It’s said that the most important thing you can give to a child is your time. That’s especially true for underprivileged children. Volunteer Teaching in Costa Rica is one of the best ways to experience local culture and make a significant impact in a short time. Even if you’ve never taught before, this project provides the perfect opportunity to help improve a child’s life and education.
Volunteer Teaching in Costa Rica
The Volunteer Teaching in Costa Rica project supports multiple schools around the country at all age levels, ranging from primary school up through high school and even a post-secondary vocational program. Volunteers on the teaching project will support the local English teacher by assisting in the delivery of English-language lessons. Therefore, to participate in this program, volunteers must be fluent in English.
As the schools our NGO partner supports often lack resources, volunteers are encouraged (but not required) to bring donations of school supplies or to raise funds to help purchase supplies, clothing, and other necessities locally when in Costa Rica. A little bit goes a long way in these schools, so any contributions are greatly appreciated and welcomed! If you have questions, feel free to Contact Us.
Room & Board
Your project fee for projects in Costa Rica covers your room and full board in either a host family house or volunteer dorm-style facilities depending on the location of your placement.
- Shared, single-sex room (occasionally a private room is available) with a fan
- 3 meals per day (meals will typically be simple Costa Rican dishes)
- Drinkable tap water
- Hot water is not available (hot water is not common in Costa Rica)
- Some locations have limited WiFi access (location dependent)
As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.
Included: Airport arrival transport • Pre-departure information • In-country orientation, training and coordination • Accommodation: private or shared room (location dependent) in a host family house or volunteer dorm-style facility with a fan • 3 meals per day (in most locations*) • 24/7 emergency phone
*In the volunteer houses in Jacó & Heredia, volunteers receive breakfast and lunch. Dinners are not provided as most volunteers choose to eat at local restaurants or cook for themselves and food waste became an issue.
NOT Included: Flights • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees
For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.
GOAT Volunteers occasionally offers discounted application fees, so follow us on social media to find out when these savings are available!
Volunteers participating in all projects in Costa Rica have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons. Click the button below for more information.
Special Considerations | Volunteer Teaching in Costa Rica
For special considerations regarding all projects in Costa Rica, please visit the Costa Rica page.
Criminal Record Check
GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children. Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee). U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.
The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.
Our partner NGO in Costa Rica supports a huge number of projects. In most instances, placements will occur at the location most in need of volunteers at the time. Occasionally, volunteers will be given the opportunity to select which location they prefer.
This project requires volunteers to speak English fluently and have at least a basic level of Spanish. For individuals interested in improving their Spanish language skills, classes are available outside of volunteering hours. Please see the Spanish Lessons page for details and pricing.