Teaching and Education Volunteering


Education and vocational training for hill tribe children
Chiang Mai, Thailand       November 6 - November 18, 2017

Volunteer project: In Thailand, many universities operate demonstration schools as part of their teacher-training programs. These schools have a greater degree of freedom in their operations than most state schools and are generally viewed as providing higher-quality education. The volunteer project will support one such school in Mae Chaem district of Chiang Mai Province. It is an alternative school and learning center for hill tribe children who come from poor families and very remote mountain areas. The learning center provides the children with free education, accommodation, food and occupation training, and plays important role in preserving their culture. There are 58 students in the school, 12-15 years old. They are from the Karen and Hmong hill tribes.

Volunteer activities:
• Creative English teaching – The aim is to enable local people to communicate in another language and get to know a different culture. The volunteers will visit a primary school and practice English with the students. In their teaching, volunteers will use intercultural activities, games, songs, storytelling and dancing, focusing on communication, listening and speaking.
• School renovation - The students’ accommodation needs renovation as it is quite old. Volunteers will help make it a better and nicer place for kids to live and learn in. The volunteers can also help in the construction of a new building for the learning center.
• Farming - Volunteers and students will work together on the school’s farm in 5 different occupation training programs: cow farm, pig farm, fish and frog farm, rabbit farm and chicken farm. The group can also plant more vegetables for the school lunch project.
• Building relationships with the villagers – Besides the main tasks, important part of the project is the cultural exchange, learning and sharing with the local villagers. The volunteers will be visiting them to chat and do activities together. This will be an enriching experience for all.
• Ecotourism – There are many interesting places to visit in the community such as a Buddhist temple, a waterfall, a national park, etc. The volunteers will visit these places and will help keep them clean by collecting garbage and promoting recycling.

Special requirements: Respect for other cultures, open mind and love for learning and sharing.

Leisure time: In their free time, volunteers can visit local temples, Doi Inthanon National Park, and enjoy local life.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will live with a host family and in the school learning center.

Location: Mae Chaem District, Chiang Mai Province

Terminal: Chiang-Mai International Airport, Chiang-Mai bus station, Chiang-Mai Train station, Mae-Cham bus station, Chom-Thong bus station.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 9,500 Thai Baht (about $270 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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English classes for poor and disadvantaged children
Khon Kaen, Thailand       December 11 - December 23, 2017

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work in a school for disadvantaged and poor children in the countryside of Khon Kaen. The school offers education, food and accommodation to children who have no parents, children from poor families and those from very remote areas. Kids from 7 to 18 years of age can come and stay at the school through primary and high school. Teachers at the school provide not only education, but also care and support for the children.

With the help of the volunteers, students will get a chance to learn to speak English. The volunteers will encourage the kids to overcome shyness and get more confident in communicating with foreigners. Learning English is also important for understanding and embracing cultural diversity. With this project, we also hope to bridge the gap in educational opportunities between urban and rural areas.

Volunteers are expected to work as English teachers in the primary and high school. Volunteers are welcome to prepare their own lessons including conversations and games, and share their experience with the students.

Special requirements: Volunteers should love working and playing with children.

Leisure time: Visiting the local community, market, and national parks.

Language: English

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in the school.

Location: Khon Kaen Province

Terminal: Khon Kaen Airport, Khon Kaen Train station, Khon Kaen bus station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 9,500 Thai Baht (about $270 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English to underprivileged children
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       4 projects of 2 wks from January to March

Volunteer project: Volunteers are needed in a language center that was established in 2010 by a monk from a local Buddhist pagoda in order to support underprivileged young people and students and to give them a chance to learn a foreign language properly. With the active dedication and contribution of many individual sponsors and volunteers, thousands of students and children have had the chance to learn a foreign language. There are 6 languages offered in the center: English, French, German, Japanese, Chinese and Korean (all levels from beginner to advanced). All courses are free. The Center is open from 8am to 5pm every day. On Saturday and Sunday, there is a class for pupils (from 6 to 15 years old). Teachers are international and local volunteer teachers. At present, there are 50 volunteer teachers and about 1000 students. After finishing the course, most of the students are able to find a good job.

Volunteers will spend time with the students at the language center and will help them improve their language skills, will organize games and other activities for them. The group will work from 9am to 3pm, from Monday to Friday.

Special requirements: Interest and motivation for working with children and youth

Leisure activities: Vietnamese Day, International Day, self-organized city tour and excursions, etc.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a dormitory in Saigon, in shared rooms with bunk beds. Free Wi-Fi is available at the volunteer house.

