The English and Culture for Opportunities project in Costa Rica is a joint effort between Peace Corps and the Ministry of Public Education (MEP). Volunteers work with primary schools (grades 1-6) between the ages of 4 and 13 throughout the country collaborating with local teachers and supporting students in and out of the classroom. Elementary schools in Costa Rica are committed to introducing students to the English language through a conversational and task based approach to language learning. Elementary schools in Costa Rica offer Pre-K to 6th grade content. As an English Volunteer, you will help the project meet its three primary objectives:
1) Improve teachers' English competencies and teaching methodologies,
2) Increase students' achievement in English, and
3) Increase community member participation in student learning.
English Volunteers' primary project is based on capacity building through a unique one-on-one relationship with local teachers in a variety of classroom settings. Collaboration with counterpart teachers includes, but is not limited to: co-planning, co-teaching, material design and English language support. Volunteers also design and implement conversation clubs, and other teaching workshops. Volunteers can expect to work full time and develop a work plan with counterpart teachers and school leadership once in community. Volunteers will also support the MEP by creating learning resources to be used for various curricular initiatives.
Additionally, Volunteers focus on improving students' English competencies and confidence through a variety of engaging activities both inside and outside of a formal classroom setting. Volunteers will have the opportunity to support students and community members in extracurricular activities by designing and implementing after school activities, local and regional English festivals, English clubs, summer camps and community classes.
Volunteers will be asked to support additional school, regional and national level activities such as English Festival preparation, lesson planning and resource creation workshops, and the possibility of direct teaching at schools with no officially designated English teacher via a blended learning approach (remote English classes using basic technology).
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Subject to criminal background check