Volunteer Teaching English

Maximo Nivel 
San Jose, Costa Rica

Job Description

Maximo Nivel’s teaching English projects offer volunteers lots of opportunity to hone their teaching skills and help local students improve their English skills.

The public education systems in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru do not offer high quality ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Speaking English is a life-changing skill for people in developing countries, because it opens both academic and professional opportunities, and provides a path out of poverty. Most middle and upper class students learn English at private language centers, which unfortunately are too expensive for a large part of the population. This creates an unfair gap between those who can afford English and those who can’t. Volunteers can help make real impact in people’s lives by teaching English!
What will you do as a volunteer?

Maximo’s teaching English projects serve underprivileged schools and communities—people who want to learn English, but who don’t have the financial means to do so. Volunteers work in a variety of settings including public schools, community centers, after-school programs, orphanages, shelters for street children, and other educational programs for the poor. Work varies at these projects, but generally consists of creating lesson plans, teaching classes, one-on-one tutoring, and organizing educational games and activities. You may also work in support activities such as cleaning and fixing up the teaching areas, fundraising and collecting donations of books and other educational materials. Classes are taught in the mornings or afternoons.

As part of your orientation, you will take part in Maximo Nivel’s ESL Crash Course to make sure you understand basic ESL teaching strategies, and to be sure you have access to Maximo’s materials, books, and lesson plan ideas to get you started.

Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru

Program Duration
Minimum 1 week; We recommend 2 weeks or longer.

Work Schedule
3-4 hours/day; Working hours are either in the morning or afternoon, depending on project site.

Volunteer Requirements
– At least 17 years of age
– Native English speaker or qualified via Maximo’s English Diagnostic test
– Flexible, creative, resourceful
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Work independently to create lesson plans
– Spanish language skills are not required

ID #3706 Location De La Farmacia La Bomba 75m South, San Jose, Costa Rica Job Type Full Time Contract Length Less than 6 months Date Posted 2017-02-16
General Requirements
Accepted TEFL Certifications 100-Hour Bridge Certificate, or Equivalent

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School Information

Maximo Nivel

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! Our Mission Maximo Nivel is a professional, ethical, and hard-working organization that is completely dedicated to providing a great experience to every student, volunteer, and client. Our Goals – Deliver high-quality, safe, affordable programs. – Provide the best Spanish language immersion in all of Latin America. – Improve impact at every volunteer project site where we work. – Train and certify world-class ESL teachers. – Organize excellent internships and other opportunities for international work experience. – Help people experience the world through education, adventure, and cultural travel. Our Team In each country, Maximo Nivel has a dedicated, multilingual staff available 24/7. Our team reflects our multicultural world with people from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Everyone on the Maximo team has followed their own unique journey in their evolution from young learner into global citizen. Today, we all stand ready to share our international knowledge and experience, our passion for travel and learning, and to provide great personalized service to everybody who joins us. All Maximo Nivel instructors and facilitators have excellent credentials in the fields of Language, Linguistics, Literature, Culture, and Travel.

Est. In 2003

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