For questions about this program, please contact:
Center for International Education
The Teach for the World program provides opportunities for SU alumni to have an international work experience with trusted SU partners around the world. The Teach for the World – English programs are open to alumni of any university degree. All of the Teach for the World programs are designed to provide SU alumni with an opportunity to spend a full year teaching abroad and making enough money to cover the costs of the year. SU students/alumni are invited to apply for one of the coveted teaching slots set aside just for them at the Center for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI) Foundation. The CEDEI -- English program enrolls almost 1,000 students each year at three different teaching sites around Cuenca, Ecuador. Students range from school children to college students and adult professionals, though many of the students are high school aged. CEDEI English teachers teach small classes and all teachers are invited to take free Spanish classes at the CEDEI International division. This site is ideal for SU alumni who want to improve their Spanish and learn more about Latin American culture. There is plenty of time for you to hike the Andes Mountains, explore the Ecuadorian Pacific beaches, learn to dance in the nightclubs, and maybe even summit the Cotopaxi volcano.
All CEDEI English teachers must possess a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, hold a university degree in any field, and be a native or fluent English speaker. Current SU students can complete 2 courses in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and an English language partner experience in the SU English Language Institute to satisfy the TEFL certificate requirement. Alumni who have already graduated can complete the courses and practicum part-time before embarking on their year in South America. Any two of the following courses can satisfy the TEFL certificate when added to the English language partner experience in the SU English Language Institute:
ENGL 532: Literacy and ESOL Reading
ENGL 533: ESOL Program Development
ENGL 534: Literacy and ESOL Writing
ENGL 535: Language and Culture
ENGL 536: Principles of Linguistics
ENGL 537: Modern English Grammar
ENGL 538: Bilingualism
ENGL 539: English Language Acquisition
ENGL 547: Current Issues in ESOL Instruction
Students/alumni who wish to register for the English language partner program with the SU English Language Institute should contact the SU Center for International Education for more details.
CEDEI – English teachers work legally in Ecuador on a Cultural Exchange Visa. On this visa they are able to be compensated by their hosts for all living expenses in exchange for the cultural sharing involved in teaching English. Teachers are paid a monthly stipend that is sufficient for shared housing, food, and daily expenses. Teachers are also able to take Spanish classes at the CEDEI – International program free of charge. At the end of the year, you may not have saved much money, but you will have a year of memories, excellent language and cultural skills, and an exciting new component to your resume.
Teach for the World participants have the opportunity to share housing in a SU Teach for the World house in downtown Cuenca. SU Teach for the World teachers can support one another and share their experience while living together during their year abroad.
Part-Time MA TESOL Option
Teach for the World – English teachers are encouraged to continue their professional development during their year in Ecuador by enrolling as part-time students in the SU MA-TESOL program. Teachers can complete up to nine graduate credits in the MA-TESOL program prior to applying and being admitted to the MA-TESOL program. Teachers can complete these courses online with faculty members at SU while teaching English full-time in Ecuador.