Costa Rica

Projects in Costa Rica

Community Economic Development

Community Economic Development (CED) is to sustain economic growth and improve the standard of living for families and communities. Our goals:

  1. Community members, especially women and youth, will improve critical workforce skills to increase employment opportunities and provide local businesses and organizations with qualified human capital.
  2. A new generation of entrepreneurs will improve business skills and cultivate business opportunities.

Volunteers collaborate with local partners on the following:

  • Community analysis to develop work plans, addressing priority issues and leveraging local resources
  • Training youth to start or better manage small businesses
  • Rural tourism, women entrepreneurial groups, local development associations, project design and management, etc.
  • Workshops on workforce development and vocational skills, such as ICT
  • Workshops for small business owners on setting up/management

 

Education

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is to help Costa Rican students and teachers gain access to personal, professional, and academic opportunities through English. Our goals:

  1. English teachers will improve their linguistic competence and teaching practice.
  2. Students will improve English language proficiency, raise academic success, and develop leadership skills.

Volunteers collaborate with local partners on the following:

  • Community analysis to develop work plans, addressing priority issues and leveraging local resources
  • English language classes for students (co-planned/taught with teachers) and English clubs etc. outside of English class
  • JumpStart camps, an intensive English camp for emerging 7th grade students
  • Local, regional and national English Festivals
  • Teacher get-togethers conducted in English, lessons for English teacher accreditation workshops

Youth in Development

Youth Development (YD) seeks to empower youth to make informed decisions about education, health and lifestyles. Our goals:

  1. Youth will lead healthier lifestyles and be prepared to make informed personal and educational decisions.
  2. Parents and service providers will demonstrate increased support for positive youth development.

Volunteers collaborate with local partners on the following:

  • Community analysis to develop work plans, addressing priority issues and leveraging local resources
  • Trainings and/or activities co-planned and implemented with school counselors, teachers, community leaders     
  • Learning for youth on topics such as personal development, leadership/life skills, sexual/reproductive health, relationships, negotiation/assertiveness skills, puberty and related physical and emotional changes, gender equity
  • Team sports, individual fitness, arts, recreation
  • Train/coach parents