Support intensive four-week English camps that help children from low-income areas level with their peers, and provide hands-on training to public-school teachers.
Due to lack of resources, 45% percent of public elementary schools in Costa Rica do not offer English classes.
This represents a serious disadvantage for kids who graduate from elementary schools that do not teach English to high schools where students have had English lessons through their first six years of education.
The Jumpstart Project helps precisely these children to level up with their peers through intensive four-week English camps.
Operated by the Costa Rica Multi-lingual Foundation and Peace Corp volunteers, the Jumpstart camps are supported by Amigos of Costa Rica and the CRUSA Foundation.
Two hundred dollars pays for a student to attend this four-week intensive English Camp, which can make the difference between an overwhelmed student and one confide enough to continue on to high school.
Helen Barrantes lives in a remote area in the middle of the Osa Peninsula. She attended a small elementary school and had few English classes during her first six years at school.
“Once, we had the opportunity to have an English teacher. We had him for two days. That was all,” she explained.
When Helen entered the Puerto Jimenez Technical School, she was burdened by her lack of English. Her peers had attended other elementary schools where English teachers regularly taught.
Thanks to the Jumpstart camp, Helen is now one of the best students in her English class. Her teacher is proud.
“Helen is the one who helps all the other kids with their lessons. Today, she has better grades than most of her classmates,” she said. And how does Helen feel about all this new learning?.
“I want to be an English teacher,” she said with a grin.
The Jumpstart Project builds on these success stories for future generations of students who love to learn. Two hundred dollars pays for a student to attend this four-week intensive English Camp, which can make the difference between an overwhelmed student and one confide enough to continue on to high school.