Location: Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN), 45 minute drive from the volunteer house

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 USD
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
January 2 - January 13, 2018
January 15 - January 27, 2018
March 5 - March 17, 2018
March 19 - March 31, 2018

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Teaching foreign languages to Moroccan children and youth
Rabat, Morocco       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is to provide free educational support and linguistic reinforcement to children and young people currently attending school or university. In Morocco’s public schools, the deliverance of language classes is compromised by many factors such as crowded classrooms and lack of trained teachers due to an overall low education level especially when it comes to English. Private summer lessons are of course available but too expansive for most families. This project offers the most disadvantaged students the opportunity to achieve a higher academic level.

The volunteers will teach one or two foreign languages (English / French / Spanish / Italian / German) to children and young people. Volunteers' main tasks include teaching, organizing activities and preparing lessons. Besides the language classes, the volunteers and the students will also participate in theatre, seminars, excursions and cultural activities.

Volunteer in Morocco Teaching abroad - Morocco

The students come from families with low economic resources. The volunteers will be able to observe and appreciate their everyday life habits and culture through practical and social involvement and feel like they are actually making a change for these kids as they will pass on to them important skills for their future on a personal and academic level. Moreover, by working with local volunteers, the international participants will have the chance to get involved in the Moroccan community not only at the youth center but also outside of work.

Special requirements: No previous experience is required but pedagogic skills will be necessary to conduct this program. Volunteers need to prepare a simple teaching plan ahead so that they arrive ready. Sense of humor, openness, sociability and creativity are required, as well as cooperative spirit and interest in quality communication with the students.

Language: English or French

Documents to be submitted: A motivation letter should be sent along with the application form.

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 2 to 12 months.

Orientation: The volunteers attend a two-day orientation upon arrival to learn more about the project and the Moroccan culture.

Accommodation: The volunteers will live in host families.

Location: Rabat is the capital and fourth largest city of Morocco with an average population of 580,000 people. It combines both Mediterranean and Oceanic influences in many aspects. Rabat’s climate is mild and temperate, with cool winters and warm summer days. The city is quite dynamic as far as cultural activity is concerned thanks to many cultural institutions (Theatre Mohammed V right in the city centre, Cinema Renaissance, official galleries and the archaeological museum).

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 200 Euros/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Support the educational programs of elementary schools in rural areas of Ecuador
Coast, Highlands and Amazon, Ecuador       3 - 10 months

Volunteer project: Volunteers are needed nationwide to teach English and Computers. Based on the volunteer’s skills and education, it is also possible to volunteer as teachers’ aid for subjects like Math, World History, Environment, Grammar, Science, etc. This project offers the opportunity for volunteers to assist students of Elementary Schools located in rural areas, where access to English and/or Computer teachers is limited.

The volunteer work consists in teaching basic English, Computers and Environmental lessons in country schools with no resources, from the Coast, Highlands and Amazon. To those who have good level of Spanish, we offer to assist the children who have learning problems helping them in reading, writing, grammar, mathematics in the afternoons after school (mainly in the schools from the Coast). The Schools do not have didactic materials for English lessons; volunteers are responsible to prepare these materials in benefit of the schools, to prepare exams and evaluations, as well as, for each grade, a report about the students' achievements and goals must be given to the Principals of the schools.

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: Minimum time for volunteering is 12 weeks, up to 10 months. In the Highlands (Quito, Cayambe, Latacunga) and the Amazon (Puyo and Tena), the school year goes from the first week of September to the end of June. In the Coastal region (Jipijapa, Esmeraldas, Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Esmeraldas), the school year is from the second week of April to the middle of January.

Accommodation: Accommodation and food is provided at middle class host families or at the school teachers’ homes. Three meals a day are provided during the placement, based on the Ecuadorian diet.
The majority of the communities where volunteers will teach have electricity, communications and running water, but please have in mind that there are towns where running water is not available.

Location: Coast, Highlands and Amazon

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: $400 US/4 weeks
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Help disadvantaged children achieve their educational potential
Cuenca, Ecuador       5 - 11 months

Volunteer project: Located in Cuenca, this project benefits low income children and teenagers, whose parents are unable to provide them with sufficient care and attention at home. The project helps children ages 5 to 16 years old by providing a safe place where they can eat lunch, do their homework, watch TV, participate in recreational activities and sports, take computer lessons, join art workshops, and much more.

