Why choose Ecuador?

Home to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador is rich in biodiversity and is a geographically varied country boasting not only Andean highlands, but also the Amazon rainforest. 

What will I do?

There are three posts available each year in Ecuador, and all three assistants work for the same university (the Universidad Católica de Ecuador in Ambato) and share accommodation. 

If you think you would enjoy the comfort of being near other assistants from the programme then Ecuador may be the country for you. 

How does it all work?

  • Posts are from early August 2016 until late May 2017.
  • Assistants will work 15-18 hours per week.
  • There is no British Council office in Ecuador; all assistants will be placed directly at the Catholic University of Ecuador in Ambato.
  • There are three posts in Ecuador each year, so places are competitive.
  • All three assistants will live together in accommodation paid for by the university. 
  • Visa costs will be reimbursed by the university upon completion of the assistantship.

Where can I go in Ecuador?

All posts in Ecuador are at the Catholic University of Ambato, located approximately two hours from Quito.

Will I be interviewed?

All shortlisted candidates will be requested to attend an assessment day at our offices in the UK in February or March.

Our assessment days are normally held in London, Manchester or Edinburgh and we always try to invite candidates to the assessment day nearest to them.

Will there be an induction course?

Pre-departure brief

You will be invited to a one-day pre-departure briefing in London in late June or early July. 

Induction course

Induction courses are normally held at the employing institution, the Catholic University of Ambato prior to commencing the placement. Specific details regarding the induction course will be provided by our overseas partner organisation prior to departure.

How much will I be paid?

The monthly allowance for Language Assistants in Ecuador in 2015-2016 was 450 US dollars per month, and we expect this to be similar for 2016-2017. 

The cost of accommodation and income tax will be covered by the host university.

When will I hear back?

Email confirmation - You will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your online application once this has been submitted. 

February to March 2016 assessment days will be held at British Council offices in the UK. 

April 2016 - Candidates will find out if they have passed the assessment stage by mid-April.

June 2016,- You will find out whether you have been allocated to a country immediately or are placed on a waiting list.