English Teaching – Jumpstart Program

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Teach English in Costa Rica

Oregon Partners of the Americas is recruiting Volunteers to teach English in Costa Rica through a joint program with Costa Rica Multilingue and the Peace Corps.  Volunteers receive one-week hands-on training and then teach four weeks.  Teaching experience, particularly in English as a Second Language, and ability to speak basic Spanish, are helpful.

THE PROGRAM:  JUMPSTART provides 4 weeks of intensive English instruction to students who are beginning high school (7th grade).  These students, usually from rural areas, have had little or no previous English instruction and therefore start high school lagging behind other students, academically, and are at greater risk for dropping out.  JumpStart occurs in the month of January and the first few days of February, just before the Costa Rican school year begins.  Class size is limited to 20.  Results from the first four years have been very positive. Learn more at:

And please “like” JumpStart on Facebook www.facebook.com/JumpStartCR

INTERESTED?  Contact me at Sara Packer.

Another English teaching opportunity involves adults in Tilaran, Costa Rica. Teachers work in tag-teams for two or three weeks from January to March. Learn more at:

Teaching English in Tilarán

Not quite ready to commit to teaching time in Costa Rica????? You can connect to Costa Ricans and practice your Spanish through other programs sponsored by Partners of the America.

For example, Oregon sponsors Adult Cultural Exchanges that allow you to host a Costa Rican in your Oregon home for a week when a group of Costa Ricans come to Oregon. You could also choose to spend a month traveling around Costa Rica with a cohort of Oregonians. The exchanges require advanced planning that we have organized for over 50 years.

Teaching English in Costa Rica or elsewhere is a fascinating experience that has changed many lives.

Know a High School student who may be interested in studying in Costa Rica? There are student exchanges in both directions as well as programs at the National Office of Partners of the Americas in Washington, DC.

(Revised September 12, 2017)