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Teach in Ecuador


Country Background

Ecuador is a small, beautiful country in South America. Nestled between Colombia and Peru, it borders the Pacific Ocean to the west - just off the stunning Galapagos Islands, which, unknown to many, are also a part of the Republic of Ecuador. 
The Republic of Ecuador had layers of its territory peeled away for many years in various battles and conflicts with its neighbors. Today, it is considered the safest country in South America.

Amongst the narrow, romantic streets and alleyways of Ecuadorian cities you will be charmed by the soft lull and the enunciated "h" of Spanish. It is the official language of Ecuador, and spoken by almost 95% of the population. There are thirteen other languages spread among the various native communities throughout the country.  
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978. What makes it special, besides being extremely well preserved and built, is the fact that it is the highest capital in the world. It lies at 2800m (9200 feet), bordered by two picturesque mountain ranges.


Ecuador is a country that has a soothing effect on the soul. Be it in a small rural village or the capital of Quito; the cobblestone streets, the marvelous Spanish architecture, the relaxing atmosphere, tasty food, and welcoming people will make you feel relaxed and carefree in this small piece of Latin American heaven.

Teachers usually earn anywhere from $5-15 an hour, and generally make from $400-800 a month. While it may not seem enough to some people; however, with the cost of living is relatively low, you will have no trouble enjoying a comfortable lifestyle anywhere in Ecuador. Also, there are various other opportunities for earning, such as private tutoring, mentoring, etc. If you plan on traveling extensively or indulging in any other sort of luxury, keep in mind that savings from home will help you out in that aspect.

Foreigners from around the world come here to retire for the climate, low cost living and welcoming people. And for you, teaching English in Ecuador is a great way of starting to explore Latin America and its culture and traditions. As well as a wonderful place to start an exciting ESL teaching career.


Ecuador is a small country with 61 universities. Focused on education, the Ecuadorian government requires all children to achieve a minimum of 9 years of schooling (until at least the age of 14). Primary and secondary education in Ecuador is subsidized by the government.
Children begin school at the age of 6 and finish primary school approximately around the age of 12. Secondary education comes in 2 phases, each lasting 3 years. If students complete the basic first phase they can go on to the second phase and possibly university education. If students wish to study at university then a degree course lasts between 4 and 7 years, depending upon the subject chosen.

The school year differs, depending upon which area. Some schools are open from October to July, while others from April to December. This takes into account the times of year when extreme weather is expected. Although all schools teach in Spanish there is a steadily growing demand for English teachers in Ecuador, as people have come to realize the importance of speaking English. ESL Certified works with employers to make sure to find a place for teachers to realize their teaching dreams and sharpen their skills in a new, relaxing, and exciting environment.


Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Be a native English speaker

  • Possess a two degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university or two years of work experience*

  • Nationalities: America, Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand, or South Africa citizens only

  • Must be healthy (mentally and physically)

How to Apply

Interested in teaching English in Ecuador visit to apply.


Salary and Benefits

  • A hourly salary of approximately $5 USD (varies)

  • Medical insurance provided (varies)

  • Low cost of living

  • Working hours 20-40 per week

  • Teaching hours 20-25 per week

  • Visa and work permit is arranged and paid for by the employer

  • Shared Housing

Obtaining a Visa

Ecuador is visa free for everyone unless you are a citizen (passport holder) from one of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Somalia

Those that are eligible for a Visa 12-X will still need to meet the following requirements:

  • Valid passport for more than 6 months.
  • Return ticket (for air, land or sea travel).
  • Proof of economic means to support yourself during your stay in Ecuador (may be requested by Immigration authorities upon arrival).

In order to teach English in Ecuador, you will be required to obtain a volunteer visa, NOT a work permit. However, your employer will assist you in obtaining your volunteer visa once you arrive in Ecuador. Therefore, be sure to bring your resume with you to Ecuador.


Admission Subjects
Missionaries, volunteers or members of religious orders or organizations recognized in their country of origin and in Ecuador to engage in care work, teaching, or ministry, and their closest relatives within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity one


  • Written request signed by the legal representative of the entity, or the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference for catholic religious volunteers or missionaires, addressed to the official Foreign Ministry serving in the place of residence abroad or in their absence, the nearest place
  • Passport with remaining validity of at least 6 months beyond the travel dates
  • Up to date color picture, passport size with white background
  • Updated police background check
  • Commitment beneficiary to provide their services for free.
  • Justification of the need for services abroad temporarily and resume or CV to check their suitability.
  • Chronological description of the activities that will meet in Ecuador.
  • Notarized copy of the appointment of the legal representative of the entity duly registered.
  • Notarized copy of the agreement, decree or official record, by which the government of Ecuador authorizes is the operation of the organization.
  • A notarized copy of the statute.
  • Commitment of the institution to cover living expenses, housing and food and that initiated the voluntary abandonment of the country before the end of the mission of the beneficiary, or derivatives of a deportation order issued by the competent national authority.
  • For dependent visas for immediate family, you must attach, marriage and / or birth duly legalized or apostilled.

For Volunteers:

  • SRUOSC Certificate (System of Registration of Civil Society Organizations)
  • Schedule of activities
  • Volunteer Project

Article 22 of the Aliens Act. - Officers, Foreign Service and the Department and the Immigration Department, will have broad powers to require verification of the statements set out in applications for visas and other immigration documents to ensure and investigate the occurrence of any of the causes of exclusion provided the Migration Act.

Visa Validity:
Minimum six months, maximum one year (renewable).
Entries: Multiple

Visa application: $ 30
Visa: $ 150
Dependents: $ 50 each
Presence of the applicant is a must

Payment must be done in cash or money order


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