Ecuador - San José de Chimbo

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Partner Organization:  Fundación Natividad de los Andes

Location:  San José de Chimbo, Provincia Bolívar, Ecuador

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Determined by site. The last three years students have departed at the second week of June.

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Proficiency in Spanish required
  • Gender Requirement: None
  • Required Experience: Interest in education, public health, and working with young children and youth.
  • Major Requirement: None
  • Student Minimum Age: None
  • Special Requirements: Students should be able to work with children and teenagers, have a deep well of patience, a willingness to share oneself, and a strong sense of initiative and enthusiasm.  This site is suited for students interested in education and public health.  Experience in teaching is desired. Students lacking such experience may be required to volunteer in a local organization teaching or tutoring to children and youth. Basic medical skills (i.e. EMT certified, blood pressures, vital signs, etc.) and exposure to Spanish medical vocabulary is desired if students wish to work in healthcare.  Students need to be able to take initiative and must be highly flexible and adaptable.
  • Other:  None

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment: 

(The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the Spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.)

  • Teaching/Working with Children Workshop
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Training
  • Classroom Management Training
  • Red Cross Certification
  • Self Defense

Site Description:

The Fundación Natividad de los Andes is a non-profit social organization created by the del Salto Nuñez family with the main goal to educate children and youth from San José de Chimbo in computer and English classes. The mission of the foundation is to contribute to the education of children and teenagers in need from Chimbo in a way that they can be better prepared to enter into the global and local job market. Alongside their educational mission, the foundation aims to make a difference in society through the practice and reflection of Catholic values.

The Fundación Natividad de los Andes has a computer lab with all the equipment and facilities required for computer classes. In addition, the Foundation works in coordination with the Comunidad de Hermanas Marianitas de Jesús and its private school, as well as with the local health center. The English classes benefit children and youth not only from Chimbo, but also from neighboring villages and rural communities.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival. 

Since 2012, when the ISSLP first started in Chimbo, more than 300 students have benefited from English classes at the Foundation.  During  summer 2012,  ISSLP students were in charge of teaching English at the Marianitas School  during the first month of the program, and the at the Foundation during the second part of their ISSLP. Students also led in designing the first version of the Foundation’s web page.

In summer 2013, the English classes expanded to three public elementary schools in town (Rafael J. Bazante, Juan C. Secaira and Alejandro S. Bermeo). Thus, ISSLP students taught at Marianitas School and the three public elementary schools for the first part of the ISSLP, and during the second part of the ISSLP  the classes took place exclusively at the Foundation.  This organization and scheme for the classes was kept during the summers 2014 and 2015.

During the summers of 2016, 2017, and 2018 ISSLP students primarily taught English courses at Natividad of the Andes Foundation, and assisted with activities and classes at the Marianitas School. Students have also shadowed doctors at the local health center, supported health and nutritional related workshops, helped with patients’ paperwork, and in general to work with the staff to be of service at the health center.

For summer 2019, ISSLP students are expected to continue teaching the English courses at the Foundation and the Marianitas School. Students will have also the opportunity to shadow doctors and help with basic tasks at the local health center. Other responsibilities may include planning and/or assisting with different foundation activities, preparing material on social, psychological, theological and cultural topics based on Catholic social teaching.

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students will be living at the Foundation’s facilities.  Three meals will be provided and shared with the Del Salto family members who live in the house. 

For More Information:

Visit the official Fundacion Natividad de los Andes website:

Former ISSLP Participants:

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection or orientation process.
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