Volunteers Needed to Teach English in a Rural Community in Costa Rica
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Teach English in Rural Community
We are looking for dedicated volunteers interested in teaching English as a foreign language to students in rural communities in exchange for room, board, and the opportunity to give to a community in need.
Volunteers teach approximately 20 hours per week and are responsible for planning their own lessons, with the guidance of a curriculum developed by Peace Corps Costa Rica. Volunteers should have experience teaching EFL/ESL or another subject, an EFL/ESL certification, and/or a degree in education.
The communities where volunteers teach are located in the heart of the coffee growing region of Costa Rica, surrounded by beautiful mountains, national forest reserves, and some of the best bird watching in the world.
Organisation: Copey Learning Center
Country: Costa Rica
Location: Copey de Dota in the zona de Los Santos, a mountainous region two hours south of San José.
Dates of program: 9 months, from March to November
Duration of program: 3 months minimum, but volunteers available for longer stays (6 months or more) are highly preferred and will be given preference.
Age requirements: Adults of both sexes 18+
Qualifications/skills: Native English speaker; some knowledge of Spanish; undergraduate or graduate degree in education (or related) and/or ESL/EFL certification and/or 1 year-plus experience lesson planning and teaching English; experience teaching and working with children or teenagers; willingness to integrate with the local community and live with a local host family; must be resourceful, flexible and independent (both in working and living arrangements); commitment to service and volunteerism; should be computer savvy, able to use the internet, Facebook, etc.
Cost: Volunteers receive free room and board in the home of a local family, teaching materials, ongoing support, transportation from Juan Santamaría airport or your current location in Costa Rica to the community. Room and board includes private accommodation, three meals per day, and basic amenities such as laundry.
Other information: Living with a local family provides volunteers an opportunity to become part of the local community, experience Costa Rican daily customs and lifestyles, learn Spanish, and participate in a cultural exchange. While your primary role will be teaching English, you will also have the opportunity to develop other projects. In the past, our volunteers have built community gardens, taught dance classes, and formed a children's choir.
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