Street scene from the city of Baños in Ecuador
Baños, Ecuador ©

Runaldo Wurglitsch under CC BY 2.0

Why choose Ecuador?

Sometimes referred to as ‘the garden of Ecuador’, a post in the city of Ambato offers two successful applicants the opportunity to experience life in the heart of the country. Ambato is a city of around 350,000 inhabitants and is located in a valley of the Central Cordillera - you would be living in the shadow of the largest mountain in Ecuador as well as several active volcanos. Both assistants will be working for the same university (the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Ambato) and share accommodation. If you think you would enjoy the comfort of being near other assistants, then Ecuador may be the country for you. 

What will I do?

As a Language Assistant in Ecuador, you will work alongside two other assistants at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador supporting the provision of English classes. 

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 two posts in Ecuador each year, so places are competitive.
  • The two assistants will live together, in accommodation paid for by the university. 
  • Visa costs will be reimbursed by the university upon completion of the assistantship
  • You must have Spanish language skills equiavalent to B1. 

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?

Candidates who pass the first stage of selection for posts in Ecuador will be invited to take part in a further assessment stage before being offered a post. This further assessment will take place on a rolling basis before April 2017.

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 previous years has been around 450 US dollars per month, and we expect this to be similar for 2017-18. 

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 2017- Assistants may be required to undergo further assessment. 

April 2017 - Candidates will find out if they have passed the assessment stage by mid-April.

June 2017 - You will find out whether you have been allocated to a country immediately or are placed on a waiting list.

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