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 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 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 skillset.
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.
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
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: 3-12 weeks
- Cost: £1143 / $2000 for 3 weeks
£182 / $319 per each extra week
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
- Project activities: teaching English, supporting staff, helping varied ages of children
- 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 and drop off 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
- 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.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
HAVE A QUESTION?
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