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Copey Learning Centers is a community-developed, non-profit education
center. It was developed and is run by local community members. The center
provides English as a Foreign Language classes to students of all ages. The
learning center is located in the Zona de Los Santos, a mountainous region
two hours south of San José.
*VOLUNTEER POSITIONS*: All positions are volunteer English teaching
positions. Volunteers teach approximately 15-20 hours per week and are
responsible for planning their own lessons. Volunteers should have
experience teaching EFL/ESL or another subject, an EFL/ESL certification,
and/or a degree in education.
Volunteers get room and board in the home of a local family for $250 (US) a month. Room and board includes housing, three meals per day, and basic amenities such as laundry and cleaning. Because we are a community-based, non-profit entity, we cannot provide a salary or stipend for our volunteers.
Living with a local family provides volunteers an opportunity to become
part of the local community, experience Costa Rican daily customs and
lifestyles, learn Spanish, and participate in a cultural exchange. While
your primary role will be teaching English, you will also have the
opportunity to develop other projects. In the past, our volunteers have
built community gardens, taught dance classes, and formed a children's
*LOCATION*: Our community is located in the beautiful Zona de Los Santos,
Costa Rica, about two hours south from San Jose (the capitol) in the heart
of the coffee growing region of Costa Rica. We are surrounded by beautiful
mountains, national forest reserves, and some of the best bird-watching in
*WHEN*: We are interviewing candidates on a rolling basis. We ask that all
volunteers commit to a minimum of three months, but volunteers available
for longer stays (6 months or more) are highly preferred and will be given
* Native English Speaker.
* Some knowledge of Spanish.
* Undergraduate or graduate degree in education (or related)
and/or ESL/EFL certification and/or 1 year-plus experience lesson planning
and teaching English.
* Experience teaching and working with children or teenagers.
* Willingness to integrate with the local community and live with a
local host family.
* Must be resourceful, flexible and independent (both in working and
* Commitment to service and volunteerism.
* Should be computer savvy, able to use the internet, Facebook, etc.
*VOLUNTEERING*: Because we are community-based, we can not offer a salary
or health insurance.
Our program does provide:
* Lodging and 3 meals per day in the home of a local family.
Accommodations include a private room and laundry facilities.
* Teaching materials.
* Ongoing support from the learning centers' board members and a
director to help meet your needs and resolve any challenges that may arise.
* Transportation from Juan Santamaría airport or your current location
in Costa Rica to the community.
* The volunteer is responsible for his/her flight in and out of Costa
Rica for the duration of his/her stay, and of *buying a traveling insurance
that will last for the entirety of their stay*.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
Copey de Dota, Copey de Dota, Dota 99999, CR
Our mission is to promote the social development of our rural community through learning. Our educational model is based on the commitment and support of community members and volunteers.
We are a not-for-profit, volunteer-run school comprised of Native-English speaking, ESL-certified teachers and a Board of Directors comprised of local community members.
Teachers and Board members are of great value and importance within the school community. Each person has something unique to offer therefore, teachers are encouraged to teach their individual interests as well as seek opportunities for their students to learn through service to their community and environmental stewardship.
Teachers receive support from both the Board of Directors and the community to ensure that they have the necessary resources to teach to their utmost potential and provide a strong educational experience for every student.
We'll work with your schedule.
Copey de DotaDota, Costa Rica
March 2, 2020