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Costa Rica Teaching Course Credit Internship

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Costa Rica Teaching Course Credit Internship

Embarking on an internship abroad is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable practical skills and course credit in one’s field of study while experiencing full immersion in a novel culture.

Prices from $1,745

A multitude of Frontier volunteers and interns are University or College students undertaking academic study. Why not make the most of your time abroad by adding volunteer experience to your resume as well as gaining academic course credit in your field of study. This internship will give you the opportunity to gain relevant work experience that will not only enable you to stand out to prospective employers but will also save you time and money; after all, a minimum of 4 weeks spent volunteering during your summer vacation works out a lot cheaper than another semester at College!

So how does it work? Volunteers can arrange with their academic institution to gain transferrable course credit by participating in our field programmes. Our research team both in our London Headquarters and overseas field staff will liaise with your academic course supervisors on your behalf to ensure that your participation contributes to your academic performance and confers course credits. Further to this, we are able to sign supporting documentation, verify your participation and provide mentoring and in-country support. To sum up, Frontier will be there for you every step of the way!

Nestling between its tropical Caribbean and Pacific coasts, Costa Rica is one of the most breath-taking countries in the world. Travel to this tropical paradise and take part in an exciting teaching project that will fully integrate you into the local community and leave you forever in love with the people, landscapes, beaches, rainforests, volcanoes and wildlife that this magical destination has to offer.

Teaching English in local schools will give you a real insight into Costa Rican culture, and in your weekends off you can enjoy trips around the local countryside offering you in a world of adventure sports, tremendous landscapes of natural beauty, great food, lively music and laid-back people.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • We will tailor your internship to fulfill university/college requirements for independent study or course credit for your field of study 
  • 24/7 supervision and mentoring 
  • Direct liaison between with your mentor and university or college tutor
  • Your mentor can also provide a College reference at the end of your internship
  • There is also the opportunity to gain your TEFL qualification

It is possible to gain Course Credits in the following fields of study:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Coaching 
  • Coral Reef Conservation 
  • Community Health
  • Conservation Biology
  • Construction
  • Ecology
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Healthcare
  • Health Education
  • Journalism
  • Languages
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Mammal Conservation
  • Medical Placements
  • Teaching
  • Tropical Forest Conservation 
  • Tropical Wildlife Conservation 
  • Wildlife Management

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Intermediate level of English
  • Introduction to your Course Supervisor
  • Up to date CV
  • Criminal background check (DBS)

FAST FACTS

Location Costa Rica
Activities Help to teach English
Get involved in extracurricular activities
Support community development activities
Transport Airport pick-up and transfer to Frontier house
Accommodation

Frontier volunteer house or upgrade to a local hostel

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

Liaising directly with your academic supervisors
Pre-departure support, mentoring & documentation
Travel & medical advice from dedicated personal travel adviser
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)

In-country Project orientation and training
24/7 supervision and mentoring from the field staff in-country
Support from the research team at London HQ  
In-country emergency support
Basic food
24-hour international HQ back-up
 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

You will be working in a local school offering support to children learning English and supporting them with other aspects of their lives and education. Frontier volunteers work with a local school in Puerto Jimenez which is always in need of assistance from volunteers. This project has recently taken off and the school staff are extremely keen to develop their English teaching curriculum to increase the positive impact of language education on the community of the region.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your work schedule will be challenging, varied and sometimes unpredictable but always enjoyable, as you embark on your placement within this local school. There are a range of classroom activities taking place and you will finalise your schedule on arrival based upon local needs and duration of your stay. Whatever your schedule you will engage fully with local children, using your creativity and initiative to assist in the activities of the project

You will benefit in terms of your personal and professional experience and will be encouraged to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Working with the local teachers you will be working one on one or with small groups, focusing on those children who are behind in their education. You may be asked to help with a variety of essential subjects such as basic maths, English, reading, and you may also be asked to plan your own lessons for your small group. Your level of involvement will obviously depend on the length of your stay as well as your existing skills and qualifications.

There are also extracurricular activities with the volunteers running an after school activities program everyday. This can be playing football, dodgeball, hide and seek and any other games you can come up with. Just use your initiative and get the kids involved! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these enthusiastic children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.

As well as taking part in teaching and running after-school activities, depending on the length of your visit , you may also have the opportunity to assist in the day-to-day running of classroom activities, help in the school office or get involved in activities in the wider community. The school is always in need of extra funds so any ideas you have for fundraising projects will be greatly appreciated. There are also evening adult English classes given to the local community members that you can get involved in.

This project runs five days a week so you will have weekends off to explore further afield or to relax and enjoy the social life in the clubs, bars and restaurants of Puerto Jimenez.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be greeted at the local Airport in Puerto Jiminez by a Frontier staff member and walk 15 minutes to the Frontier house. Please arrange to arrive on Sunday afternoon.

