Impact Area: Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education in Guanacaste is a central struggle for families due to overcrowded schools, shortages of teachers, and limited availability. Students are often forced to attend in shifts for a maximum of 3 hours per day and many are only open for a total of 100 days per year. At home supplemental education is rare due to parent work schedules or education level. This all results in students entering secondary school unprepared, leading to high dropout rates by age 12. Of course, this is preventable. For children in their earliest years of education, between the ages of 3 and 6, you can provide a solid foundation in literacy, numeracy, social and emotional skills, and motor skills, while providing the positive start children and families need to achieve long-term goals.
As a Child Education Intern, you will work alongside full-time daycare providers in centers throughout the Guanacaste region to:
• Implement the daycare curriculum alongside CCS volunteers, while observing the structure and successes of the projects and activities
• Review the weekly curriculum projects and make improvements and adjustments based on your direct experience
• Assess the development of children using our assessment tool, measuring language & literacy, numeracy skills, social & emotional development, and creativity skills
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Immerse yourself in lush landscapes dotted with cattle farms as you travel to the pristine beach towns of the Guanacaste province. With rolling hills, rainforests, and quaint colonial towns in a tropical setting, Guanacaste offers the perfect combination of nature with Costa Rica's laid-back “pura vida” lifestyle. Discover monkeys and tropical animals, while waking up to the crowing of roosters in your rural Costa Rican paradise.
If I look back at my life and could have even one moment of making the world a better place through work with vulnerable women and children, it would be worthwhile.
I grew up in rural Costa Rica, always grabbing for any educational opportunities and thankful to people, sometimes unknown, who trusted me and offered me a hand to grow. It’s these opportunities that led me to earning a degree in English Literature in the US, as well as opportunities to work in the academic field through the University of Costa Rica and Lawrence University. My experience and commitment to improving my community, country, and world continued through experiences at the United Nations, teaching in Washington D.C., and later, returning to Costa Rica with Cross-Cultural Solutions.
Working with students and volunteers has given me the opportunity to give back to my country and add true meaning to my life. Service and education are the greatest tools you can offer for a global mindset and to be of service to others. Each day, I witness the connection between volunteers and communities through true outreach and connection, and could not imagine doing anything else.
Programs are available for 1-12 weeks with program fees starting at $2490.