The volunteers will be helping the children with their homework and will support the staff in organising different recreational activities. The volunteers are expected to be able to teach or help with Math, English and some other subjects that the children are learning. At noon, the volunteers will assist in preparing and serving lunch for an estimated 100 children.

Special requirements: Basic knowledge of Spanish is required.

Language: English / Spanish

Duration of the project: The project is running during the school year, from September to July. Minimum commitment required is 5 months, up to 11 months.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in local host families.

Location: Cuenca is the third-largest city in Ecuador and the capital of the Azuay Province. It is located in the Highlands, at about 2500 m above sea level. For its rich historical heritage, Cuenca was declared one of Ecuador’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites (the other two are Quito and the Galapagos Islands).

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: $430 US/4 weeks
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching and taking care of orphans
Akwapim, Ghana       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The project is organized in partnership with the staff of an orphanage home in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The home was established 12 years ago to take care of the growing number of neglected and abandoned children in the region. Today the orphanage hosts 38 children (18 boys and 20 girls). Their ages range from 8 to 16 years.

The main goal of this project is to provide assistance and help the kids have a childhood like any other child. To achieve this, more personnel per child is needed so that more time could be devoted to each child. This will also enable the staff to identify and develop children’s talents to benefit both the children and the society at large.

In the morning, the volunteers can help prepare breakfast for the children. Volunteers will be teaching at the preschool level (Alphabet, 123 numbers, English language, Math, Rhymes, Poems, Songs and Arts & Dance). After school, the volunteers can help with the children’s lunch. Then there’s time for play (football, basketball and other creative games). In the late afternoon, the volunteers will help the kids with their homework. The volunteers will also help with HIV awareness, sexual education, health and hygiene programs.
In the evenings, the volunteers are welcome to participate in cultural activities, drumming and dancing, storytelling, etc. The volunteers will help to arrange excursions for the children and are welcome to join the trips. The work activities start at 7 am and end at 2 pm.

Special requirements: Volunteers should be interested to teach children and youth from different backgrounds and have open mind to understand the students' needs.

Leisure time: Volunteers can go to Tutu Township for a walk. Another opportunity is to visit the Aburi Botanical Garden which is just 10 km from the home. The garden has trees from all over the world, some of which are about 150 years old. Another attraction is the Okomfo Anokye palace in Awukugua. He is a fetish priest who commanded the golden stool from the skies which is the symbol of unity for the people of Ashanti in Ghana.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The program is running from February to December. Minimum duration is 1 month.

Orientation: Volunteers will attend a one-day orientation session upon arrival.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted at the home. Beds with mattresses are available.

Location: The project will take place in Akwapim in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 250 Euro per month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching in a school in Ghana
Gbawe, Ghana       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Volunteers are needed to support the educational programs of a private school in Gbawe. The volunteers are welcome to bring different methods and perspectives - this will enable the children to obtain different skills. At the same time, the students will be exposed to different cultures and will be able to expand their global thinking.

Volunteers will teach English, Math, Information and communications technology (ICT), sports, masonry and carpentry according to their qualifications and interests. The work activities start at 8.00 am and end at 2 pm.

Special requirements: Volunteers should be interested to teach children and youth from different backgrounds and have open mind to understand the students' needs.

Leisure time: In their free time, the volunteers can visit the beach (7 km from the school), Accra city central (the old colonial part of Accra), James fort or the Cape coast castle.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The program is running from February to December. Minimum duration is 1 month.

Orientation: Volunteers will attend a one-day orientation session upon arrival.

Accommodation: There are two options: First is hosting at the school guest rooms. Each room can host 4 volunteers. The second option is with a host family - the volunteer will be part of the family and will have the chance to experience more closely the Ghanaian culture.

Location: The project will take place in Gbawe in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 250 Euro per month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education and skills training for the youth of Kordiabe
Kordiabe, Ghana       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will teach the youth in the town of Kordiabe and help them obtain skills in different areas. Educational support is greatly needed in the area as skillful labor force is lacking and the standard of education is low.

The volunteers will teach English, Math, Information and communications technology (ICT), Animal husbandry and agriculture, and sports. The work activities start at 8.00 am and end at 2 pm.
Volunteers’ help may be also needed in some manual tasks such as farming, carpentry and masonry.

Special requirements: Volunteers should be interested to teach children and youth from different backgrounds and have open mind to understand the students' needs.

