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Teach Sports in Costa Rica

Work with disadvantaged children in Costa Rica through football, basketball and other sports

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Program Focus

Sports

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$1,790.00

Code: CRQU0268P
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Travel to Manuel Antonio on the stunning Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and volunteer assisting disadvantaged children in the nearby town of Quepos. Organise sport-related lessons and games for the children to bolster their educational and personal development. Enjoy activities such as zip-lining, trekking and surfing in your free time.
Overview
Project Life
Project Details
Free Time
The Team
Dates & Costs

Overview

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, by planning and running sports lessons and games for under-privileged children. 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.

Experience full cultural immersion in this coastal community as you get to know both the children and families of Quepos. Learn all about the “pura vida” culture of Costa Rica while starting out on or improving your Spanish skills. Quepos is located near to the diverse Manual Antonio National Park, where you will have the chance to explore one of the most amazing natural settings in the world.

The opportunities in Costa Rica are endless, from rafting, trekking, zip-lining to surfing and the amazing wildlife you will be blown away by this fascinating country.

Testimonials

"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 see evolve over the coming months. "

- Steve Neirinck, (Canada)

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Students

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment
  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons unless already fluent

Parents

Why Study Abroad

GVI Difference

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment
  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons unless already fluent

Course Life

Monday to Friday

The majority of your time will be spent working with the children Monday to Friday. Due to resources and funding, the focus is very much on you to plan and implement activities, in order to supply a program of sports education that also teach core values and character building. You may also be expected to help in other areas when required, assisting in basic academic lessons in the classroom and activities in the community, which you should be prepared for.

Field Conditions

Accommodation will be shared with your fellow volunteers as you develop strong friendships and working relationships with individuals who share similar core values and passions.

Accommodation Upgrades

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.

Free Time

Weekends are yours to explore the best of the surrounding area to experience this amazing country. Have a look at the Free Time section above for more information.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment
  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons unless already fluent

Course Details

GVI has partnered with the Quepos community to build a relationship in order to focus and assist on the following areas:

  • 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 overall goal is to provide the community with resources in the form of enthusiastic volunteers like you as you address a severe shortage in teachers and mentors sorely needed in the 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 projects help maintain the level of coaches and mentors within the community.  With enough staff, these schools can continue to offer these activities.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment
  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons unless already fluent

Life on the Internship

Monday to Friday

The majority of your time will be spent working with the children Monday to Friday. Due to resources and funding, the focus is very much on you to plan and implement activities, in order to supply a program of sports education that also teach core values and character building. You may also be expected to help in other areas when required, assisting in basic academic lessons in the classroom and activities in the community, which you should be prepared for.

Field Conditions

Accommodation will be shared with your fellow volunteers as you develop strong friendships and working relationships with individuals who share similar core values and passions.

Accommodation Upgrades

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.

Free Time

Weekends are yours to explore the best of the surrounding area to experience this amazing country. Have a look at the Free Time section above for more information.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment
  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons unless already fluent

Program Details

GVI has partnered with the Quepos community to build a relationship in order to focus and assist on the following areas:

  • 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 overall goal is to provide the community with resources in the form of enthusiastic volunteers like you as you address a severe shortage in teachers and mentors sorely needed in the 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 projects help maintain the level of coaches and mentors within the community.  With enough staff, these schools can continue to offer these activities.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment
  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons unless already fluent

Project Life

Monday to Friday

The majority of your time will be spent working with the children Monday to Friday. Due to resources and funding, the focus is very much on you to plan and implement activities, in order to supply a program of sports education that also teach core values and character building. You may also be expected to help in other areas when required, assisting in basic academic lessons in the classroom and activities in the community, which you should be prepared for.

Field Conditions

Accommodation will be shared with your fellow volunteers as you develop strong friendships and working relationships with individuals who share similar core values and passions.

Accommodation Upgrades

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.

Free Time

Weekends are yours to explore the best of the surrounding area to experience this amazing country. Have a look at the Free Time section above for more information.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment
  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons unless already fluent

Project Details

GVI has partnered with the Quepos community to build a relationship in order to focus and assist on the following areas:

  • 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 overall goal is to provide the community with resources in the form of enthusiastic volunteers like you as you address a severe shortage in teachers and mentors sorely needed in the 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 projects help maintain the level of coaches and mentors within the community.  With enough staff, these schools can continue to offer these activities.

