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Volunteer to Teach English in Costa Rica

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

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Teaching

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$1,790.00

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Program Information

Discover the beautiful coastal town of Quepos when you travel to Costa Rica and volunteer teaching English to local children and community members. You will also have an opportunity to assist with art, physical education, remedial academic assistance and extra-curricular activities. Surf or explore the tropical rainforests and stunning beaches in your free time.
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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 English classes to local children and other community members. You may also assist with art, music, physical education, remedial academic assistance and extra-curricular activities.

The town of Quepos is located beside the Manual Antonio National Park and is renowned for its tropical rainforests, stunning beaches and incredible wildlife, making the area a hub for tourism, which is why English language skills are such a vital tool for people in the local community.

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 practising early in order to get the most out of your volunteering experience.

Highlights Include

Getting to know the children of Quepos – and them getting to know you; becoming part of the community in a stunning and biologically diverse part of Costa Rica; learn how to surf in some of the top surfing waves in the region; witnessing the beautiful wild rainforests, Pacific beaches and local rivers and mountains; living in a peaceful area with a very authentic Costa Rican way of life; witnessing some of the fantastic wildlife of the area such as scarlet macaw, toucan, four types of monkey and more; seeing the direct impact you can make during your stay; practising your Spanish; taking extra time to explore the wonders of Costa Rica.

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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Volunteer Aidan blogs about the amazing history activity he designed for kids http://t.co/5toAeMesye #volunteering #gviquepos #learningisfun
August 28, 2015

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Our volunteers are leading small group English lessons in the community! #TeachAbroad #TeachTheWorld http://t.co/EWkJuFHaCp
August 28, 2015

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Manuel Antonio  By gvi_admin

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

You will work Monday through Friday, planning and leading basic English lessons at the local community center or even assisting other teachers with classes if required.

You will also be involved with other educational-related activities such as sports, art workshops, tutoring reinforcement and environmental education initiatives. Volunteers should be prepared to immerse yourself in all aspects of the project.

Volunteers can also expect to be involved in teaching our adult English language classes to members of the Quepos community.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be shared, allowing you to really get to know your fellow volunteers as you live together and take turns preparing evening meals as a group.

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 surrounding area, enabling you to learn a lot about the local culture and people as you become fully immersed in the laid-back Costa Rican lifestyle.

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

Our overall goal is to provide resources to the Quepos community in the form of volunteers to reduce the student to teacher ratio, which ultimately allows for more individual attention to each student.

Further goals supported by this community project include:

  • A shift towards long-term sustainable educational programs
  • 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 traveler 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
  • 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

You will work Monday through Friday, planning and leading basic English lessons at the local community center or even assisting other teachers with classes if required.

You will also be involved with other educational-related activities such as sports, art workshops, tutoring reinforcement and environmental education initiatives. Volunteers should be prepared to immerse yourself in all aspects of the project.

Volunteers can also expect to be involved in teaching our adult English language classes to members of the Quepos community.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be shared, allowing you to really get to know your fellow volunteers as you live together and take turns preparing evening meals as a group.

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 surrounding area, enabling you to learn a lot about the local culture and people as you become fully immersed in the laid-back Costa Rican lifestyle.

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

Our overall goal is to provide resources to the Quepos community in the form of volunteers to reduce the student to teacher ratio, which ultimately allows for more individual attention to each student.

Further goals supported by this community project include:

  • A shift towards long-term sustainable educational programs
  • 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 traveler 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
  • 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

You will work Monday through Friday, planning and leading basic English lessons at the local community center or even assisting other teachers with classes if required.

You will also be involved with other educational-related activities such as sports, art workshops, tutoring reinforcement and environmental education initiatives. Volunteers should be prepared to immerse yourself in all aspects of the project.

Volunteers can also expect to be involved in teaching our adult English language classes to members of the Quepos community.

Field Conditions

Your accommodation will be shared, allowing you to really get to know your fellow volunteers as you live together and take turns preparing evening meals as a group.

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 surrounding area, enabling you to learn a lot about the local culture and people as you become fully immersed in the laid-back Costa Rican lifestyle.

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

Our overall goal is to provide resources to the Quepos community in the form of volunteers to reduce the student to teacher ratio, which ultimately allows for more individual attention to each student.

Further goals supported by this community project include:

  • A shift towards long-term sustainable educational programs
  • 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 traveler 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
  • 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 organized 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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