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Volunteer on Teaching and Community Development Projects in Costa Rica

Travel to Costa Rica to teach English to underprivileged children and adults in the local community.

Program Details

Program Type

Volunteering

Program Focus

Teaching

2 weeks from

$1,790.00

Code: CRQU0269P

Program Information

Discover the beautiful coastal town of Quepos when you travel to Costa Rica and volunteer to teach English to local children and community members. Depending on the communities requirements you will also have an opportunity to assist with different activities including life skills education, art, physical education, remedial academic assistance or extra-curricular activities. Surf or explore the tropical rainforests and stunning beaches in your free time.  
Overview
Project Life
Project Details
Free Time
The Team
Dates & Costs

Overview

Join a team of like-minded volunteers on this community project, living and working in the beautiful coastal area of Quepos in Costa Rica, providing conversational English to local children and other community members. You may also assist with art, music, physical education, remedial academic assistance, extra-curricular activities and community development initiatives.

Testimonials

"Assisting in the school teaching English has been a lot of fun. The kids find the way we speak hilarious so it´s funny to hear them copy us! English is really important for any job here in Costa Rica so it´s great to have the opportunity to help them with that. "

- Valentinna Vulin, (Sweden)

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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

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

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

You will be teaching conversational English to children in an extra-curricular program. This will be done using various informal methods and activities to keep the environment fun and flexible. In addition, you will be involved in some English workshops for adult groups in the community several times per week.

 

The days could be spent brainstorming and lesson planning and leading activities and workshops or doing some construction, gardening or maintenance projects in the community depending on the communities’ needs at the time.

 

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be shared with other GVI volunteers, like-minded individuals who will share the same desire to help and make a difference. The task of cooking and cleaning is shared among all volunteers and as meals are prepared and taken as a group you will develop strong friendships with your fellow volunteers. The volunteer house is small but comfortable in the centre of the typically Costa Rican town of Quepos.

 

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

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

Our Goals include:

  • A shift towards long-term sustainable educational programmes
  • Local environmental education initiatives
  • Support extra-curricular activities including Sports, Arts and more

 

 

How this project makes a difference:

In this region of Costa Rica, much of the local economy is built on tourism.  In an effort to better serve the American and European traveller population, being able to speak and write in English is vitally important with the number one request from the local school board for more English teachers.

GVI directly serves this need by bringing native English speakers to the community to teach.

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

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

You will be teaching conversational English to children in an extra-curricular program. This will be done using various informal methods and activities to keep the environment fun and flexible. In addition, you will be involved in some English workshops for adult groups in the community several times per week.

 

The days could be spent brainstorming and lesson planning and leading activities and workshops or doing some construction, gardening or maintenance projects in the community depending on the communities’ needs at the time.

 

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be shared with other GVI volunteers, like-minded individuals who will share the same desire to help and make a difference. The task of cooking and cleaning is shared among all volunteers and as meals are prepared and taken as a group you will develop strong friendships with your fellow volunteers. The volunteer house is small but comfortable in the centre of the typically Costa Rican town of Quepos.

 

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

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

Our Goals include:

  • A shift towards long-term sustainable educational programmes
  • Local environmental education initiatives
  • Support extra-curricular activities including Sports, Arts and more

 

 

How this project makes a difference:

In this region of Costa Rica, much of the local economy is built on tourism.  In an effort to better serve the American and European traveller population, being able to speak and write in English is vitally important with the number one request from the local school board for more English teachers.

GVI directly serves this need by bringing native English speakers to the community to teach.

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

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

You will be teaching conversational English to children in an extra-curricular program. This will be done using various informal methods and activities to keep the environment fun and flexible. In addition, you will be involved in some English workshops for adult groups in the community several times per week.

 

The days could be spent brainstorming and lesson planning and leading activities and workshops or doing some construction, gardening or maintenance projects in the community depending on the communities’ needs at the time.

 

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be shared with other GVI volunteers, like-minded individuals who will share the same desire to help and make a difference. The task of cooking and cleaning is shared among all volunteers and as meals are prepared and taken as a group you will develop strong friendships with your fellow volunteers. The volunteer house is small but comfortable in the centre of the typically Costa Rican town of Quepos.

 

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

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

Our Goals include:

  • A shift towards long-term sustainable educational programmes
  • Local environmental education initiatives
  • Support extra-curricular activities including Sports, Arts and more

 

 

How this project makes a difference:

In this region of Costa Rica, much of the local economy is built on tourism.  In an effort to better serve the American and European traveller population, being able to speak and write in English is vitally important with the number one request from the local school board for more English teachers.

GVI directly serves this need by bringing native English speakers to the community to teach.

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

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

Our long-term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Our Quepos field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Costa Rica!

The volunteer house is located in the centre of the town of Quepos. You are given free time in the evenings after project and during the weekends to enjoy the local area. Quepos is also a fifteen- minute bus ride from the beautiful beach town of Manuel Antonio. During the weekends, you’re free to explore the beautiful surrounding areas.

Some volunteers have even visited the famous areas of La Fortuna or Monte Verde. Our experienced field staff on base are great at giving recommendations on good places to go when you have down time.

The Team

Cynthia Arochi Zendejas
Costa Rica Country Director

Meet Cynthia, our Country Director in Costa Rica. She started out with GVI as one of our National Scholarship Program participants in 2006 and later became our Program Coordinator in Mexico. Her skills and enthusiasm just made it too hard to let her get away!

Cynthia is a certified Veterinarian, an EFR Instructor and holds a Master’s degree in International environmental Science.

The most interesting things she’s experienced during life in the field? “Watching the turtles hatching! Also finding jaguar tracks and being able to participate in community tours.” Apart from those, Cynthia also loves arranging and participating in the fun Charity Challenges with volunteers.

What does Cynthia think volunteers bring to the projects? Since our goal is to provide support to local organizations which don’t have the human or economic resources to achieve their conservation or sustainable development objectives, our volunteers play a key role by being the hands needed, or helping to fund raise for those projects.”

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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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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

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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