Volunteer Teaching the Creative Arts in Ecuador
- Placement locations: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal
- Role: To help young people in the area develop their talents and become more aware of the opportunities in the field of creative arts
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
As a volunteer on Projects Abroad’s Creative Arts project in Ecuador, you will help young people develop their talents and become more aware of the opportunities in the field of creative arts. Volunteers with a passion for creative and performing arts can get involved with teaching art, dance, drama, and music. Whether you are on a gap year, volunteer vacation, or career break, you will have an important role to play in the lives of Ecuador’s youth.
Artistic expression is a universal language with dance and drama being just two variations. In the case of children, dance, drama and music can be used as a means of communicating their challenges as well as helping their personal development.
The project is based in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. Volunteers work in schools, in the local art and culture centre, and with children who attend the extra English lessons run by our teaching volunteers. You could find yourself working with children as young as four years of age.
The main aims of these artistic extra-curricular activities are to encourage personal development, support young people through difficulties, and nurture artistic skills, as well as preparing for various dance, drama, and musical shows. As a volunteer, you can also teach children to express themselves in a positive way, which will help raise their self-confidence.
Volunteering on the Creative Arts Project in Ecuador
Depending on where your talents and interests lie, as a volunteer you can get involved and focus on one or all of the below areas.
- Art – teaching the children and teenagers art including painting, drawing, and working with recycled materials.
- Large murals – painting educational murals in classrooms in the schools and on outside walls of the town.
- Dance – teaching the children and teenagers in the local community different dance techniques.
- Music – teaching children and teenagers how to play different musical instruments, from the guitar to the piano, as well as singing lessons.
- Acting – developing the acting abilities of the local community. This is a fantastic way to encourage them to speak English through role playing. You may also help to write scripts and direct short plays and sketches.
Depending on what areas you choose to get involved in, you will have the opportunity to prepare the children and teenagers to perform and showcase their talents in front of the community.
Volunteers don’t need any specific qualifications to take part, but should have a basic knowledge or a strong interest in drama, dance, or music. It is also important that as a volunteer, you are enthusiastic, flexible, open to learning and interested in working with children and young adults. Anyone who has good organizational skills and experience of managing group dynamics will be ideal for the project.
A basic knowledge of Spanish will be helpful if you decide to get involved in the music lessons and drama lessons, however it is not essential. You will find that as long as you are enthusiastic and use your initiative you will be able to communicate with the children and local staff.
You will be expected to use your own initiative to lead the children in activities, but there will be support from the teachers in certain learning areas.
The skills and experiences that you share as a volunteer will have a lifelong impact on the children in the community. The Creative Arts project is flexible and also provides an invaluable forum for the development of artistic expression – an interest of many children that is often overlooked.
You can join the Creative Arts project in Ecuador for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
All volunteers participating on standard projects in Ecuador have the opportunity to spend one week on a Conservation & Environment project at the end of their main placement. For more information, please visit our Galapagos Island Conservation & Environment Project in Ecuador page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.