Interns must be able to act as good role models for the children. A dress code is kept in the schools (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and interns must be presentable (no excessive tattoos or piercing). Interns are expected to have a passion for working in education and with children. Working with children requires patience and flexibility. At least a low level of Spanish would be required to work with the school projects.
- Intern's Responsibilities
As an intern in the school project in Athena, you will be assisting with classes at a kindergarten, elementary school, or high school level. Teaching English, art, physical education, or other areas of interest can be pursued if the intern has the training or experience in the area. One of the distinguished features of IFRE internship program in Costa Rica is the continuous support and guidance of your supervisor. IFRE will assign a qualified supervisor to help and guide you throughout your stay. Usually the supervisor will be the director or qualified project staff for your internship project. As an intern, you will be involved in all activities that volunteers are involved in (in this sense there is no difference between a volunteer and internship project).
But the internship project will go further. In the internship, you will select a particular area of your interest related to teaching English and explore the issue further with help of a supervisor. Your project director does not develop an internship project for you. Therefore, you need to be very proactive to ensure the success of your internship. Your supervisor will give you at least 5 hours of time each week to guide you. However, you can contact him/her at any time for any help you may need.
Room and board will be provided by a host family for the entire duration of the program. They will provide 3 meals a day of Costa Rican fare (lunch may be 'to go' if the volunteer experience requires that the intern has to be gone from the house throughout the day). Experience the culture of Costa Rica, the incredible traditional food, and expand your Spanish in the full immersion home stay setting. Supervision will be provided in Athena for both the home stay and the internship project during the entire time of the program.
Internship program starts on the following (first and third Monday of each month). IFRE is proud to offer all of the services that our competitors offer at a very special economical price (nearly 50-175% less). We here at IFRE do not make 6-figured salaries; and we work very hard and smart to keep costs down especially for you the intern where it counts the most. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the program and the safety of all interns involved.
Here is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE offers:
- IFRE is a 501 (C) 3 organization so your program fee will be tax deductible as provided by law.
- IFRE application fee: US$349. The application fee covers advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries). Internship program fee.
- What's Included in Program Fee:
* 4 days: US$529
* 1 week: US$704
* 2 weeks: US$823
* 3 weeks: US$950
* 4 weeks: US$1076
* 5 weeks: US$1353
* 6 weeks: US$1454
* 7 weeks: US$1556
* 8 weeks: US$1657
* 9 weeks: US$1834
* 10 weeks: US$1935
* 11 weeks: US$2037
* 12 weeks: US$2136.
Program fee covers comprehensive insurance, room and food (3 local meals a day) for the entire project period, a donation to the project, Costa Rican office expenses (rent, utilities, salaries), communication, and project coordination.
Costa Rica language program fee. No fee for Spanish language classes. Costa Rica program fee covers 2 hours per day of free Spanish lessons (for up to 12 weeks for Beginner and Intermediate level students).
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