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Volunteering at Paragon

Working at Paragon

Visiting Experts

Volunteering at Paragon

All Paragon Galapagos volunteers must meet the following requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years old.
  • C1 English level proficiency.
  • Volunteers must agree to Paragon Galapagos terms and conditions.

Preferred, but not required:

  • Previous teaching experience
  • Previous volunteer work
  • Practical knowledge or expertise needed in the local community

What we need from you

We need dedicated volunteers who come to the Galapagos with a mission to make a difference. The Galapagos Islands are a small place. Our volunteers represent us. We need volunteers who want to connect with the local community, its culture and its special island rhythm.

Every volunteer applicant is assessed based on their own unique qualifications and experiences. If you have expertise to share, please let us know on your volunteer application.

What does a volunteer do?

Our volunteers main job is to support the schools day-to-day functioning. This includes but is not limited to…

  • Assisting in the classroom
  • Participating in daily teacher planning sessions
  • Teaching our Young Learners
  • Interacting with students during free periods
  • Assistance in party planning and organization
  • Off-site activity chaperones

A typical day starts whenever you choose to wake up. Get up early to enjoy a sunrise surf at Tortuga Bay Beach or have a casual breakfast at the local artisanal cafe.

Volunteers arrive at Paragon at 1:30 to participate in our daily planning sessions. Then from 2:30 – 3:15 volunteers teach or assist a Young Learner class of students aged 4, 5 or 6. Volunteers then help out around the school until 5:30PM, occasionally later if there is a special event.

Volunteer Housing Options

Independent

Volunteer applicant locates their own housing for the duration of your stay.

Assisted-search

Appropriately sized and priced apartments are located by our local staff and arranged for the duration of the your stay.

Homestay

Sit down for a Skype conversation with our outreach coordinator. She will find a local family that is a perfect fit for you.

Money Concerns

Getting there

Getting to the Galapagos can be expensive. Read our special brief on all you need to know about how to get here.

Housing

Housing prices fluctuate year on year, but studio apartments can be found for $250 per month, utilities included. Homestay costs vary depending on applicant request. Contact us to learn more.

Staying connected

We recommend a pre-paid SIM card with a local Ecuadorian phone company. Internet on the island is chronically sluggish and phones typically work the best. Up to 10GB of data can be purchased for as little as $20.

Earning money

Volunteers are offered housing reimbursement for teaching classes in the school. Occasionally local community members ask for private classes. These are available to volunteers who are willing and able.

Working at Paragon

All Paragon Galapagos teaching applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • University degree or equivalent
  • C2 English level proficiency
  • TESOL certificate or CELTA
  • Have proof of health insurance

Preferred, but not required:

  • Previous teaching experience
  • A masters degree in Teaching or TESOL

What we need from you

Teachers at Paragon Galapagos need to be flexible, self-starting and culturally interested. We need educators who put the students at the center of their own learning. We need teachers who make learning fun again and bring the real world into the classroom.

Most of all, teaching at Paragon requires an open mind and a big heart. Our teachers work as a team, magnifying our collective experience and expertise. Working cohesively and towards a singular goal is vital to our academic success.

What does a typical teaching day look like?

Our teachers main job is to provide the highest quality instruction in support of our students learning. To that end, teachers arrive at Paragon at 1:30 in the afternoons from Monday to Fridays. Collaborative planning sessions include all teachers and volunteers from 1:30 – 2:30. Classes run on the hour every hour with our final classes of the day finishing at 8:30PM.

Teachers will have 3 – 5 classes per day. Each class meets for one hour a day. Our school academic year is divided into trimesters, so a teacher’s schedule is fixed for 3 months at a time.

During their off periods, teachers:

  • Plan lessons
  • Mark homework and exams
  • Create materials
  • Interact with students
  • Have regular meetings with the academic coordinator

Teachers are on campus from 1:30 – 8:30 from Monday to Friday.

Housing

Paragon Galapagos staff will locate and arrange a suitable apartment for successful applicants. Your first months rent will be in advance by Paragon Galapagos and deducted from your first months paycheck. From then on, all teachers are responsible for paying their rent in a timely manner.

Pay and Benefits

All teachers are reimbursed based on their class load. Each class is reimbursed at the rate of $200 a month. Paragon Galapagos covers any tax liabilities teachers incur due to their income.

Teachers are offered 6 or 9 month work agreements. Teachers are not permitted to work for any other entity or institution while working at Paragon Galapagos. Teachers are permitted to teach private one on one classes that are arranged through the Paragon Galapagos Foundation.

All teachers who successfully complete their work agreements will receive full reimbursement of visa fees incurred and up to $500 in qualifying airfare reimbursement on the final day of their contract.

All teachers have access to the local, public healthcare system. Each teacher will receive 1-2 weeks of paid vacation.

Visiting Experts

One of our primary goals as an institution is to provide our students with a variety of voices and expertise. If you are planning to visit the Galapagos and would like to offer your time or skills please reach out to us.

What expertise can you bring to the table?

Our student body ranges from the age of 4 up to adult. We have students preparing for university and scientific researchers working for local NGOs. Maybe you have a hobby or pastime to share. Or perhaps you are skilled at some handicraft or service ability?

Whatever it is, your visit will help bring the outside world a little bit closer to our students. Who knows what you might inspire!

What we need from you…

The biggest obstacle for us with short-term visitors is making arrangements for their visit with sufficient time to maximize what our students can take away from their experience. To do this, we ask that anyone interested in scheduling an expert visit contact us at least a month in advance of your visit.

Independent

Volunteer applicant locates their own housing for the duration of your stay. Our staff would be happy to assist you in your search.

Homestay

Sit down for a Skype conversation with our outreach coordinator. She will find a local family that is a perfect fit for you.

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