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South America: Many of our volunteer projects in South America, including in Ecuador and Argentina, place a large emphasis on the knowledge of the Spanish language. Two of our Ecuadorian projects, Wild Animal Rescue Shelter and Rainforest Monkey Sanctuary, include a one-week orientation with 20 hours of Spanish lessons in Quito between sightseeing. Our Argentinian program, entitled Study Spanish and Work with Children, involves volunteers taking Spanish lessons in the morning and volunteering in the afternoon. Our Equine Therapy program in Chile offers Spanish lessons for an additional fee. The Antigua Medical Internship in Guatemala is ideal for those who are already Spanish speakers, even if at an intermediate level and provides an opportunity for interns to expand their Spanish language skills through learning medical terminology on a daily basis. Spanish class add-ons are also available for an additional fee for this program.
Europe: GoEco has three different volunteering opportunities in Spain that offer Spanish courses in the beautiful area of Valencia either before or after the volunteer placement for an additional fee. These include our Conservation Projects in the Valencia Region, Education and Development in Valencia and Coast and Marine Conservation in Denia programs.
Central America: Most of our volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica include Spanish language classes, and include our two ever-popular projects: Animal Rescue and Conservation and Sea Turtle Conservation.
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I was the first intern to work at this placement as a Medical Social Worker, so it took some time to feel out what my role would be. As I mentioned, my supervisor gave me space to work independently often, but was also available to check on the progress of my work, as everything was conducted in Spanish.
When my plane landed in San José, I was as nervous as I was excited. It was my first time traveling on my own, and I had no idea what to expect fro the. However, after five minutes of talking to the driver from the Teaching and Social Work program in San José, an incredibly friendly man full of stories about his city and himself, I forgot to be nervous. My host family matched his friendliness; my host mother was always willing to work with my level of Spanish...
The second place that I volunteered was at the Escuela Granadilla Norte. At this school, I volunteered as aid in a kindergarten classroom. I felt incredibly welcome and at home as I volunteered at the school. The teachers there were very sweet and willing to speak slowly to me in Spanish to help me understand things. I learned a lot about the culture and language in Costa Rica from the teachers at the school as I helped out in the classroom.
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