The Ministry of Education in Ecuador has initiated an international education development program called “Time to Teach”. The program asks for native English speakers to volunteer to teach in Ecuadorian public schools for periods of 10 months to 3 years.
The program seeks professionals who hold national teaching certifications or internationally recognized certifications for teaching English and recent college graduates with education related degrees and a demonstrated interest in teaching.
After graduating from University of Kentucky, I lived and taught English in Ibarra, Ecuador for almost 2 years for WorldTeach. The experience was an introduction to international learning and volunteerism, and a formative experience in transitioning to a professional career in the international education field. It was a great choice!
Consider your own experience with Time to Teach – https://educacion.gob.ec/it-is-time-to-teach-in-ecuador-project/.
Kristine Thompkins (left) walks with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on a section of the 408,000 hectacres donated to create a new National Park in Chilean Patagonia
The wife of the late Doug Thompkins, one of the founders of the outdoor clothing retailer Northface, has donated 408,000 hectacres of private land to the Chilean state to form a part of a new National Park network in Patagonia. All told, the park will protect an area the size of Switzerland of breathtaking mountains and rivers, and windswept valleys.
For its part, the Chilean government will contribute nearly 9 million acres of federal land.
The gift is the culmination of Doug Thompkins efforts to purchase private land in Chilean Patagonia in an effort to conserve threatened species such as the puma, huemel deer, Darwin’s rhea, and other Andean species. Doug Thompkins died in a kayaking accident in 2015.
The Thompkins purchase and preservation of Patagonian wilderness has been controversial in Chile over the years. It is hoped that the investment in the public national park infrastructure will attract further private investment catering to the tourism industry, including world-class fishing, trekking and camping, the coastal cruise ship trips, and more.
Ecuador is a wonderful place to live and learn!
WorldTeach recently announced a fully-funded Global Education Fellowship. This program combines teaching in primary or secondary schools and extensive professional development in the breathtaking Amazon or Sierra (Andes) regions of Ecuador.
Fellows will live in Ecuador for 10 months participating in Ecuador’s Time to Teach initiative, sponsored by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Fellows will advance effective, student-centered education practices in Ecuadorian schools, while participating in an ongoing conversation about the future of globalization, education and international development in the 21st century.
Fellowship postings will be in primary and secondary schools in rural areas such as the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to one of the most bio-diverse regions of the world (Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve), and the Andes and Sierra Highlands, a region of majestic mountains and lush valleys that is famed for its recreational and tourist opportunities.
The Global Education Fellowship is a multi-faceted professional development program. Fellows are expected to complete research and reflection projects addressing the theme of how 21st century globalization is affecting education and learning, with projects tailored by each Fellowship participant to match their areas of interest and career objectives.
The research component will average 15 hours per month, while teaching will average 30 hours per week. You will be responsible for lesson plans, grading and other duties as assigned by local school administrators. Class sizes and students’ previous exposure to English will vary.
Applications to volunteer with the English Opens Doors Program (EODP) in 2016 are officially open!
Here’s your opportunity to volunteer to teach English in Chile and make a positive impact within the Chilean public school system! EODP has four FEE-FREE! international volunteer programs available. Check out the EODP website for more information and to submit an online application:
Chile remains the best place in South America to start a business, and it remains an economy with a bright future with a diversified economy and an expanding middle-class, according the PBS Making Sense Column – http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/column-chiles-copper-future-is-bright/.
For anyone wondering about some of the details to finding a job in Chile, check out this article that goes through a list of steps to making a professional career in South America’s most stable and prosperous country a reality;
See the full article on Medium.com – How to Find a Job in Chile – and let me know if you have any questions!
The late founder of North Face, Douglas Tompkins, donated his land to Chile to create a new National Park in Chilean Patagonia. The new Corcovada National Park was formed in 2005 through a gift of Douglas Tompkins’ land and the adjacent track of land belonging to the Chilean Armed Forces.