A rural primary school in Maldonado needs an English teacher. There are two classes with a total of 25 children, one group aged 5 to 8 and the other aged 8 to 12. The school is open from Monday until Friday from 09:30 to 14:30 and lunch is from 12:00 to 13:00.  The volunteer can teach:  English or Sports or both English and Sports.


The rural school is situated in the province of Maldonado and the small city is called  Punta Ballena, near to the coast and the famous beach town Punta del Este.

The capital of Uruguay, Montevideo is 170km away and well connected by public buses.

The rural school is next to the biggest arboretum in South America which boasts more than 470 different species of native and exotic trees and shrubs. 

There are 2 rooms for classes (one for the younger children and one for the older), a kitchen, a bath, a wide hallway to have lunch and another very small room. Outside there is a greenhouse for vegetables.

Perfectly located if you want to combine it with a leisurely trip along the sunshine coast of Uruguay during the afternoons, or to embark on an exploration of Uruguay’s giant neighbour Brazil or Argentina during the week ends.


What is the volunteer’s role?                 

Teach English and / or Sports with basic resources. You can also assist the co-coordinator in planning more afternoon activities for the children. Books are available, but if you want to bring your own teaching materials, you are more than welcome to do so.  Some experience of teaching is an advantage. You must be ready to live and work with basic resources and get involved in a deprived local community.                                                                                                                                           

Working hours: Monday until Friday. Working hours will be arranged on arrival, but will always be during the opening hours of the school 09:30 to 14:30. The school is closed on national holidays.

We require a minimum of 3 months for this volunteer position.


Spanish course

Volunteers will complete an intensive Spanish course of two, three or 4 weeks at La Herradura school in Montevideo. It is important to reach a good intermediate level of Spanish in order to communicate with the co-ordinator, teachers and director of the school.

Accommodation while attending the Spanish course in Montevideo single room in the school residence with other students from the school. No meals are provided, but there is a fully equipped kitchen. (Double room is possible when students are travelling together).

After finishing the Spanish course in Montevideo (2, 3 or 4 weeks), the volunteer will move to Punta Ballena. 

Accommodation during volunteer period

A rustic wooden house in the co-ordinator’s garden.

He lives with his wife and two young children who also attend the rural school.

No meals are provided (except lunch during school working days), but the wooden house has a kitchen.

Please note:

  • We require a minimum of 3 months for this volunteer position.
  • Volunteering without a Spanish course is only possible for students with a high intermediate level of Spanish.  In this case a registration fee will be charged. Prices on request
  • Double room can only be booked if travelling together with a friend
·         Accommodation in the residence runs from Sunday before the first course day until Saturday after the last course day
·         Shared apartment, apartment for private use and accommodation with a host family or in a hostel on request.
  • Volunteers will have the weekends and school holidays off

You can find more information on our blog from a student who taught English at this school:  http://www.spanish-herradura.com/blog/?page_id=1312 

How do I get more information/sign up?  Our website has more information about the intensive Spanish course, and accommodation.       You can also send us an email.


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