Volunteering in Community Education in Costa Rica
Volunteer in our Community Education project and help improve the quality of education for disadvantaged children in rural Costa Rica. Students in areas like Alajuela province struggle to attain the same standard of teaching as their peers in wealthier urban areas. With your help, young students can receive the education they need to build skills for a brighter future.
Working at a dedicated center in San Ramon, volunteers support children who attend the daycare facility in the morning and the after-school club and community center in the afternoon. You will help young students develop their reading skills, assist them with homework, and interact with children through fun activities. Volunteers also deliver workshops that showcase any special skills they have.
Many of the children who attend the center come from low-income backgrounds and have illiterate parents, so the project has a strong focus on improving literacy. Center staff are bilingual but most of the children speak little or no English – an intermediate level of Spanish is helpful.
Download our program brochure to find out more about our Costa Rica Community Education Project.
- Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
- Location: San Ramon
- Minimum Duration: 4 Weeks
- Language Requirement: Int. Spanish
- Airport Pick-up: Yes, for $75
- Travel Insurance: Not included
- Suitable for Groups: Yes
- Region: Alajuela
- Project Site: Community Center
- Minimum Age: 18
- Accommodation: Dorm Home
- Meals: 2 Meals Daily
- Start Dates: Every Other Friday
- Suitable for Families: Yes
Your role as a volunteer
Community education volunteers in Costa Rica care for babies and children up to 16 years old at a daycare facility, after-school club and community center in San Ramon. You will teach young students how to read, help out with homework, supervise children using the play areas, organize fun activities and play sports with students.
Community education volunteers work four days per week, from Monday to Thursday. Your working hours will be from 9 am until 5 pm, with lunch between 12 pm and 1 pm.
Journey to work
The community education center is a 30-minute walk from our volunteer dormitory.
This project is closed from the second week of December until the second week of January, and for one week preceding Easter Sunday. There is also a mid-term break for the first two weeks of July.