South America Inside

Teach at a School in a Village

Guanacaste , Costa Rica show on map

Assist teachers during class, prepare learning materials, and plan school activities.

The Project

For this project, volunteers will be placed schools in villages across Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific coast. The schools are typically very small, and usually only have around 15 students. There are some larger schools, however, that can have up to 150 students. Most of the schools you will work in only have 1-3 teachers and are for children between the ages of 6-12. The main subjects taught are math, Spanish, science and social studies. Some schools also teach English, as it is becoming more important in Costa Rica. 

In some schools, volunteers assist the teacher in class. Classes that are taught by volunteers typically happen outside of mandatory school hours for children, so sizes of the classes may vary and require your creativity. 

English is becoming increasingly important in Costa Rica, so there is large interest in teaching it to children. There is also an emphasis placed on other subjects, such as sports, art, music, dance, and theatre, all of which are very popular with the children. 

 

Your Tasks 

Volunteering in a Costa Rican school comes with a large amount of responsibility because you will be a role model to the students.

There will be a volunteer coordinator who will help guide you through the activities according to the interests of the children, something that has worked well in the past. Even though there will be someone to help you, you should be able to plan and coordinate on your own with energy and creativity. Staying in close contact with teachers and parents is highly recommended so that you can gain as much knowledge as possible from your trip. 

While you are working in one of the schools, your tasks may include: 

  • 2-4 hours per day of childcare, usually in the afternoon, but also some mornings
  • Preparing and carrying out English workshops 
  • Organizing sports and arts activities
  • Supporting teachers during classes (not at all schools)
  • Administrative tasks at school 
  • Daily operational tasks at school
  • Maintaining, preparing, and supplementing teaching materials
  • Preparing and implementing school events
  • Participating in the recycling projects
  • Help with playground construction and painting

Free-time activities

Due to the project’s location on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, there are breathtaking views to enjoy, warm temperatures, and beautiful beaches. There are also water sports available, such as swimming and surfing. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program 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)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
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 from 09:00 - 15:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

Help from experienced staff members | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Translation of application documents| 24-hr emergency number | Single or twin room in homestay (shared with another participant, depending on availability) | Full-board (3 meals/day) | Advice on travel and insurance | Flight booking service | Certificate of participation | Application fee

Accommodation

You will be provided with a single or twin room, which will be shared with another volunteer. You will live with a host family and will share bathrooms and living spaces with them. Your house should be close to the village where the school is located so that you can get there by walking or riding a bus.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided ( 3 meals per day). The local cuisine is based on rice, beans, vegetables, meat, and fruits.

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,270.00
5 weeks
$1,435.00
6 weeks
$1,600.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$4,735.00
Average fees
$253.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Guanacaste /Costa Rica between 4 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.
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 {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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