Volunteer teacher required in San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

Date posted:2005-03-01 | Writer: Susan Carey (GAIAS) | Email: [email protected]

2 ESL teachers needed for work in the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts & Sciences (GAIAS) is currently seeking 1-2 experienced ESL teachers to volunteer at its community college in San Cristobal. Teachers receive free housing and a stipend which covers 2-3 meals per day in exchange for their services. The position runs from June 29-December 11, 2005 with the option to renew the contract. Minimum qualifications: Applicants should be native speakers of English. They should have a BA in Education or other related field OR have a TESOL certificate plus two years of experience teaching ESL to adults. There is a minimum time commitment of six months. There is no salary for this position. Preferred qualifications: International living experience, some knowledge of Spanish (though not required), positive attitude, flexible, motivated, enthusiastic, open-minded, sensitivity to other cultures, ability to adapt to new situations. During their free time, volunteers may enjoy swimming, snorkeling, diving, biking, hiking and other outdoor activities. Volunteers live in the modern GAIAS facilities, located across the street from the beach Playa Mann. Volunteers are provided with all the necessary ESL teaching materials. They also have access to the GAIAS audiovisual equipment, library, computer lab and conference room. Volunteers teach two classes per day, Monday through Friday. They typically teach one course in the early morning and one in the evening, with a total of four hours per day. HOUSING: Volunteers receive accommodation at the modern GAIAS facilities, located across the street from Playa Mann. You will share a room with one other volunteer. COSTS: Volunteers are responsible for their own travel expenses, including travel to and from Galapagos (approximately US$400 roundtrip). They are also responsible for their own medical insurance, personal expenses, and room and board while in Quito (approximately two weeks). As a volunteer teacher, you will not have to pay the full $100 National Park Fee. With the 12-VIII Cultural Exchange Visa, the fee will be reduced to $25. An approximate breakdown of costs follows: Visa: $80 Room and Board Quito (approximately 2 weeks): varies. You can do this for $12-15/day for lodging and three meals. Airfare Quito-Galapagos-Quito: $389.16 National park fee: $25 Because of strict immigration laws and limited job opportunities in the Galapagos, you will not be able to seek additional work in order to earn a supplemental income. TO APPLY: Send curriculum vitae, cover letter and two letters of recommendation from previous employers to: Susan Carey Program Coordinator USFQ-GAIAS Email: [email protected] Fax: 592-2-289-0070 ATTN: SUSAN CAREY TERM II, JUNE-DECEMBER 2005 June 29, 2005 Arrive in Quito June 30, 2005 Visa registration July 4-8, 2005 Orientation at USFQ main campus July 10, 2005 Travel to Galapagos July 11, 2005 Classes Begin SESSION ONE July 11, 2005 Classes Begin August 12, 2005 End of classes SESSION TWO August 15, 2005 Classes begin September 16, 2005 End of classes September 19-23, 2005 Vacation SESSION THREE September 26, 2005 Classes begin October 28, 2005 End of classes SESSION FOUR October 31, 2005 Classes begin December 2, 2005 End of classes December 5-9, 2005 Vacation December 11, 2005 Recommended departure date Each course meets for 2 hours per day, 5 days per week, for 6 weeks. Each level is the equivalent of 60 hours. Levels 1-5: Skyline Series Level 6: Conversation Textbook: Discussion Starters: Speaking Fluency Activities for Advanced ESL/EFL Students Author: Keith S. Folse Publisher: University of Michigan Press; (March 1996) Level 7: Basic Composition Textbook: College Writing Skills with Readings Author: John Langan [email protected]

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


As with the previous lesson there is a great deal of helpful information in this unit. I had not thought about the importance of penmanship with relation to English language learning. It will be important to keep this in mind as I will be in China for the next couple of years and the formation of letters may present a challenge to students. I may have to spend time working on my own handwriting as well for easy comprehension.Past tenses is an essential part of English Grammar which is a foundation for studying process. At this stage of studying a student will have to spend certain time for understanding, remembering and practice. One of the main parts is irregular verbs' forms learning. In the future it will all go automatically and using a proper form will not require much efforts. There were described and explained 4 past tenses in the Unit 6.