La Vida Ecuadoriana: Teaching English in Ecuador.
by Michael D’Entremont
A FEW YEARS ago, I saw a film at the Smithsonian Institute about the Galapagos Islands. When I saw the sea lions and the penguins lumbering and sunning themselves on the volcanic rock, I knew that I would go there someday. In February 2003, I began to ask myself, why not this summer? So I began searching on the Internet for summer teaching opportunities in Ecuador. During my search, I explored Web sites where travelers could post advice about their experiences for other travelers considering visits to the same countries.
I read notes from people who said that if you want to teach in Ecuador, all you need to do is go to Quito and start knocking on doors of English language schools. Others suggested checking out bulletin boards in ice cream parlors and looking for ads for private English tutors. However, I didn’t really want to teach in Quito. Moreover, the cold call approach did not appeal to me, and neither did job hunting in ice cream parlors; I’m lactose intolerant. I wanted to teach English at a school that really needed help, at a place where I would be really appreciated, and that was
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