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Would you like to make a difference in the lives of Ecuadorians through social projects, tourism training or education? (Volunteer Application)

Asociacion De Servicios Touristico Urbana Y Rural (ASUTUR) helps with social projects for single mothers in Riobamba and Punin and tourism training in Ozegoche. We are a small organization who wishes to make a difference in lives here in Ecuador. We also partner with FCC Ingles to offer English classes. FCC Ingles offers English classes in Ecuador in various cities. Our main city is Esmeraldas but we are currently expanding to Milagro (close to the city of Guayaquil) for English classes. All volunteers will be contacted by our volunteer coordinator to know which city to arrive at. We offer English classes to residents of Esmeraldas, Riobamba and to University students in Milagro. Our basic classes are for students who are preparing for the Senescyt or achieve a B:1 Level of English. In addition, we offer classes for students to learn English according to their needs or desires including TEFL. 

About Volunteering
The volunteers for the single mothers project will be working with women to help them create income potential through helping them obtain, set up and use sewing machine operations. The volunteer may also help coordinate events and make connections for the women to be able to sell their products. Duties may include social media and marketing as well. There may also be times when asked to be an advocate for the women and / or their children with various needs. Duties will be assigned according to specific projects undertaken or the needs of women who are receiving help from ASUTUR. 

The Tourism training will be undertaken in Ozegoche which may overlap some with the single mothers projects as Ozegoche may be one of the sites where the single mothers go to sell their products. Otherwise tourism training will be a separate project where the ideal candidates will be a couple who will run the restaurant and cabins for sleeping. The volunteers for tourism training will live on site at Ozegoche. University students from Ecuador may sign up with ASUTUR in order to work and learn in the tourism industry at Ozegoche for school credit. The volunteers for tourism training will help coordinate and supervise the students work and any other details involved. 

We also partner with FCC Ingles for English instruction in Riobamba and Milagro. The volunteers who wish to teach English in Milagro will be instructing student teachers to obtain a B:1 Level of English. They can also instruct students of all ages with English classes in Riobamba to help them obtain a Senescyt or simply learn English according to the students needs and desires. 

Regardless of where volunteers wish to serve, all volunteers will be notified by the volunteer coordinator about where to arrive first. A typical workweek for teachers and the single mothers project will be four hours a day with two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon Monday through Saturday. The tourism training may involve additional hours according to the needs of the restaurant and cabin operations. Although the single mothers project, the tourism training and English teaching are three separate projects, the volunteer should be aware that they may be asked to help in ways that overlap with all three areas. 

The cost will be $200 US Dollars per month which includes room and board. Volunteers are expected to pay within the first week of their arrival. We do not provide transportation but traveling is relatively inexpensive with buses or taxis in every place we serve.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or older. The minimum length of commitment is six months. You do not have to be fluent in Spanish but a basic level of understanding and speaking is preferred. If a position is open for tourism training in Ozegoche, we prefer it be a couple who has some experience in restaurant and hospitality operations. However, a single individual who has substantial experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry may request to apply and we will make a decision about this on a case by case basis. The single mothers project will require the volunteer to  have skills and abilities based on our current needs. The requirements can be discussed based on contact with the volunteer coordinator through a Skype interview after the volunteer application has been received and approved. To volunteer as a teacher, you must be a native English speaker or have a TEFL Certificate. You do not need to have previous teaching experience to apply. 

Other Information 
For those who mainly work in tourism training, they will live on site in Ozegoche. If there is a position open for the single mothers projects, the volunteer will live in the city which the volunteer coordinator designates. The cities we serve in have many places to eat and shop. There are always taxis or buses available to travel around the city and see beautiful parks and cultural sites. The exception is Ozegoche which is located in a small village. Ozegoche is located near a gorgeous mountainous area and is sparsely populated with local residents who live a quiet, traditional and serene lifestyle. Wherever you work or live, these places will offer a variety of rich cultural sites and experiences.

How to apply 
If you wish to apply to volunteer with us, please fill out our volunteer application. If there are open positions, our volunteer coordinator will reply asking for a Skype interview to further discuss needs, expectations and arrangements.  We look forward to hearing from you!