Volunteer teaching children, San Jose, Costa Rica

Anything that you can bring, will be very helpful to give opportunities those more in need. Volunteer!!

On this project you’ll be assisting the teachers of a school that provides a great education for children in San josé. You’ll be able to train your pedagogical skills if you’re interested in pursuing a career in teaching at the same time that you make a difference for the kids and teachers at the school.
The socialization process is a foundational stone in growing up and developing as a capable and self-sufficient individual. It happens on different stages: first at home and second at the school. It is very important for children to have an apporpiate education to be able to fully develop into capable, self-sufficient and creative adults.
The school has a big population and it has all levels of teaching from pre-school to high-school. You can choose the area you’re more interested in or the one you think you may feel more comfortable working at. The main goal is to encourage each kid to achieve social and intellectual progress so the work taking into consideration all stages of physical, social, socio-economic, mental and cognitive development.
Children and teenagers take the core subjects and also special lessons like English, physical education, computer science, art and music. 

Join this project and make the difference!

 

They can also take workshops such as ballet, karate, swimming, piano and many more. All the work is assisted by volunteers like you that want to donate their time and energy to improve these kids’ future possibilities.
Education is provided with an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for the kid’s natural psychological development. This is a constructivist or “discovery” model where students learn concepts from working with materials and from experience, rather than by direct instruction. Your goal will be to guide, teach and stimulate the children to think and to solve problems, to share ideas and respect other kids’ work developing feelings of partnership and love to the family.
Though a high-intermediate level of Spanish is recommended to be able to interact with the children and teachers, volunteers with little knowledge of the language are also welcome to participate here. As a volunteer you’ll will work with professors and administrators in educational or sports activities for the benefit of students. you’ll also be able to assist and provide psychological and educational support for the students that require it. You can provide support for the language teachers and also assist at scheduled activities at the school or provide a special workshop. Excited already?! Sign up!

Accommodation

Families & Homestays

Our families know, due to their experience, what it means to be a real host. They have received many students from different nationalities, occupations and ages. We will take into consideration your likes and preferences. Living with a local family is the best way to learn their customs, likes, and style while you learn a new language.

Residences & Hostels

If you want to live with several local and foreign students, you can choose to stay in a private or shared room in any of the students' residencies we offer you. Sharing a place with young people from all over the world is a great opportunity to learn about different cultures and make new friends as well as learning about the place in which you are studying.

Private Apartments

A Private Apartment is the best choice to enjoy your privacy and comfort of your own place.

Requirements

Usual Volunteer Tasks

*Latin American students applying for Volunteers in Spain must have a valid EU passport.

  •  Over 18 years old
  •  High school degree
  •  High intermediate level of Spanish
  •  Health insurance, accident and liability
  •  Commitment to the Host Organization,its rules and tasks
  •  Be able to adapt to a new life and environment
  •  Being sociable
  •  Maintain a cordial relationship with students
  •  Take the initiative; be organized, systematic and responsible in your work
  •  Fulfill with all legal and formal requirements for your Volunteer*
  •  Prepare educational material
  •  Teach English or your mother tongue
  •  Provide homework support
  •  Setting up handcraft workshops
  •  Giving dance classes
  •  Starting theatre clinics
  •  Organizing music seminars
  •  Arranging football training
  •  Teaching students about your country and its customs
  •  Assist the teachers on routine duties

The tasks named above will be arranged with every volunteer according to each one’s skills and special abilities.

Project Hightlights

  • Provide the best education to children in Heredia that dream with a brighter future.
    Help teachers on their daily work and learn from their teaching methods.
    Take a peek at what you may think is your career choice or improve your CV!
    Encourage kids to develop their social and intellectual skills at a healthy environment great for their growth.

Daily Routine

Your day can start early in the morning organizing activities either in the playroom or outside. Lessons take place in different shifts, according to the subject. You can also help with the homework, ussually in the afternoon. You’ll have to be around your students to teach them the benefits of education. It’s great to see them succeed and even better to receive a hug or a thanks note for your efforts and the possitive influence you’re making through your teaching.
 
 
 
"As a student at this school I have been very satisfied with everything. I have felt that my Spanish has developed so much in such a short time. My teachers have been fantastic!!! Group classes combined with individual classes are ideal and make a difference. The school atmosphere is wonderful and everyone is so helpful here, all of which make attending classes a real pleasure. Thank you!"
Kathy L.
German, 29 years old
"This is the second time I come to Argentina and I love it! The School’s facilities are very good, we have internet access and a lot of things. The best things about these courses is that teachers and staff help you make of this a wonderful experience. Come and see it for yourself!"
Alice R.
Brazilian, 22 years old
"My experience in Buenos Aires was great. The teachers are well trained for each level. I liked the activities that the school offered. During my 4 weeks studying Spanish I received a lot of amazing touristic spots info and another info to get advantage of my stay in the country."
Ricardo C.
Brazilian, 18 years old
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