The school ‘Reino de Quito’ is a traditional state-run school founded in 1942, located in the colonial center of Quito. The school receives about 500 children from 3 to 12 years old. As it is a public school, the Ecuadorian government provides for most part of the resources such as infrastructure, equipment, teachers’ salaries, uniforms for the children from 3 and 4 (from 4 they have to buy their uniforms themselves), school snack and educational materials. In this school you will find all kinds of children who come from many different economic and social backgrounds, most of them come from poor families, some live with both their parents, others come from single parent households or live with their grandparents. Their families are mostly bricklayers, artisans, housemaids, street vendors (some children sell candy on the streets as well), or they are unemployed.
The school has 500 pupils with approximately 25 to 30 children per class. Each class has one general classroom teacher who teaches all main subjects and then there are a few specialized teachers in English, Arts and Sports who don’t have their own class as instead they rotate around all the classrooms teaching their specialized subject. A volunteer coordinator is assigned within the project, who only speaks Spanish.
Volunteers are needed to help in the following activities:
- English classes, the English teacher always needs help with preparing lessons, finding new materials such as English songs as well as practicing conversational English with volunteers to help pronunciation. The presence of volunteers is highly important, apart from keeping the children’s interest and making the class more active, native English speaking volunteers are also a great support for the teacher, to improve vocabulary, pronunciation skills, and especially in sharing new ideas on how to make the class fun and interesting and change it from being a difficult class for the children to their favorite one!
- Classroom assistant, all of the teachers need help in their classrooms, preparing lessons, helping with activities, assisting children who are slower than others.
- Sport/Computer lessons – if you are very interested in these subjects you are more than welcome to help the teachers give these lessons and come up with new ideas.
- Help during break and playing times with keeping order and engage in recreational activities.
The school is open Monday to Friday from 07:00am to 12:20pm. You will have your weekends and afternoons free to spend exploring Ecuador. If you would like to also occupy your afternoons, you can help at the street children outreach center where many pupils go in the afternoon to receive lunch and help with their homework. The school year runs from September to June. Classes finish for summer holidays in July and the start of the new school year is at the beginning of September.
It is important that you are on-time and punctual to work.
The school is located in the center of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. You can take a bus or taxi to the school from where you are living.