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment
  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons unless already fluent

Free Time

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 Traveling 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.

The Team

Kristin Cleaveland
Field Staff

Meet Kristin, one of our field staff members in Manuel Antonio. She initially joined GVI as a volunteer, and then as an intern before joining the team. “I headed back home only to realize I wanted nothing more than to come back!”

Kristin’s favorite aspect of her job? “My involvement in the school and community. I get to spend time with the children and see their growth, both in school and out. It’s always so rewarding seeing the smile on a child’s face after they understand something you taught them.”

What does Kristin think volunteers bring to the project? “Without them, I don’t think the program would be able to exist. With a limited number of staff members, it’s the volunteers who go to the school each day with a lesson plan, plan activities for the children’s center, and they’re the ones who the children run up to excitedly when they see them each morning.

Christina Harnois
Logistics Manager

Meet Christina, our Logistics Manager for Costa Rica, based in Quepos. What does she love about being based here? “I’ve seen so many creatures it’s just unreal! Spider monkeys, capuchins, howlers, crocodiles, iguanas, sloths, turtles and countless bugs and birds. It’s become such a normal part of the day, sometimes I have to remind myself how special it is!”

Christina’s highlight since working for GVI? ”Our acceptance into the community by the teachers, children and community members. It’s amazing to feel so welcome and comfortable.”

What does Christina think volunteers bring to the project? “Their enthusiasm and care for the children has been so inspiring and it makes our work in the community possible. Watching them develop trusting relationships with the children is so satisfying.”

Nick Herrick
Project Manager

Meet Nick, our Programs Manager in Manuel Antonio. He joined GVI initially as a volunteer in Namibia and then in South Africa before joining the team in Costa Rica.

What does Nick like most about his job? “We make sure we take every opportunity to get more involved in the school and the community. Ultimately we’re working to leave behind something totally sustainable. We’re supporting people, earning their trust, and the initiatives coming from these partnerships are pretty amazing.

What does Nick think volunteers bring to the project? “I know it’s cheesy, but without volunteers we literally couldn’t keep going. Every 2 weeks I have another group of fresh and excited people bringing an injection of enthusiasm and an influx of new ideas, keeping us dynamic and pushing forward. Each volunteer puts in approximately 50 hours, which adds up very quickly into an astonishing amount of teaching, caring and attention for students who just wouldn’t get that otherwise.

Blaine Clarke
Country Director

Meet Blaine, she studied biology and medicine, worked as a rafting guide and adventure tour leader across Central and South America, before joining a social justice NGO in San Francisco. Luckily for us, she missed South America so we snapped her up as our Country Director for Ecuador. When that project was successfully wrapped up, she moved across to Costa Rica!

We asked Blaine what volunteers bring to the party in Costa Rica. ‘We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. They are the front line, out there with the staff every day, hiking the trails and collecting the data, or arriving bright and early to the school every morning with a smile on their faces and fun and inspiring lessons in hand. We have amazing staff, but no matter how hard-working they are, we could not have the reach and impact that we do without our volunteers.”

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Costa Rica Quepos Spanish Lessons (10hrs)

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Spanish lessons are a requirement for our Costa Rica community programs unless the applicant is fluent or at an advanced level. It is recommended to take a minimum of 10 – 20 hours depending on program requirements.
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Only available for volunteers who are staying for a minimum of 4 weeks. By doing so, volunteers will receive additional training specifically designed to develop leadership skills and prepare volunteers for a career in the field.
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What's Included

  • Pre-departure support and discounted services
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • 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
  • Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Visa costs
  • Extra local excursions
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Personal Equipment
  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons unless already fluent

Our Impact

Location

Manuel Antonio

This location takes you to the stunning Costa Rican Pacific Coast, and to the doorstep of the stunning and diverse Manuel Antonio National Park, only a 3-4 hour bus journey from San Jose. Surrounded by palm plantations and rainforest, the town contains a stunning array of wildlife with monkeys and toucans in plain sight most days. In and around the national park, the whole area is famed for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails, making this location an exceptional place to volunteer, intern, teach, learn a new language, relax and enjoy the casual way of life.

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