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Teaching English in Costa Rica

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Project Overview

Our teaching program is targeted to those volunteers who are interested in helping children to improve their English skills. We are working in alliance with many educational sectors across Atenas and some other rural and urban parts of Costa Rica. The literacy rate in Costa Rica is 100% and there are about 9,246 educational institutions throughout the Costa Rica. Moreover, the government has spent nearly 30% of national budget on education in the last two decades, but despite this there are lots of inequalities and challenges in the education system of Costa Rica. The government education system is said to be free but is not as good as private system. However, on other hand, the poor people who cannot even afford the required uniform at schools, it is impossible for them to keep their children in private expensive schools. Thus these innocent people have no other choice but to send their children in government schools. Unfortunately most of those government schools are severely under-funded and lack the staff or finance to provide an adequate education. Moreover, due to the lack of financial resources they are unable to hire full-time staff. As a result these schools always welcome the support of assistant volunteer teacher in order to provide better opportunities for advancement to their students. If you want to do something good for the poor people of Costa Rica, then Volunteer with us and play a crucial role in filling out vacant positions. We believe that by teaching English, and by helping young students to learn the skills to get better jobs, we are ultimately contributing to the strength of a beautiful country. Our volunteers are the main resource of this project. You will find the students eager to learn from you.

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

The schools at Costa Rica are very keen to receive help from international volunteers like you. You will either working as an assistant to English teacher or may be teaching classes on your own, depending upon your abilities and capabilities. You will help students from ages of 5 to 15 years to improve their English conversation skills and familiarize them with proper pronunciation and at the same time increase their confidence. You can also help them in their homework after school. The children love to know about you, your friends and family, and from where you come, so it is ideal to bring some pictures, maps, and photos of your friends and family with you that will further help you to promote discussion and interest. If you have a passion for sports, drama or music then you may also be asked to organize some extracurricular activities for children. You are also welcome to teach the children some other subject like mathematics, science, arts, crafts, IT and sports etc (depending upon your skills). If you like you can also donate some colorful books, pencil, sharpeners and other teaching materials to schools and poor children. You also need to work in administrative section for fundraising and in some other tasks like construction and building maintenance etc. Thus just through your help and efforts the disadvantaged children can be benefited enormously and they can be able to face the world with confidence in coming future.

PLEASE NOTE: You will most probably work for 5 hours a day, and 5 days a week, however you can do more or less according to your interest and wish. You are required to get the working schedule from local teachers or other staffs that will be working in close contact with you to ensure you are doing well. You will also have the opportunity to make certain disruption in the work schedule because of national holidays, your exam, traditional and cultural festivals or other similar situations. During that period you are encouraged to manage your free time for a short holiday trip.

Project Skills and Education Requirements:

You don't need to worry about the job qualification and requirements because no specific qualification or prior experience is required for the project. However we ask you to be open-minded and flexible during the project. You should have a great fluency in English language. You must be at least 18 years of age. You should have a lot of patience and plenty of enthusiasm to face the everyday challenges with boldness and confidence. You are also expected to be reliable, hardworking, decent, and presentable (no excessive tattoos or piercing etc). If you have basic knowledge of Spanish language then it will be highly preferred, but not required.

Project Factfile

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Costa Rica
Project Type: Work for elderly care home
The Locations:  
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – This project is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: this project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer's demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $ 220 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point:  
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children's. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Thailand). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.
Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates
Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

Language and cultural orientation program Fee: US $ 250

Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost
2 weeks volunteering     US$ 220 2 weeks Internship       US$ 255
3 weeks volunteering     US$ 295 3 weeks Internship       US$ 330
4 weeks volunteering     US$ 370 4 weeks Internship       US$ 405
5 weeks volunteering     US$ 445 5 weeks Internship       US$ 480
6 weeks volunteering     US$ 520 6 weeks Internship       US$ 555
7 weeks volunteering     US$ 595 7 weeks Internship       US$ 630
8 weeks volunteering     US$ 670 8 weeks Internship       US$ 705
9 weeks volunteering     US$ 745 9 weeks Internship       US$ 780
10 weeks volunteering     US$ 820 10 weeks Internship       US$ 855
11 weeks volunteering     US$ 895 11 weeks Internship       US$ 930
12 weeks volunteering     US$ 970 12 weeks Internship       US$ 1005
Cost of airport receive, transfer to host family/ hostel: US$ 95



General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What's the best time to apply for a Uganda volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Uganda program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Uganda?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Uganda?
03. Where is the Uganda programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Uganda?
05. How long does the Uganda volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Uganda?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Uganda?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Uganda is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Uganda?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Uganda?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don'ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Uganda?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Uganda?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Uganda?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Uganda?
02. What should I know about Uganda's religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Uganda's people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Uganda




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.