Houses in Ecuador's mountains.
Houses in Ecuador's mountains. Photo ©

Jaiserr, licensed under CC0 1.0 and adapted from the original

Why choose Ecuador?

Sometimes referred to as ‘the garden of Ecuador’, 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, two hours from Quito. You will 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 another assistant, Ecuador may be the country for you.

  • Posts are from October until late May.
  • 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.
  • Accommodation is paid for by the university, as is income tax.
  • The university will reimburse visa costs once you complete the assistantship.

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in Ecuador, you must

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria (EU citizenship, native-level English, etc.)
  • have Spanish language skills equivalent to B1.

How much will I be paid?

The monthly allowance in previous years has been around USD 450 per month, and we expect this to be similar for 2018-19.

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

Will I be interviewed?

If you pass the first stage of selection for posts in Ecuador, you will be invited to take part in a video interview before being offered a post. These interviews will take place on a rolling basis before April.

When will I hear back?

  • Upon applying, you will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application.
  • February - April: You will be invited to participate in a video interview.
  • April: You will find out whether you have passed the assessment stage by mid-April.
  • June: You will find out whether you have been allocated to a country immediately or are placed on a waiting list.

Will there be an induction course?

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

Induction courses are normally held at the employing institution, the Catholic University of Ambato, before the placement. Our overseas partner organisation will give details regarding the induction course before you travel.

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