Teaching English in Costa Rica

For those students who have just finished their A Levels and are yet to start university, or even for anybody else who finds themselves at a loose end, volunteering abroad offers an exciting range of experiences, which are likely to become some of the most treasure memories of your life. You could volunteer in Costa Rica for example, where you’ll find a large number of projects geared up towards accepting volunteers on a short-term contract – you’ll be able to find work on placements ranging from one month, to a year.

There is a staggering choice of different options open to those who choose to volunteer – from healthcare, to ecological projects involving the preservation of rainforests, or even endangered giant turtles! Among the more popular options amongst volunteers in Latin America is to work with children. This is one of the most tangible areas in which to contribute, as you will see the very real results of your labours, in the smiling faces of your wards. From basic childcare, to community healthcare provision, to actually running classes yourself; there is a wide range of options when it comes to working with children.

One great way to get into it would be by teaching English classes for the younger children, either at schools or orphanages in the towns and cities of Costa Rica. There is a wealth of companies who organise such placements, and minimal training or experience will be required on your part – just a positive outlook, and a willingness to really get stuck in!

Don’t expect it to be easy – not only will you be in one of the less developed countries in the world, and away from many of the home comforts you may be used to, but most volunteer posts require real hard work, and long hours. Ultimately though, almost everyone who decides to volunteer in Costa Rica finds the experience to be both rewarding, and life affirming. You’ll be able to offer real support to some of the people who need it the most, and it’s an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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