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 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:
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 Heredia. Known as the “City of Flowers”, it comes as no surprise that Heredia is filled with beautiful gardens and luscious flora in between the colonial architecture that line the streets. Mixed with the floral scents is the compelling aroma of their famously farmed coffee. You shouldn’t leave without tasting a cup!
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.
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.
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.