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 technical secondary schools (grades 7-12) throughout the country collaborating with local teachers and supporting students in and out of the classroom. There are a total of 197 technical high schools located in every part of the country. These institutions are dedicated to offering vocational education programs to students interested in entering the work force upon graduation. The vocational specialties offered are diverse in nature and depend on the community needs identified by each school. The specialties can range from accounting and graphic design, to rural tourism and agriculture. Students need support to reach required levels of English proficiency. 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-teaching, co-planning, material design and English language support. Volunteers also design and implement conversation clubs, exam prep courses 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.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check