Volunteer English teachers are placed at projects in impoverished communities where students come from low-income families and cannot afford to study at private institutes. Most students are children (of all ages), however we occasionally have placements with projects that teach to adults. Typically classes are held in small community centers, public schools, or churches.
As volunteer teachers, participants have the opportunity to:
Create lesson plans or prepare materials in advance
Engage in games and cultural activities with students
Provide general support for all activities on site
Please note that you do not necessarily teach in front of large classes or in formal classroom settings. Often, teaching is done in one-on-one format or in small groups. If you are asked to teach at a school, you may be assisting a non-native English teacher with their lessons.
You should expect your teaching English project to feel disorganized, understaffed, and underfunded. In fact, this is why they need volunteers! During the orientation before volunteers join your project, Maximo Nivel provides them with materials, books, lesson ideas, and a brief crash course in teaching English to get them started.
Volunteers are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators but they are not on site at the project every day.
De La Farmacia La Bomba, 75m South, left side, San Pedro-Montes de Oca, San Jose 11801, CR
Maximo Nivel has been offering volunteer abroad programs since 2003. We are a locally-based organization in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. We’re the real deal--we’re a feet-on-the-street, live here, work here kind of organization. We offer top-notch volunteer abroad programs and great client service. Our program fees are affordable and transparent.
Maximo Nivel is a family-owned organization founded in 2003. We own and operate four locally-based educational institutes in three of the world’s most beautiful countries-Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.
We work with more than 4,000 students, volunteers, clients, and travelers every year. Our success is based on our commitment to quality and the highest level of client service. At Maximo Nivel, we continuously invest in professional staff and first-class facilities to ensure you have a great experience!