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.
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.
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.