What will I be doing during my Teaching Project in Costa Rica?
As a Teaching volunteer, you’ll work alongside local teachers at a primary school in Liberia. 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:
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.
Where will I be teaching in Costa Rica?
You’ll live in the quaint laidback city of Liberia, known as “la ciudad blanca” (the white city) due to the whitewashed colonial houses that used to dominate the landscape. It’s a great base for exploring the surrounding Guanacaste province at weekends.
You’ll work in a local primary school. The schools are often understaffed so the teachers will always welcome an extra hand during their classes. Your fresh ideas will be greatly appreciated in making the lessons more fun for the children.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
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.
Most of our projects are based in the vibrant city of Liberia, capital of the Guanacaste province. A striking mix of old and new, Liberia retains a rich colonial history, as well as being home to an array of modern tech companies and shopping centres.
Liberia is also a fantastic starting point for weekend excursions. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, you’ll be able to explore the nearby Santa Rosa and Rincón de la Vieja National Parks.
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. In Liberia, you can get to many of the nearby beaches with a short bus ride.
There will likely be other volunteers in Costa Rica with you. So you can choose to explore on your own or as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.