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English Teacher for Local Children

Teach English and support local community programs whilst fully immersing yourself in the lives and colourful culture of Costa Rica's friendly, welcoming people.

About the Program

Nestling between its tropical Caribbean and Pacific coasts, Costa Rica is one of the most breath-taking countries in the world. Travel to this tropical paradise and take part in an exciting teaching program that will fully integrate you into the local community and leave you forever in love with the people, landscapes, beaches, rainforests, volcanoes and wildlife that this magical destination has to offer.

Teaching English in local schools will give you a real insight into Costa Rican culture, and in your weekends off you can enjoy trips around the local countryside offering you in a world of adventure sports, tremendous landscapes of natural beauty, great food, lively music and laid-back people.

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM DO?

You will be working in a local school offering support to children learning English and supporting them with other aspects of their lives and education. Frontier volunteers work with a local school in Puerto Jimenez which is always in need of assistance from volunteers. This program has recently taken off and the school staff are extremely keen to develop their English teaching curriculum to increase the positive impact of language education on the community of the region.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your work schedule will be challenging, varied and sometimes unpredictable but always enjoyable, as you embark on your placement within this local school. There are a range of classroom activities taking place and you will finalise your schedule on arrival based upon local needs and duration of your stay. Whatever your schedule you will engage fully with local children, using your creativity and initiative to assist in the activities of the program.

You will benefit in terms of your personal and professional experience and will be encouraged to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Working with the local teachers you will be working one on one or with small groups, focusing on those children who are behind in their education. You may be asked to help with a variety of essential subjects such as basic maths, English, reading, and you may also be asked to plan your own lessons for your small group. Your level of involvement will obviously depend on the length of your stay as well as your existing skills and qualifications.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Typical day

You will teach one or two 2-hour classes per day, on four or five days a week (depending on your requirements).  

Teaching usually commences at 8am, and finishes at around 2pm, so your classes will be likely to take place in this period.

You will also have the chance to help with lesson planning with other volunteers at the volunteer house.

Details on Arrival

Program start dates are always on a Sunday and deployments are always in increments of one week.

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Health Declaration
required
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 08:00 - 14:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at Frontier are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Costa Rica provides everything you could ever desire for an action-packed and eye-opening gap year or eco break. You may wish to explore some of the activities and unforgettable sights that are on offer here whether it is in your spare time, or even in a few extra days spent in this spectacular country at the beginning or end of the project. There are so many possibilities to explore – here are just a few suggestions! Close by, why not try kayaking, horseback riding, biking or hiking through the jungle. There are stunning beaches to explore whether it is just to relax and soak up the sun or to surf some of the best breaks in Costa Rica. Alternatively you may want to visit the Frontier Costa Rica Osa Peninsula camp ($10 food and accommodation per day, transport not included).]

Further afield you can hike through the famous Corcovado National Park, visit a wildlife sanctuary nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Piedras Blancas National Park or explore the wondrous mountains and volcanoes this country has to offer. Costa Rica really does have something for everyone – you will never be short of ways to enjoy your spare time!

* Please note that you will need to cover your own costs for extra activities.

Kayaking

Learn more about one of the most biologically intense places on earth as you explore solitary beaches, beautiful rivers, mountains, waterfalls, farms and amazing diversity of wildlife on a guided kayak tour. You will have the unique opportunity to explore the mangroves from the water, and then paddle towards the sea where you may encounter dolphins, sea turtles, fish and ocean birds. You can kayak individually, in a group or with a guide who will teach you more about the incredible mangrove and coastal environment of Costa Rica.

A guided day trip costs $86 and includes kit hire inc. buoyancy aid, dry bags, kayak and paddle. Kayaks are collected from the beach near Puerto Jiminez and the cost of the bus to the beach is approximately $19 return. You can sign up for this experience prior to your deployment, or in country.

Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit this remote wildlife sanctuary which is providing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation for orphaned, injured and displaced animals indigenous to south Costa Rica. The sanctuary promote conservation through education and community involvement and work promote the maintenance of natural biodiversity. The sanctuary run a public education programme and you have the opportunity to visit the organisation for a day to exsee the animals, meet and chat with staff and walk around 700 acres of local forest land.

Entry to the wildlife sanctuary costs $28, and transport to the sanctuary is via boat only. The boat journey must be organised directly with the wildlife sanctuary and can cost up to $133 for daily boat hire. You can sign up for this experience prior to your deployment, or in country.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding

Included Services

What's included?
Before you go
  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel and medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt
  • Free Frontier TEFL certification if you complete 20 plus teaching hours
In-country
  • Accommodation
  • Food 5 days a week 2 meals a day
  • Airport pick-up (if arriving on Sunday afternoon)
  • Ground transfers to the Frontier house takes 20 minutes
  • Local orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaría International

You will be greeted at the local Airport in Puerto Jiminez by a Frontier staff member and walk 15 minutes to the Frontier house. Please arrange to arrive on Sunday afternoon.

There are two airlines which fly to Puerto Jimenez, Sansa and Natureair or if you're up for it there is also a bus service from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez. Your Project Coordinator can give you further information about this bus journey. You may have to organise your own transport back to the airport after you have completed your project depending on your project end date, which is very straight forward and the Project Coordinator can help you with this.

Accommodation

You will be staying in the Frontier house in Puerto Jimenez close to your school. Your accommodation will be in a shared room and will be basic but clean, tidy and comfortable.

Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Costa Rican food is simple but delicious, with a focus on rice, beans and good quality fruit and vegetables. You will be provided with a food budget for the school week leaving your weekends free for you to enjoy reasonably priced meals in local bars and restaurants around town or trying out street stalls. You can get creative learning how to make gallo pinto, the staple food of the nation, which is fried rice and black beans or other favourites such as crispy tortillas stuffed with delicious cheeses, vegetables and every now and then some diced meat.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,890.00
6 weeks
$2,460.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$3,030.00
Average fees
$426.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Puerto Jimenez/Costa Rica between 4 weeks and 8 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Frontier 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 Frontier during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Costa Rica

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Costa Rica. Please check the visa regulations for Costa Rica.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Costa Rica and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Costa Rica.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaría International (SJO) in San José. 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.
Vaccine Checker
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.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Costa Rica while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Puerto Jiménez, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

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