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Volunteer Teaching the Creative Arts in Ecuador

  • Placement locations: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
  • Role: To help young people in the area develop their talents and become more aware of the opportunities in the field of creative arts
  • Requirements: None
  • Accommodation: Shared volunteer house or host family
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible

Ecuadorian teenagers are taught a music class by a Projects Abroad volunteer.

As a volunteer on Projects Abroad’s Creative Arts project in Ecuador, you will help young people develop their talents and become more aware of the opportunities in the field of creative arts. Volunteers with a passion for creative and performing arts can get involved with teaching art, dance, drama, and music. Whether you are on a gap year, volunteer vacation, or career break, you will have an important role to play in the lives of Ecuador’s youth.

Artistic expression is a universal language with dance and drama being just two variations. In the case of teenagers, dance, drama and music can be used as a means of communicating their challenges as well as helping their personal development.

The project is based in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. Volunteers work in schools, in the local art and culture center, and with teenagers who attend the extra English lessons run by our teaching volunteers. You could find yourself working with teenagers twelve years and older.

The main aims of these artistic extra-curricular activities are to encourage personal development, support young people through difficulties, and nurture artistic skills, as well as preparing for various dance, drama, and musical shows. As a volunteer, you can also teach teenagers to express themselves in a positive way, which will help raise their self-confidence.

Volunteering on the Creative Arts Project in Ecuador

Young children in Ecuador participate in a dance lesson taught by a volunteer on the Creative Arts project.

Depending on where your talents and interests lie, as a volunteer you can get involved and focus on one or all of the below areas.

  • Art – teaching the children and teenagers art including painting, drawing, and working with recycled materials.
  • Large murals – painting educational murals in classrooms in the schools and on outside walls of the town.
  • Dance – teaching the children and teenagers in the local community different dance techniques.
  • Music – teaching children and teenagers how to play different musical instruments, from the guitar to the piano, as well as singing lessons.
  • Acting – developing the acting abilities of the local community. This is a fantastic way to encourage them to speak English through role playing. You may also help to write scripts and direct short plays and sketches.

In order to assist with the teaching of the above activities, you need to have skills in the specific areas. You will be working alongside staff during these sessions.

Depending on what areas you choose to get involved in, you will have the opportunity to prepare the teenagers to perform and showcase their talents in front of the community.

If you volunteer during summer, you can get involved in a summer camp run by local teachers. At the camp, students study English and practice their art skills. Summer camp usually takes place between February and April, but you should contact us to find out when the summer camp will be this year.

Volunteers don’t need any specific qualifications to take part, but should have a basic knowledge or a strong interest in drama, dance, or music. It is also important that as a volunteer, you are enthusiastic, flexible, open to learning and interested in working with young adults. Anyone who has good organizational skills and experience of managing group dynamics will be ideal for the project.

A basic knowledge of Spanish will be helpful if you decide to get involved in the music lessons and drama lessons, however it is not essential. You will find that as long as you are enthusiastic and use your initiative you will be able to communicate with the teenagers and local staff.

You will be expected to use your own initiative to lead the teenagers in activities, but there will be support from the teachers in certain learning areas.

The skills and experiences that you share as a volunteer will have a lifelong impact on the youth in the community. The Creative Arts project is flexible and also provides an invaluable forum for the development of artistic expression – an interest of many teenagers that is often overlooked.

You can join the Creative Arts project in Ecuador for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

While you’re in Ecuador, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our Galapagos Island Conservation & Environment Project in Ecuador page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.

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