The Book Bus in South America

The Book Bus in South America
- Ecuador

A Book Bus mobile library in Ecuador

Puerto Lopez

The Book Bus has been working with schools in the Amazon, Andes and coastal regions of Ecuador since 2010. In 2013 / 2014 we will be sharing the joy of reading with primary school children in Puerto Lopez on the Pacific Coast The reading scheme compliments the children's school curriculum and emphasises themes that will impact on their lives as they grow up. Mentoring the children to read will encourage them to progress beyond the words and numbers of the classroom and use books to develop their creativity, explore their surroundings and widen their view of the world.

For Spanish speaking volunteers the Book Bus project offers a valuable opportunity to strengthen language skills. If you are primarily English speaking there are volunteer placements in the classroom for teaching English to the children and for after-school English practice sessions with the local teachers.

Ecuador Fact File:

Lying on South America's Pacific coast between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador is a country of jungles, mountains, beaches and the remote Galapagos Islands. Its population of 15 million is made up mainly of Mestizo (65% mixed race) but with sizeable indigenous populations in rural Amazon, Andes and coastal regions.

Spanish is the most widely spoken language in Ecuador and is the language of education in most schools. Remote communities in the Amazon and Andes speak Shuar and Quichua respectively. Quoted literacy rates are 81% but in rural and disadvantaged urban communities child literacy rates are considerably lower. Ecuador's tourism sector is growing quickly and there is a need for English speaking staff in tourist "hot spots" such as the Amazon.

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