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Volunteer Teaching English

Maximo Nivel’s teaching English projects offer volunteers lots of opportunity to hone their teaching skills and help local students improve their English skills.

The public education systems in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru do not offer high quality ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Speaking English is a life-changing skill for people in developing countries, because it opens both academic and professional opportunities, and provides a path out of poverty. Most middle and upper class students learn English at private language centers, which unfortunately are too expensive for a large part of the population. This creates an unfair gap between those who can afford English and those who can’t. Volunteers can help make real impact in people’s lives by teaching English!

What will you do as a volunteer?

Maximo’s teaching English projects serve underprivileged schools and communities—people who want to learn English, but who don’t have the financial means to do so. Volunteers work in a variety of settings including public schools, community centers, after-school programs, orphanages, shelters for street children, and other educational programs for the poor. Work varies at these projects, but generally consists of creating lesson plans, teaching classes, one-on-one tutoring, and organizing educational games and activities. You may also work in support activities such as cleaning and fixing up the teaching areas, fundraising and collecting donations of books and other educational materials. Classes are taught in the mornings or afternoons.

As part of your orientation, you will take part in Maximo Nivel’s ESL Crash Course to make sure you understand basic ESL teaching strategies, and to be sure you have access to Maximo’s materials, books, and lesson plan ideas to get you started.

Countries Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru
Program Duration Minimum 1 week; We recommend 2 weeks or longer.
Work Schedule 3-4 hours/day; Working hours are either in the morning or afternoon, depending on project site.
Volunteer Requirements – At least 17 years of age
– Native English speaker or qualified via Maximo’s English Diagnostic test
– Flexible, creative, resourceful
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Work independently to create lesson plans
– Spanish language skills are not required

What our Volunteers are saying…

“Teaching English through Maximo Nivel was an unforgettable experience! I spent two weeks teaching young girls. It was so rewarding to be able to see the girls make progress during my two weeks there. The staff at Maximo Nivel was also extremely friendly and made sure I was enjoying my placement. They were so willing to go out of their way to make sure I had a great experience. I would certainly recommend Maximo Nivel because they were FANTASTIC!”

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