Volunteers with The Village Education Project will teach Math and English at a rigorous summer program for underprivileged children in the rural villages surrounding Otavalo, Ecuador. The program will prepare the students to attend high school, which The Village Education Project fully funds for students who participate in the summer program. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to work with children of all age groups, and to branch out of the three core subjects to teach sports, music, art and other subjects. The program for volunteers includes both pre-departure and on-site training. Outside of working hours, volunteers in the past have taken salsa lessons, traveled to the nearby cloud forest, climbed volcanoes, visited the rain-forest, and goneon numerous hikes through the Andes mountains.
Summer 2009 Program Overview
Eligibility Village Education Project volunteers must meet the following requirements:
18 years of age or older
High school diploma or GED equivalent
Evident leadership, initiative, and personal responsibility
The following characteristics are preferred but not required:
At least basic proficiency in reading, writing and speaking Spanish
Program Dates Summer 2009 program dates are June 20, 2009-August 21, 2009
Arrival Volunteers must arrive in Otavalo on one of four determined start dates. A certain amount of flexibility can be made to accommodate for cheaper airfare prices during the week, but volunteers who arrive early must arrange for their own accommodations* and plan to meet with the VEP Program Coordinator on a determined start date. Start dates for Summer 2009 include: June 20th, July 4th, and July 18t. and August 1s
NOTE: Volunteers that DO NOT speak Spanish MUST start the program on June 20th for intensive Spanish classes.
Duration The program is broken down into three stages, in which volunteers take on different responsibilities both in and out of the classroom:
June 20th - July 5th : Volunteers will prepare for summer classes, design teaching materials, and develop students' coursework. Volunteers with weak Spanish will take daily Spanish lessons.
July 7th - August 7th : Volunteers work with 7th graders to prepare them for high school in daily Math and English classes.
August 10th - August 21st : Volunteers work with high school students in review sessions, and to prepare them for the next grade level.
Because of the importance of consistency in education, volunteers are required to stay for a minimum of three weeks, but are encouraged to stay four weeks or longer.
Costs Costs for Summer 2009 include the following:
$500 Program Fee
$150/week for food, housing and transportation, payable upon arrival in Ecuador
Plane fare; travel arrangements and payments must be made individual by each volunteer
Unfortunately, The Village Education Project is unable to provide financial aid for volunteers. However, we will do our best to support fundraising efforts undertaken by volunteers to cover costs. Please contact us at VillageEducationVolunteer@gmail.com if you would like help fundraising your trip.
Saturday, April 18 Applications due by 11:59 pm
Saturday, May 2 Admissions decisions completed
Saturday, May 16 $500 Program Fee due
Applications will be processed on a rolling basis and within two weeks of submission. Consideration will be given primarily to leadership and commitment to service. Some consideration may also be given to Spanish proficiency and length of stay.
Please join us for this incredible opportunity!
The Village Education Project
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATION FORMS, EMAIL VILLAGEEDUCATIONVOLUNTEER@GMAIL.COM