San Jose, Costa Rica
Education And Literacy
You may be able to combine any of the Service-Learning Experiences below with an ISA Academic Program.
After School Program
Work with an organization that provides after school and daycare services to children of limited economic resources. Be a positive role model and help students with homework and education activities. Engage the children by facilitating recreational activities, art and music projects.
Teach English at a Non-Profit Christian Organization
San José is home to many religious-based organizations which provide support to indigent people, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, street children and other marginalized groups. Serve as a role model to young students and assist with English classes and other classroom projects. Facilitate arts, crafts and other activities that help to eliminate the education and career gap. *Due to vacations, there will be limited options from mid-December through the first week of February and the first two weeks of July. It will be possible to arrange another placement for participants during these times.
Serve as a teacher’s aide by grading papers, assisting students with homework and supervising the classroom. Tutor special needs students one-on-one or teach English. Facilitate recreational activities and gain practical classroom teaching experience. *Due to vacations, there will be limited options from mid-December through the first week of February and the first two weeks of July. It will be possible to arrange another placement for participants during these times.
Special Education Center
This center empowers visually-impaired, hearing-impaired, intellectually disabled and other disabled individuals to live independently by providing counseling and physical, speech and occupational therapy in addition to music, art and physical education. Students at the center also receive dietary guidance and medical care. Become actively involved in the community by aiding educational or creative instruction, assisting in the dining area, and coordinating recreational activities.
Environmental, Cultural and Recreational Park
Bring surrounding communities together by dedicating your time at a free and open recreational space for children and youth. This park aims to promote an appreciation for nature and the environment, arts and various recreational activities including music, sports, such as football, taekwondo and skating, and technology. Participants will have the opportunity to work on environmental projects or assist to design and run workshops, sports and recreational activities for the youth.
Work as a teacher’s assistant at this state-funded PK-12 bilingual school. Directly assist students with reading, writing, listening and speaking lessons in English. There may also be opportunities to create a run other recreational activities. This is an excellent placement for those interested in gaining classroom experience.