CELTA Galapagos: Qualify to teach English and volunteer

CELTA Galápagos is an Authorised Cambridge English Language Assessment Centre based in the Galápagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador in South America.  We provide a unique experience for taking your CELTA certificate in one of the most beautiful and exotic locations on Earth.  You will have the chance to explore and get to know the incredible environment while also helping to educate the local population, thereby decreasing the demand for foreign workers and reducing strain to the delicate ecosystem.  Please let us know if you’d be interested in staying on after the course to volunteer to teach English and put your training into practice.

Kamala Education & Training operates under the direction of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Municipal Government of Santa Cruz. CELTA Galápagos is a specific project under the broader training structure. Our CELTA Galápagos staff are passionate professionals from the U.K, Ecuador, Australia and Canada that have come together to design this CELTA course to address the specific needs of our candidates in one of the most exotic locations on earth.

As a Cambridge English Language Authorized Centre, it is our mission to provide you with the highest quality training that allows you to gain the experience and confidence you need to teach English anywhere in the world to non-native speakers.

Unique to our centre, is the incredible natural environment and the opportunity to interact with the unique flora and fauna and participate in sustainable development projects and environmental protection. Helping to educate the local population is an essential part of your course and you may even wish to volunteer on the islands once the course is complete. We have developed this project with the aim of creating a win/win for both our CELTA candidates as well as for the people of the local community.

Would you like to qualify to be a teacher and make a difference to a precious community?

If you want to do something different, memorable and truly rewarding, Cactus has two new programmes in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Galapagos Islands that will change both your life and that of the locals.

Located off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands form a biological marine reserve that is known the world over for its unique flora and fauna – famous examples being the giant tortoise, the marine iguana and the blue-footed booby.

People have visited the Galapagos for many years to enjoy its stunning and remote natural environment. Few, however, have the opportunity to give something back to this protected archipelago of volcanic islands – the so-called ‘land of craters’ as it was described by the naturalist Charles Darwin. This is where our two fabulous courses on Isla Santa Cruz change things.

Course Options:

1. 4-week CELTA course

For the first time in the Galapagos, teacher trainees can gain their prestigious CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) certificate and, if they wish, go on to participate in important sustainable development and environmental protection projects.

Cost = USD $1,700 (currently £1,133)

2. 4-week CELTA course + 4 weeks volunteering

A set programme combining the 4-week CELTA course and a 4-week volunteer project. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand teaching experience directly after completing your course. The price includes the 4-week CELTA course, a 4-week volunteering programme and acccommodation for the whole duration.

Cost = USD $1,980 (currently £1,320)

How can you help?

Helping to educate the local population is an integral part of the CELTA course, and our new CELTA & Volunteering programme is a unique opportunity to volunteer on the islands once your course is complete. Much of the population of the Galapagos is Spanish speaking, so recently-qualified teachers can offer valuable assistance in teaching English to the locals. At present there are about 25 teachers, only one of whom meets the required level of English to do the CELTA. They really need qualified volunteers to stay on after the course and help educate the local community, whose main source of income is the tourism industry.

The municipal authorities in the Galapagos are particularly keen to help with this project as they see it as a win-win situation for both the volunteer teachers and the native population. It is a chance to spend time in this precious environment as much more than a tourist and do something truly rewarding and memorable.


The CELTA course

The Cambridge CELTA, along with the Trinity CertTESOL, is the most respected English language teaching qualification worldwide. CELTA Galapagos is a specific project under the broader training structure. As a Cambridge English Language Authorised Centre, it is their mission to provide you, the students, with the highest quality teacher training that will give you the experience and confidence you need to teach English anywhere in the world to non-native speakers.

The CELTA Galapagos staff are passionate professionals from the UK, Ecuador, Australia and Canada, who have come together to design this CELTA course to address the specific needs of their candidates in one of the most exotic locations on Earth.

Apply to CELTA Galapagos now or contact Cactus TEFL at [email protected] / 0845 130 4775 for more information. Good luck, and enjoy!

Main Office | Course Location

Ave Charles Darwin y 12 de Febrero, Barrio Central Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador

Course Location(s)
Course Type(s)
  • On-site TEFL Courses
  • Just Text What's Up
Course Length(s)
  • Standard (120-140 hours)
Certificate Type(s)
  • Cambridge CELTA
Additional Feature(s)
  • TEFL Internships
  • Peter
    July 17, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Overall I enjoyed this course and would recommend it mainly for the unique location and the students and course instructors. Our instructors were both Australian who flew in to teach the course and were very experienced.As stated clearly on their website, the Galapagos Islands are very remote, you will get very limited and slow internet access and have to rely on text books to plan lessons. The practice teaching took place at night at the local school with access to a whiteboard and tape recorder, but it was quite hot due to the time of year with a fan only in one classroom.The local library is used for the course and had several limitations. It often didn’t have running water in the toilet and drinking water is not provided so you have to carry it in the morning from the accommodation or buy from a nearby shop. Otherwise it was one of the few buildings with Air Conditioning which made it a comfortable study environment for instruction and lesson planning.The accommodation provided was cheap, simple but overall comfortable. All students stayed in Carliza II and everything is a short walk away which is helpful. Each room has an ensuite bathroom and fan. The was no aircon if this is important to you I would contact course coordinators, I personally don’t mind. Being a very cheap accommodation package you need to be pretty self sufficient. Rooms are cleaned once a week, you need to provide your own towel, tp etc. There was a lot of issues between the course coordinator and the hotel (Carliza II) and some students were moved around between hotels as it couldn’t fit both current students and volunteers staying on from the previous course. This was messy and could have been handled better.Volunteering was done ad hoc and will hopefully be improved in the future. You are expected to do 2-3 hours of volunteer teaching either in the morning or evening (morning for children’s classes, evening for adults). It took almost a week to sort out classes as the course coordinator struggled to arrange classes in advance with the local council and other providers. I really hope this is fixed in the future as it is quite frustrating and embarrassing having students turn up for a class with no teachers or teachers turning up for a class with no students! The local students are eager and we developed great relationships and enjoyed teaching. Unfortunately many of the volunteer classes were organised at the last minute leading to a lot of confusion and going with the flow. This is in part the nature of working in Ecuador, things are done at the last minute. However if you are seeking a program and volunteer experience that is organised and runs as you would expect in the US, Europe or Australia you will probably experience some frustration.Lastly some students had issues with payment. I paid to the course coordinators account in Ecuador which was an international transfer but had no problems overall. Other students paid via paypal and were then charged a transaction fee that CELTA Galapagos is usually responsible for. Overall these payment issues detracted from the professionalism of the course and were concerning given that I had paid a significant amount of money to attend. Other issues including waiving the tourist fee entering the Galapagos ($100 saving) and other small issues were experienced which I hope the course coordinator will address as some students didn’t pay the fee while others had to.Overall as stated at the start it is a privilege to spend almost two months in a very special and spectacular place and get to know it at a deeper level than most tourists by meeting and talking to local students, restaurant owners etc. I would recommend arriving a few days early, or staying later to explore other islands. There is time to get away when volunteering but during the course you will be flat out with study and only really have one day free on the weekend to see stuff on the main island of Santa Cruz. Be aware that the course is essentially a small business still in its infancy. Things will not go to plan, you need to be flexible but the CELTA course is official, with great instructors and you will learn a lot. The overall coordination needs to improve but the location is so unique I definitely recommend.

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