Volunteer To Teach In Costa Rica

Volunteer to teach English in San Ramon

Live like a local as a volunteer English teacher to residents of San Ramon wanting to learn or improve their English.

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Overview

Teach English in Costa Rica and live like a local for 1 to 2 months. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before!  The local group you’re teaching English to (and your host family) is more interested in learning conversational English than they are grammar.

You will have so much fun living in Costa Rica by simply speaking English the way you normally do at home. Your teach English program will include teaching English to an interested adult group each week along with your host family. In addition, you also have a unique opportunity to improve your Spanish! In a matter of hours you are walking around your new community like a true Tico. It won’t take long for the locals to start recognizing you and for you to consider your host community your new home.  It’s real and authentic. Get to know the locals.  Wake up each day and feel a connection. Most of all, make a difference in your host community. Volunteering to teach English in Costa Rica is one of the best places to go teach English.

Fee

$1,379 - 1 Month with host family
$1,579 - 2 Months with host family

$1,679 - 1 Month in a hostel
$1,979 - 2 Months in a hostel

Duration

4 and 8 week teaching programs.

Visa

Not included, but generally a visa is not required in advance.  You will enter Costa Rica as a tourist, which is valid up to 90 days.

Eligibility

  • At a minimum, be 20 years of age. We also place a lot of mature travelers looking for a different way to travel and connect with new people and explore different cultures.
  • Be a native English speaker.
  • Hold a passport from the USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand or Australia.
  • Speak conversational English up to 15-20 hours each week the way you normally would.
  • If you are living with a host family, schedule a few times each week for a few classes, mostly during meal times.

Start Dates

2018 dates:

Our deadline for processing your application for this program is 45-days before one of the intake dates below:

2018 Remaining Dates:

August 25

2019 Dates:

March 4th

April 29th

August 19th

September 23rd

Program Location

San Ramon, Costa Rica is located about 45 miles from the country’s capital city of San José and a 40 minute drive from San Jose’s main airport. The population of San Ramon is around 11,000 without taking into account the many adjoining neighborhoods and towns. 

You will be asked to volunteer 15 hours/week (10 with the host family and 5 with the conversation groups).  4-6 days/week (most likely Tuesday through Saturday with Sun/Mon off).  Exact days/time to be set up with host family and conversation group leaders.

Costs

$1,379 - 1 Month with host family
$1,579 - 2 Months with host family

$1,679 - 1 Month in a hostel
$1,979 - 2 Months in a hostel

GeoVisions-4cprocessThe 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.

Volunteer Program

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 teach abroad opportunities rolled into one.

What's Included

  • Personalized placement with a screened host family. Or, for an optional fee, a private room in a local hostel.  In other words, a place to call home in Central America.  Our unique matching system ensures a great fit.
  • If you are staying in a host family, a comfortable private bedroom for the duration of the program and 2 home-cooked meals each day except when you’re traveling.
  • If you choose to stay in a hostel, a private room for the duration of your stay. No meals are included in this plan.
  • Your Spanish improves because of the immersion. You are now a local.
  • Local office support in Costa Rica.
  • Our own mobile app containing all of your pre-departure materials, our own manual, A Tutor’s Guide–Teaching English To Families and Children, and comprehensive ESL worksheets and games.

What's Not Included

  • Your flight to Costa Rica.
  • Any Visa fee as you enter Costa Rica.
  • Meals when you travel or go out on your own.
  • Spending money for personal expenses, when you travel or optional activities.

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to made informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

How does GeoVisions choose families in Costa Rica?

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.

Does GeoVisions provide materials to help me be successful? How am I supported?

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.

Can I choose my location?

The location for this program is set, because of the English classes that are already set up in San Ramon.

What if I don’t like my placement when I arrive or I have host family issues? Can I move?

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.

Can I be placed with someone? I’d like to travel with a friend.

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.

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook Page, Instagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your Spanish since you're now living as a local and helping your host family and community realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience teaching English in a community in Costa Rica and you're ahead of the game.

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