Support Children in Local Schools

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If you are interested in working with children and giving classes in English, sports, arts or other subjects, you're in demand in the local schools. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

About the Program

Update January 2022:

The global Corona pandemic has also affected our cooperation with government schools and completely paralyzed them for almost two years. Currently it is still quite difficult in the state schools with which we have cooperated so far, because they are still 'behind' with the curricula and the exams.

Currently we have started a cooperation with a small private school near Nosara, which works according to the Montessori pedagogy. This school is run by a Costa Rican couple, is accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and has about 60 students. Although a monthly tuition fee is charged, it is not an 'elite school for rich kids' - the school also awards many scholarships to families without adequate income.

All the following information and task descriptions apply just as much to the private school - only the vacation periods (see there) are a little different and shorter.

In any case, we plan to resume cooperation with the state schools as soon as possible. As a general rule, only volunteers with full immunizations will be accepted to work with the children.

If you are interested in working with children and giving classes en English, sports, arts or other subjects, you're in demand in the local schools. In most of the 'escuelas' in this area the children only have lessons in Spanish, Math, Social Science and Natural Science due to the lack of teachers and financial resources. Your classes will be in the afternoons after the regular classes and they are free for the children.

English especially is getting more and more important for Costaricans to provide better opportunities in the expanding tourism market, wich is the main income sector in this country. Therefor especially the parents are very interested in English classes. Additional subjects that stimulates their creativity and develop their individuality are important for an adequate education and are very popular for the children. Your volunteering in teaching assistance and your efforts in creating new material will be very much appreciated!

We work with 5-8 schools and Kindergardens in the area between Sámara and Nosara on the pacific coast. These schools are very small - some only have one classroom, 16 children of 6 levels and one teacher. 

Furthermore we highly appreciate from the volunteers to be active and motivated by themselves, to offer language classes for the local youth and adults and bring their own ideas for the community progress.

Between Christmas and New Year the school is closed. 

During the school holidays there will be holiday programs for the children!

Our Volunteers

Our volunteers should be creative and have a talent for improvisation as even the most basic resources are often limited and require to use your imagination. We are looking for motivated, responsible and independently working volunteers. They should have a basic knowledge of the Spanish language and bring clothes for a decent dress code. It would be great if the volunteers could bring all kind of didactic material (books, games, music...).

The Location

The schools are located on the northwest pacific coast of Costa Rica in Guanacaste between Sámara and Nosara.

Typical day

As we work with several kindergardens, elementary schools and also schools raised from private foundations the typical day structure varies a lot! Mostly you will not find such a strict time schedule as you might be used to ... and please be open for the actual needs of the school. 

Your time in the school may change between 2 and 6 hours a day and there is more work if you offer extra activities after school. 

Your Tasks

Your work mainly includes:

  • Teaching English, sports, games, art and craft or other subjects
  • 2-4 hours of work with the children in the mornings, the afternoon or both
  • in some schools: joining and helping the teacher in the morning classes; administrative work in the school
  • cleaning the facilities you use in the school and the volunteer office; maintainance of the material collection and preparing new material
  • preparing school events like sport activities, presentations, exhibitions, beach cleanings
  • help in the recycle program and in community service: beautifying projects, gardening, making playgrounds, painting etc. according to the actual needs of the community

Free-time activities

After work you can go to the beach, swim, surf or snorkel. The next village with leisure time possibilities is not far: there are tours for watching dolphins, kayaking, canopy, fishing and others. Go out in the evenings to listen to music and dance.

On the weekends you can go on tours in and around this area and there are a lot of places to visit in Costa Rica: National Park Monteverde, National Park Manuel Antonio, Volcano Arenal, visit the caribbean coast, visit our rainforest lodge, go on a trip to Nicaragua or Panamá ...

Water Sports


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 (intermediate level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High school graduation level
Required Documents
CV and letter of motivation
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Bring creativity and talent for improvisation as even the most basic resources are often limited and require to use your imagination. You should enjoy to work independently and self-motivated. And, first of all, you should have fun and be conscious of the responsibility to work with children (6-12 years).
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Serviços incluídos

Services by first hand Costa Rica

We organize the journey to the project and we also do hostel reservations in San José if needed (mostly it is needed!) - and, if you will combine projects, we will also organize the transportation between the projects. You will have to pay the cost for the pickup and the transport.

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

You will be picked up at the airport by our driver with a sign with your name and you will directly get in contact with your german, english, spanish speaking coordinator via phone. The driver will drive you to the reserved hostel (if necessary), give you the bus ticket (he will buy a ticket in advance to reserve you a seat in the bus), pick you up at the hostel the day of your journey to the project and bring you to the bus.
You will be picked up from the bus by your coordinator and/or the guestfamiliy.
The cost will be around 70 US$ plus the hostel night (about 13 US$ (dorm) and 40 US$ (single/double room).


You will be living with a family in the village and you will have your own room - maybe shared with another volunteer but mostly you will have your own family!

The rooms of our guest families are pretty different - just as different as individual tastes and economic possibilities are! So, please don't expect your room to be exactly like the one you find in the photos (we will have to update some photos soon) ... maybe your room is completely different! Our philosophy is not to choose a project because of its accommodation - it will be definitely be a lot more rustic than you are used to and you will experience that life in Costa Rica doesn't take part inside the houses, but outside. 

We have many many years of experience with our volunteers in our guest families and we haven't had one single case in which a volunteer couldn't get along with the room ... so, wether your room is very nice or not, doesn't say anything about the heartiness of your family and the wonderful experiences you make in the project! ;-) 

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

You'll enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with the family based on the tipical Costarican diet, for example rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fruit.

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.
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.

Datas & Custos


Details on arrival

This program is available all year. Please have the school holidays in mind: 

State schools:
- mid December until mid February (there will be holiday programs) 
- Easter week
- last weeks of June / first week of July (no holiday program)

Private school:
- Start of school: first week in January
- Easter week
- last weeks of June / first week of July (no holiday program)
- last week of September
- Exams - middle of October
- November/December: Extra activities 'campamento'

It starts every Monday. Please arrive at least one day before the programs starts. Your family will welcome you already on Friday before your project starts.  

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
6 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$253 /week

Por favor, note que as taxas acima indicadas são estimadas. first hand Costa Rica informará o candidato sobre o preço final durante o processo de candidatura.
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 first hand Costa Rica during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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