Leisure time: There is a possibility for visiting the Shai hills monkey sanctuary where volunteers can come up close to monkeys such as chimpanzee, baboons and other species. They may also visit the biggest manmade lake in the world, as well as Wli waterfalls where volunteers can swim.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The program is running from February to December. Minimum duration is 1 month.

Orientation: Volunteers will attend a one-day orientation session upon arrival.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a hostel.

Location: The project will take place in Kordiabe, Damgbe West District in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 250 Euro per month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Early childhood development program
Java and South Sulawesi, Indonesia       4 to 16 weeks

Volunteer project: Education for children, especially in early childhood is very important for their development. For families who live in the city, the time for teaching their children is quite limited since the parents are busy working. Kindergarten is the early childhood formal educational level (under 6 years old). The Kindergarten curriculum is focused on the provision of educational stimulation to assist the growth and development of mind and body so that the children are ready to enter the next educational level. The kindergartens in Indonesia host children from 4 to 6 years old. The students are given lessons based on their level. The lessons aim to improve children’s creativity and raise their interest in learning though variety of approaches such as tact, values, social, religious, emotional, physical, motoric, cognitive, language, art, and independence. These schools are located in the urban setting of some cities such as Semarang, Salatiga, Makassar, Jepara, etc.

The volunteer will be teaching basic English by organizing games and entertaining activities for the children. This will include organizing sport activities, creating other activities that would enrich the children's skills, and helping in extra activities such as cooking, making compost, etc.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteer will have the chance to visit tourist places near the project sites.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 4 to 16 weeks. Arrival should be on Monday.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: Java and South Sulawesi

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English to primary school students in Indonesia
Java and South Sulawesi, Indonesia       4 to 16 weeks

Volunteer project: In the recent years, the primary schools in Indonesia started developing some new programs. The International program is designed to facilitate the students who wish to employ English as their main language of communication in class. The regular class activities are Monday to Saturday, from 7 am to 1 pm. After 1 pm, the students are given choices to participate in some club activities provided by the school. There are sports, music, art, English club, Mathematics club, computers, boy scouts. The schools are located in the urban setting of some cities such as Semarang, Makassar, Salatiga, etc. The primary school system in Indonesia has 6 grades based on the ability and the age of the students. There are about 20 to 30 students in each class. The students are 6–12 years old.

The role of the volunteer will be assisting local teachers in holding basic English conversation classes. The volunteer is expected to motivate and encourage the students to practice their English skills. In addition, intercultural learning activities such as arts and music will be very much welcomed.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteer will have the chance to visit tourist places near the project sites such as Chinese town, temples, and beaches.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 4 to 16 weeks. Arrival should be on Monday.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family or in a dormitory. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: Java and South Sulawesi

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English to high school students in Indonesia
Java and South Sulawesi, Indonesia       4 to 16 weeks

Volunteer project: The High School Education in Indonesia is divided into two educational levels: secondary (age 12–15) and senior high school (age 15–17). These schools are implementing the national curriculum standard as their compulsory activities. Therefore, the students take compulsory classes such as Math, science, languages, religion, physics, etc. In senior high school, the students are given more varied program such as science, social studies or language classes. The schools would like to collaborate with international volunteers to support their foreign language program. Moreover, the involvement of volunteers provides extra activities in order to boost students’ interest in music, art, sport and technology. Most of the schools are located in urban centers.

The role of the volunteer will be assisting local teachers in holding English language classes. The volunteer will motivate and encourage the students to practice the foreign language they are learning. Intercultural learning activities in the form of dialogue, music and games could give the students a better understanding of other countries and cultures.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteer will have the chance to visit tourist places near the project sites.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 4 to 16 weeks. Arrival should be on Monday.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family or in a dormitory. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: Java and South Sulawesi

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Primary school education in rural Indonesia
Java and South Sulawesi, Indonesia       4 to 16 weeks

Volunteer project: Primary school is the first step in formal education level after kindergarten. It is compulsory education that every child has to take. This educational level is not merely about knowledge but also about other aspects such as character building. Teachers and parents are having important role in leading their children. In this level, raising discipline among students and growing understanding on the need of education are important. Furthermore, this is the time to prepare students of kindergartens for elementary level and to prepare students of elementary school for the higher level of education. The schools are located in the rural area and some of them are located on mountain slopes. Most of the students' parents are working in the private sector such as farming or trades, etc.

