If you like being active, spending time with kids, and seeing the world, InterExchange Working Abroad's new Summer Camp Assistant in Ecuador program is the perfect way to spend your summer! As a Summer Camp Assistant, you'll be working with other camp counselors to organize sports and educational activities for the kids, as well as assisting kids with their English skills.
"This is an educational program for both the kids and the participants." says Tara Cavanagh, Program Manager for InterExchange Working Abroad. "Kids get to practice their conversational English, plus the program participants also learn a lot about the local culture and get a chance to practice their conversational Spanish as well." As volunteers, participants on the program can join the campers for other cultural and entertainment activities organized by the camps, such as day trips, museum visits, hiking, biking and horseback riding. Participants stay in dormitory-style camp housing with other camp staff, or they can opt to stay with local host families.
"This program is ideal for active, social people who love to travel and really like working with kids." Cavanagh adds, "You can choose to stay anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks, so it's a great way to squeeze a volunteering holiday into your schedule."
Current placements are in Quito, Ecuador, where summer camp assistants are needed between mid-June and mid-August. February and March 2011 placements will be announced soon for a second camp location in the Galapagos Islands. Contact the InterExchange Working Abroad program at [email protected] for more information.
The Summer Camp Assistant in Ecuador program is the latest addition to InterExchange Working Abroad's current roster of volunteer and teaching English programs in South America. Additional programs are currently available in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica and Peru.
A fan of independent cinema and proponent of the Oxford comma, Matthew began his career at a Miami-based tech startup before returning to West Virginia University to pursue his M.A. in Foreign Languages. He has worked at InterExchange since 2006 and currently serves as a Marketing Project Manager.