Global Fellowship FAQ
1. Ecuador Year Volunteer v. Ecuador Global Education Fellowship: What’s the Difference?
All WorldTeach programs focus on cultural exchange and meeting the local requests of communities around the world. Below you’ll find some differences between our Ecuador volunteer and fellowship programs. As always, contact us with any questions.
|Ecuador Volunteer Program||Ecuador Global Education Fellowship|
|Program Start Date||February and September 2017||November and December 2016|
|Cost||$2150, volunteer is responsible for the cost of airfare||Funded, including international airfare and TEFL certification|
|Grade Levels||University level with college-age or older students||Elementary and secondary schools|
|Location||Urban dwellings of Quito or Riobamba||Fellows are placed in widespread, K-12 schools in the Amazonian and Sierra (Andes) regions of Ecuador|
|Philosophy||This is a traditional WorldTeach volunteer teacher placement with 4 weeks of intensive in country training, ongoing volunteer support, and opportunity to create service projects or after school programs with students and your community.||The Global Education Fellowship requires monthly professional development seminars. Fellows are responsible for an ongoing research project or paper that focuses on a global development or education topic of their choosing.|
2. How did this program come about?
In 2016, President Rafael Correa and the Ministry of Education in Ecuador began the “It Is Time To Teach” initiative, aiming to improve English language instruction across classrooms in the country. EDIFICAR, a non-profit created for the purpose of running this initiative, reached out to WorldTeach, which has a long-standing presence in Ecuadorian English education, to form a partnership and bring WorldTeach Global Education Fellows to participate in the program.
3. This program is listed as a 10-month program. Why are the November and December departures only 8-9 months?
The Ecuadorian academic year begins in September. With this inaugural year for the Fellowship program just recently confirmed, departures for the program are set at staggered starts in order to allow for recruitment but also send participants to fill the teaching roles as soon as possible. This will be revised for future program starts to coincide with the beginning of the academic year.
4. What are the application deadlines?
Applications must be “complete” (Stage 1 and Stage 2 finished) by following deadlines per departure:
November 2016 departure – October 28th
December 2016 departure – November 18th
5. What is the timeline of each program?
Mid-November – late July
Mid-December – late July
6. Are the dates flexible?
All WorldTeach program dates are set based on communication with in-country partners to fill needs in schools, thus program dates are not flexible.
7. How many fellows can be accepted to the program?
Because of needs determined by the Ecuadorian government, there are many opportunities to accept qualified applicants.
8. What does career mentoring mean?
Upon successful completion of the Global Fellowship program, alumni fellows will gain access to WorldTeach’s global network of over 7000 alumni since 1986. Fellows can be paired with alumni based on qualities like industry, sector, age, program of service, etc for guidance on career aspects and advice post-WorldTeach.
All fellows in the program will teach English as a foreign language. Schools may provide curriculum in accordance to national standards, however, as is the case with many of the countries in which WorldTeach operates, you may find that the level of your students does not meet grade level of the materials or there is an overall lack of resources at the school. WorldTeach teachers have, with the support of WorldTeach and local teachers, been able to adapt to these varying situations.
Placements for the November and December cohorts will be with host families in areas ranging from urban cities to rural towns, located in the Sierra or Amazon regions. Placements will be assigned based on requests from the Ecuadorian government, program logistics, and requests from fellows.
The Global Fellowship program in Ecuador requires that all fellows live with host families for the full duration of the program.
Global Fellowship fellows will receive a monthly living stipend of no less than $150 per month to assist with basic living expenses based on the cost of living in Ecuador.