The program English Volunteers for Change (EVOLC) is driven by the Foundation for Sustainability and Equity (ALIARSE), and Costa Rica Multilingüe, which is a national program initiated by former President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Oscar Arias, to make Costa Rica a multilingual country in the coming years. The program aims to contribute to improving the level of English in the rural communities, public schools, and poorest sectors of the country. It is developed under the context of public-private partnerships with chambers of tourism, schools, and local partners who give support to the initiative.
EVOLC in Costa Rica is the very best organization for volunteer teaching English in the country! Our program is unique in that we provide free English classes where there is an immediate need to learn the language. Our volunteer teachers offer classes to children and/or adults in rural/impoverished communities, tourism communities, public schools, as well as organizations and businesses in the public and private sector.
By learning and improving the English language skills, students are able to acquire better paying jobs, more career opportunities, a better education, and overall enrich their lives and enhance their futures. EVOLC brought its first volunteers to Costa Rica in January 2009; and it is expected that more than 300 volunteers will participate in the project during the next five years. The program covers the entire territory of Costa Rica and only in 2010, courses were held in 15 communities and 1,000 people received classes.
What to Expect?
Costa Rica is located in Central America, south of Nicaragua and north of Panama. The Atlantic Ocean is on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west, meaning Costa Rica is lined with miles of beautiful beachfront. There are two main seasons in Costa Rica: rainy (sunny mornings, some rain most afternoons; May through November) and dry (warm, sunny, occasional rain; December through April); however, it has a variety of microclimates and terrains allowing visitors to choose between warm, tropical beach settings or cool, lush mountainous regions.
Costa Ricans (locally called Ticos) have been known to be one of the happiest people in the world—their hospitality being a specialty. Pura Vida which literally means Pure Life is the national slogan of Costa Rica and completely sums up the country’s lifestyle and philosophy. They are well-mannered, hard working, and are generally willing to offer help to visitors that are lost, or just a polite explanation of the traditions to make visitors’ stay as pleasant as possible. It is said that Ticos are the best asset to the nation and when visitors experience their friendliness and spontaneity, they usually agree.
Volunteer teachers will participate in a 3-5 days orientation at our office in Costa Rica’s capital city, San José, and upon finishing the induction week our volunteers will be taken to their respective teaching communities. Volunteer teachers will live with wonderful host families in rural and urban communities throughout the country during their volunteer work. They will be responsible for teaching English classes approximately 20 hours/week and preparing approximately 20 hours/week. What you will gain: - Competitive multicultural, international, and professional experience - Personal sense of achievement and satisfaction - The opportunity to change and make a positive impact in the lives of others!
- Program ID: # 1726
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 MonthsMore than 3 Months
- location: Barrio Escalante, de la Iglesia Santa Teresita 200 metros Este y 150 metros Sur, esquina SE del Parque Francia. Edificio blanco de 3 pisos.San José 11062-1000Costa Rica9° 56' 3.678" N, 84° 3' 56.754" W
- Fitness level: Light Impact
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- Costs From: $1000 to $1500$1500+
- Program Type: Teach Overseas
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