Volunteer and Learn Spanish in Costa Rica

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Trip code: CRSV

Duration: 6-8 weeks

Learn Spanish in Central America
Experience Costa Rican culture
Volunteer in the local community

Learn to speak Spanish in a language school in San José, Costa Rica and join beginner, intermediate or advanced level classes for four weeks. Discover Costa Rica, one of Central America’s most safe and stunning destinations, and volunteer at community or conservation projects, helping kids or protecting wildlife.

Trip highlights

  • Join our Costa Rican language school and improve your Spanish skills: Enjoy 4 weeks of Spanish language classes suited to your skill level, from beginner to intermediate and advanced level
  • Stay with a local Costa Rican family, immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and improve your conversational Spanish skills!
  • Salsa your way through some daily Latin dance lessons, take part in weekly cookery classes, learn to sing in Spanish and add in an extra weekly conversational Spanish session 
  • Improve the lives of local kids and communities, volunteering in orphanages, day-care centres, nurseries, primary schools, and children's homes
  • Volunteer with Costa Rica’s wildlife in a sanctuary for rescued animals or in national parks: Patrol beaches and coastlines on sea turtle protection programmes
Further trip information


On arriving into San José you’ll be invited to attend a welcome meeting, where you will receive information on your upcoming placement and get to know a bit about the local area. Receiving a school ID card, a list of important contact telephone numbers, and practical information about living and travelling in Costa Rica, this meeting will cover a wide range of topics from safety tips, rules and etiquette for living with your host family, information about your Spanish course, a briefing on the school facilities and some information on the afternoon cultural activities which are held at the school.  You will also be given maps of the area, bus timetables, bank and money information, and tourist information. This is your chance to answer any burning questions, and can find all the answers you need in a question and answer session at the end.

First day of class

On your first day of class you should plan to arrive at the language school by 8am (unless told otherwise). As other students will be starting at the same time, the school will want to assess your language level and place you all in the relevant ability band class to suit your needs. For this you will be asked to participate in an oral language test and complete a written exercise. The staff will then be able to decide if you are ready for the beginner, intermediate, or advanced classes, and your first lesson should begin at 9am!
On the first teaching day your host family will accompany you to the school, and collect you after class.

Spanish Language Classes

Classes will usually run Monday to Thursday, 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 have 20 hours of Spanish lessons per week included.

After the first day, you will make your own way to and from the school from your homestay location. Public buses are very easy to use and cheap, and they run every 10-15 minutes from 5:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Taxis are also very cheap and recommended if you are travelling at night.

Cultural Classes

After your Spanish classes you can take part in the inclusive afternoon cultural activities:

• Latin dance classes are held every day from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
• Cooking classes are held on Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
• Conversation classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

All these cultural classes are conducted in Spanish, so you can improve your conversation skills and fluency.

Volunteer Projects

Choose from volunteer placements at schools or childcare projects, or work with wildlife. Our staff at the language school will assist you with travel arrangements to your chosen volunteer project. Placement itineraries will vary depending on the type of placement. You will receive full details about the project, location and accommodation during your volunteer project orientation.

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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. Conservation and orphanage projects are open all year around, however schools and kindergartens only take volunteers from mid-March to end of November. The schools are also closed Easter week and fir the first 2 weeks in July.