We have an English language institute in the lovely town of Latacunga. All of our students are very motivated to learn English. Most are in their late teens and 20's, and are studying to get a better job, to travel, or for their university requirement, so they work very hard. We are looking for volunteers to give our students practice speaking English. You won't be teaching classes. You will be having 15-30 minutes conversations with students, one on one. Our institute offers you daily food and in your days off you can visit touristic places that our city has.
It's the perfect cultural exchange opportunity! You will spend 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday, simply having conversations with Ecuadorians from in and around Latacunga. So the cultural exchange will be to truely get to know lots of people who live in and around Latacunga, an Ecuadorian town of approx. 64,000 people.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We need volunteers with excellent English ability to help our students practice speaking. You will be having 15 to 30 minute conversations with students, one at a time. We need volunteers who can help students, who may be shy, or nervous about making mistakes, to feel at ease speaking their new language. You will be helping them with pronunciation, and will be correcting their errors. You will not have classes, or need to do any lesson preparation.
You will have a large room, with private bathroom, wifi and tv, above the institute. There is a full kitchen in the institute for you to use. There's a nice rooftop with views of THREE volcanos (when it's not too cloudy.)
Latacunga is a lovely town in a perfect location, very near Cotopaxi and Quilotoa, and less than two hours south of Quito.
Cotopaxi Volcano. It is among the world’s highest volcanoes. The distance between Latacunga city and Cotopaxi Volcano is about 90 kilometers (45 min). There you can see the remnants of ancient volcanic eruptions. Do you get tired while climbing at high altitudes? No worries, there is a refuge where you can eat or rest. Limpiopungo lake is at the north-west of the Cotopaxi volcano. There you can see a variety of flora and fauna. Another amazing place that is near Latacunga is the Cotopaxi National Park. This a perfect place to do activities such as; horse-riding, camping, hiking and so on. Quilotoa lake is another great location which is located 77.4 km ( 1 hour) from our beloved city. Travelers love to camp on the shore of this volcanic crater lake, light a fire, and admire the sunset.Another option for travel is Baños city which is 82 kilometers ( 1 hour) from Latacunga. It is a magical touristic place where you can do many extreme sports such as: canopy, kayak, puenting, biking, parapenting, climbing, trekking, canyoning and rafting, lots and lots of beautiful hiking!
Restaurants serving delicious typical dishes are not hard to find here in town near the institute. You've gotta try chugchucaras. It consists of empanadas, toasted corn, popcorn, fried bananas, potatoes, crispy pork rinds, and deep-fried pork. Another typical dish is fried corn tortillas. Another unique meal, roasted guinea pig, is considered a typical dish here. You can eat it with boiled potatoes and or a vegetable salad. So as you can see, our corner of Ecuador has plenty of attractions to keep you entertained and well fed during your free time. We will be waiting for you!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
Maximum 2 hours a day, 3 days a week
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