While the cost of living in Ecuador isn’t as cheap as some Southeast Asian countries, it is still ridiculously affordable compared to other Western countries. If you’re debt free, there is definitely a potential for saving or spending on travel, but you will not get monetarily rich by teaching here. It’s pretty easy to find an apartment for $200 per month, even in the capital of Quito. Plus, getting out and about to explore via public transportation will only run you about $1 per hour of travel! With such a compact landmass, you could get around all of Ecuador for much less than a single paycheck.
Where to Travel When Teaching English Abroad in Ecuador
Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the greenery, stunning waterfalls that appear to jump straight out of a film, and an abundance of dense forestry and mountainous terrain. In fact, Ecuador is said to be the cheapest place to explore the flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest. The wavelike geography of the country gives way to endless hiking, mountain biking, rafting, and climbing opportunities, as well. If water fits better into your recreational regiment, head to Montanita, Salinas or Puerto Lopez (to name just a few) for superb surf, snorkeling, and even whale watching. Finally, it should go without saying, Ecuador is your gateway to the famed Galapagos Islands. Proceed with excitement.
Is TEFL Certification Required in Ecuador?
Testimonial by Brittney McLachlan: I taught English in Ecuador for two years. I was in charge of teaching English to kids who came from very precarious households. It was a program sponsored by a major landowner in the region. At first, I went there without TEFL certification because I could not afford it given that the pay was very low. It was very difficult to teach a large group of students who didn’t speak a word of English. My friend was a certified teacher and helped me plan a few lessons. Then I found the TEFL certificate course offered by OnTESOL that focuses on teaching English to Children. The course helped me plan activities using a few resources like old magazines from the local hairdresser and videos that I played on my laptop. It was really great and affordable!
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