• Costa Rica

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Host Family


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Volunteer Assignment
Spanish Language Lessons
Accommodation with Host Family
2 Meals/Day
24/7 Support from Partner Staff
Feb 08, 2017
Aug 10, 2014
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Volunteer in the mountainous terrain of Turrialba, Costa Rica! You will enjoy the eco-adventure of mountain-biking, kayaking, and white-water rafting. See our volunteer options in Costa Rica below.

Teaching -- Volunteers work with Costa Rican students in local primary schools. Depending on your preference, you will tutor students individually or even lead the class.

Orphanage -- Volunteers work with 0-13 year-old children that have been abused and abandoned. You will tutor, play games, feed the babies, or help organize events with the children.

Social Welfare -- Volunteers may work with handicapped children, disabled adults, or the elderly. You work may include physical and occupational therapies, special education, and social work.

Farming -- Volunteers work alongside local agricultural and cattle farmers. You will help in the green house, seed bank, and milk factory. A one-month volunteer commitment is required.

Consider your impact: Volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for both volunteers and local communities, and at Go Overseas, we believe all volunteers should have the resources to make informed decisions about the type of volunteer project they want to partake in. However, despite best intentions, some organizations offering placements in orphanages may unknowingly place children in danger. You can read about the potential dangers of orphanage volunteering here.

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Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my time in Turrialba, Costa Rica!

I loved feeling like I lived in a Costa Rican town, if only for two weeks. I walked to town every day, then took a taxi or the bus to my volunteer work. I worked with 6th graders at a small rural school in the mornings, then I spent my afternoons at the beautiful Spanish language school up in the mountains overlooking Turrialba below. It was an adventure living with my host family who didn't speak English. The first time I encountered a giant cockroach, I frantically slaughtered the Spanish language, telling them there was a "more big animal" in the bathroom! Even though I'm home now, my mind constantly returns to the mountains, the rivers, and the people of Turrialba.

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I wish there had been more of an understanding of what my role was at the school. I really wanted to help the students with their English and with their other subjects, but the teachers pretty much ignored me (I'm sure it's because they were worried about the language barrier), and the principal seemed content to have me just watch the classes. At one point he asked me to teach a lesson on fractions, but I said I didn't know enough academic Spanish to do that, but I would be glad to help the students with their seatwork. But he didn't communicate my desire to the teacher. I enjoyed chatting with the children in Spanish, and I'm really glad I got the opportunity to experience the day-to-day life in a Costa Rican public school. But I could have done so much more---I wanted to be useful.
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