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Teacher for English

Working assisting a local English teacher with their classes in elementary and high schools. Focusing on pronunciation, practice in speaking and spelling.

About the Program

English language skills are increasingly in demand in Costa Rica, where speaking English can help open the doors of opportunity to a bright future. Join uVolunteer’s Teaching English Program to help children and adults develop conversational English skills and improve their spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Who will you be working with?

Working in local schools and community classes throughout San Ramon you’ll create and deliver both theoretical and practical lessons under the supervision of a qualified English teacher, who will be on hand to offer initial training and ongoing support. Adult classes are often held in the informal setting of the uVolunteer dorms, providing plenty of opportunity to get to know the locals and build friendships. Volunteers plan and teach lessons and assist English teachers in their own class preparations

Your Role as a Volunteer

Teaching English volunteers in Costa Rica plan and deliver lessons in schools and community classes with a focus on practical use of English. Other tasks include assisting teachers in the classroom, testing and grading students, and encouraging pupils to practice their English skills through group and one-to-one exercises.

Program Location - San Ramon

Most of our projects are based in or around the large coffee town of San Ramon, nestled in the mountains of the Central Valley.

Known as the town of presidents and poets, San Ramon has produced some famous former residents, including one of Costa Rica’s best-loved poets Lisimaco Chavarria. The university town is also renowned for its picturesque beauty, rich heritage and vibrant nightlife.

San Ramon is a unique combination of age-old traditions and modern living; expect to see colorful sidewalk art as you explore the streets of this laidback town. San Ramon’s central location means the town is within easy reach of the international airport Juan Santamaria (SJO) and Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. 

Local transport links into the capital and all corners of the country are reliable and regular, so it’s easy to explore all of Costa Rica’s unmissable sights.

Suitable for


Typical day

First Day: On your first day of your volunteer project, you will be accompanied to your placement by your coordinator and introduced to project.

You will meet the staff of project be given an orientation of the project and you will also be assigned your working assignment and schedule. On this day your coordinator will volunteer with you to help you settle into the project. On the way back home your coordinator will show you how to travel to work and back using public transportation so that you feel comfortable to so the following day.

Weekdays: A typical volunteer day looks something like this:

7.00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer dormitory

7.45 AM Volunteers leave the dorms and travel to their projects by public transport or walking depending on distance to project. 

12.00 PM - 1.00 PM Lengths of lunch breaks are dependent on the project you are placed on. Most volunteers join project staff members at a local restaurant, eat with teachers and students at the school or venture out to explore the local food options.

4.00 PM - 6.00 PM After work volunteers usually return to the dorms and the group explores the local area, go to the gym, goes shopping or sightseeing. This time is free to explore San Ramon.

6.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer dormitory

7.00PM Depending on the day of the week we plan several social activities such soccer, local dance classes, going to church, BBQs, cooking classes, hair weaving or visiting a local spot to relax and people watch. 

Details on Arrival

Our program arrival days are every other Friday, with volunteers arriving at San Jose International Airport (SJO)

Arival Dates - 2017

January 13, 27 - February 10 & 24

March 10 & 24 - April 7 & 21

May 5 & 19 - June 2, 16 & 30

July 14 & 28 - August 11 & 25

September 8 & 22 - October 6 & 20

November 3 & 17 - December 1, 15 & 29

Arrival Dates - 2018

January 12, 26 - February 9 & 23

March 9 & 23 - April 6 & 20

May 4 & 18 - June 1, 15 & 29

July 13 & 27 - August 10 & 24

September 7 & 21 - October 5 & 19

November 2, 16 & 30 - December 14 & 28

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at University or College of High Education 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 and Thursday from 08:00 - 15:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at uVolunteer are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Days off - What to do?

With three days off every week, you’ll have plenty of time to explore all that Costa Rica has to offer. Whether you want to experience the majesty of the active Arenal Volcano, zip-line through the cloud forests or admire San Jose’s colonial architecture, Costa Rica caters for all tastes.

Costa Rica is a compact country with efficient transport links, making it easy to get around and see the sights. 

Most of our projects are based in centrally-located San Ramon and volunteers have three free days per week, giving you plenty of time off to explore.

Volcano Arenal

National parks, hot springs and canyoning


Lush natural environments and unforgettable views

Montezuma & Santa Teresa

Surfing, snorkeling, waterfalls and nightlife

Manuel Antonio

Rare wildlife, watersports and white-sand beaches 

Puerto Viejo

Caribbean flavors, abundant wildlife and adventure


The land of turtles is an unspoiled paradise

Water Sports

Included Services

What's included?
  • Dormitory Accommodation
  • 2 Meals Monday to Friday (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Volunteer Project
  • Pre-arrival Information & Support
  • In-Country Orientation (includes City Tour)
  • Daily Local Staff Supervision
  • Social Activities
  • Media Documentation
  • Letter of Completion



Dormitory Life

Our program is based around our volunteer dormitory (the Dorm). Only volunteers, authorized maintenance personnel and staff are allowed inside. 

The dorm is the central hub of volunteer life and it is used for all social activities during your placement. Dormitory life means ‘group living’ so please come prepared to be living in such an environment. 

Dorm Rooms 

Dorm rooms are to be kept closed at all times, this is your private space within the dormitory. Dorm rooms are single sexed rooms. All rooms are fitted with bunk beds. There may be 2, 4 or 6 volunteers sharing a room. 

We will provide all volunteers with clean bed sheets each week.

Volunteers will have sufficient of storage space in the Dorm for your personal belongings. Some dorm room will have keys other won’t. If the rooms don’t have keys you will be provided with keys to the main entrance. The Dorm is a safe space so feel free to bring any electronic devices that you many need during your trip.

Friends traveling together

If you are traveling with a friend, we will try our best to accommodate you in the same room if possible. Couples can only stay together in the same room if there are no other volunteers in the room; otherwise couples will be placed in individual single sexed room.


Showers are always taken warm in Costa Rica. We have a western washroom with hot showers. 

Note: You will need to bring a towel, shower gel and shampoo for your showers.

Kitchen usage

The Dorm has a kitchen that is available for volunteers to use to cook food. Volunteers who decide to cook should only use their food and not that of other volunteers and you should always immediately wash-up after using the kitchen. Private storage space is provided for each volunteer to store food in the kitchen. You may use the kitchen to prepare you lunches.

Dorm Room Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bungalow
Food & Beverages


Breakfast and Dinner (Monday to Friday) will be served daily at the dorms. The food will be local cuisine and can be made to suit all dietary needs. If you do not inform us of any dietary needs during your application, we may not be able to cater for you on arrival.  

Weekend Meals: Most weekends volunteers travel around their program destination and will cater for their own accommodation and food.


We DO NOT provide lunch for volunteers. Some projects may provide you with lunch, but do not count on this as we have no control over this and project policy can change any day. Please bring a budget for your meals at lunchtime. You can use this time as the perfect opportunity to try out the local lunch options available close to your project. 

Budget: Local lunch at a local restaurant: $6

Budget: 1.5 liter bottle of water: $.80

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

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)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in San Ramon/Costa Rica between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. uVolunteer 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 uVolunteer 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.
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.
What can you do in leisure-time in Costa Rica while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Los Parques, Alajuela, 20201 San Ramon, Costa Rica

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