JumpStart 2019 Call to Teach English

Volunteer to Teach English in Costa Rica – January 2019!

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Oregon Partners of the Americas is recruiting experienced teachers to teach English in Costa Rica. Volunteers receive one-week hands-on training and then teach four weeks. A TESL/TEFL (Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language) background, and ability to speak basic Spanish, are helpful.

THE PROGRAM: JUMPSTART! Volunteers provide 4 weeks of intensive English instruction to students who are beginning high school (7th grade). These students, usually from underserved, rural areas, have had little or no previous English instruction and therefore start high school lagging behind other students, academically, and are at greater risk for dropping out. JumpStart occurs in the month of January and the first week of February, just before the Costa Rican school year begins. Class size is usually limited to 20. Results from the first five years have been very positive. Learn more at JumpStart on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/JumpStartCR.

The teaching team at each camp may include a Costa Rican English teacher, a Peace Corps Volunteer and/or other international volunteers (e.g. Oregon Partners). There is a local coordinator at all sites where Volunteers are assigned, to handle logistics.

As a Volunteer, you first attend a three-day, hands-on training in San Jose. Teaching technique is covered, as well as familiarization with the fully-developed JumpStart curriculum. You then travel to your site and teach Monday through Friday, for four weeks. The weekends are yours to enjoy: travel to and explore nearby attractions, visit the beach, the mountains, stay in a hotel if you like, or just hang out at your site and relax.

QUALIFICATIONS, COST, LOGISTICS: JumpStart is requesting about 10 volunteers for 2018. It is not necessary to be a resident of Oregon to volunteer. Volunteers who are likely to have a successful experience are people who have traveled in foreign countries, are flexible and adaptive, have classroom teaching experience (especially English as a Second/Foreign Language), and speak at least basic Spanish.

Oregon Partners Volunteers pay their own way. Costs include airfare, bus and taxi transfers, hotel costs, and living costs of lodging and meals. Most Volunteers stay either in a hostel or with local Costa Rican families for about $125 per week, which includes 3 meals a day. Oregon Partners can offer advice on flights, hotels, and buses. The hostel or home stays with Costa Rican families are arranged by the Peace Corps and JumpStart. It is important to know that home stay conditions and food may be basic. The weather may be warm and humid, depending on location.

You can learn more about the program from the personal blog of a 2017 volunteer teacher here:  https://pellegrinaconnie.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/jumpstart-english-camp-in-la-cruz-guanacaste-costa-rica/

INTERESTED? Contact Sara Packer today, and let’s talk!

Revised July 2018