We are TEFL volunteers, so our primrary assignment is working with the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) to support local English teachers in their classrooms. The Los Santos region is fortunate to have a very driven and active MEP English Advisor, who works alongside Peace Corps Volunteers to realize various English capacity-building projects.
Community leaders in Los Santos are taking an active role in English education in their towns by opening Learning Centers. These not-for-profit centers are run by community members to supplement the English education provided in public schools. In Costa Rica, being able to speak English opens the door to many job opportunities. These centers provide invaluable skills for professional success, as well as a positive environment for young people to spend time together.
There was a TEFL Peace Corps Volunteer in San Lorenzo for the past two years, who worked with the community to develop plans for a San Lorenzo Learning Center. Together they laid the foundations and constructed a building, and now our job is organizing with the community to open the center.
The San Lorenzo Learning Center: