Summer TEFL in Quito

Learn how to teach English in vibrant Ecuadorian culture.

Head to the “middle of the world” in Ecuador for a summer full of incredible personal and professional experiences on this comprehensive hybrid TEFL program! 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. 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, take online TEFL courses to earn 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, and professional development.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: Online TEFL Certificate: 120 Hours
    Classroom Experience: 40+ Hours
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • Split your time between in-person learning and teaching experience 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 outside 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

Program Details

Your TEFL Experience

The Experience

You’ll be learning and training in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, increasing your career utility and creating more opportunities for you to work abroad in the future. Throughout your time in Ecuador, you’ll have a flexible study schedule to complete your training modules. And the TEFL course works on any device!

  • 120-hour online TEFL training
  • Internationally recognized certificate (PDF)
  • 70+ page Grammar eBook
  • Downloadable TEFL course book
  • Personal tutor support
  • $150 off future internships
  • Lifetime Study Access worth US$149
  • Access to any newly developed teaching resources

About Our Partner

With more than 30 years of combined experience in the English teaching and TEFL space, Premier TEFL offers fully accredited options for TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Certification, international teaching jobs, and amazing TEFL internships all over the world.


This is more than a TEFL course experience! As well as participating in CIS Abroad excursions, you’ll shadow other people who teach English abroad in Ecuador to learn what their day-to-day is like. There will also be an opportunity to meet other English teachers to find out how they got started and what working abroad is like.


The following is a tentative itinerary, subject to change but meant to give you an idea of how your time will generally be spent.

Week 1: orientation, some coursework, activities

  • Friday: arrival
  • Saturday: orientation
  • Sunday: full day excursion
  • Monday-Friday: course work and visits to “The Middle of the World” and Pululahua volcano
  • Saturday and Sunday: free time

Week 2: coursework and shadowing at school

  • Monday-Friday: coursework and shadowing at school
  • Wednesday: local activity

Week 3: coursework, commence teaching/mentoring at school, excursion

  • Monday-Wednesday: coursework and teaching/mentoring at school
  • Thursday: visit Yunguilla community for the day – visit the school and the students there and spend the morning with them providing a small English workshop. Overnight in Yunguilla.
  • Friday-Saturday: excursion to Mindo Cloud forest

Week 4: coursework, teaching/mentoring at school, local activity

  • Monday-Friday: coursework and teaching/mentoring at school
  • Wednesday: local activity

Week 5: coursework, teaching/mentoring at school, local activity

  • Monday-Friday: coursework and teaching/mentoring at school
  • Wednesday: local activity

Week 6: English teaching camp for kids at local school & farewell dinner

Why Life in San Antonio de Pichincha

San Antonio de Pichincha is commonly referred to as Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, or “Middle of the World City.” The designation comes from the town’s proximity to the equator, from which the name of the country, Ecuador, is also derived. San Antonio de Pichincha hosts the famous Monument to the Equator and the Ethnographic Museum of the Middle of the Earth. About 45 minutes north of the city center of Quito and with frequent bus service, San Antonio de Pichincha is a top tourist attraction.

A small town with colorful colonial buildings, San Antonio de Pichincha provides a nice change of pace from Quito. The town frequently celebrates its heritage through musical and cultural events showcasing indigenous, colonial, and contemporary influences. Living in this small town outside of Quito gives you the best potential for Spanish language and cultural immersion, as well as a greater impact as you share your culture and English with locals!

Live La Vida Local

  • Monument to the Equator

    The literal focal point of San Antonio de Pichincha, the 30 meter tall monument highlights the location of the equator as defined in 1736 by the French Geodesic Mission. GPS has subsequently pinpointed the equator about 240 meters north of the monument.

  • Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve

    Located a few miles northwest of San Antonio de Pichincha, the reserve encompasses the Pululahua volcano, whose crater is believed to be one of only a few in the world with human inhabitants.

  • Ethnographic Museum of the Middle of the Earth

    A museum about the indigenous people ethnography of Ecuador.

  • The Intiñan Solar Museum

    Host to the GPS calculated equator line, this museum is popular for its infamous demonstrations that show sink water flowing clockwise a few meters south of the equator and counterclockwise a few meters north. Scientists and skeptics are quick to question the demonstration's claims, but why not see for yourself?

Shared House in San Antonio de Pichincha


Join other participants in a lovely shared house in the center of town. You’ll enjoy breakfast prepared daily, as well as a stipend for one other meal per day. Depending on the amount of participants on-site, you may or may not share a bedroom. The house has plenty of communal space, including a lovely yard and garden.


Included: daily breakfast and a stipend for another local meal daily

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Bathroom
  • Bed linens
  • Cleaning Service
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • MealsBreakfast

What's Included


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
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & 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 & 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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

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.

Quilotoa Volcano

Quilotoa Volcano

Hike down to the historic crater lake and ride donkeys back up to the top, while admiring the spectacular view!

Otavalo Indigenous Market and Cuicocha Lake

Otavalo Indigenous Market and Cuicocha Lake

Visit one of the biggest and most colorful indigenous markets in Latin America, where you can buy traditional trinkets and eat delicious local food. Plus, take a boat ride in Cuicocha Lake, which is at the foot of a volcano.

Site Director

Diana Balarezo
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!

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!


Diana Balarezo is a trilingual (Spanish, English and French) Ecuadorian that has worked in the tourism industry for many years. An active volunteer of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Development and Hospitality and a Master’s degree in Social and Environmental studies. Diana was the Ecuador national coordinator of a volunteers’ non-profit organization with more than eighty member countries, as well as the US market leader of the biggest tourism company in Ecuador. She lived in the US as a student and after, as a restaurant manager at a Ski Resort in Idaho, where she learned to snowboard and still misses it. She has traveled extensively around Ecuador, backpacked in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Guatemala and Mexico. She has camped in some National Reserves in the US and Canada and has visited Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Austria, among others. Diane’s hobbies include sports such as trail running and mountain biking, as well as watching movies and reading a nice book.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country where we operate and our risk management team makes decisions based on those factors and our own policy. We will reopen programs as we are able.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 29 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 11 (Estimated)
  • Price: $3,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 29 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 11 (Estimated)
  • Price: $3,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.