We have some new friends we haven’t met yet, the owners of Hush Valley Lodge, a brand-new off-the-beaten-path resort somewhat like ours, but located in Costa Rica. They recently sent us a link to another organization in Costa Rica, the Copey Learning Center, that is looking for volunteer English teachers. Doesn’t that sound like fun? You can read more about it on their website: http://www.copeylearningcenter.org/volunteer-with-us.html.

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The minimum length of stay is 3 months, but they prefer 6-12. They need teachers starting in February 2013. Qualifications needed are that you must be a native English speaker and have a Bachelor of Education as well as past experience living and working independently.

You don’t receive any compensation, but they do provide transportation from the San José Juan Santamaría airport, lodging, and 3 meals per day. Accommodations includes a private room and laundry facilities. Teaching materials are also provided. The volunteer is responsible for their flight to and out of Costa Rica and medical insurance for the duration of their stay. Volunteers teach an average of 20 hours per week. The program is offered to the general community and student ages can vary from toddlers to retired adults. Volunteers live with a host family.

You can apply by emailing your resumé and references to Seidy Rodríguez at seidy@copeylearningcenter.org or Angela Tribus at angela@ copeylearningcenter.org.

I was just introduced to a website with an excellent comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities in Belize. What a great way to travel to a foreign country — working in a community, and helping local Belizeans! This site lists several organizations offering many community development projects. You could volunteer to help build a school, work at a shelter for disadvantaged kids, assist on wildlife projects, teach in literacy programs, help with manatee rehabilitation, or teach computer skills to locals. This is just a small sample of the opportunities listed. Some of the organizations they list: ProWorld Service Corps, Kayak Responsible Travel, global Vision International, All Access Volunteers, Maya Research Program, and A Broader View Volunteers Corp. If this interests you, GoOverseas sponsors this outstanding Volunteer in Belize directory.