Costa Rica – Teaching English


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Assist in an educational program focusing on life skills and emotional development as well as conversational English.

Join a team of like-minded volunteers on this community project, living and working in the beautiful coastal area of Quepos in Costa Rica, providing conversational English to local children and other community members. You may also assist with art, music, physical education, remedial academic assistance, extra-curricular activities and community development initiatives.

Project core activities

  • Our Partner Program opened their English courses for everyone who wants to join and we work with children, teenagers and adults. We provide English classes to adults in the local community (twice a week) and children once a week and teenagers
  • Volunteers may work alone, in group or in pairs to run group activities, or provide one-to-one attention
  • Volunteers will also be involved in helping with wider community activities like painting, development of gardens or helping with community events. Mondays are normally planning days
  • We sometimes use the curriculum to introduce English vocabulary and encourage community and social education e.g. teaching about recycling, environmental awareness, sharing.
  • We design our courses ourselves and we try to work with tailor-made lessons.
  • We offer conversational classes. Volunteers must take a minimum of 10 hours Spanish lessons on this program at additional cost if not fluent.

You will be teaching conversational English to children in an extra-curricular program. This will be done using various informal methods and activities to keep the environment fun and flexible. In addition, you will be involved in some English workshops for adult groups in the community several times per week.

The days could be spent brainstorming and lesson planning and leading activities and workshops or doing some construction, gardening or maintenance projects in the community depending on the communities’ needs at the time.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be shared with other JCR program partners participants volunteers, like-minded individuals who will share the same desire to help and make a difference. The task of cooking and cleaning is shared among all volunteers and as meals are prepared and taken as a group you will develop strong friendships with your fellow volunteers. The volunteer house is small but comfortable in the centre of the typically Costa Rican town of Quepos.

Our Goals include:
– A shift towards long-term sustainable educational programmes
– Local environmental education initiatives
– Support extra-curricular activities including Sports, Arts and more

Our JCR program partners participants and staff have started an exciting new partnership in Bahia Ballena town and Quepos itself. This is a program run by UNPD in partnership with local authorities and the local community aiming to reduce the amount of young people at risk and to provide them with tools to prevent violence and get reinserted to the productivity chain in the society. The program is called Integral Security and Prevention of Violence Affecting Children, Adolescents and Young People in Costa Rica and the role of JCR program partners participants is to provide the English classes as a mean to improve their skills set to facilitate the reinsertion of the young beneficiaries of the project and/or to create an adequate environment for the development of it.

How this project makes a difference:

In this region of Costa Rica, much of the local economy is built on tourism.  In an effort to better serve the American and European traveller population, being able to speak and write in English is vitally important with the number one request from the local school board for more English teachers.

JCR program partners participants directly serves this need by bringing native English speakers to the community to teach.

*During Easter and Christmas holidays the attendance tends to decrease. In situations like these we provide one-to-one tutoring to the students.

Quepos’ short, mid, and long-term objectives

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.Upon arrival to

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Our long-term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Our Quepos field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Costa Rica!

The volunteer house is located in the centre of the town of Quepos. You are given free time in the evenings after project and during the weekends to enjoy the local area. Quepos is also a fifteen- minute bus ride from the beautiful beach town of Manuel Antonio. During the weekends, you’re free to explore the beautiful surrounding areas.

Some volunteers have even visited the famous areas of La Fortuna or Monte Verde. Our experienced field staff on base are great at giving recommendations on good places to go when you have down time.

Costa Rica – Teaching English
Costa Rica – Teaching English

Specific program focuses

We provide English classes to adults in the local community (twice a week) and children once a week and teenagers
Volunteers may work alone, in group or in pairs to run group activities, or provide one-to-one attention
Volunteers will also be involved in helping with wider community activities like painting, development of gardens or helping with community events.
Time will be allocated before or after project for planning activities.
Mondays are normally planning days
We sometimes use the curriculum to introduce English vocabulary and encourage community and social education e.g. teaching about recycling, environmental awareness, sharing.
In some places we design our courses ourselves and we try to work with tailor-made lessons, like for example in Cocal and the Red Cross.
We work from the needs of the community so courses can change over time due to changing needs and availability of classrooms and schedules of students and groups
We offer conversational classes so students can practice real situations and feel more confident speaking English.

Program Highlights

Encouraging independence

  • Travelling around the local area is easy and can be done on the frequent public buses or by taxi. Quepos is small enough to walk most anywhere, and Manuel Antonio is less than a 10 minute bus ride.
  • Volunteers will get real and hands on experience and will get to know first hand how is it life in Costa Rica and Latin America.
Costa Rica – Teaching English
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Community work workshop
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Transfer to base location
  • Welcome meeting
Costa Rica – Teaching English

Details

Start Dates:
Specific Saturdays

Durations:
2 – 12 weeks

Capacity:
14

Location:
Quepos

CRQU0269P Costa Rica Teach English
2 WEEKS $1,795
4 WEEKS $2,265
6 WEEKS $2,735