English Teacher & After School Activity Assistant

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Coordinator | Bethany
Coordinator | Bethany
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High­lights

Lend a hand to local teachers during their classes and support students who are struggling to keep up
Your main role is to build the children’s confidence in conversational English by talking with them regularly
Share new ideas and techniques with the teachers to help refresh the classroom
Run extracurricular activities such as music, sports, and drama
Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise. It has everything from volcanoes to tropical rainforests, and magnificent waterfalls to beautiful sandy beaches
Improve the English language skills of primary school students and inspire local teachers with new teaching techniques This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

As a Teaching volunteer, you’ll work alongside local teachers at a primary school in Heredia. You’ll get involved in the following activities:

  • Improve the English language skills of your students through fun and educational lessons
  • Run extracurricular activities such as music, sports, and drama
  • Improve the teaching techniques of local teachers to ensure more efficient learning

Improve English levels of young students

As a Teaching volunteer, you’ll be work predominantly as a teaching assistant to the local teacher. In smaller groups, you’ll help each child learn English grammar rules, develop their vocabulary, and improve their conversational skills. You’ll also assist the teacher with marking and lessons planning. If you stay for four weeks or longer, you’ll be given more responsibility. You may even be able to run your own classes by the end of your project.

Run extracurricular activities

If you are eager to do more, you can get involved in after school murals. You can organise lessons focusing on:

  • Sport
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • IT

You may even be able to set up extra English lessons or a club if the school allows it. You can speak to your supervisors about the ideas you have.

Share teaching techniques from your home country with the local teachers

Many teachers continue to teach using the same methods in which they themselves were taught as students, focusing on simple memorisation.

You can share your experiences of different teaching methods from back home during discussion sessions. Together, you can share tips and ideas on activities that can make learning fun. You’ll learn from them and encourage the local teachers to introduce different techniques which will make lessons more fun for their students.

Typical day

You’ll start your day with a light breakfast and a freshly brewed cup of Costa Rican coffee with your host family before heading off to work. Depending on how far you are from your placement, you’ll either catch a public bus or get some fresh air with a walk. Your supervisor will show you the way on your first day to ensure you are prepared.

Depending on the school you’re at, a typical day may start at 7 or 8.30am and end around mid afternoon, Monday to Friday. These hours might extend to 5.30pm if you choose to take part in extracurricular activities.

Each day, you’ll follow the schedule of the local teacher and assist during classroom activities. You’ll provide additional support to the children who are struggling and ensure they understand what is happening during the lessons. During the students break times and after classes, you can sit down with the teacher and share different teaching techniques. Alternatively, you can work together on future lesson plans.

At the end of the day, you are free to relax and explore the rest of Heredia. You might choose to visit the famous colonial-style church in the town square, swim in the blue sea waters, or sample the local cuisine. Over the weekends, be sure to organise a ziplining expedition or a hike up one of their famous volcanoes.

Free-time activities

With more than 25% of its land protected in national parks, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise. It has everything from volcanoes to tropical rainforests, and magnificent waterfalls to beautiful sandy beaches. This tiny country is also renowned for its biodiversity and boasts an array of wildlife.

The vibrant city of Heredia, where most of our projects are based, is situated in the heart of Costa Rica’s coffee-growing country. With its large student population and close proximity to the exciting capital city of San Jose, Heredia has an active cultural and social scene.

You can easily reach the impressive Poas and Irazu volcanoes on a day-trip from Heredia. Many other popular tourist destinations, such as Arenal volcano and Monteverde cloud forest, are only a few hours bus ride away.

You're never far from the coast in Costa Rica. Spoilt for choice by the number of idyllic beaches, you'll have plenty of opportunities for water-based activities like surfing, swimming, or scuba diving in your free time.

There will likely be other volunteers in Costa Rica with you. So you can choose to explore on your own or as a group.

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 17:30

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Your arrival airport in Costa Rica will be Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Our in-country staff will be there to greet you at the airport. They’ll be holding a Projects Abroad sign so you can spot them easily.

From the airport, our staff will arrange your transport to your accommodation. If you’re joining a project in Heredia, a staff member will accompany you by taxi and make sure you’re comfortable and settled in when they drop you with your host family. This drive should take around 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

We cover the cost of your transport to and from the airport, giving you one less thing to worry about when you arrive in Costa Rica.

Accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Heredia. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Costa Rica and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe. 


Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This project runs all year round so you can choose when you’d like to join. Our minimum stay is two weeks but the longer you stay, the bigger your impact will be.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2,393
5 weeks
$2,645
9 weeks
$3,651
17 weeks
$5,663
50 weeks (max. stay)
$13,964
Average fees
$439 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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English Teacher & After School Activity Assistant

Improve the English language skills of primary school students and inspire local teachers with new teaching techniques

$340/week

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