Spanish and volunteering in Ecuador

Travel in Ecuador for a life changing experience !

Learn or improve your Spanish in Ecuador and take a little break from your daily life to join an international volunteering program.

In Ecuador, you’ll find the vastes biodiversity in the world.


From the Galapagos islands to the Amazonia forest and the Pacific Ocean, the country has amazing natural resources with volcanos (Chimborazo), majestic lagoons and natural reserves.


Spanish is the official language but some Amerindian languages are also used such as Kichwa and Shuar.


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The Spanish courses in Ecuador !


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Learning spanish in Ecuador

The spanish school in Ecuador:


Some international magazines consider it the best Ecuadorian language school and one of the ten best Spanish language schools worldwide.

With its colonial architecture, the school is located in the residential area of "La Carolina", where there are many restaurants, cafés, shopping centres etc. There are 21 classrooms, a language lab, a library, a video library, an auditorium, a solarium, a gym, and Internet access.

The school also has a cafeteria where students can have lunch. This school is recognized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and collaborates with the largest university in the country "Universidad Central".

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The spanish courses in Ecuador:

The school offers intensive Spanish courses at all levels and in small groups of 4 students maximum. Each week, your level will be assessed and the courses will be tailored to ensure your progress. At the end of your stay, you will get a certificate that will reflect your oral and written level, as well as the number of lessons you have completed. The courses focus on oral and active teaching, but grammar and writing are also part of the teaching and students will have homework to do at home every day. The school makes a point that students should become aware of the habits and customs of the country.

The first days in Ecuador:

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Courses start every Monday and you will be greeted at the airport the day before. The first day you will receive information about the school, Quito and the country. After an assessment test followed by a discussion with a counsellor, you will join a class of your level and begin the course. Classes are held in a relaxed atmosphere, often outdoors.

Accommodation in Ecuador:

Students stay in a single room with an Ecuadorian host family. This is the best way to get the most out of your course in Ecuador. Host families are generally what would be deemed “ middle class" and have been working with the school for many years.

Volunteer in Ecuador GlobalongThese are families who are used to receiving students and the rule is that you speak only Spanish at “home”. Breakfast and dinner are taken with the host family, and you have access to a washing machine. These families generally live near the school.

Activities and excursions in Ecuador:

At school you can take dance classes and learn the local cuisine. At the Metropolitan Park, located near the school, you can play volleyball, football and basketball. In addition to lessons, the school organizes excursions to historical monuments, museums, the old town and the presidential palace.
volunteering in Ecuador GlobalongThe school works with the largest Ecuadorian travel agency, organizing rafting excursions, trekking in the Andes, walks in the Amazon jungle or a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. Students enrolled in this school receive preferential rates.

Intensive Spanish Courses in Ecuador:

You will have 20 hours per week in groups of 5 people. Classes are taught in the morning and in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to participate in activities organized by the school or visit the city on your own. Language courses are open to all people who wish to learn or improve their Spanish.

Globalong volunteering in EcuadorThe courses are intensive, combined with activities to practice newly learned vocabulary. Courses start every Monday and you must arrive at your host family the Sunday before.

  • Number of hours per week: 20 Monday to Friday
  • Levels: Beginner to Advanced
  • Number of participants per class: 5
  • Age of participants: 25 is the average age
  • Start: Every Monday


The volunteer programme in Ecuador !


In Ecuador, you can combine your course with volunteer experience in different areas. The program starts with a minimum of 2 weeks of Spanish courses to establish your language level and to prepare for your volunteer placement, which will last between 4 and 24 weeks.

The local coordinator will explain in detail how your programme works. He is there to ensure that volunteering is a rewarding experience for you and for the institution that receives you. As a volunteer, you have to be flexible, mature and know how to take the initiative. In exchange, you will have a unique chance to know the Ecuadorian culture from an insider’s point of view.

By participating in a volunteer programme, you will not only be able to practice Spanish in everyday life and enrich your vocabulary, but you'll also gain experience while participating in the development of a country which knows difficulties, but is extraordinarily welcoming.

Useful information to your volunteer programme


Accommodation in Ecuador:

During the Spanish language class, you will stay in a single room with an Ecuadorian host family. It is the best way to get the most out of your course in Ecuador. Host families are generally middle class and have worked with the school for many years. These are families who used to receive students and the rule is that you speak only Spanish at “home”. Breakfast and dinner are taken with the host family, and you have access to a washing machine. These families generally live near the school.

During the volunteering, you can either stay with the host family or move in with another family if your project is too far from the first one. If you participate in a placement at the wildlife reserve or national parks (see our programs in Ecuador - eco-volunteering), you will be accommodated on site. 

Included in Ecuador's programme:

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Initial membership fee (200 €) enrolment as a member of the GlobAlong Association is valid for a period of 9 years (renewable).

Accommodation :

  • Laundry (depending on the project)

Program, follow-up and customization :

  • Pick-up at the airport
  • Help and guidance from our team in Europe before your programme starts
  • Transfer to the accommodation
  • Accommodation with a host family
  • Oral and written language test on the first day
  • Half board for the duration of your stay
  • Volunteer in Ecuador - GlobalongIntroduction and briefing
  • Customization of your programme
  • Activities programme
  • Outings
  • Access to the school’s infrastructures
  • Spanish classes
  • Books and help with homeworks
  • Access to the school infrastructures
  • Activities programme
  • Outings
  • Level test every week to see your improvement
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your stay
  • 7/7 support from the local coordinator
  • Support from the Globalong team during your entire stay
  • Personal blog on our network
  • Advise on how to get a visa (if needed)
  • Country guide
  • Traveller’s guide
  • Certificate of attendance confirming your language level
  • Donation for a project
  • Organization fees

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Not included in Ecuador's programme:

  • Extra outings
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights to and from Ecuador
  • If you wish to combine two different projects, an extra fee of 100USD will be applied
  • If you wish to do an official internship, an extra fee of 250USD will be apllied
  • Daily transport to and from your volunteer placement
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your stay
  • Travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)
  • Volunteering Ecuador GlobalongVaccinations (click here for more information)
  • Visa fees

Bank holidays (the school will be closed) in Ecuador in 2017/2018:

  • 09th October 2017: Guayaquil Independence Day
  • 03th November 2017: Cuenca independence
  • 06th December 2017: Foundation of Quito Day
  • 25th December 2017: Christmas Day
  • The school is closed from Christmas 2017 till the beginning of January 2018
  • 1st January 2018: New Years Day
  • From 12th till 13th February 2018: Carnival
  • 30th March 2018: Good Friday
  • 1st April 2018: Easter
  • 1st May 2018: Labour Day
  • 24th May 2018: Anniversary of the Battle of Pichincha
  • 25th July 2018: Jour de Guayaquil
  • Globalong volunteer in ecuador10th August 2018: Independence Day
  • 09th October 2018: Guayaquil Independence Day
  • 02th November 2018: All Soul's Day
  • 25th December 2018: Christmas Day
  • The school is closed from Christmas 2017 till the beginning of January 2018

Climate in Ecuador:

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