Teach in an elementary school

Assist the teacher during classes and teach english, arts and math yourself. Play outdoor games with the kids and do sports with them.

About the project

The elementary schools where you can realize your volunteer work provide eduaction for children from 5 to 12 years. Some schools also receive younger children in a kindergarten or pre-kindergarten. Depending on the school there could be between 100 and 650 children. 

You are free to decide ever if you want to volunteer part time or full time, because the schools are flexible with their work schedules. Neither you need special skills nor professional educational background. But you will need a lot a patience, willing to work independently and proactive, showing your creativity and ideas.

Children are taught the regular school subjects like science, math, and geography. Lessons in arts, music, computing and physical education are also offered. Even English is taught as their foreign language class.

Generally the children at the schools are from low-income families. The schools are financed by a annual budged from the government, so that parents only have to pay for some school materials and a low tuition fee.

Your work tasks

As a volunteer in one of our schools you may carry out the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Teaching arts and crafts
  • Teaching languages (English)
  • Prepare materials for the lessons
  • Organize activities and games
  • Playing sports and outdoor games
  • Helping out with light chores necessary for the day-to-day operation of the schools
  • Helping in the improvement and embellishment 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 very welcome and encouraged to be creative. Bring in your personal skills, new ideas and suggetions. They are always welcome and can be discussed with your in-country volunteer coordinator.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High School level
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 12:00

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Free-time activities

As you will be living in San José, the capital of Costa Rica, there are a lot of options for free-time activities.
You can enjoy the city with its restaurants, bars and pubs or travel to the atlantic or pacific coast on weekends to relax on the beach.



What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Orientation session on arrival & orientation kit | Escort to the project site on the first day | Application fee | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Single room in Homestay | Half-board (2 meals/day) | Airport pick-up | Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional and for free) | Certificate of participation
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

Our transport service will pick you up at the airport in San José and drive you to your guest family.


Living with a local family is a great way to practice your Spanish and to really get to know a country, its society and way of life. This is the reason why we place our volunteers with Costa Rican guest families. You will stay in a single room at the families home. The bathroom is usually shared with other family members, like the common areas of the house.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

The guest family will provide you half-board (breakfast and dinner)

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
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25 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in San Jose/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 tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
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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Travel Seasons
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Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Costa Rica.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Juan Santamaría International (SJO) in San José. 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.
Vaccine Checker
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.
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