Teaching English in Costa Rica

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Trip code: CRTE

Duration: 2-4 weeks

Teach English & learn Spanish!
Live & volunteer in beautiful Costa Rica
Gain valuable life experience

Become a volunteer teacher and inspire kids in Costa Rica with this rewarding volunteer experience! Brush up on your Spanish skills with a week of language lessons and then teach English to local kids in San José or along Costa Rica’s beautiful Pacific Coast. With two fantastic volunteer projects to choose from, this is an unbeatable opportunity to make a real difference while experiencing the rich culture and stunning landscapes of Costa Rica. 

Trip highlights

  • Improve your language skills with a week of Spanish classes tailored to your ability!
  • Choose from two rewarding teaching projects in Costa Rica - Teach children between the ages of 6 and 14 in a rural elementary school or get involved with a social work programme in the capital
  • Stay with local Costa Rican families and immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture
  • Put your Spanish skills to good use and help out in volunteer teaching placements
  • Explore this amazing country in your time off!
Further trip information

Take up this volunteer teaching opportunity and make a difference to kids in local schools in Costa Rica. Enjoy a week of Spanish classes and then put your skills to good use at a choice of teaching projects. 

You will be volunteering in schools with limited resources and often working with kids from underprivileged backgrounds. You’ll plan English-speaking lessons which cover a range of subjects and topics and are designed to help improve the English skills of the kids in your care. 

You have three options when booking this programme:

  1. 1 week Spanish classes + 1 week teaching
  2. 1 week Spanish classes + 2 weeks teaching
  3. 1 week Spanish classes + 3 weeks teaching

Please note: If you are already fluent in Spanish, you are not required to attend the Spanish lessons. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

Spanish Lessons in San José

Your experience begins with a week of Spanish classes in San José. These lessons, tailored to your ability, will help you brush up on the vital language skills you'll need in the classroom.

Classes run daily, every morning from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Then there is a lunch break from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Afternoon classes run between 1:00-2:00pm. You will stay with a homestay family in the city during this week. 

About the Teaching Placements

Teaching Project 1: Teach English as part of a social work programme in San José. Work with children in orphanages and day care centres, and get involved in a wide range of creative activities. Working hours are flexible. Requires volunteers with creativity, proactivity and great initiative.

Teaching Project 2: Teach English at a school in Cabuya. Volunteer at a small rural school in a beautiful village on the Pacific Coast. Plan recreational lessons, games, outdoor activities and art projects to help children aged between 7 and 12 learn English. 

Please note: The schools in Costa Rica run from mid-February to mid-November, with a two week break at the beginning of July. If you book a programme that runs outside of these dates you will volunteer at an alternative project in Costa Rica. These alternative projects include social work in orphanages, daycare centres and homes for the elderly. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

Booking options

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The language school is closed over Easter, Christmas & New Year. Though the school is closed, airport transfers & homestay services are available. Schools and kindergartens only take volunteers from mid-March to end of November. The schools are also closed Easter week and for the first 2 weeks in July. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.