uVolunteer is the greatest thing I have ever done.
Volunteer to teach sports in Costa Rica and make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged school children in rural Alajuela province. In Latin America, physical education is an important part of the curriculum, but budget constraints mean that many schools can’t afford to employ a full-time PE teacher. Sports education volunteers provide students with the opportunity to learn new sports, develop their skills and foster a love of fitness.
Working at schools throughout San Ramon, you will introduce first to sixth-grade school children to a range of sports, help them develop team playing 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.
You don’t need to have any professional sports experience or teaching qualifications to join the project. There will always be a teacher available for supervision and language help. However, if you have a particular skill or experience in a specific sport, feel free to share your knowledge with the students.
If you are passionate about sports and fitness and have intermediate Spanish speaking skills, download our program brochure to find out more about volunteering in sports education in Costa Rica.
Volunteers joining the Sports Education Project in Costa Rica will help plan and deliver PE lessons under the supervision of a qualified teacher. You will also assist teachers with lesson preparations, encourage students to become physically active, introduce children to new sports and help out with school events and competitions.
Sports education volunteers work four days per week, from Monday to Thursday. You will usually work in the mornings between 7 am and 12 pm or in the afternoons from 1 pm until 3 pm, but this may change depending on the school where you are placed.
The sports education center is within a 30-minute walk or a short bus ride from our volunteer dormitory.
The Sports Education project in Costa Rica is closed from the second week of December until the second week of February, and for one week preceding Easter Sunday. There is also a mid-term break for the first two weeks of July.
My initial reaction was shocked at how understaffed the school was and how much more could be done to help the kids achieve their full potential. Of course, some of them desired nothing more than to play soccer.
My two schools were night and day in which I taught PE. One was close to rural, and the kids were wild, the school was organized, and the principal was absent most of the time. The other school was more organized and ran like clockwork, and the principal has taught there for 40 years, not an exaggeration.
I came to Volunteer in San Ramon in mid-June 2009. Prior to going to San Ramon I traveled with my family for a week and spent 3 weeks in the language school in San Jose. The language school was arranged for me by uVolunteer. My time there helped me improve my Spanish tremendously and also helped me get accustomed to life in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is a beautiful place. Loved the experience. Would definitely come back. How can I forget the activities, zip lining, horseback riding to a waterfall and swimming in it as well as white water rafting. This trip was one of my top three most amazing experiences in my life.
My project itself was amazing! I came to Costa Rica to volunteer as a physical education teacher to kids in grades one through six. When I got here, I spent one week in Spanish school which gave me some basic knowledge of the language. Teaching and living with people who spoke Spanish helped me to improve even more.
Life here is so much different than life in the US, but very similar in other ways, I feel like I can both relate to and learn from the people that live here. Having the opportuny to travel to different places inside Costa Rica was great.
The weekend trips were amazing. I was able to meet new people and get close to them. I definitely had a great experience that I won't forget.
If you are interested in joining the program in Costa Rica, you should download and read our destination guide.