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Village School Teaching

Assist teachers during classes, preparing learning materials and prepare school activities.

The project

Volunteers will be based in villages across the amazing pacific coast of Costa Rica. The schools are very small with usually around 15 students but some can be larger with up to 150. Most of the schools you will work in only have 1-3 teachers with children aged 6-12 years of age. The main subjects taugh are maths, spanish, science and social studies, while some teach english as it is becoming more important within Costa Rica. 

Some schools offer you to assist the teacher in class, usually volunteer taught classes are outside of the mandatory school hours for children so sizes of the classes may vary and it require your creativity. 

English is becoming more and more important in Costa Rica so there is large interest in teaching it to children but not only this but other subjects such as sports and arts or music, dance and theater which are very popular with children. 


Your work tasks 

Volunteering in one of the schools in Costa Rica comes with large amounts of responsibility, because you will act as a role model to students so work must be taken very seriously. 

There will be a volunteer coordinator who will help guide you through the activites accoring to interests of the children showing what has worked well before. Even though there is someone to help you should be able to plan and coordinate on your own with lots of energy and creativity. Staying in close contact with teachers and parents is highly recommended to gain more knowledge from your trip. 

While you are working in one of the schools this might be our tasks: 

  • 2-4 hours per day of childcare, usually in the afternoon but some mornings
  • Prepare and carry out English workshops 
  • Organize sports and arts activities
  • Support teachers during classes (not at all schools)
  • Administrative tasks at school 
  • Do day to day tasks at school
  • Maintain, prepare, and complement teaching materials
  • Prepare and implement school events
  • Participate in the recycling projects
  • Help with construction of playgrounds and paintings

Suitable for


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 Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
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

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

Free-time activities

Being on the pacific coast of Costa Rica there are beautiful views to enjoy and many beaches with high temperatures, with water sports available at the sea such as swimming

Water Sports

Included Services

What's included?
Help from experienced staff members | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Tour around the site on arrival with orientation | 24h-Emergency Number | Single or double room in Homestay (with other participant) | Full-board (3 meals/day) | Advice on travel andf insurance | Flight booking service | Certificate of participation | Application fee

You will be provided with a single or double room to be shared with another volunteer, this will be with a host family where you will share bathrooms and living spaces with, your house will be usually close to the village so you can get there by walking or 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.

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
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

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.
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.
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?
Guanacaste, Guanacaste , Costa Rica

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