• Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
  • Location: San Ramon
  • Minimum Duration: 3 Weeks
  • Language Requirement: Intermediete Spanish
  • Airport Pick-up: $75
  • Suitable for Groups: No
  • Travel Insurance: No, but mandatory
  • Local Language Class: 1 Week Included
  • Region: Alajuela
  • Project Site: Elementary Schools
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Accommodation: Volunteer Dormitory
  • Meals Included: 2 Meals Daily
  • Suitable for Families: No
  • Start Dates: Every Other Friday
  • Closed Dates: See program guide


Volunteer to teach sports in Costa Rica and make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged schoolchildren in rural Alajuela province. In Latin America, physical education is an important part of the curriculum, but budget restraints mean that many schools can’t afford to employ a full-time PE teacher. Physical education volunteers provide deprived schoolchildren with the opportunity to learn new sports, develop their skills and foster a love of fitness.

Working at schools throughout San Ramon, you’ll introduce first to sixth grade schoolchildren to a range of sports, helping them develop basic skills and enjoy getting active. Equipment is limited so volunteers often have to apply creative thought to lesson plans, making classes fun and educational with minimal resources. If you’re passionate about sport and fitness and have intermediate Spanish speaking skills, download the program brochure to find out more.

Your Role

Volunteers joining the Sports Education Program will help plan and deliver PE lessons under the supervision of a qualified teacher. You’ll also assist teachers with lesson preparations, encourage students to become physically active, introduce children to new sports and help out with school event days and competitions.

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Work Schedule

Sports education volunteers work four days per week, from Monday to Thursday. You will usually work in the mornings between 7am and 12pm or in the afternoons from 1pm until 3pm, but this is subject to change depending on the school you’re placed at.

Journey to Project

The sports education center is within a 30 minute walk or a short bus ride from our volunteer dormitory.

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