Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica

Volunteer on childhood development projects, learn Spanish, and explore Costa Rica in your free time.

Durations:  1 - 12 weeks

Program information

Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #4, Quality Education by supporting childhood development initiatives in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica. In your free time, take advantage of the myriad of adventure activities that this diverse mountainous l region has to offer, including hiking, volcanoes, botanical gardens and coffee plantations.

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Program overview

Join a team of like-minded volunteers, living and working in the town of Cimarrones in Costa Rica, teaching English to local community members.

Cimarrones is a small farming community, nestled in a valley in the mountainous Cartago province, bordering the Limón Province. Tourism brings in many business opportunities for locals, however, in order to access these opportunities, locals must fulfil the requirements of employers who are looking to cater to English-speaking travellers. Therefore, the request from local schools is often for more English educational support. In supporting English education volunteers not only contribute to UN SDG #4, Quality Education, but also UN SDG #8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Volunteers on this program will work with GVI staff, interns, and other volunteers to provide free individual English education classes to members of the local community. We work with ongoing curriculums to introduce English vocabulary and discuss sustainable development topics like environmental awareness. We also offer conversational classes so students can practice real situations and feel more confident in speaking English. Our work is based on the needs of the community, which means that the specifics of the classes, such as the time schedules, ages, and levels of English language competency change over time.


  • Gain experience teaching younger students.
  • Develop soft skills like teamwork and leadership.
  • Immerse yourself in the pura vida lifestyle of Costa Rica.
  • Explore one of the many national parks, gardens and monuments in the region.  
  • Learn Spanish.
  • Gain access to our online community development course, and have the option of earning a certificate endorsed by the University of Richmond.

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GVI Latin America, Costa Rica, Cimarrones
Volunteer with Children

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COVID-19 flexibility. If COVID-19 prevents you from travelling, change your location and dates free of charge.

Payment plans. Flexible payment plans allow you to pay in instalments.

What happens next?

Once you apply, a personal Enrollment Manager will be assigned to walk you through the rest of the process.