The volunteer will be teaching basic English by organizing games and entertaining activities for the children. This will include organizing sport activities, creating other activities that would enrich the children's skills, introducing the volunteer’s culture and intercultural learning and exchange.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteer will have the chance to visit tourist places near the project sites such as Chinese town, temples, and beaches.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 4 to 16 weeks. Arrival should be on Monday.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family or in a dormitory. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: Java and South Sulawesi

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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High school education in rural Indonesia
Central Java, Indonesia       4 to 16 weeks

Volunteer project: The High School Education in Indonesia is divided into two educational levels: secondary (age 12–15) and senior high school (age 15–17). These schools are implementing the national curriculum standard as their compulsory activities. Therefore, the students take compulsory classes such as Math, science, languages, religion, physics, etc. In senior high school, the students are given more varied program such as science, social studies or language classes. The schools would like to collaborate with international volunteers to support their foreign language program. Moreover, the involvement of volunteers provides extra activities in order to boost students’ interest in music, art, sport and technology. The schools are located in the rural area.

The volunteer will organise intercultural activities like games, music, presentations, discussions, etc. The aim is to motivate the students to actively use their English in the interactive learning process. The volunteer will be working together with teachers and collaborate in class activities. The volunteer is expected to adapt to Indonesian life and culture.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteer will have the chance to visit tourist places near the project sites.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 4 to 16 weeks. Arrival should be on Monday.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family or in a dormitory. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: Central Java

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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English language and intercultural learning program for University students
Central Java, Indonesia       4 to 16 weeks

Volunteer project: In this project volunteers will work with university students in different cities in Indonesia: Semarang, Pekalongan, Kudus, Purwokerto, Makassar. The presence of volunteers is highly appreciated by the university community as its seen as a boost to students' motivation to actively use and improve their foreign language. Furthermore, the interaction between the students and the volunteer can enhance their cultural knowledge and experience.

The role of the volunteer will be assisting local lecturers in holding English as a foreign language classes. The volunteer will help and encourage students to practice their foreign language knowledge. Intercultural learning activities in the form of dialogue, music and games could give students a better understanding of other countries and cultures.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteer will have the chance to visit tourist places near the project sites.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 4 to 16 weeks. Arrival should be on Monday.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family or in a dormitory. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: Central Java (Semarang, Pekalongan, Kudus, Purwokerto, Makassar)

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English in boarding schools in Central Java
Central Java, Indonesia       4 to 16 weeks

Volunteer project: Pesantren or Pondok Pesantren are Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia. The pesantren education system originated from traditional Javanese dormitories to learn religious philosophies. Pesantren have played a major role over the centuries. They emphasize core values of sincerity, simplicity, individual autonomy, solidarity and self-control. Young men and women are separated from their families, which contributes to a sense of individual commitment to the faith and close bonding to a teacher. Most pesantren provide dormitory living at low or no cost for the students. The students' activities start with an early morning prayer and end in the evening with a study group in the dormitory. During the day, the students attend formal school like any other students outside of pesantren (science, sport, English etc.). In the late afternoon and evening they have to attend religious studies. The pesantren has possible components such as traditional religious education, vocational skills training and character development. The project sites will be in Jepara and Gunungpati, both located in rural areas.

The role of the volunteers will be assisting local teachers in classes like organizing Basic English conversation, helping the teacher in giving training; motivating the students to study; organizing activities that will enrich the life skills of the students; getting involved in various other activities at the project site.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteer will have the chance to visit tourist places near the project sites.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 4 to 16 weeks. Arrival should be on Monday.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family or in a dormitory. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: Central Java

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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English classes and intercultural activities for Indonesian students
Central Java, Indonesia       4 to 16 weeks

Volunteer project: Madrasah (in Arabic language) simply means school in English, whether private or public, secular or religious. Madrasah have played a major role in Indonesia. They emphasize core values of sincerity, simplicity, individual autonomy, solidarity and self control. Most of madrasah provide low cost education, as the students are mostly coming from low to medium economic family background. The students attend formal school like other students outside of madrasah and they learn general subjects (science, sport, English, social studies, etc.). In the madrasah the students also study Koran and about Islam. The madrasah have possible components such as traditional religious education, vocational skills training and character development. The project sites will be in Elementary schools, Junior High and Senior High schools which are located mostly in rural areas in Central and East Java. The volunteer can choose the madrasah’s level based on their interest.

