Teach English in Costa Rica and live like a local for 1 to 2 months. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before! The local group you’re teaching English to (and your host family) is more interested in learning conversational English than they are grammar.
You will have so much fun living in Costa Rica by simply speaking English the way you normally do at home and sharing that with an interested group each week along with your host family. In addition, you also have a unique opportunity to improve your Spanish! In a matter of hours you are walking around your new community like a true Tico. It won’t take long for the locals to start recognizing you and for you to consider your host community your new home. It’s real and authentic. Get to know the locals. Wake up each day and feel a connection. Most of all, make a difference in your host community.
$1,299 for 1 month, $1,499 for 2 months. Includes 2 meals daily. Add $300 per month for a private room if you prefer a hostel. Meals not included in the hostel.
4 and 8 week teaching programs.
Not included, but generally a visa is not required in advance. You will enter Costa Rica as a tourist, which is valid up to 90 days.
Our deadline for processing your application for this program is 45-days before one of the intake dates above.
San Ramon, Costa Rica is located about 45 miles from the country’s capital city of San José and a 40 minute drive from San Jose’s main airport. The population of San Ramon is around 11,000 without taking into account the many adjoining neighborhoods and towns.
You will be asked to volunteer 15 hours/week (10 with the host family and 5 with the conversation groups). 4-6 days/week (most likely Tuesday through Saturday with Sun/Mon off). Exact days/time to be set up with host family and conversation group leaders.
The fee you pay to volunteer in Costa Rica goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit company, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of placing you on the program in a safe host family or hostel and neighborhood. The fee helps our non-profit to provide your accommodation, meals, insurance, pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. We update our tutor materials and tutoring aids constantly and provide a real ESL Teacher who is here via email to give you personalized assistance if you feel you need ideas. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community.
Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation.
This is a volunteer program, and as such, you will need to factor in not only the program fee above, but your airfare and if you live outside the US, your insurance.
It is hard to calculate your spending money requirements, so think about any additional meals and travel during your time in Italy.
Host families contact us because they want to provide room and board to a native English speaker who will help them with their conversational English. When there are children in the family, mostly they need help with their English homework, but many times the adults want to join in as well.
Families, like you, are screened. They have to show a need and a desire to host an English tutor. And they have to pass a background check, an interview by staff in Costa Rica and agree to a home inspection and provide photos of the home (inside and out). Tutors are promised their own private room but there are times a bathroom might be shared. Families provide meals except when the tutor is traveling.
An ex-pat group of Americans have set up the daily and weekly English classes when you’re teaching to your group. These are local citizens who really want to improve their English, and the classes are a lot of fun.
Not only do we provide our own book, A Tutor’s Guide–Teaching English to Families and Children (this is included in our mobile app), you receive FREE teaching materials through our mobile app. We employ a full time ESL Teacher, right here on staff. Betsy is here for you before you depart and while you’re abroad. Email Help Me Teach (or chat with Betsy with our mobile app). She will answer your questions and provide detailed and personalized ideas to help you be successful.
The location for this program is set, because of the English classes that are already set up in San Ramon.
Before you depart, we connect you via email, phone and Skype with your new host family. You’ll have all the details you want before you ever leave home. GeoVisions spends a great deal of time on match-making. There needs to be a “connection” between you and your host family.
After you arrive if you begin having issues with your host family, we have a way to start the process to fix things or, change your placement, if necessary. This is extremely rare, but we’ve done this long enough to know things can come up on all sides.
On this program we do have host families who are happy to host you and your friend. If we don’t have such a host family at the time you apply, we will certainly have other host families in the same vicinity and so you can see each other and teach together each day. Give us a call and ask.