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Sustainability Internship


Design & deliver a hands-on, personalised Internship in Education & English Teaching to gain real-world experience while making a real difference to rural communities in the majestic Ecuadorian Andes.

Help provide low-income, indigenous communities with greater life opportunities through teaching English.

Due to a lack of resources, educational standards in rural Ecuador are poor; 1 in 10 are illiterate and only 24% go beyond middle-school. As 40% of the population live in poverty, the possibility to speak English would open up many opportunities, including the ability to work as a local tour guide. We have received a lot of demand from the weekly English classes we offer in the community where we are based - some walking up to an hour to reach us - but a lasting solution would be more accessible and regular for students.

We are looking for interns who are looking to practice their English teaching/TEFL/TESOL skills in one of the 5 surrounding rural communities. You will receive support from our team to travel to the communities, meet the teachers, design a programme and deliver it to local people, mainly children. You will get hands-on teaching experience while making a meaningful difference to disadvantaged groups - helping them create a brighter future.

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¡Advance Your Career!


Gain more teaching experience with the support of trained professionals to expand your knowledge and build your confidence. 

Now more than ever, employers are looking for a resume with diverse experiences, certificates and strong references that an internship provides.

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¡Make a Difference!


Help rural children access an education that could change their lives. Without your help, they may well continue in the current cycles of poverty, illiteracy and teenage pregnancy.

¡Travel The World!


Why practice teaching in the same places you will spend your career, when you could be experiencing new countries and cultures? During your placement, explore Ecuador's diverse landscapes and cultures - making memories that will last a lifetime!

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¿Ready for the Next Step?

Cultural Exchange Event Ecuador Andes

Our stay with El Terreno was so far beyond my expectations. They - and their entire community in Atandahua - embraced us and shared their music, dancing, food, stories, adventures, and work. It is a truly special place.


The team are kind, organized, communicative, and inspiring. The work is fun and very fair, the accommodations are comfortable, the community and the group of volunteers is lovely and easy to build friendships within. I highly recommend this project to anyone looking to experience this region in a real way, and to become immersed in a small, hard-working community with a beautiful vision for the future. I will be thinking about all that I learned here for a long time.

Kenzie (USA)

¿What's Included?

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Free Discovery Call & Plan
Flexible Start Date & Duration
Educational Documentation Support
Pre-Arrival & Travel Support
Shared Accommodation with 
(Family Homestay also Available) 
Lunches Monday to Thursday
Weekly Professional Learning/Mentoring
In-Person Coordination
Materials Budget
Cultural Immersion
Free-Time Recommendations
Certificate of Completion
Written Reference

Only $130 / week


(Minimum Stay 4 Weeks)

Additional Services

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Private Room within a Local Family Homestay
Spanish Classes (before or during visit)
Private Transfer from Airport
Additional Professional Mentoring Sessions

¡Design Your Internship!

Application Process

  1. Fill out the online interest form

  2. Participate in your discovery call, free of charge

  3. Review your personalised internship plan, free of charge

  4. Place your deposit & confirm your place

  5. Complete any required documents for your education provider

  6. Join us for an unforgettable experience in the Ecuadorian Andes!

Gain Experience.
Make a Difference.
Travel the World.

Imagine waking up to the cockerels at dawn as the sun rises over the horizon as you take in Chimborazo volcano over your morning coffee. After breakfast, walk down for the morning check-in with other interns, stopping to say hello to the friendly neighbours in the community as they take their cows to pasture.

Then, take the bus with your supervisor to one of the five communities where you will be teaching English. Meet with the teachers, see the space and plan your classes for the week. Have lunch with the rest of the team and workers from the local community, sharing stories and learning about the local culture. 

In the afternoon you will teach English to the children in the rural community. Work with a class size you feel comfortable with and build your experience and confidence. Build meaningful relationships with the children who are keen to learn English with you.

After a satisfying day teaching, join other interns and volunteers to go and watch the sunset, go out to a local bar/restaurant or simply spend the evening learning more from your host family.

Still not sure what a hands-on in the Ecuadorian Andes would look like? Speak to our team who will create you a personalised internship plan to give you a glimpse into the future, all free of charge.

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