The role of the volunteer will be assisting local teachers in holding English language classes. The volunteer will motivate and encourage the students to practice the foreign language they are learning. Intercultural learning activities in the form of dialogue, music and games could give the students a better understanding of other countries and cultures.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteer will have the chance to visit and explore cultural and tourism spots near the project sites.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 4 to 16 weeks. Arrival should be on Monday.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: Central Java

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education program for children in Sulawesi Island
South Sulawesi, Indonesia       4 to 8 weeks

Volunteer project: The project will take place in several locations on Sulawesi Island, South Sulawesi Province, such as Makassar, Jeneponto and Bantaeng. We will collaborate in this project with local schools from kindergartens to senior high schools.

The role of the volunteer will be assisting local teachers in holding English language classes. The volunteer will motivate and encourage the students to practice the foreign language they are learning. Intercultural learning activities in the form of dialogue, music and games could give the students a better understanding of other countries and cultures.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteer will have the chance to visit and explore cultural and tourism spots in Sulawesi such as Bira beach, Tanah Toraja, and Bantimurung National Park.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 4 to 8 weeks. Arrival should be on Monday.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: Sulawesi Island, South Sulawesi Province. The local people in Sulawesi work mostly in agriculture, fish farming, salt mining and fishing.

Terminal: Semarang airport

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education and support for children in Semarang's slums
Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia       4 to 16 weeks

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will support private non-profit kindergarten schools located in crowded and slum areas of Semarang suburbs on the river side of Banjir Kanal Barat where floods are often. The schools serve children from the local community and help disadvantaged families who cannot afford to send their children to school. The main income of the villagers are from various sectors such working in factories, collecting stones or sands from the river, scavenging (garbage picking). In the schools, there are extra activities for the students such as making compost, making handicraft/souvenirs and cooking lessons. The students sell the items to churches, local community, and teachers from other schools, etc.

The role of the volunteer will be assisting a local teacher in holding simple English classes, playing with the kids, organizing events with the teachers, sharing and educating kids about hygiene, assisting kids in doing extracurricular activities (cooking, making handicrafts, etc.). Intercultural learning activities in the form of dialogue, music and games could give the students a better understanding of other countries and cultures.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the local particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: In the free time, the volunteer will have the chance to visit Semarang city, Samp Poo Kong Chinese Temple, LawangSewu Building and GedongSongo Hindus Temples.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 4 to 16 weeks. Arrival should be on Monday.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: Semarang City, Central Java

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English on Bali Island
Jembrana, Bali Island, Indonesia       4 to 8 weeks

Volunteer project: Bali Island is popular as the island of gods and is very famous for its culture and nature attractions. The project takes place in the western part of Bali, in Jembrana Regency. Unlike in the east where tourism is the main source of income, in the west there’s more rice farms and plantations, and fishing is a major activity. The busy seaport in Gilimanuk is the gateway that connects Bali and Java island through Bali sea. Most of the area is mountainous and consists of primary monsoon forest. The West Bali National Park has a total area of 19.000 ha and is an important place for conserving rare and endangered plants and animals.

We organize this volunteer project in order to support high schools and elementary schools in the western part of the island. We aim to meet the need of local students and teachers for improved communication and opportunities to interact with people from other countries. The volunteer will assist English teachers at school from 7 am to 2 pm, Monday to Friday.

The volunteer will teach the students basic English and introduce some English kids songs. The volunteer will be also involved in extracurricular activities with the children like cultural exchange, playing, sport, art, scouting, music and traditional dance.

Study theme: The volunteer will be introduced to the rich local culture and nature. They will interact with local people and will learn about the importance of local culture.

Leisure time: During free time, the volunteers will have the chance to visit diverse and exciting attractions in Jembrana and other parts of Bali, which are popular all over the world. The volunteers may visit beaches, temples, handicraft making centres and traditional markets.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The volunteer placements are from 4 to 8 weeks. Arrival should be on Monday.

Accommodation: The volunteer will stay with a local host family or in a dormitory. Facilities are simple and Indonesian style.

Location: The project takes place in the western part of Bali Island, 3 hours by car or bus from Denpasar.

Terminal: Semarang airport, railway station

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 300 €/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching students and developing the education programs of schools in India
India       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Education is an important tool for development. Teaching spoken English, basic Math, Health and Hygiene awareness, Environmental education and conducting extra-curricular activities with local school children can be a rewarding experience.

You will be working in a Kannada/Tamil Medium School, which lacks in resources and/or English teaching staff. One of the important aims of this project is to support the staff in the classroom and to bring an international dimension to the learning process. Your tasks will be to assist with English language learning using creative teaching methods to encourage and to develop learning levels and cognitive skills in the students. You will also assist with extra-curricular activities, inspiring children to learn new languages and learn about new cultures.

