• 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


English language skills are increasingly in demand in Costa Rica, where speaking English can help open the doors of opportunity to a bright future. Join uVolunteer’s Teaching English Program to help children and adults develop conversational English skills and improve their spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Working in local schools and community classes throughout San Ramon you’ll create and deliver both theoretical and practical lessons under the supervision of a qualified English teacher, who will be on hand to offer initial training and ongoing support. Adult classes are often held in the informal setting of the uVolunteer dorms, providing plenty of opportunity to get to know the locals and build friendships. Volunteers plan and teach lessons and assist English teachers in their own class preparations – you can find out more about teaching English in Costa Rica by downloading the program brochure.

Your Role

Teaching English volunteers in Costa Rica plan and deliver lessons in schools and community classes with a focus on practical use of English. Other tasks include assisting teachers in the classroom, testing and grading students, and encouraging pupils to practice their English skills through group and one-to-one exercises.

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Work Schedule

Teaching English volunteers work four days per week, from Monday to Thursday. Your placement location will depend on the length of your trip. If you’re booking a two or three-week placement on the Teaching English Program, you will teach adult community classes in the evening and may also take community education workshops.
Elementary/high school teaching volunteers:
Minimum duration of four weeks. Working hours are from 7am until 1pm.
Community education volunteers:
Minimum duration of two weeks. Working hours are from 2pm until 5pm.
Adult community education volunteers:
Minimum duration of two weeks. Working hours are from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

Journey to Project

The schools we work will either be a short walk from the volunteer dormitory or around a 30 bus journey.

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