Volunteering Teaching English in Costa Rica
English language skills are increasingly in demand in Costa Rica, where speaking English can help open the doors of opportunity to a better future. Join uVolunteer’s Teaching English Project 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 will plan and deliver both theoretical and practical lessons under the supervision of a qualified English teacher. In addition to teaching classes, volunteers also assist English teachers in their own class preparations.
Adult classes are often held in the informal setting of the uVolunteer dorms, providing plenty of opportunities to get to know the locals and build friendships.
No formal teaching experience or qualifications are needed to volunteer for the project — your volunteer coordinator will provide training and direction when you begin your placement.
Find out more about teaching English in Costa Rica by downloading our program information brochure.
- Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
- Location: San Ramon
- Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
- Language Requirement: Int. Spanish
- Airport Pick-up: Yes, for $75
- Travel Insurance: Not included
- Suitable for Groups: No
- Region: Alajuela
- Project Site: Elementary & High Schools
- Minimum Age: 18
- Accommodation: Dorm Home
- Meals: 2 Meals Daily
- Start Dates: Every Other Friday
- Suitable for Families: Yes
Your role as a volunteer
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.
Teaching English volunteers work a 4-day week, from Monday to Thursday. Your placement location will depend on the length of your trip. If you are 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 three weeks
- Working hours are from 7 am until 1 pm
Community education volunteers
- Minimum duration of three weeks.
- Working hours are from 2 pm until 5 pm
Adult community education volunteers
- Minimum duration of two weeks
- Working hours are from 6.30pm until 8.30pm
Journey to work
The schools we work with will either be a short walk from the volunteer dormitory or around a 30-minute bus ride.
The teaching English project 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.