Western Africa
Gambia Ghana Sierra Leone Togo
Middle Africa
Cameroon
Northern Africa
Egypt Morocco
Southern Africa
Botswana Namibia Cape Town / South Africa Swaziland
Eastern Africa
Kenya Madagascar Malawi Mozambique Seychelles South Sudan Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe
Middle East
Israel Lebanon
Southern Asia
India Maldives Nepal Sri Lanka
Eastern Asia
China Mongolia
South East Asia
Cambodia Bali / Indonesia Laos Borneo / Malaysia Myanmar Philippines Chiang Mai / Thailand Vietnam
North America
United States of America
Caribbean
Bahamas Cuba Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica Saint Lucia Trinidad and Tobago
Central America
Belize Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama
Latin America
Argentina Bolivia Amazon Rainforest / Brazil Chile Colombia Galapagos / Ecuador Paraguay Peru Suriname Uruguay Venezuela
Europe
Croatia Finland Germany Greece Hungary Italy Portugal Romania Spain
Oceania
Australia Fiji New Zealand
Humanitarian
Childcare Medical & Health Orphanages Sports Teaching & Education
Environment & Conservation
Animals & Wildlife Diving & Marine Conservation Environmental Protection Farming & Agriculture Round Trips & Camps
Made for Meaningful Travel

Volunteer World's mission has always been to ensure fairness, transparency and high quality within the meaningful travel industry. Due to its great usability & unique design, media claims Volunteer World to be the "AirBnB" for volunteer abroad opportunities - and we do not disagree on that!

Your Extra Layer of Security

Volunteer World is the world's leading comparison platform for international volunteer opportunities. We guide you through a safe and easy application process. Planning your next meaningful trip with Volunteer World gives you free access to our:

South America Inside

Teach in an Elementary School

Assist teachers during classes and teach English, art, and math by yourself. Play outdoor games with the kids and participate in sports with them.

The Project

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.

Your 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)
  • 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.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
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 08:00 - 12:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

In the Costa Rican capital of San José, there are various activities that you can do during your free time. You can enjoy the city’s restaurants, bars, and pubs or travel to the Atlantic or Pacific coast on weekends to relax at the beach.  

Concert/Music
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation
Contact & Reservation
$287
/week
$287
/week
2 - 25
weeks
2 - 25
weeks
17+
age
17+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Included Services

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 South America Inside cancels your trip
Resolution Support
We cover your back no matter what happens
Services by South America Inside

Consultation from our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Orientation session upon arrival & orientation kit | Escort to the project site on the first day | Application fee | Local support | 24-hr emergency number | Single room in Homestay | Half-board (2 meals/day) | Airport pick-up | Advice concerning adequate travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional and free) | Certificate of Participation

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaría International

Our transportation service will pick you up at the airport in San José and drive 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. 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
Limited access at the project site
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$765.00
3 weeks
$940.00
4 weeks
$1,115.00
5 weeks
$1,290.00
6 weeks
$1,465.00
7 weeks
$1,640.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$4,790.00
Average fees
$287.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in San Jose/Costa Rica between 2 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.
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Costa Rica

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Costa Rica. Please check the visa regulations for Costa Rica.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Costa Rica and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
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.
Budgeting
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?

Airport
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.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Costa Rica while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
San José, San Jose, Costa Rica zoom="6"

You might be also interested in

Wildlife Rescue Assistant
Alajuela, Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Help take care of exotic animals that have been rescued and assist with environmental education! Experience the Costa Rican rainforest!
Take Care of Exotic Animals
Villa Tunari, Bolivia South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Volunteer in the Bolivian rainforest! Climb trees with capuchin monkeys, walk with feral cats, and take care of other exotic wild animals.
Care for Children in Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Help take care of children in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Organize games and activities for the children and make them smile!
Volunteer in a National Park - Chile
Patagonia, Chile South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Help preserve and maintain the most famous national park in Chile! Assist with reforestation, environmental education efforts, and scientific studies.
Work in a Day Care Center
San Jose , Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Do you love working with children? Help out at a day care center where you can organize activities and be a positive influence for children from low-income families.
Take Care of Parrots
San Jose , Costa Rica South America Inside Agency | South America Inside
Help support parrot conservation efforts in the rainforest by directly interacting with and taking care of Costa Rican parrots!
© Volunteer World