Live in Manuel Antonio, on the stunning Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and work in the nearby town of Quepos to assist disadvantaged children by organising and leading sports-related activities. This project has been set up in conjunction with communities in Quepos to provide much needed assistance to the over-worked local teachers. Volunteers plan and run sports lessons and games for under-privileged children at a community center. Sport is a vital tool to attract children to education centers, unfortunately physical education is not always funded and local schools do not have the resources to supply team sports. Volunteers work with children of all ages but predominantly with children aged 5 to 13.
Completely immerse yourself in this coastal community and get to know the children and families of Quepos, improve or start your knowledge Spanish, and learn all about the very compassionate and easy way of Costa Rican life.
Based right outside of Manual Antonio National Park, you will also have the opportunity to explore one of the most amazing natural settings in the world. From rafting, trekking, zip-lining and surfing to the amazing wildlife, and warm Pacific waters, you will be blown away by this Costa Rican paradise.
If you do not speak Spanish, don’t worry! This program provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn a new language and work with children at the same time. If you opt for staying more than 8 weeks, you have an option of doing an extra 80 or 120 hours of Spanish lessons. Speak to your coordinator about arranging 1-on-1 Spanish lessons (extra to the program) that will fully prepare you for life on the program.
We are always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to join our team. This program offers qualifying and high-performing volunteers the chance to stay on the program for a longer duration on a GVI Scholarship free of charge and as part of the staff team in the field. If you would like to work towards a field career and make the very most of your time abroad, you might want to work towards a place on a GVI Scholarship. Successful scholars may find themselves offered full time employment with GVI, and many of our current staff have come through this route. Contact us for more information! Please note, the awarding of scholarships is at the sole discretion of GVI and may be offered immediately after the completion of your program or at a later date.
GVI is real volunteering
Our projects are constantly evolving according to the needs on the ground at any given time. All the information displayed here will give you an overall feel for the project, but you should be prepared for any changes in the field when you travel. An evolving project means that we can constantly meet the needs and requirements of our partners, who dictate the work that we do. The way it should be.
Monday to Friday
Most of your days will be spent working with the students at a local community center. You will work around the scheduled lesson times to supply a program of physical education, teaching core values and character building through sports. You are expected to work hard and also assist in basic academic lessons in the classroom and activities in the community center, when needed.
You will share your home with other GVI volunteers who will be working with you in Quepos. Our teams become very tight knit groups, sharing common values and passions.
If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.
On the weekends, you will have the opportunity to explore Costa Rica with your new friends and share in this once in a lifetime experience.
GVI is building a relationship with both the school and the larger community of Quepos in Costa Rica.
Specific focuses for our work include:
- Design long-term educational programs to benefit the local schools
- Educate the local population to care for the environment and their local resources
- Establish periphery activities and programs to encourage students to finish their primary and secondary education including Sports, Music, Art, English and more
Our goal is to provide resources in the form of enthusiastic volunteers. You will help address a severe shortage of teachers, coaches and other mentors sorely needed in this community.
How this project makes a difference:
Education is one of the best tools in fighting poverty and sports have proven a vital tool to reaching children and to helping them stay engaged in school.
GVI’s sports and education programs help maintain the level of coaches and mentors within the community. With enough staff, these schools can continue to offer these activities.
. It´s great to see how a structured sports program has led to greater sportsmanship and sharing amongst the kids. This is certainly something I´m excited to evolve over the coming months.
We have been carrying out football tournaments with the grade 4´s, 5´s and 6´s. The kids are really improving their passing skills, and ball control. It has been so much fun playing sports with the kids; you can tell they really enjoy it.
Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.
Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with GVI. Our Manuel Antonio field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Costa Rica!
Optional Side Trips
On weekends and downtime, the region around Manuel Antonio is excellent to keep yourself as busy or relaxed as possible! See the pristine beaches and hike the trails of the National Park to discover the diverse wildlife the region has to offer, including four types of monkey; go on a canopy and zip-lining tour through the treetops of the rainforest; visit the souvenir shops at the beachfront or cafes along the way and watch the world go by; take surf lessons or surf some of the neighbouring breaks in this famous surf destination.
Further Travelling Opportunities
Costa Rica is an amazing country with an abundance of travel opportunities further afield with the following just a snapshot of the many possibilities!
Admire the world famous and active Volcan Arenal at a distance, and relax in the natural hot springs; explore the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park; for the advanced surfer, aim for Pavones, the second longest left break in the world; spot migratory raptor birds in the Talamanca Mountains and visit indigenous villages; go deep sea fishing in the Pacific Ocean; canoe or kayak along the waterways in the local area on organised river tours; visit the Caribbean coast, snorkel and go wildlife watching in Cahuita National Park; go white water rafting on the world famous Pacuare river – rapids classed III to IV; climb Volcan Irazu and visit coffee farms on the way back to San Jose; back in the capital, visit the Gold Museum or the Jade Museum, attend a play in one of the numerous theatres or take in the Latin American vibe with its lively nightlife.
Build Your Program
- Pre-departure support and discounted services
- 24-hour emergency phone
- Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
- Arrival orientation
- Long term experienced staff
- Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
- All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
- Welcome meeting
- Location orientation
- All necessary project training by experienced staff
- All necessary project equipment and materials
- 24-hour in-country support
What's Not Included
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Personal kit
- Additional drinks and gratuities
- Extra local excursions
- International and domestic airport taxes
- 20 hours of Spanish lessons unless already fluent