FYYChE: Live and teach in a Kichwa community in the Ecuadorian highlands!
We are an indigenous directed volunteer organization founded to provide free English instruction to the communities of Chimborazo, Ecuador. Volunteers are placed in a homestay in a Kichwa community in the rural Ecuadorian Andes.
The coop was founded in Fall of 2016 by an indigenous Kichwa professor and pastor and a US volunteer. That said, we are just getting the program off the ground and, while we will take care of food, housing, and all the basics, every community is different with slightly different needs, and each volunteer (or set of volunteers) we get will bring a new community into the network so no volunteer's experience will be quite the same. This is an exciting opportunity to help jump-start a fledgling non-profit, bring English and arts instruction to folks who could otherwise have no access, and immerse yourself in Kichwa culture and life.
FYYChE is an indigenous-led education initiative, to aid Kichwa community schools and give children from the villages a chance to escape poverty. In the Kichwa language, “yanapak yachachikuna” translates to “servant teachers,” which is what we aim to be for the communities we work alongside.