We seek to provide opportunities for 400 local community members to learn English, open doors and benefit from the positive impacts of the tourism sector. English is a requisite to benefit from the opportunities that tourism offers in these low income communities. Our English native volunteer teachers are highly qualified and have prior experience. We have trained over 2500 students in 20 communities over the last 4 years.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Costa Rican Chamber of Tourism estimates that nearly 80% of the people working in the tourism sector have little to no English language skills. Tourism is often the only sector offering employment opportunities in rural Costa Rican communities. However, the local people can not meet the requirements to be hired for these jobs due to their low English levels.
How will this project solve this problem?
The project will educate 400 people in 5 different tourism communities in Costa Rica throughout a 12 month period. This will allow community members to improve their English knowledge in order to increase their access to job opportunities where English is required.
Potential Long Term Impact
Learning English will help the beneficiaries and their families increase their incomes and their quality of life. This experience may motivate their children to learn English and understand its importance to find better employment. By improving multilingual communication in the country the project also positively impacts services offered to tourists.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.