Teach in an Elementary School

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High­lights

Experience the "tica" way of life, how the Costa Ricans call themselves
Explore a country that is famous for its rich biodiversity and dream beaches
Boost your CV adding international volunteer experience
Make new friends from around the world while sharing with other international volunteers
Broaden your intercultural skills while immersing into a new culture
Work as a volunteer teacher at an elementary school in Costa Rica. Be a role model for children and give them new perspectives for their future. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

During this volunteer project, you will help provide education for children between the ages of 5-12 in a Costa Rican school. Some schools also have younger children that are in kindergarten or pre-kindergarten. Depending on the school, there could be between 100-650 children. 

As a volunteer, you can decide whether you would like to work full or part-time, as the schools are flexible with their work schedules. Although no teaching experience or special skills are needed for this project, volunteers should be patient, willing to work independently, proactive, and creative.

At the schools, children are taught regular school subjects, such as science, math, and geography. Lessons in art, music, computing, and physical education are also offered. English is taught as their foreign language class.

Usually, the children at the schools come from low-income families. The schools are financed by an annual budget from the government, and parents only have to pay a small tuition fee and for some school materials.

Typical day

As a volunteer you may carry out the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Teaching arts and crafts
  • Teaching languages (English)
  • Preparing materials for the lessons
  • Organizing activities and games
  • Playing sports and outdoor games
  • Helping out with light chores necessary for the day-to-day operation of the schools
  • Helping with the improvement and elaboration of the facilities and projects
  • Providing warm and caring attention to the children
  • Assisting the teachers in charge of the children with different tasks

Volunteers are encouraged to be creative and are encouraged to showcase their own personal skills, ideas, and suggestions. They are always welcome, and can be further discussed with your in-country volunteer coordinator.


Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

Being in the vibrant city of San Jose, there are many activities to do in your spare time. There are regular concerts, and a wide range of sports to participate in. Weekends are the perfect time to enjoy an exciting hike through Costa Rican nature since the main attractions of Costa Rica is its system of national parks and protected areas, which cover around 25% of the national territory, in order to protect the rich variety of flora and fauna, which is estimated to contain 5% of the world's biodiversity in less than 0.1% of the planet's land mass. In addition, Costa Rica has countless amazing beaches on both the Pacific and the Caribbean Ocean. 

Costa Rica is the perfect place to combine volunteer work with tourism, enjoy activities like:

- Adventure sport
- Dream beaches
- Ecotourism
- Local culture
- Bird / wildlife watching
- Visits to unique National Parks
- Rural tourism
- Sightseeing and history in San José

Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level) or English (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Volunteer Questionnaire
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
  1. Accommodation in local homestay, single room
  2. Half-board (breakfast, dinner)
  3. Airport pick-up
  4. Escort to the project site on the first day

  5. Consultation from our experienced staff
  6. Translation of application profile
  7. Volunteer work placement
  8. Advice regarding travel insurance
  9. Advice on local travels
  10. Orientation session upon arrival
  11. Orientation kit
  12. Country handbook
  13. Local support
  14. 24/7 Emergency Number
  15. Certificate of Participation
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Our local staff will pick you up at the airport in San José and bring you to your host family.

Accommodation

Living with a local family is the perfect way to practice your Spanish and get to know a country’s culture and way of life. While in Costa Rica, you will stay in a single room at the family’s home. Breakfast and dinner are included. The bathrooms and common areas are usually shared with other family members. 

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

The host family will provide you with half-board (breakfast and dinner).

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,180
5 weeks
$1,360
6 weeks
$1,540
7 weeks
$1,720
8 weeks
$1,900
24 weeks (max. stay)
$4,780
Average fees
$247 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Teach in an Elementary School

Work as a volunteer teacher at an elementary school in Costa Rica. Be a role model for children and give them new perspectives for their future.

$247/week

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