There are two airlines which fly to Puerto Jimenez, Sansa and Natureair or if you're up for it there is also a bus service from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez. Your Project Coordinator can give you further information about this bus journey. You may have to organise your own transport back to the airport after you have completed your project depending on your project end date, which is very straight forward and the Project Coordinator can help you with this.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in the Frontier house in Puerto Jimenez close to your school. Your accommodation will be in a shared room and will be basic but clean, tidy and comfortable. If you prefer you can upgrade to local hostel accommodation for an additional fee of $50 per week.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Costa Rican food is simple but delicious, with a focus on rice, beans and good quality fruit and vegetables. You will be provided with a food budget for the school week leaving your weekends free for you to enjoy reasonably priced meals in local bars and restaurants around town or trying out street stalls. You can get creative learning how to make gallo pinto, the staple food of the nation, which is fried rice and black beans or other favourites such as crispy tortillas stuffed with delicious cheeses, vegetables and every now and then some diced meat.

On account of the lush nature of Costa Rica's natural habitats, the range of fresh fruit and vegetables is vast and abundant, so make sure you sample some of the fresh market produce. Another thing to try is some Costa Rican coffee, famous the world over and representing the country's biggest export, its fragrant aroma synonymous with the lush plantations found in Central America. And don't forget the rum!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Costa Rica provides everything you could ever desire for an action-packed and eye-opening gap year or eco break. You may wish to explore some of the activities and unforgettable sights that are on offer here whether it is in your spare time, or even in a few extra days spent in this spectacular country at the beginning or end of the project. There are so many possibilities to explore – here are just a few suggestions! Close by, why not try kayaking, horseback riding, biking or hiking through the jungle. There are stunning beaches to explore whether it is just to relax and soak up the sun or to surf some of the best breaks in Costa Rica. Alternatively you may want to visit the Frontier Costa Rica Osa Peninsula camp ($10 food and accommodation per day, transport not included).]

Further afield you can hike through the famous Corcovado National Park, visit a wildlife sanctuary nestled in the beautiful surroundings of Piedras Blancas National Park or explore the wondrous mountains and volcanoes this country has to offer. Costa Rica really does have something for everyone – you will never be short of ways to enjoy your spare time!

* Please note that you will need to cover your own costs for extra activities.

Kayaking

Learn more about one of the most biologically intense places on earth as you explore solitary beaches, beautiful rivers, mountains, waterfalls, farms and amazing diversity of wildlife on a guided kayak tour. You will have the unique opportunity to explore the mangroves from the water, and then paddle towards the sea where you may encounter dolphins, sea turtles, fish and ocean birds. You can kayak individually, in a group or with a guide who will teach you more about the incredible mangrove and coastal environment of Costa Rica.

A guided day trip costs $76GBP / $60USD and includes kit hire inc. buoyancy aid, dry bags, kayak and paddle. Kayaks are collected from the beach near Puerto Jiminez and the cost of the bus to the beach is approximately $17GBP / $26USD return. You can sign up for this experience prior to your deployment, or in country.

Wildlife Sanctuary

Visit this remote wildlife sanctuary which is providing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation for orphaned, injured and displaced animals indigenous to south Costa Rica. The sanctuary promote conservation through education and community involvement and work promote the maintenance of natural biodiversity. The sanctuary run a public education programme and you have the opportunity to visit the organisation for a day to exsee the animals, meet and chat with staff and walk around 700 acres of local forest land.

Entry to the wildlife sanctuary costs $25USD / $26GBP, and transport to the sanctuary is via boat only. The boat journey must be organised directly with the wildlife sanctuary and can cost up to $90USD / $119GBP for daily boat hire. You can sign up for this experience prior to your deployment, or in country.

Modern conveniences

Puerto Jiminez

  • Banks / ATMs; Banco Nacional and Banco de Costa Rica
  • Bar / cafe
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Internet cafe
  • Medical clinic
  • Souvenir shop
  • Supermarket
  • Traditional markets and cafes
  • Western style restaurants

COSTS

4 weeks $1,745

5 weeks $1,895

6 weeks $2,145

7 weeks $2,395

8 weeks $2,645

9 weeks $2,945

10 weeks $3,195

12 weeks $3,695

20 weeks $5,395

Extra weeks $345

DEPARTURE DATES

Work starts every Monday so please arrange to meet in Puerto Jimenez on Sunday afternoon 

2018 School Holidays:

1st January

March 25th - 31st

April 11th

May 1st

July 25th

August 15th

September 15th

October 12th

Dec 22, 2018 - Jan 05, 2019

During school holidays a modified program will run with one to one coaching, educational workshops and extracurricular activities. Please be aware that these dates may be subject to change at short notice. 

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 4 weeks 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel and medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas and equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt
  • Free Frontier TEFL certification if you complete 20 plus teaching hours
  • UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food 5 days a week 2 meals a day
  • Airport pick-up (if arriving on Sunday afternoon)
  • Ground transfers to the Frontier house takes 20 minutes
  • Local orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Puerto Jimenez (PJM)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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