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WorldTeach - Volunteer Teaching in Costa Rica - Past Programs
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WorldTeach - Volunteer Teaching in Costa Rica - Past Programs

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WorldTeach's volunteer program in Costa Rica, established in 1989, is their oldest continuously running program. Volunteers work with WorldTeach and the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) to provide Costa Rican students the opportunity to learn English. Volunteers teach in rural elementary schools as well as in the only two public bilingual elementary schools in the country. In rural areas, the students wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to learn English in school even though it is an official school subject. At the bilingual elementary schools, volunteers make an impact by working with local English teachers to provide integrated instruction to students who live in areas economically fueled by tourism, and thus where there is a high demand for English language skills. Volunteers have the option of serving for an entire academic year or for a summer.

Yearlong program: January through mid-December
Summer program: late May / early June through mid-August

Costa Rica
Teaching Practicum
Job Placement
Starting Price
Other Locations
Rural Areas

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WorldTeach Year in Costa Rica

WorldTeach also offers year-long volunteer positions in public elementary schools throughout rural Costa Rica. I lived with a local family in a very remote town and taught daily English classes in the town's elementary school. Despite being an obvious stranger to the area, over the course of the year I became part of my rural town’s close-knit community as I held meaningful conversations and formed lasting friendships with Costa Ricans.

I received excellent support from WorldTeach staff throughout my year-long experience. Plus, WorldTeach is affiliated with the reputable Harvard University Center for International Development, helping to make your experience look great on a resume. I highly recommend volunteering with WorldTeach in Costa Rica.

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WorldTeach was founded in 1986 by a group of Harvard students who were motivated by the desire to promote local education initiatives in places where teachers and resources were lacking. Today, we continue to provide opportunities for individuals to...