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Youth Classroom Aide

The Classroom Aide is a support position to the English Teacher and/or Computer Teacher in after-school English and computer classes for preschool and 6th grade students. Classroom Aides work directly with the Teachers in Potrero or Brasilito, Guanacaste, Costa Rica and assist with the preparation and delivery of classes, as well as classroom management. The ideal candidate for this position is a friendly, positive and energetic person who takes pride in doing their job well; has experience with and a love of working with children who have learning and behaviour challenges; is creative and adaptable and has endless patience.

  • Attend all assigned English and Computer classes Monday-Friday.
  • Participate in ‘Fun Friday’, ‘Reading Time’, and ‘Homework Help’  activities with other volunteers.
  • Help prepare activities prior to class and clean up after class.  
  • Maintain an engaged presence in the classroom at all times.
  • Assist with test review sessions as scheduled.
  • Assist with lesson planning and trauma informed educational ‘Brain Breaks’ as requested.
  • Help maintain a clean and organized classroom and Youth English office space
  • Attend weekly all-staff meetings.
  • Assist with other tasks as assigned by the Site Directors or Country Director.
  • Attend and be on time for all classes, youth activities, and meetings.
  • Commitment of 3-6 months minimum highly desirable
  • Energetic and personable
  • Experience with trauma informed education an asset.
  • Experience working in a diverse classroom environment with mixed ages and varying levels an asset.
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work well with a team of international volunteers.
  • Experience living or working abroad in a rural community in the Global South, preferably in Latin America, an asset.
  • Friendly, Kind and Compassionate
  • Creative and resourceful
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Approachable and personable
  • Organized, reliable and dependable
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Able to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with school-age children preferred
  • Intermediate Spanish language skills (minimum)
  • Positive attitude, Strong motivator
  • Living and working in a rural, isolated town.
  • Working with another culture in a bilingual setting.

Youth English Teacher and Program Coordinator and Site Director


Playa Potrero, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Playa Potrero or Playa Brasilito, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.


May 14, 2018

July 1, 2018

Youth Classroom Aide

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Criminal Background Check Requirement

As we are a nonprofit organization that primarily works with children, we require all Abriendo Mentes volunteers, interns and staff (regardless of specific position) to provide us with a criminal background check as part of our application process. We will send you information on how to complete this process using our screening vendor at Coeus Global upon your conditional acceptance into the program. Volunteers who are citizens or residents of the US are required to pay the $16.95 background check fee plus any additional fees that may apply in their state of residence. Click here for details. Non-US resident volunteers are also required to pay for their background checks via Coeus. Fees vary by country – click here for details. All fees are subject to change. We regret that we are unable to accept any background checks not performed by Coeus Global.