In 2006 the U.S. Navy veteran James (Jimmy) Dean, together with a small group of parents, setup the bilingual elementary school Los Algarrobos. The goal is to provide the children of Canoa with better education and prepare them for the increasing number of tourists. Nowadays, the school has 93 students and employs local teachers. Nevertheless, the school is helped by volunteers and interns who can support classes and setup as well as assist with extracurricular activities.
We send both volunteers as well as interns to Canoa. For interns, we are keen to discuss and ensure that this project fits school and personal requirements.
For volunteers and interns within this project we offer an intensive Spanish course in Quito. This is obligatory, unless you can prove you have already obtained a Spanish level of B1 or better.
Check our Spanish course page for more information.
|First 3 weeks*||From the 4th week|
Room & Board**
Preparation & Guidance
* The minimum stay at the coast project is 3 weeks.
** On the coast you will reside in a youth hostel/hotel on location. The people from Los Algarrobos can help you make a choice, and also know some host families that are available at times. You will have to make your own choice of where you want to stay. The costs depend on the place you decide to stay. Our team in Quito can also help you make a choice.
*** We do not offer Spanish language courses on this location.
Canoa beach life
From 7 am until 1 pm. you will be working in and around the Los Algarrobos school, whereas in the afternoon you will be occupied with various different activities. Canoa is famous for its beautiful environment and is also considered one of the best surf spots in Ecuador. Enjoy some of the delicious local dishes, the many activities and the relaxed life on the coast.