Description of organization
Escuela El Recreo is a primary school where they give lessons to children. There are a few public primary schools in Turrialba that the Costa Rican government has been wanting to close due to a policy in favour of creating larger schools. However, the people in the "barrios" (neighbourhoods) want the traditional (small) schools to stay open so that their children don't have to travel large distances to the school and can be in a school with a more individual approach. As these schools don't receive much government support they welcome volunteers with open arms. El Recreo exists since 1955 and since 2002 they are located in ‘El Barrio Recreo’
What can you do?
You can work in the mornings, afternoons or both. As a volunteer you can help the teachers with their classes teaching English or you can assist in the computer classes.
If there is something that you’re good at, like painting, you can teach the children this too. There is no special background required.
You are not obligated to bring a gift to the project, but if you want to bring something, here are some ideas; (colour) pencils, paint or something else for the children.
You can take a Spanish course through On-Stage in Costa Rica prior to your voluntary work.