Additionally, you may have to assist in the following tasks:
- Develop teaching and learning aids with low cost or no cost locally available materials, and facilitate simulation games for the children and the teaching faculties.
- Undertake capacity development of teaching faculty in classroom management; children’s learning needs assessment.
- Design developmentally appropriate tools and criteria for assessment of children’s learning levels and cognitive skills; Individual goal setting for children with learning disability; lesson planning etc.
- Develop teaching-learning methods and pass this information (through the Final Evaluation/Report) to future volunteers with a view to creating long-term improvements to the educational model.

The volunteers should bring in creative ideas to initiate new activities in the school, for example, environmental, organizational or computer education. You have to love children, as you will be surrounded by them every day. If you have ideas for teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to children, then this type of project is for you! You will be teaching a variety of subjects depending on your personal interests and skills. Volunteers should have a good level of spoken English and previous experience in teaching children will be useful.

Language: English

Duration of the project: Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.
Please note that due to school holidays, this project will remain closed during the following months: March until May; in the month of October; and sometimes in December. During these months, volunteers are encouraged to take part in the short-term summer and/or a winter volunteer projects.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required with application. This information assists us to match you to the right project for you.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a volunteer centre in Kundapur or Bangalore in shared bedrooms, and will take all three vegetarian meals together.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: topics include aims of the program, way of working, finances, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language, Kannada or Tamil. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language, since this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in other projects who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new things will be introduced to you including some sessions on yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help you overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Help get kids off the street and into the classroom
India       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Many local organisations and initiatives in India work for the welfare of street children or “working children”. The aim is to take these children away from the streets and from their working place in order to give them a chance to live a decent and accepted standard of life. By placing them in centres, boarding schools or day-care shelters, the children return to the regular schooling system or vocational training programs to give them skills that would help them find a decent job and keep them away from exploitation.

Much of the development work in street children projects is based on education known also as alternative education. Therefore, the volunteers will be required to teach in most of the projects where they work with street children. Hence an interest in teaching and love for children is essential in this project, like all teaching projects. Other work activities will involve supporting the staff in the daily running of the schools.

A creative approach to work with the children will be useful and you will have the opportunity to initiate new mini projects or activities. You need to have a flexible approach to work with children in difficult circumstances and be prepared to undertake a variety of tasks.

In some cases the volunteer will be required to go amidst the “tent” community to raise awareness of the teaching program, gain interest and collect children. If you have ideas in teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to children, this project assignment is for you!

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required. This information assists us to match you to the project as accurately as possible.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a volunteer centre in Kundapur or Bangalore in shared bedrooms, and will take all three vegetarian meals together.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: topics include aims of the program, way of working, finances, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language, Kannada. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language, since this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in the project who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new things will be introduced to you including some sessions on yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education and development projects in Indian slums
India       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Indian cities suffer from huge urbanization problems and slums are present and mushrooming in many cities and towns. The slum areas in the cities are clusters of houses and shacks built illegally, where all basic infrastructures are absent, water and electricity supply and other civic amenities are scarce or non-existent, hygiene is very poor. With high rates of unemployment and outbreaks of diseases these slums become breeding grounds to poverty, exploitation and negligence.
Many NGOs are working with an aim to improve the basic living conditions of the large number of people residing in those slums.

The volunteers will have the opportunity to join hands with the local NGOs to support ongoing projects such as Awareness campaigns, Literacy programs, Educational projects and Empowerment of minorities.
The volunteer will mainly focus on teaching slum children in small shelters or in schools. In addition, with the support of the project staff, the volunteer may have to visit slum areas, interact with inhabitants, conduct awareness campaigns on health, water, sanitation, etc.

Language: English

Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum duration is 1 month. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.

Documents to be submitted: Motivation letter that accurately describes yourself, your skills and interests, past work experience, strengths and weaknesses, etc. is required. This information assists us to match you to the project as accurately as possible.

Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a volunteer centre in Kundapur or Bangalore in shared bedrooms, and will take all three vegetarian meals together.
Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.

Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive in Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month. Bangalore has an international airport and Kundapur is well connected to Bangalore by train and bus.

