Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Positions Available

 

A detailed description of volunteering at Clara Luna can be found in the Clara Luna Handbook.

Our goal to provide a supportive environment that sees each individual as unique, capable and worthy of investment. This can only be done through the wonderful people that volunteer with us.

 

 

Clara Luna offers a variety of opportunities for you to make a difference in the lives of local Ecuadorians and visitors alike by providing educational opportunities, recreational programming, working with ecological projects and much more. As a Clara Luna volunteer, you yourself will benefit by getting to know community members, discover hidden talents, learn new skills, improve old ones and practice your Spanish! Volunteers make close connections with the community here in Puerto López and leave with a sense of achievement, a new family and a new outlook on life.

Clara Luna is selective with our volunteers and we expect them to be professional, honest, dedicated, flexible and overall positive. Beyond this, volunteers need to:
– be 18 years of age or older
– commit to 15 hours a week for a period of one month or more
– help out with general household chores and keeping the volunteer house clean.
– commit to attendance at a weekly meeting
– stay in Puerto López either with a host family arranged by Clara Luna or at the volunteer house

Below are various ways that you can help as a Clara Luna volunteer; you are encouraged to choose some responsibilities, depending on your skills and wishes as well as the needs of the program and the length of your stay here in Puerto López. In your orientation packet you will receive a list of the activities you will be responsible for.

If you think you can contribute in a way that is not mentioned, please let us know and we would be excited to consider it. Clara Luna is constantly changing and improving and we always welcome new ideas!

 

English Teachers

Teach small-group English classes to children and adults; most classes are at a very basic level. Puerto López is a growing tourist destination and the ability to speak English helps locals, as many work in areas connected to the tourist industry.

Skills needed: Fluent English speaker, some Spanish helpful; ability to work with limited resources, develop and execute lesson plans, create exercises, and think creatively.

 

Language Exchange Coordinator

Plan and execute our weekly Language Exchange meetings (“Intercambios”), which provide an opportunity to practice English and Spanish while meeting new people and learning about new cultures. All Clara Luna volunteers & students, as well as locals and visitors to Puerto López, are invited to participate in our Intercambios.

Skills needed: Some Spanish & English, experience teaching and/or with cultural exchange

 

Kids’ Club Volunteer

While the leaders of Kids’ club are responsible for planning the activities that week in Kids’ club, you will be responsible for assisting in the activities for that week. You may be assigned to direct a certain activity by the leader. Otherwise, your support is needed to keep everyone on track.

Skills needed: Love for kids, energy & creativity (think camp counselor!); intermediate Spanish in order to help with the reading activity; Spanish helpful for other areas.

 

Building, Yard and Garden Maintenance

We always welcome help in maintaining and improving the Clara Luna building and yard/garden.

Skills needed: Those you might be able to offer!

 

Youth Club Leader

Like Kids’ Club, there is a youth club at Clara Luna. The leader is responsible for planning the activities around the monthly theme and carrying out the activities with the youth. Monthly themes could include health, environment, reading, theater, art, etc… (any ideas welcome). The activities should be fun mixed with a little bit of education.

Skills needed: Advanced Spanish, creativity, love for youth, patience.

You may have a specific skill and idea to offer – please let us know! Examples of skills/projects offered in the past: puppet making, drama, sports, website development/editing, organization of Clara Luna resource, volunteer program marketing, fundraising, music, cooking….

 

A detailed description of volunteering at Clara Luna can be found in the Clara Luna Handbook.

 

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