Head to Quito, Ecuador for a summer full of incredible personal and professional experiences on this comprehensive hybrid TEFL program! You’ll work alongside local teachers, shadowing and observing their work, while also planning lessons and taking the lead teacher role for some classes when you’re ready. You’ll spend time between a non-profit school for children and a local high school to get a sense of different ages and English abilities. To complement your in-classroom experience, you’ll also take online TEFL courses that will award you a TEFL certificate and credentials to land a paid job! Rounding out this comprehensive hybrid online/in-person TEFL course are excursions, social and cultural activities, housing, staff support, professional development, and more.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
- Summer: April 1
- Avg Course Load
- 6 Week Program:
Online TEFL Certificate: 120 Hours
Quito Classroom Experience: 40+ Hours
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Split your time between in-person learning and teaching experience in Quito and an online TEFL Certificate course
- Gain exposure to a variety of teaching settings between a non-profit school for young children and a local high school
- Enjoy a comprehensive program with support, housing (homestay), professional development, excursions, social and cultural activities, and more
- Spend your summer in Quito, which at 9,000 feet elevation is typically dry and mild
- Explore Quito and the rest of vibrant and diverse Ecuador through program activities and in your free time
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Quito
Welcome and Orientation
At the airport, you’ll be met by our onsite staff and/or homestay family. They will help transfer you back to your housing and you’ll begin your orientation. During your first few days, you’ll visit the UNESCO world heritage site of old town Quito, learn about Ecuadorian customs, get tips on how to blend in, learn some common slang words and even how to deal with altitude sickness. (Yes! You will be living at more than 9000 feet in Quito!) Then there’s the welcome meal: the perfect opportunity to learn about Ecuadorian food. Did you know that in Ecuador there are more than 200 varieties of potatoes as well as a tomato that hangs up from a tree?!
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Going home after all your Ecuadorian adventures and adjusting again to your home culture can be hard. We try to help make this process less abrupt by walking you through what to expect and, also, how to benefit from your newly gained knowledge. During our farewell evening we’ll give you some ideas as to how to integrate your new experiences into your personal and professional life back home.
You’ll truly immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian culture with a homestay during your time in Quito. Participants typically say that living with a local family was their favorite part of their experience abroad. Your host family will treat you like a member of the family.
- They’ll prepare breakfast for you, allowing you to get your day off to a great start
- Bed linens
- Weekly laundry service
This safe, comfortable, secure home will help you integrate into your life abroad.
- Cooking classes: Learn how to prepare the local cuisine and surprise your family when you go back home!
- Metropolitan Park: Walk through the woods in the middle of the city of Quito.
- Music concerts at local restaurants / bars: Enjoy jazz, Blues, Salsa, in a cozy environment while eating a good meal.
- Dance classes: Becoming a great salsa dancer isn’t easy...it takes practice!
- Soccer games: We love soccer and you will have plenty of opportunities to see a game.
- Movie theater: Tuesdays are the best days since it’s two for the price of one!
More About Quito
From lively indigenous festivals to lovely outdoor cafés in tranquil parks, Quito is a city of wonderful contrasts. It has a mixed history of ancient empires and colonialism. This history is visible in the ruins that dot the landscape and in the incredible Spanish-style churches and leafy plazas. UNESCO named the entire downtown a World Heritage site. They described Quito as having “the best-preserved, least-altered historic center in Latin America.”
Quito comprises several distinct neighborhoods. You'll love the historic downtown with its colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, and street vendors selling everything you can possibly imagine. Equally fun is the Mariscal Sucre, the heart of the traveler scene in Quito. It’s rife with international restaurants, travel agencies, and hostels, and has a very lively dance scene. In other neighborhoods, you can visit an incredible museum that pays tribute to Oswaldo Guayasamin (Quito’s favorite artist), independent cinemas, and bohemian enclaves. If music is your passion, you can tap your feet to live traditional Andean tunes, pulsating salsa, and cumbia. Lastly, you can get lost for hours in the local parks and craft markets set amidst colonial grandeur. Most importantly, it’s all easily accessible by bus, taxi, or foot.
Volcanoes and the impressive Andes mountains surround Quito. Every day, you'll glimpse stunning views of the Pichincha Valley and the snow-capped peaks of Cotopaxi, an active volcano. At the same time, you can access other amazing opportunities for exploration from the highest capital in the world. Ecuador is packed with adventure and amazing biodiversity, from the Amazonian jungle to crater lakes to the Galapagos Islands. Getting to these locations is easy and quick. Furthermore, you can be on the beach in the morning, Quito in the afternoon, and the Amazon jungle at night, all in the same day!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Mindo Cloud Forest
Enjoy beautiful scenery, waterfalls, rivers, butterflies, and hummingbirds as you take in the Mindo Cloud Forest. This trip gets sweeter when you finish the day visiting a local, organic chocolate factory.
Hike down to the historic crater lake and ride donkeys back up to the top, while admiring the spectacular view!
Sustainable Cloud Forest Community
This day trip will take us to a small community located in the cloud forest. Yunguilla began to work on conservation back in the 1980s, and since then they have transitioned from a natural resources extraction economical model to one focused on preserving nature for them and for future generations. We'll visit their small productions of cheese, yogurt and marmalade. We'll then enjoy a hike to a scenic lookout with views of surrounding mountains and volcanoes. We'll then settle down for lunch on the banks of a small river before boarding our bus out of Yunguilla back to Quito.
Your Support Staff
Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.
Travel Tip: Leave everything you think you know about traveling, the country, culture, or people, behind you! You’ll most likely be surprised, so discover everything as new. Take public transportation and make friends with locals- they will show you the best places and usually hook you up. Most of all, stay present and enjoy! 🙂
Travel Tip: Ecuador is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and home to 14 different indigenous nationalities. Be prepared to experience new landscapes, aromas, tastes, sounds and people. Respect the places and the people you will be with and never stop learning!
Application DeadlineApril 1ArrivalMay 31OrientationJune 1Classes StartJune 3Classes EndJuly 12DepartureJuly 13PRICE$3,790
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Orientation in Quito
- Multiple excursions and activities
- Online 120 Hour TEFL Certificate
- 40+ Hours of observing, shadowing, and teaching English language learners in classrooms
- Exchange with teachers in Quito from the US to learn about their experience
- Housing (homestay)
- Breakfast daily in homestay and meal stipend equivalent of one additional daily meal
- Medical and accident insurance
- Pre-departure and onsite orientation
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Airport pickup service
- On-site support
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program