What is the Teach in Elementary Schools & Kindergartens in San Jose, Costa Rica project all about?
Volunteer in Costa Rica and get hands-on experience with children who truly benefit from international instruction. Kaya works with a variety of public schools in and around San Jose. Volunteers are welcome to teach English as well as to assist with various subjects, such as sports, arts, educational trips and recreational activities. Resources are often sparse as children come from low income families. The government funds some programs, but the families are often asked to pay for materials and tuition fees.
The project works with multiple different schools (with children ranging from 2 to 15 years old), so you can choose the type of work you’d most like to do. Options include: working in kindergartens, daycare centres or elementary schools as a teacher’s assistance, teaching a specialised subject, or working with teenagers that are beginning to learn a trade and need extra support learning English.
Why choose this Teach in Elementary Schools & Kindergartens project?
The local schools can often be over crowded, volunteers allow children to receive extra support. Additionally, more productive and enriching classes can take place as the teacher is able to be more focused. By attending intensive Spanish lessons prior to the placement, volunteers will be able to communicate with the children and local staff more effectively and learn about the Costa Rican education system. Volunteers’ new language skills and their rewarding teaching experiences will be great additions to their CV/resume.
Role of the Teaching & Community Volunteer
The placement starts in the capital of San Jose with a week of intensive Spanish lessons. After, volunteers will get involved with their schools. Exact activities depend on the experience and interests of the volunteer and the needs of the placement. Volunteers may be asked to teach English lessons or act as an assistant during class time. Volunteers may be responsible for helping out with general lessons, physical education, cultural classes or playtime activities. You will receive support if you are asked to do something outside of your skill set.
What skills do I need to be a Teaching & Community Volunteer in Costa Rica?
Good organisation and communication skills are important and a love of children is a must! Volunteers who are TEFL trained or have experience in a pre-school or educational setting will be highly valued. A CV/Resume is required for acceptance onto this project.
A basic level of Spanish is required (Independent User Level B1of CEFR). You will receive one week of intensive Spanish lessons prior to the commencement of your placement- additional weeks of lessons can be arranged for an additional cost.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR 2022
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To provide productive and enriching lessons for local children
To share your childcare and/or teaching skills
To learn about the challenges facing children from low income families
Where will I work in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is the perfect place for those who really enjoy adventure and nature. You will be located in the San Jose region; an amazing area boasting all the amenities of a modern city, while being surrounded by lush flora, natural parks and mountains. From the accommodation, volunteers are within reach of beaches, volcanoes and forests.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 3+ weeks
- Cost: £1248 / $1948 for 3 weeks
£200 / $312 per each extra week
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
- Working hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30am-12:00pm, 12:30-4:00pm
- Project availability: schools closed in July, for school holidays from mid November to mid February and one week for Easter holiday
- Arrival day: Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: family homestay
- Food: 3 meals per day during placement, 2 meals per day during Spanish study
- Airport pick up from San Jose International Airport
- Training: pre-departure preparation pack, on-site orientation and project induction
- One week (20 hours) of intensive Spanish lessons
- Support: on-site coordinator providing 24 hour support
- Transport by public bus to project (private transfers available at additional cost)
What is not included
- Transport home from project
- Airport Drop Off to San Jose International Airport
- Additional weeks of Spanish classes; £265 / $464 per week (price includes accommodation)
- Police/Government Background Check: US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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