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Hello, I am Karla, owner of a bilingual pre kindergarten/ daycare located in downtown Alajuela,very close to SJO international Airport, seeking for people to help us and also to come and experience the pura vida life style here in Costa Rica!
it has been such an awesome experience to learn about other cultures and meet people from all over the world. I have hosted for several people already from United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, USA, Spain, Germany, Austria, etc :-) I am very easy going and open minded, I have lived for more than 10 years outside Costa Rica, in U.S.A. and have traveled to China, France, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, USA, Colombia, Panama and hope to keep traveling :-)
This little project consists in provide local children with amazing multi-cultural experiences by bringing people from all over the world to their education area, our classes are totally in English though the rest of the day we speak Spanish but constantly implement English, sign language and other languages into their activities and help our regulars teaches with their daily routines~
It will provide a very comfortable atmosphere and a very nourishing experience!
If you have more questions please do not hesitate in contacting me!
Types of help and learning opportunitiesCharity WorkArt ProjectsLanguage practiceHelp with Eco ProjectsTeachingGardeningBabysitting and creative playCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Computers/ Internet
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
The traveler will benefit many ways, he or she will get to learn not only about our culture but as well as our early education system, The traveler will also be able to explore our beautiful country.
Projects involving children
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child care and help improve english in our daycare, provide daily lessons for kids of pre-school age, hygiene and cleaning routines as well.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
You will be staying in a room in the premises shared only with other volunteers or at a room 3 blocks away from the school.
What else ...
Public transportation is very good and super cheap, so traveler will be able to move around fairly easy, visit the most common tourist site, poas volcano, la fortuna area, the pacific and atlantic are only a few hours away.
Juan Santamaría - Alajuela is the hometown to Juan Santamaría, the Costa Rican National Hero. Around the city you can see the location of his home, although now there is just a small palque and garden as the house in long gone. A block south of the Central Park is the Juan Santamaría park with a statue of the hero and a small collection of 1860s era cannons. A block north of the Central Park is the Juan Santamaría Museum, which shows some era pieces explaining the legacy of Juan Santamaría and the 1856 Campaign against the filibusters invaders, who wanted to take control of Central America.
Poas Volcano - Alajuela is the closest major city to the Poas Volcano National Park. The park is a popular desitnation for both foreign and Costa Rican tourists. Poas allows tourists to see into the crater of an active volcano. You can often smell sulfur from the crater while visiting the peak.
We are conveniently located, close to supermarkets, drugstores and malls.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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The job itself was both extremely rewarding and exhuasting too, especially if you never worked with so
Gracias y pura vida Sophie!!!! :flag_cr:
I spent more than 1 month here. I came there with little experience in teaching in kindergarten and left with so many lovely experiences i made with the kids. My inicial fear of the children not liking me disappeared in the first moment i saw them and one girl hugged me with a „buenos dias teacher“.
Reading them english books,
My primary role was as a teacher's assistant for the 2-3.5 years olds, but time may be divided between several
Please come back anytime while in CR :flag_cr: Pura Vida
The preschool is in a great location, really close to the supermarket and 5 min walk to down town. There are buses available to visit tourist attractions on your days off.
I only spent 2 weeks at the preschool which is probably a bit too short a time as
PURA VIDA! Come back soon :)
I've stayed here for 4 weeks and it has been one of the best times of my life! Karla, Josue, their sons and the other teachers are so kind and friendly people, that I felt really welcomed from the beginning. To work with each child of the kindergarten has been so nice and I will never forget this experience. As it was my first
I recommend highly !
Karla and José were just so welcoming, caring and friendly, and their two sons are veritable, open-mined sunshines. Right from the start I felt very comfortable staying with them at their home. They taught me so much about the Costa Rican culture, showed me around and
Thank you Lina and we hope that you can accomplish all your goals!
K, J, I & Z.
Karla and Josue are really amazing couple, very friendly, flexible and having a great approach towards the kids.
Kids in the pre-school are awesome and cute. Be careful - you may get attached very easily and saying goodbye might be not so easy...:)
Gracias por todo