Teach Children in Costa Rica!

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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


PuntarenasPuerto Jimenez, Puntarenas 60702CR


INTRO: Would you like to work with elementary school children and make a positive contribution to their future? Would you like to help kids learn English? Then you should volunteer on our Teaching Children Project!

DETAILS: As a volunteer on this project you will teach kids in a public remotely located and small school on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The schools we work with are in urgent need of help - as there is often just 1 or 2 teachers for around 30-60 kids. Often the school teachers do not speak any English, and thus the kids do not learn English. However, the older kids going into high school are expected to already speak English on a certain level - and they’ll be falling behind if they do not have any English knowledge. As a volunteer you’ll help teachers with their regular classes, or you’ll get an opportunity to teach your own English lessons to kids - depending on the length of your volunteer stay and on your skill set. You should be creative, proactive, and have lots of energy.


  • Prepare classes and lesson planning especially for teaching English
  • Help teachers with regular classes and teaching
  • Acting as a tutor for the children, to support their ongoing studies
  • Helping with administrative tasks in the school office such as photocopying or filing

QUALIFICATIONS: An ideal volunteer on this project loves to interact with kids and is willing to teach. You do not need a degree or any previous experience for this project. You don’t need to speak Spanish for this project as the idea is that you’ll teach the kids English. However, some Spanish might be advantageous to communicate with other teachers and your host family. You should be 16 years of age or older. For the teaching to children project, you should be creative, pro-active, and have lots of energy.

DATES: This project is offered during Costa Rica regular school times: Mid-February until end of November. School break is from beginning of December until mid-February. Short school break is for 1 week during Easter, 2 weeks in mid-July, and 1 week in October.

LOCATION: The Osa Peninsula is one of the last frontiers in Costa Rica - and one of the least developed regions. You’ll work in a school located in a small rural town on the Osa Peninsula. We have several schools we work with, including the schools of Rancho Quemado (close to Drake Bay), Dos Brazos (entrance to Corcovado National Park), Carate (entrance to Corcovado National Park), Gallardo, and Agujas.

ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD: You’ll stay in a local Costa Rican host family in the town where your school is located. You’ll be only a short walk from your school. Food is Costa Rican typical food cooked for you and prepared by your host family. You’ll all eat together in a common space at certain hours. Usually breakfast will be around 6am, lunch around 12:00pm, and dinner around 6pm.

FEES: First week’s fee: $ 449. Every Additional Week: $ 149.

FEES EXPLAINED: Our organizational fee of around 299$ is included in the first week’s fee and covers the "behind the scenes costs", such as staff salaries, office space rental, transaction and bank fees, and more. Our weekly fee for additional weeks covers the costs of your host family or project accommodation and food, the local staff on your project, and a donation to help with the daily running costs of the program you will help on.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE: First and last night in San Jose in a hostel, travel to and from the international airport (airport shuttles are around 30$ each way to San Jose - We can set this up for you, just ask us during sign-up), travel to the project site (usually by public buses, which are from around 10-16$ one way), national/ International flights, travel insurance, visa costs, Any additional food or snacks besides the host family meals, extra-curricular activities.

MORE INFO AND PHOTOS: http://www.glvolunteers.com/projects/teach-children/

APPLY: www.glvolunteers.com/apply/


Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18

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