Assist local Elementary teachers in Costa Rica by helping them teach English. Live like a local for
$1,379 - 1 Month with
Not included, but
Our deadline for processing your application for this program is 45-days before one of the intake dates.
Arrivals are every Sunday starting on February 17 through October 6th.
There can be no intakes on April 14, June 30 and July 7th.
San Ramon, Costa Rica is located about 45 miles from the country’s capital city of San José and a
$1,379 - 1 Month with a host family. 2 meals daily and laundry.
The fee you pay to volunteer in Costa Rica goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of placing you on the program in a safe host family or hostel and neighborhood. The fee helps our non-profit to provide your accommodation, meals, insurance, pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. We update our tutor materials and tutoring aids constantly and provide a real ESL Teacher who is here via email to give you personalized assistance if you feel you need ideas. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community.
Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.
This is a volunteer teach English program, and as such, you will need to factor in not only the program fee above but your airfare and if you live outside the US, your insurance.
It is hard to calculate your spending money requirements, so think about any additional meals and travel during your time in Costa Rica. There are a couple of
Host families contact us because they want to provide room and board to a native English speaker who will help them with their conversational English. When there are children in the family, mostly they need help with their English homework, but many times the adults want to join in as well.
Families, like you, are screened. They have to show a need and a desire to host an English tutor. And they have to pass a background check, an interview by staff in Costa Rica and agree to a home inspection and provide photos of the home (inside and out). Tutors are promised their own private room but there are times a bathroom might be shared. Families provide meals except when the tutor is traveling.
An ex-pat group of Americans have set up the daily and weekly English classes when you’re teaching to your group. These are local citizens who really want to improve their English, and the classes are a lot of fun.
Not only do we provide our own book, A Tutor’s Guide–Teaching English to Families and Children (this is included in our mobile app), you receive FREE teaching materials through our mobile app. We employ a full time ESL Teacher, right here on staff. Betsy is here for you before you depart and while you’re abroad. Email Help Me Teach (or chat with Betsy with our mobile app). She will answer your questions and provide detailed and personalized ideas to help you be successful.
The location for this program is set, because of the English classes that are already set up in San Ramon and the immediate vicinity.
Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home. GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.
After you arrive if you begin having issues with your host family, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.
On this program we do have host families who are happy to host you and your friend. If we don’t have such a host family at the time you apply, we will certainly have other host families in the same vicinity and so you can see each other and teach together each day. Give us a call and ask.