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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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Sports

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$1,790.00

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Travel to Quepos on the stunning Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and volunteer assisting disadvantaged children. Organized 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.
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Overview

Live and work in Quepos, on the stunning Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and assist disadvantaged children by organizing 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 underprivileged children.

As part of our childcare/education program, you will be to use your sport skills and knowledge to create responsible lesson plans and design sport activities to keep the children happy, active and engaged. 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.

This program provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn a new language and work with children at the same time. In the communities where our projects are based, you will be expected to make an effort to speak Spanish in order to communicate.  Speak to your coordinator about fully preparing you for life on the program by adding on group/1-on-1 Spanish lessons to your program cost. We also recommend that you start practicing early in order to get the most out of your volunteering experience.

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. You will be responsible for planning lessons and designing fun and active sport activities across a variety of disciplines. 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.

As the sport sessions are part of our childcare/education program and generally only happen once a week, you will also find yourself working on other education initiatives such as teaching English, art or environmental education when sport is not on the schedule or before or after your session.

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 in 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, 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 for 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. You will be responsible for planning lessons and designing fun and active sport activities across a variety of disciplines. 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.

As the sport sessions are part of our childcare/education program and generally only happen once a week, you will also find yourself working on other education initiatives such as teaching English, art or environmental education when sport is not on the schedule or before or after your session.

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 in 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, 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 for 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. You will be responsible for planning lessons and designing fun and active sport activities across a variety of disciplines. 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.

As the sport sessions are part of our childcare/education program and generally only happen once a week, you will also find yourself working on other education initiatives such as teaching English, art or environmental education when sport is not on the schedule or before or after your session.

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 in 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, 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 for 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 in programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems, but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your downtime or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established during the 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 Quepos 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 neighboring 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

Louvisa Grotte
Education and Volunteer Coordinator

While contemplating life on a French mountain, Louvisa’s friend said that there are so many things people just say they want to do but never do. She didn’t want to be one of them. So she signed up for the GVI Costa Rica internship and never left.

Louvisa’s most interesting discovery to date has to be all the wonderful stories she has heard about Costa Rica’s culture or the local people of Cocal. Coming in at a close second is the children. “We have a lot to learn from the kids here, they always seem to know right from wrong in a clearer way than adults.”

The best thing she has experienced in Quepos so far: ” The children that come back to our workshops because they want to spend time with the volunteers. It is wonderful when the students start trusting us and turn to us for help with either  their homework or when they have been injured.”

Louvia’s favourite things about Costa Rica are the families, the friendliness of the people, the communities, the culture, the traditions, and the respect the local people have for their natural surroundings.

Elizabeth Meravi
Education Coordinator

Meet Elizabeth, who coordinates our education work at GVI Quepos. Quepos has felt like home ever since she got off that first long, hot bus trip… Now, she can often be found chatting with our partner schools’ teachers and students.

A drive to learn and speak Spanish is the root cause that brought Elizabeth here to GVI. Before that, it led to her living in four different cities in Spain. Liz always wanted to spend time in Latin America and feels so lucky to finally have that happen. Now she never has to worry about running out of new vocabulary to be confused by.

Elizabeth loves photography and capturing moments on the project as well as being silly with the kids and volunteers. Her biggest surprise so far has been that ‘that ubiquitous weird clicking sound’ is made by geckos.

She is constantly wowed by getting to work with so many fascinating people from different places and helping them achieve their goals. Her best advice to volunteers or anyone is ‘live with your soul plugged in,’ which she first read graffitied on a wall.

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.”

Elisabeth Tuck
Country Expert

Meet Liz, our Celidh-dancing world record holder who dreams of being in the Lion King. She started out at GVI as a volunteer in Kenya, and loved the way we do things (obviously) which led her to apply for a job with us, and Bob’s your aunty – here she still is!

One of our favorite volunteer stories about ‘Dottle’, as she’s also known, is how she was once asked on a date by a charming Southern boy. It went something like this: “You better get on a plane, Darlin, ‘cos we got dinner reservations tonaaaaght” Priceless.

Liz’s one travel must-have that she recommends to all volunteers is an open mind “I know its cliché, but if you try everything and take new situations as they come, you’ll have a much more fulfilling experience”.

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Costa Rica Quepos Spanish Lessons (10hrs)

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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Costa Rica Quepos Spanish Lessons (120hrs)

Spanish lessons are a requirement for our Costa Rica community programs unless the applicant is fluent or at an advanced level.
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Costa Rica Quepos Spanish Lessons (20hrs)

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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Costa Rica Quepos Spanish Lessons (80hrs)

Spanish lessons are a requirement for our Costa Rica community programs unless the applicant is fluent or at an advanced level.
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GVI Internship Training Fee - Costa Rica Quepos

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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