Teaching English to Local Communities MA

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High­lights

Give back to the local communities by providing them with much needed help.unities.
Gain Spanish practice by living with a host family and sharing daily life with locals.
Make memories you'll never forget during your time abroad.
Learn more about the Latin American ways, customs and habits.
Create educational lesson plans and prepare comprehensive materials to help local students improve their English skills! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Volunteer English teachers are placed at projects in impoverished communities where students come from low-income families and cannot afford to study at private institutes. Most students are children (of all ages), however we occasionally have placements with projects that teach to adults. Typically classes are held in small community centers, public schools, or churches.

As volunteer teachers, participants have the opportunity to:

  • Create lesson plans or prepare materials in advance
  • Engage in games and cultural activities with students
  • Provide general support for all activities on site

Please note that you do not necessarily teach in front of large classes or in formal classroom settings. Often, teaching is done in one-on-one format or in small groups. If you are asked to teach at a school, you may be assisting a non-native English teacher with their lessons.

You should expect your teaching English project to feel disorganized, understaffed, and underfunded. In fact, this is why they need volunteers! During the orientation before volunteers join your project, Maximo Nivel provides them with materials, books, lesson ideas, and a brief crash course in teaching English to get them started.

Volunteers are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators but they are not on site at the project every day.

The majority of our projects are located in and around San José. Travel time varies widely from project to project and volunteers should expect to spend 20-90 minutes traveling each way. The city bus system is generally the most effective and cheapest way to get to and from your project, although taxis are also widely available. For the first visit to the project, volunteers are taken by a Maximo Nivel representative using the local transport and given additional information about how to get to and from the project. Local bus rides are very affordable and a one way trip will rarely cost more than ₡350 (about $0.75). 

Typical day

Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but you can expect to work 3-4 hours per day, Monday to Friday, either in the morning or in the afternoon.

Free-time activities

In Manuel Antonio you can take to the ocean with scuba, surfing, snorkeling, body boarding, and more. Alternatively, stick to land excursions and explore the National Park, go hiking, horseback riding, zip-lining, or seek out other adventure tours. If you want to travel outside of Manuel Antonio, there are opportunities to explore volcanoes, go white-water rafting, visit the cloud forest, and tour coffee farms. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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

What's Included

Services by Maximo Nivel

Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family accommodations (shared room with breakfast and dinner)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of volunteer service
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management
- Free Tandem Conversation Program
- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
- Free social activities
- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport
Airport pick up from the San José airport and bus transfer to and from Manuel Antonio is included. Volunteers find our representative outside the airport bringing a yellow flag with a smiley face on it.
Accommodation

Volunteers stay in a traditional family-stay where you they are placed with a pre-approved middle class Costa Rican family. Breakfast and dinner are included in their home stay.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Volunteers have 2 meals included (breakfast and dinner) 7 days a week.

Internet Access
Limited 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

Every Monday, all year round. 

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)
$1,725
5 weeks
$1,910
6 weeks
$2,095
7 weeks
$2,280
8 weeks
$2,465
12 weeks
$3,205
24 weeks
$5,425
50 weeks (max. stay)
$10,235
Average fees
$318 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Maximo Nivel 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 Maximo Nivel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Teaching English to Local Communities MA

Create educational lesson plans and prepare comprehensive materials to help local students improve their English skills!

$318/week

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