Ecuadorian Andes mountain with blue sky behind
The Andes in Ecuador. Photo ©

alejomiranda used under license and adapted from the original.

Am I eligible for a placement in Ecuador?

To be a language assistant in Ecuador, you must

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria
  • have B1-level Spanish
  • be able to share accommodation with the other two assistants working at the university.

When will I start my placement?

Posts in Ecuador run from mid-August to the end of May.

Will there be an induction course?

Assistants should arrive by mid-August 2020 for an induction week before term begins the following week.

During this induction week, assistants will carry out administrative matters, orientation and class planning. Assistants will also have an observation week before beginning teaching.

Exact term dates and further details will be provided to the successful candidates by the Head of Languages and Linguistics Department at the University.  

How many hours will I work per week?

Language assistants in Ecuador can expect to work approximately 15-18 hours per week.  

Please be aware that the number of hours and your specific timetable and working pattern will be decided by the university.

How many posts are available in Ecuador?

Every year there are three posts available in Ecuador. As a result, places are very competitive, and candidates wishing to go to Ecuador must list it as their top country preference. 

It is very unlikely that candidates listing Ecuador as a second or third choice will be successful in gaining a place. Candidates with teaching experience and proven examples of showing independence and adaptability are most likely to be successful.

What type of institution will I be working in?

All placements in Ecuador are at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Ambato. You will be working in the Languages and Linguistics Department at the university, which hosts three assistants every year. If you think you would enjoy being near other assistants, Ecuador may be a great option for you.

The department offers English lessons to the university's undergraduate and post-graduate students and university staff.  It also holds courses open to the public where the students are mainly teenagers. You could therefore be working with a range of pupils from teenagers to adults. 

How much will I be paid?

Assistants in Ecuador will earn around USD $450 per month. This amount will be confirmed by the university. 

On-campus accommodation will be provided for all language assistants in a shared flat. Assistants will be asked to cover the cost of the gas bill but will not be required to pay for rent, electricity or water. 

Please note that our overseas partners and employing institutions are ultimately responsible for setting the salary of language assistants and this amount should therefore be treated as indicative and may be subject to change.

Will I need a visa?

Yes, assistants going to Ecuador will be required to apply for a visa and the university will instruct you when you should apply for this. All visa costs will later be reimbursed by the university.

At this stage, applicants should check the expiry date in their passport and ensure that your passport will not require renewal until at least six months after you will return to the UK. If necessary, we strongly recommend that you apply for a new passport immediately or you risk delaying your visa process.  

Please note that visa requirements can change at short notice, and the British Council cannot be held responsible for any changes to the visa process.

What holidays will I have?

In Ecuador the academic calendar runs from the end of August to the end of May. Typically, assistants can expect to receive the same school and national holidays as the university. 

Holidays often vary by region however as an indication, it is likely that you may receive one to two weeks off at Christmas. You may also like to view the national holidays in Ecuador using the links below.

Please note that these dates are not confirmed but have been provided to help give you an idea of what the academic calendar may look like. Your institution will give you full details of your term dates when you begin your post. 

Where can I go in Ecuador?

All posts in Ecuador are at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador at the Ambato campus.

The Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador is a widely-recognized private university in Ecuador ranked among the top 100 universities in Latin America and the top 1000 universities world-wide (according to QS World University Rankings 2019). 

There are six campuses in Ecuador located in the cities of Quito, Ambato, Ibarra, Esmeraldas, Manabi and Santo Domingo. The Ambato campus is just a few kilometres from the city centre.

I've worked as a language assistant in Ecuador– can I apply again?

Language assistants in Ecuador cannot apply for a consecutive year in the same country, although they are welcome to apply to work in a different country.

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