Teach English in Ecuador with LanguageCorps
77% Rating
(3 Reviews)

Teach English in Ecuador with LanguageCorps

LanguageCorps offers two programs in Ecuador. The TESOL Certification program includes pre-departure support, a four-week course in Quito, assistance with your visa, and assistance with your job placement in Ecuador. The TESOL Plus program includes all of the aforementioned, as well as airport pickup, Spanish language and cultural awareness, five weeks housing, and travel insurance.

There are a variety of start dates offered by LanguageCorps, making sure the program is flexible for all participants. While teaching English in Ecuador, you will also have time to go on excursions to different sights in Ecuador, including: the Amazon, museums, beaches, markets, archaeological sites, or horseriding.

Locations
South America » Ecuador » Quito
South America » Ecuador
Length
6-12 Months
Salary / Benefits
Between US$600 and US$800 a month over a year
Currency
USD
Other Locations
Cuenca, Ambato, Mindo

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

  • Benefits
    83%
  • Support
    70%
  • Fun
    70%
  • Facilities
    77%
  • Safety
    67%

Program Reviews (3)

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Hannah
Female
24 years old
Texas
Saint Edward's University

The Truth about LanguagCorps

4/10

I had high hopes for this program, as I was dropping over $3,000 for the course, flight, immunizations, etc. I signed up for the TESOL Plus program for June of 2013, which meant I was supposed to receive extras besides the basic program, like a host family, spanish classes, and culture classes (it was also $700 more). However, I didn't even get some things that I initially paid for in the basic package.

LanguageCorps says that assistance with a cultural exchange visa is included in the basic program, however- you actually have to pay the partner institute (EIL) if you want them to sponsor you and assist you with the cultural exchange visa. In addition, they will only do this for you if you end up working for a school in which they partner with (It's confusing, I know). I ended up going with this option, and very much so regretted it. EIL was very disorganized, the staff didn't really know what they were doing, and we had to make numerous additional and unnecessary trips to the bank for our bank account, ministry of foreign affairs, SRI office, etc. due to the disorganizion and lack of communication. We even got deducted pay from the private school we worked at for all of these trips. Not only that, but because of the type of visa, we had to pay about $100 monthly and taxes and health insurance (which was already provided by the school that we were working for). Unless you stay in Ecuador teaching English until April, you lose all the money that was taken from you for taxes.

The Plus program also claims to include Cultural Awareness classes, but that literally consisted of a one hour lecture on culture. There are no excursions, tours, or anything like that included. They literally talked to us about living with our host families and gave us a map of Quito. We only had Saturdays and Sundays to explore the city and that was very difficult considering the courseload. They have many assignments due on Saturday afternoons which makes it hard to fully enjoy your weekend. Do not anticipate having time to take any trips as well while you're doing the TESOL course. The spanish classes the week before the course were great however, and I enjoyed them. The funny thing is they make it seem like they are going to put you in a class based on your level. However EIL stuck everyone in the same spanish class regardless of level.

The Plus program claims to include a re-entry package upon return to the United States. This was never provided, and it's still unclear to me what it even entails.

Besides relying on EIL for our cultural exchange visa, there were other issues we faced with them. While I was lucky and had a great experience with them for my host family, my best friend did not have such luck. Her "host family" consisted of two 23 year olds with a one year old baby, and no internet in the apartment. They would also make her late to classes, wouldn't come home until after 10 p.m. some nights, and yelled at her in front of their entire family for accidentally letting a towel fall on the bathroom floor. We even confronted the director of host familes at EIL and she said, "These things happen. Maybe buy them some chocolate". I kid you not.

The information on LanguagCorps' website is also very outdated. I know for a fact it hasn't been updated since 2012 (that is when I first started looking at their programs) Also- If you can live somewhere in Ecuador for $100 a month, it must be the jungle or some remote mountain town. Expect to pay minimum $200/300 in a small town, and $400/500 in cuenca or Quito. The beach is even more expensive. The pay can range from $800-$1000+ depending on where you work. Universities are where you really make money.

Overall, don't believe everything LanguageCorps has to say. Do your own research about Ecuador - however know that there still is very little online when it comes to resources. My friends and I found out the hard way that it's very much who you know. So if you can get to Ecuador through a program, it makes it a lot easier to adapt and get to know the country before having to just live on your own. However, I wouldn't do it through this program. It's misleading, outdated, and their partner school- EIL- isn't very dependable either.

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Caitlin
Female
32 years old
New Orleans, LA
Murdoch University

Great experience, but would change some things

10/10

I would go teach in Ecuador again in a heartbeat. I had an amazing time, people were great, I made some great friends, and had some great adventures.

Now for LanguageCorps: It's not worth the money. If you have extra cash lying around, and you are not interested in doing much work yourself, go for it. Otherwise, I suggest looking up TOEFL certificate programs independently. The cost of the school that I went to was 1,600 if I did not do it through LanguageCorps. It was 3,000 with them. So let's examine where that extra 1,400 went?

There was information before I left provided for me - guidance on the visa process, etc. I still had to do all the paperwork myself (medical vaccinations, police background checks, etc). There was housing when I got there, including meals. This was great that it was set up for me, but I moved out as quickly as I could, because I found (easily) an international hostel in the center of town for only 180/month (which is a bit expensive for what it is, but it's somewhere to start). They did not have job search support, other than a list of places to try. I had to find the jobs myself - I recommend a private school as they pay much better, especially for foreigners. Also, remember that private lessons are flexible, easy extra cash - a $30 advertisement in the newspaper will pay for itself in 3 or 4 lessons.

Bottom line: $1,400 is about 2 1/2 months of more than comfortable living in Ecuador - something I would have loved to have back when I was wishing I could stay longer.

If money is no issue, don't worry about it. If you want your hard earned savings to go toward living and experiencing another country and culture, do it yourself. Be a little adventurous!

Happy travels!!

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salmanza
Female
24 years old
Texas
Other

LanguageCorps in Ecuador

9/10

Before leaving to Ecuador, LanguageCorps did an amazing time at answering all of my question (and I had lots of them!) in a timely manner. They were very patient with me in every regard and they helped with my itinerary. They certainly made sure that everything was running smoothly and that I was all set to go. Once in Ecuador, they handed me over to EIL Ecuador (Experience in International Living) and they were absolutely fantastic. The staff at EIL was nothing less than friendly and helpful.

The one concern that I had about teaching abroad through this program was that a job was not guaranteed; however, EIL was very proactive about finding places where we could apply to and interview for. So they made that aspect of the program a lot less nerve-wracking. In fact, I had a job lined up before the end of the TESOL course was done, and so did a lot of my other classmates.

Overall, my experience with LanguageCorps and EIL Ecuador was great. I would recommend not only going abroad through LanguageCorps, but I would also recommend that you think about going to Ecuador. It was breathtakingly beautiful, so much fun, and an experience that I will never forget!

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