

  • Community

  • Cultural immersion

  • Education

  • Simple living

Responsibilities:

  • 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 

  • Additional responsibilities, based on the particular position (see below)

Financial Commitments*:
(* = Scholarships may be available.)

  • 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

 
 

TIMELINE AND DEADLINES

 
 

Ecuador Volunteer Coordinator (February-August)

Recruitment for, applications to, and interviews for this position take place from November through January, until this position has been filled. This position begins in February, when pre-Ecuador responsibilities start. Volunteering responsibilities in Ecuador start in mid-May and last through August, with the option to stay in Ecuador longer.

Ecuador Volunteer Coordinator Description

SUMMER TUTORING Program 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. Summer tutoring program volunteers stat approximately* June 1, and must volunteer for at least 5 weeks. (We seek, and strongly encourage, a longer commitment, however [i.e., at least 8 to 9 weeks].)

* = Exact start dates vary by year. The 2019 start date will be Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Tutoring Program Volunteer Description

Description on the “Volunteer Latin America” Website

SCHOOL-YEAR TUTORING Program Volunteers (September-March)

Completed applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Interviews will be completed after receipt of completed applications. School-year tutoring program volunteers have flexible start dates, but must volunteer for at least 10 weeks. Please apply at least 10 weeks before your intended start date.

Tutoring Program Volunteer Description

Description on the “Volunteer Latin America” Website

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. C.E.A. 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.