Location: Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica.
Duration: 1-4 weeks commitment
Cost: from £580 GBP Project Fee for the 1st week – see Costs tab for more information
Includes: 3 meals a day, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities
Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
- This volunteer teaching project is a very hands-on and is an opportunity to make a big difference to the schools and community centre.
- By improving local educational opportunities, we help develop pride in our schools for kids and teachers
- Costa Rica offers amazing experiences such as surfing in the South Pacific coastal region, visiting Marino Ballena National Park, relaxing on the endless beaches, hiking to waterfalls, enjoying great healthy food
- Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture at our locally-owned accommodation – just minutes walking to the beach
The opportunity to study English is highly valued in the communities we work with. Whether they are teaching English abroad, or supporting the instruction of other subjects, or extracurricular activities. The students are eager to learn and participate. Many classrooms are overcrowded with a single teacher. Other rooms are left empty because there is no money to pay teachers. However, there are countless eager students who want and deserve an education.
For countries like Costa Rica with minimal financial resources it can be challenging to provide adequate education to students. Children, teenagers and young adults in these communities are very grateful for the opportunity to practice their conversation skills, and learn grammar with native English speakers. As Costa Rica is increasingly becoming the tourism capital of Central America, English is a prerequisite for students.
You will teach lessons in a range of classroom settings including: schools, tutoring programs, community centers, special needs facilities and childcare centers. You will provide either tutoring to local students, small workshops, or assistance to local teachers. You will have an objective of promoting greater literacy, supporting opportunities for higher education, building vocational skills and enhancing career prospects among students.
Participants interested in becoming teachers are able to do semester-long teaching internships. If so, you will be expected to be open minded, patient, and a self-starter (able to recognize what needs to be done or who needs to be helped). You will teach and help instructors as needed, maintain a helpful, caring, positive, and professional demeanour.
You will create lesson plans in accordance with their students understanding and grasp of the English language. Pronunciation of words, sentence structures, vocabulary, colloquialisms, culture, and basic conversational skills are also very important.
You will be placed in local schools, and/or community centers. Public schools in Costa Rica are closed from the third week of December until the second week of February with a 2 week holiday beginning on the first week of July. If you plan to arrive while public schools are closed, you will instead be able to teach members of the community. Depending on the community needs volunteers will either teach workshops to adults or children in English or be placed at a local school.
Travel & Accommodation
You will be met at San Jose International Airport by a project representative and brought to the HQ by minibus. If your flight arrives in the afternoon, you will need to stay at a hostel in San Jose, which we will arrange for you.
Once at the project, you can choose between staying at our HQ accommodation, or if you want to experience proper Costa Rican life and improve your Spanish, you can stay with one of our Homestay families. Please let us know beforehand which option you would prefer.
Host Families are well-screened and offer participants a shared bathroom, private bedroom, electricity, and running water.
Headquarters housing offers participants shared bathrooms, hostel-style bedrooms, electricity, running water, and WiFi.
You will get three traditional meals per day at either accommodation. Breakfast Included: typical Costa Rican gallo pinto, toast, and eggs as well as pastries and pancakes on some days.
Vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free options are available.
- Minimum age 18
- Be keen and enthusiastic to get involved in the project
- Ability to work within a team environment
- Minimum 1 week commitment
- Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
- Signed medical form
- Fluent English skills
- Necessary vaccinations
- Necessary flight & visas
* 30% deposit required to confirm your place. The balance will be due 4 weeks prior to your departure.
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*** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
- Airport pickup & transfer to the project (including first night stay in hostel)
- Bus ticket back to San Jose from the project
- Program Coordination & Logistics
- Staff Support Pre-arrival via Information and Orientation Guides
- Staff Support Emergency and 24/7 In-Country
- Accommodations and 3 Meals Daily
- Certificate of Participation in Program including Volunteer or Internship Hours
- Resume Support upon Completion of Program
What’s Not included
- Additional meals, drinks, and gratuities
- Extra local excursions
- International and domestic airport taxes
- Medical and travel insurance
- Personal items and toiletries
- Police or background check
- Visa costs (where necessary)
Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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