The program will start with a week-long orientation. The schedule is flexible but the Orientation week usually contains the following topics:
- Program introduction: topics include aims of the program, way of working, finances, rules and expected behaviour.
- India: culture, religion, habits, customs, history, geography, social issues, etc.
- Language skills: India has 18 official languages, and many more dialects and sub-dialects. We will start with teaching the local language, Kannada. Do not forget that English is widely spoken throughout the country. However, we encourage you to try to learn and speak the local language, since this will open more doors for you.
- Projects: overview of the international volunteer projects in India and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement. There will also be project visits, where you will have the opportunity to meet current volunteers in the project who can share their experiences.
- Information: lots of new things will be introduced to you including some sessions on yoga, cooking and Hindu philosophy.
- Local sightseeing: meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, Indian homes and natural sites in groups or individually during the free time.
- Do’s and Don’ts: there are some simple rules, which can help you have a smooth integration with each other and with the local people. This will also help overcome the culture shock!
- Intercultural session: presentation of the represented countries and cultures to the other volunteers and the local youth.
- Group games and discussions to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic and participatory as possible.

Age range: 18 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $560 US)

Extra fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees per month (about $220 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Teaching English in schools in South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam       2 - 3 weeks


Volunteer project: In this program, volunteers will teach English at a local educational institution, from primary level until tertiary level.
Many Vietnamese schools lack teachers with sufficient English competencies to extend the students’ English beyond basic writing and speaking skills. Volunteers help to improve the children's vocabulary and pronunciation, assist local teachers in managing their classes, organize games and other activities in the classroom, and help to improve the children's listening and speaking skills. Additionally, volunteers can teach French, Art, Culture, Dancing, Sport, etc.
Working hours will vary depending on the school where the volunteer is placed and will average around 3 to 6 hours per day.

Please note, volunteers do not need to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate in this kind of project; however, in some certain placements, teaching experience is necessary.

Besides the normal work at local schools, volunteers are welcome to join communication English/French classes for children and students that are organized once or twice a year (usually in summer time). In this project, volunteers can learn and develop their teaching experiences through working independently, making lesson plan and creating their own activities in the class.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2 - 3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Arrival and orientation: The project starts on Tuesday, except on holidays. Volunteers arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday or Tuesday of every week.
A one- to three-day orientation and training is provided at the beginning of the project. It covers topics such as aims and structure of the program, introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation, practical information and arrangements, basic Vietnamese and local travel guide and visits to host placement(s).

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a dormitory in shared rooms. The house has TV, PC, free Wi-Fi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, cooking facilities and common room.
There is a cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced fresh produce daily during the week. On weekends, meals will be served at a restaurant nearby.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City

Terminal: Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro for the first 2 weeks plus 80 Euro per extra week
The extra fee for this project has to be transferred one month before the start. The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds.

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Teaching assistant program
Costa Rica       1 - 3 weeks

Volunteer project: Volunteers are needed for teacher assistant positions in schools in different locations around Costa Rica.

These are public schools located in several middle and lower middle class areas of Costa Rica. The children’s ages vary from 5 to 13 years, and they go from kindergarten, preschool and the first six grades of elementary school. The schools’ curriculum and activities usually include all the basic subjects (Spanish, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics). Additionally, most schools offer English as a foreign language, Music, Arts, Physical Education, Civics and (Roman Catholic) Religion classes.

English classes are one of the areas where the support given by volunteers is most valued (even if they are not native speakers as these classes would be at a basic level) as well as physical education. Sometimes, if a volunteer has some special knowledge or skills – for example in music, arts or sports – and if the school agrees, they can organize additional activities independently.

Volunteer duties:
• To assist the teachers in the classroom
• To help create didactic material
• To support in the special activities of the school
• To assist at the school’s library or with other administrative tasks
• To organize additional activities with the approval of those in charge of the kids
• To help children with their homework
Volunteer’s schedule is Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 1:00-2:00pm.

Special requirements:
- To have an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish
- To enjoy working with children
- To be patient and tolerant, to be sociable and have a lot of initiative

Arrival and orientation: All participants in the program have an orientation meeting in San José before travelling to the project. The orientation helps you get an insight into local culture and prepares you for a positive experience in Costa Rica.
Please arrive in San José 3 days before the start of the project. On the third day, you will travel to the project site.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1-3 weeks. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.
School holidays are usually from December to February and at Easter.

Accommodation: The volunteers live with a host family close to the school.

Location: Placements are currently available in schools in San Ramón, Alajuela Province and in Peñas Blancas, Guanacaste Province near La Fortuna. Depending on the time of the year, other schools might be available and suggested.

Terminal: San José

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 325 USD for 1 week; 400 USD for 2 weeks; 475 USD for 3 weeks;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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