Corcovado School - Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica via kindly anonymous
Harriette Rothwell
harrietterothwell [at] gmail [dot] com

The Corcovado School is the future of the Osa Peninsula. 

With focus on a rich curriculum integrating academic, environmental and practical learning, the school guides and inspires children toward self-knowledge and  supports children’s ever-increasing curiosity about the world in which they live.

Nestled within the small town of Puerto Jiménez on the Osa Peninsula the Corcovado School is the only bilingual school in the south western region of Costa Rica. The school neighbors the immensely bio-diverse Corcovado National Park which National Geographic has famously coined “the most biologically intense place on earth.”

Together with an innovative curriculum and utilization of educational opportunities abundant in the rich natural surrounding, students will confidently meet the world with a lifelong love of learning and enthusiasm to be of service to their community and to the world.

Minimum age of 25 for independence, maturity and work experience reasons We need the following types of volunteers: Teaching Assistants x 3 Admin and PR Social Media and Website Coordinator Fundraisers (Grants, Foundations and Corporate) Day Camp Coordinator EFL specialist Parent Development/Community Outreach Specialist Subject Teacher volunteers (Maths or Science) High School Administrator Videographer Curriculum Developer
Minimum 3 months
ESSENTIAL QUALITIES - Professional experience in the role being applied for - Native English Speaker - Spanish a huge bonus but not absolutely essential • Resilience to living in a tropical environment. The rainforest area is extremely hot and humid. We do not have air conditioning and you will be sometimes working outdoors in the heat. There is also a huge variety of wildlife including mosquitoes and snakes. • Enthusiasm • Independence • Patience • Self-direction • Able to live in shared accommodation with other volunteers or a homestay without AC/TV/luxury • Flexibility • Self-motivation • Initiative • Professionalism appropriate for working in the company of children • Ability to jump right in and hit the ground running • Cultural Sensitivity
Teaching Assistants x 3 - For our Materno, Pre-Kinder, Kinder, Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-4 Admin - Help in maintaining, creating and improving processes, databases and making the school run as efficiently as possible Social Media and Website Coordinator - Managing our Facebook, blog and updating content and design on our website Fundraisers (Grants, Foundations and Corporate) - researching and writing Day Camp Coordinator - Organising logisitics and running summer day camps EFL specialist - who can support and advise English speaking teachers in ensuring all students at different english ability levels are catered for Parent Development/Community Outreach - Building upon and designing parent volunteer programmes which have community outreach Specialist Subject Teacher volunteers (Maths or Science) - to support our current staff High School Administrator - to advise on the school expanding into a High School Videographer - for promotional and fundraising purposes Curriculum Developer - to assist us in developing our curriculum based on the natural environment
No cost! Free accommodation walking distance from the school $100 stipend per month towards food

Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

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