- Region: Latin America
- Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
- Location: San Ramon
- Base Price: $1105 for 4 Weeks
- Price for Extra Weeks: $154
- Groups & Family: No
- Language Required: Adv. English
- Minimum Duration: 4 Week
- Minimum Age: 18 Years
- Accommodation Type: Dorm
- Meals Included: 2 Meals
- Start Dates: Friday, Every 2 weeks
- Airport Pick-up: Included in price
- Travel Insurance Included: Yes
What's not included: Flight, Visa Costs, In-country Transportation
Project Start Dates, Dutations and Fees
Project Overview: Through this program, you'll help various members of the San Ramon community learn English. Costa Rica has made English language learning a top priority. English lessons are now a typical part of Costa Rican schooling, but most of the public school teachers are not native speakers. This means that there is a great need for English speaking volunteers.
No teaching credentials or experience is needed to volunteer in this project. It is only required that you are fluent in the English language. You will not be responsible for creating your own classes. Instead, you will follow a set curriculum with the institution. If you demonstrate a high level of competency and confidence in your teaching abilities, you may be given the privilege of being the main teacher of your own classroom. As your students progress in their learning, you'll see the effects of your hard work. It is common for students to become more interested in learning the language when there is a new English speaking volunteer who is there for encouragement and practice.
What will I be doing? As a volunteer, you'll assist English teachers in helping students with their pronunciation, vocabulary, conversational skills, and other classroom activities. Your skills and aid are in high demand, and will be very appreciated by both the teachers and pupils. You'll teach students of various grade levels, including kindergarten, elementary, high school, and adults. In the adult community classes, the format is more conversational, like that of an English Club.
Where will I be volunteering? You will be based in San Ramon, Alajuela. San Ramon is one of the larger Central Valley coffee towns and is set in a scenic basin enclosed by rolling mountains. It is a very traditional, unique and close knit town. National Geographic Magazine referred to San Ramon as having the best climate in the world.
San Ramon is about an hour drive north of the capital San Jose. It has the central Pacific Coast beaches located a couple of hours to the west and is located just south of Costa Rica's cloud forest belt and west of Lake Arenal.
San Ramon central location makes it an ideal base for travel around Costa Rica. Apart from its weather and central location, the people of San Ramon are some of the friendliest people you will meet in Costa Rica. They are genuinely welcoming to travelers, and are eager to make everyone feel welcome. The town has campuses of the 3 main Costa Rican universities; this ensures that San Ramon has a vibrant social life.
What will be my schedule? The project schedule requires that you work 4 days a week, Monday to Thursday, for a maximum of 6 hours per day. This time will be spilt into a 4 hour shift in the morning in a school and 2 hours in the early evening in the Adult Community Classes.
Read This Project's Testimonials
Below are testimonials of previous volunteers on this project. Click though to their full reports where you can view their video reports, photos and you can also contact them directly by email to ask about their experiences with us in Costa Rica.