Teaching English & Community Development

Agency
·
founded in 1998
Bella
Ask A Question
Coordinator | Bella
Coordinator | Bella
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.

High­lights

Contribute to UN SDG #4, Quality Education and #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Immerse in a new culture and work on community development projects at a grass roots level
Opportunity to complete an optional Community Development online course offered in partnership with University of Richmond in the United States
Learn Spanish and experience a new culture
Explore the incredible sights of Costa Rica, Cimaronnes
Travel to Cimaronnes and work alongside a team of international participants on community empowerment projects. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Experience the Costa Rican culture when you travel to the village of Cimaronnes to work on empowerment initiatives.

As a participant on this program you will contribute directly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6, Quality education. Join a team of international participants and work on various activities depending on the needs of the community at the time.

You could expect to get involved in:

  • Teaching health, wellness and sports at a high school

  • Teaching English and/or math at a high school

  • Teaching English at an Elementary School

  • Potential adult English classes

  • Working with a Women's Entrepreneur group (meetings biweekly)

Expect to be challenged and immersed in real projects, so you will need to be creative, agile, and resourceful, all the while mindful that you will be working with community members who have limited resources.

This program includes an optional Community Development online course which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States.

Get in touch for more information!

Typical day

Participants are expected to remain flexible as project work changes based on weather as well as needs of our project partners.

Estimated Schedule:

8-10am: Work with Community

12pm: Lunch

1pm - 4pm: Work with Community/Lesson Prep

6pm: Dinner


Free-time activities

By participating in this program, you are not only offered an opportunity to work toward conserving ecosystems but also the opportunity to see local sites! Our dedicated field staff are the best resource when researching local trips, they have compiled this list of activities.

These side trips are not included in the program fee but are highly recommended:

  • Irazu Volcano National Park 
  • Puerto Viejo
  • White Water Rafting 
  • Cahuita National park 
  • Tortuguero Hill Hike
  • Zipline Rainforest Canopy tour 
  • Coffee plantation tour 
  • Kayaking & Canoeing

The possibilities are endless!

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Riding
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 English (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No skills required, all training is provided online 8 weeks prior to program start date. This program requires you to speak basic Spanish and so a minimum of 10 Hours of Spanish lessons is required unless fluent.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by GVI

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons unless already fluent
  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport
Airport pick up is included from Juan Santamaria Airport within a specific window period. 
Accommodation
In central Costa Rica, Cimaronnes our base is nestled in the valley between two national parks. 
Accommodation is in shared dormitories and can be considered basic. 
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Accommodation is in shared dormitories and can be considered basic. 

Meals are included and participants will take it in turns to cook meals for the group. Dietary requirements can be catered for.


Internet Access
Limited 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

2021
  • 01 May 2021
  • 15 May 2021
  • 29 May 2021
  • 12 Jun 2021
  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 10 Jul 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
  • 07 Aug 2021
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 04 Sep 2021
  • 18 Sep 2021
  • 02 Oct 2021
  • 16 Oct 2021
  • 30 Oct 2021
  • 13 Nov 2021
  • 27 Nov 2021
2022
  • 08 Jan 2022
  • 22 Jan 2022
  • 05 Feb 2022
  • 19 Feb 2022
  • 05 Mar 2022
  • 19 Mar 2022
  • 02 Apr 2022
  • 16 Apr 2022
  • 30 Apr 2022
  • 14 May 2022
  • 28 May 2022
  • 11 Jun 2022
  • 25 Jun 2022
  • 09 Jul 2022
  • 23 Jul 2022
  • 06 Aug 2022
  • 20 Aug 2022
  • 03 Sep 2022
  • 17 Sep 202
  • 01 Oct 2022
  • 15 Oct 2022
  • 29 Oct 2022
  • 12 Nov 2022
  • 26 Nov 2022
  • 10 Dec 2022
  • 24 Dec 2022
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$3,081
6 weeks
$3,681
8 weeks
$4,244
10 weeks
$4,931
12 weeks (max. stay)
$5,556
Average fees
$617 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. GVI 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 GVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Why book with Volunteer World

Extra security layer by Volunteer World
Volunteer World is the world's leading comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities. We guide you through a safe and easy application process - including all necessary payments. Planning your next meaningful trip with Volunteer World gives you free access to our:
Quality Assurance
High ethical standards & transparent social impact
Flex Option
Change your reservation at no extra costs
Refund Guarantee
We refund your fees if GVI cancels your trip
Support & Mediation
We cover your back no matter what happens
Our services are free of charge!
All program fees are charged directly by GVI.

What are people saying about Volunteer World?

Teaching English & Community Development

Travel to Cimaronnes and work alongside a team of international participants on community empowerment projects.

$493/week

You might be also interested in

Community Empowerment Internship Puerto Morelos , Mexico GVI
Travel to the quaint coastal fishing village of Puerto Morelos and intern with local organizations on childcare and early childhood education.
Empowerment Initiatives for Women Puerto Morelos , Mexico GVI
Travel to the town of Puerto Morelos and support local women by improving English and working on income generating activities.
PADI Marine Conservation Internship Puerto Morelos , Mexico GVI
Kickstart your career in marine conservation on this internship. Gain PADI certifications while diving in the spectacular waters of Mexico to collect valuable data.
Wildlife Conservation in the Amazon Rainforest Oxapampa, Peru GVI
Join a team of international participants and work on critical conservation within the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.
Conservation of Whale & Dolphin Populations Tenerife, Spain GVI
Contribute to critical whale & dolphin conservation initiatives in the beautiful subtropical island archipelago - Canary Islands.
Marine Conservation & PADI Diving Internship Devon, Mexico GVI
Kickstart your career in marine conservation on this internship. Gain PADI certifications while diving in the spectacular waters of Mexico to collect valuable data.
Brochure

Why am I seeing this?

You requested a page that doesn't exist on this site any more. This could be caused by a link you followed that was out of date, by a typing in the wrong address in the address bar, or simply because the post has been deleted.

Take Me Home