Volunteer teaching English, Montezuma, Costa Rica

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

The teaching of English as a foreign language is important in a country where international tourism is the main source of foreign revenue. This is especially necessary for that part of the population that is directly involved in the tourism trade.
You’ll be working together with other volunteers with children from the communities of Montezuma, Las Delicias and Cabuya, on the Nicoya Peninsula, in the province of Puntarenas. The three communities are substantially different. Montezuma is a tourist area where many services are found, famous for its breathtaking beauty. Backpackers looking for an exotic locale to avoid crowds have visited Montezuma and its beaches for years. Instead, Las Delicias and Cabuya are small rural communities, surrounded by forests, whose inhabitants are involved in agricultural efforts looking to encourage a sustainable agricultural economy.
As a volunteer you are invited to share your knowledge of the English language with the locals to help them acquire a certain degree of fluency and communication skills that they can apply in the future as a way to make a living. You’ll be working with children, mainly in the first and second grade so you need to be passionate about teaching and patient. You don’t need to have previous experience in teaching but you do need to be resourceful.
Your presence by itself will be a great contribution to the children intercultural skills. The most important thing is that you stay open to them, telling them about your culture and where you come from. 

Join this project and make the difference!

 

You can make up games or maybe teach them a song in English. They will share their culture with you obviously, so you’ll achieve your goal of full immersion. These small communities notice when there’s someone new and they will invite you to take part in their everyday life.
The teachers need assistance during lessons and you can do that for them as well as prepare educational materials. Your creativity and hard working skills are all you need to pack with you along with the excitement of getting to know a new culture. There’ll be an English teacher coordinating the activities so that you feel guided throughout your volunteer experience in Montezuma.
You’ll be able to play with the kids and spend afternoons of soccer games, volleyball matches and just outdoors activity that will help you to get closer to the children and to help them learn English without even noticing or making a great effort. As the icing on this cake you’ll be able to participate in the Conservation Project at Romelia Mixed Wildlife Reserve: a beautiful place on earth that needs to be protected from natural and man-made hazards. Are you up the challenge? Of course you are!

Requirements

Usual Volunteer Tasks

  • Over 18 years old
  •  High school degree
  •  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 described above can vary according to the needs and the volunteers’ skills and interests. Flexibility depends on work schedule and arrangements made by volunteers.

Project Hightlights

  • Teach English to children of communities that need it to be able to support the main economic activity of the country.
  • Spend time with children and enjoy playing and sharing your culture with them.
  • Train your teaching skills with experienced teachers in Montezuma.
  • Get immersed in a new culture and become a member of this community.

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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