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Spanish-Speaking Volunteer for School in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Posted By: Kapawi Community
Date: Monday, 3 December 2018, at 4:28 p.m.

Kapawi Community is situated deep in the nearly two million acres of the Achuar people’s traditional territory inbetween Ecuador and Peru. I am Achuar is a not-for-profit grassroots project seeking a dedicated and commited volunteer for this challenging role. Please visit and apply via the website www.iamachuar.org where you will find a detailed account of the role.

The teacher must:

• Have at least 1 -2 years experience of teaching English

• Advanced / working knowledge of Spanish.

Knowledge and experience of working/travel in Ecuador or Latin America is desirable but not absolutely necessary.

•Have an interested in living in the Amazon and living with the Achuar. Be flexible, sensitive to other people's life histories and easily adaptable to a new host culture. Be seriously prepared to spend time in a very remote environment that is more testing in many ways than the city.

•Be a motivated "self-starter" who is also willing to build on and develop a scheme of work established previous


•Be willing to commit to a cycle of roughly 3 months in the jungle (Ecuador tourist visa allows a 90-day period entry - we are unable to assist with visa extensions).

The academic curriculum follows that which has been proposed by the Ministry of Education for bilingual schools that specialize in training students to pass the high school diploma (Bachillerato) in Ecotourism. That said, the school does not have the funding to pay a fulltime English professional teacher. English language skills when implemented in the right contexts will allow Achuar to gain more equal access to other education or professional opportunities.

English Teaching methods: During their stay the volunteer will hold the reigns of the English teaching programme in terms of its structure. That said, there is an Achuar student’s book designed by a previous volunteer (Anna Hamilton, Pachamama Alliance) that all classes are using. Today the book needs some adaptation so there is also a teacher’s guide written by a more recent volunteer, to accompany this book. The teacher should spend time planning lessons and keep a record of these to aid in the teacher changeover process.

Size: Average class size is 5 students. Smallest class is 2, biggest is 11.

Age: Although this is a high school, students are between 15-25. Average age is 18.

Schedule: 5-7 classes in the mornings, 7:15 – 1:30. Teacher can start later or finish earlier depending on the schedule. Sometimes the teacher will have some periods off, other times they will work the full morning.

Classes are 40 minutes each, with a 15-minute break after class 3 and class 6.

Level: Absolute/near beginner. All classes are basically the same level.

Life in the Jungle: You will be sharing a basic cabin with the director of the school, Ines. Please budget $60 a month for food, and your own flights.

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