English is increasingly being seen as a universal language across Latin America, offering fluent speakers better opportunities in a range of sectors. However, low-income communities don’t have good access to English lessons. As a volunteer English teacher, you’ll help to teach the language in those communities where fluent English tutors are rare.
Teaching happens in schools and community centers, with students that range in age from children to adults. Because of the high demand for English lessons, students are generally eager to learn. This also means there is a shortage of teachers, and your expertise as a fluent speaker is best used as a lead teacher.
Teaching English volunteers work with students in daily classes. It’s expected you’ll spend further time preparing lessons outside class time, and you’ll have a general syllabus and the guidance of local staff to assist you in this.
You aren’t required to have teaching experience to participate on this project as you will be provided assistance from the local team and placement staff. You can expect to be running classes independently, so we recommended completing a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course before traveling to Costa Rica if you don’t have prior teaching experience. Visit our Online TEFL Course to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate. Our local team also provide Teaching English volunteers with a TEFL “crash course” and educational materials to help get you started.
Please note that schools in Costa Rica are closed from the third week of December until the second week of February and there is a two week holiday beginning on the first week of July. Any time that schools are closed, Teaching English volunteers usually teach in precarios (urban slums), community centers or churches.Apply now