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Teaching Abroad: Community English Classes

Project Information

As English is considered a quite valuable asset in the job market, you will be teaching adults in the community. For many people in the more rural communities, they have no access to English classes, or they are simply not affordable. Speaking English for these people can be vital to them in supporting their families.

Participants will teach lessons in a range of classroom settings including: schools, tutoring programs, community centers, special needs facilities and childcare centers. Participants will provide either tutoring to local students, small workshops, or assistance to local teachers. Participants will have an objective of promoting greater literacy, supporting opportunities for higher education, building vocational skills and enhancing career prospects among students. The age group the participant is placed with is decided by taking into consideration participants’ wants, along with the current needs of the community.

Additional Information

It is incredibly beneficial to have exposure to native English speakers, and it is also a wonderful opportunity for participants to brush up on what they learned in school! If you are interested in also obtaining a TEFL certification while volunteering with us, please contact us directly.

Skills & Qualifications

How can I teach if I don't speak Spanish? Great question! As most of the children and adults that you will be teaching, have very little grasp of English, knowledge of Spanish is helpful, but not at all necessary. Many ESL teachers worldwide have no knowledge of the language in the various countries where they teach. However, we create placements based on the participant's level of Spanish, and if there is none, they are placed in classes with students that have a very basic level of English.



Volunteer's Role

Where will WE stay?

Participants have the option to either stay with well-screened host families or at our headquarters depending mainly on availability and preference. Should participants have a preference, they should let our in-country coordinator know as soon as possible-in their application. We try to accommodate preferences. Host Families are well-screened and offer participants a shared bathroom, private bedroom, electricity, and running water. Headquarters housing offers participants shared bathrooms, hostel-style bedrooms, electricity, running water, and WiFi. Participants receive three light traditional meals per day at either accommodations.

What will we eat?

Participants will be given 3 meals per day. Keep in mind that food will be typical Costa Rican food, so participants may want to bring snacks like granola or protein bars with them to the project site.

What Will our Schedule Look like?

The program usually consists of 4 hours of teaching a day. Participants will be responsible for not only teaching the classes, but also planning the classes and any games they would incorporate into the classes. After your time in the classroom teaching, you will be in your own Spanish classes. Your Spanish classes are more conversational, focusing on verbs, common phrases, and useful information as it relates to your project and program.

What can we do in our freetime?

Yes! Evenings and weekends are for you to spend either relaxing, or doing pre planned excursions and activities. We have partnerships with various tour groups to offer participants a number of fun things they can do in addition to their Spanish Immersion Service. Some of the activities we are happy to help plan for your group are: Zip Lining, ATV Tours, Surf Lessons, Beach Days, Tours and Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Boat Tours, Horseback Riding