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Volunteer Instructor of English as a Foreign Language Location: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Posted By: Corporacion de Promocion Universitaria <>
Date: Monday, 11 November 2013, at 10:08 p.m.

Position: Volunteer Instructor of English as a Foreign Language

Location: San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Start Date: February 24, 2014 (You will need to spend up to 10 days in Quito before start date in order to receive orientation and training, register your visa, and arrange your Galapagos transient permit)

Contract Length: 6 months, due to strict migration laws in Galapagos

San Cristobal or Chatham is the easternmost island of Galapagos, it is also one of the oldest. Eroded volcanic peaks in the northern region and rich vegetation in the southern portion characterize the island. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the principal town, is the provincial capital and the second largest settlement area in the Galapagos Islands, with a population of approximately 10,000 permanent residents. Living and teaching here is the opportunity of a lifetime.

The English program at the Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) consists of 7 levels which are called modules, each 7 weeks long.*(Note that some modules are shorter than 6 weeks, as the calendar sometimes falls on Ecuadorian holidays when students don´t attend classes.) Classes are for university students and adult community members. Classes meet Monday to Friday: 6:00-8:00, 15:00-17:00 and 18:00-20:00, and you are expected to teach two classes, (4 hours) per day.

You are paid a stipend of $14/day, ($12.32 after taxes). Upon arrival, we will assign your class schedule according to the aforementioned structure. There may be an opportunity to teach one more class per day, (2 hours). In that case, we would increase the stipend to $21/day, ($18.48 after taxes). Extra courses may be catered to specific institutions in Galapagos.

Teachers are required to schedule one office hour each week. They are also expected to complete 3 extra-curricular hours per month. Some extra-curricular options may be conversational English meetings, exchanges between English and Spanish speakers, or English placement exam preparation for the community.
We offer two living options, on campus and off campus. If teachers choose to live off campus, the university will pay $150 per month to help cover expenses. As space availability fluctuates on campus, teachers may be required to share a room; in this case, the university will pay $50 per month to the teachers that share a room. On campus accommodation includes daily cleaning and a towel.

Breakfast is provided for free every day, (including weekends) at the university for on and off campus teachers. There is a small kitchen (equipped with dishes and cooking utensils) for all the teachers to share. Past teachers have enjoyed cooking meals together and sharing the costs of ingredients.

San Cristóbal is limited in entertainment options like movie theatres and malls. There are 3 or 4 bars and dance clubs, a variety of restaurants, cafes, tourist shops, and stores. The entertainment value of Galapagos lies in the beautiful and unique nature. There are 3 or 4 beaches within walking distance and as many snorkeling opportunities. While snorkeling off of the beach, you can find rays, sea turtles, sea lions, and a variety of tropical fishes. You will find sea lions lying on the beaches, benches, and boardwalk. As English teachers have the bulk of the day free, it´s important for you to be comfortable entertaining yourself outdoors. There are opportunities for community service and attending classes with international students when available. We also try to include English teachers in student field trips (such as snorkeling trips to Leon Dormido or visiting the highlands) when possible.
Mission of USFQ Galapagos

GAIAS was established to generate knowledge and educate the community of San Cristóbal Island of the Galapagos Islands, with a Liberal Arts philosophy, that promotes the conservation of the environment, the sustainability of the islands, and the wellbeing of the local population, offering high-quality higher education to generate an alternative, sustainable, and nondestructive economy.

Minimum Qualifications
• Native English speaker
• Bachelor's degree
• TEFL or TESL certificate
• At least six months of prior teaching experience, ideally in a university setting

Preferred Qualifications
• Master's degree in Education, ESL, Linguistics, or related field
• Conversational Spanish skills

Please send the following information to by December 15, 2013.

• Cover letter including a statement of your teaching philosophy
• Resume
• Recent Photo
• Degree & TEFL/TESL certificate
• Sample lesson plan

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