Volunteer Teaching English in San Jose

Are you passionate or have an interest in education? Do you want to travel to an exotic location where you will have the opportunity for a grand adventure while making a grand difference in the lives of children? Global Crossroad’s volunteering teaching English opportunity in San Jose, Costa Rica might be just for you!

  • Volunteer abroad teaching English in San Jose, Costa Rica for a low starting price of only $370
  • Esteemed and established programs since 2003
  • Unique opportunity to help brighten the future lives of children, while adding a brightness to yours too
  • Safety is our top priority and you will always feel it

Global Crossroad's volunteer teaching English program in San Jose, Costa Rica offers many ways to explore day-to-day Costa Rican life while helping young students improve their Basic English or conversational skills. Work includes teaching English (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, writing, listening, etc.) to students from pre-school to high school for 2-4 hours per day. You will work with and assist the fulltime teacher. You will help teach regular English classes and also tutor the children and help them with their homework.

This will be a highly rewarding experience! You will truly make a difference in the lives of your students. You will surely have a trip of a lifetime! Costa Rica is a diverse and wonderful country to explore! You will have plenty of time to see it all during your free time from your volunteer abroad teaching English in San Jose, Costa Rica project.

Role of Volunteer

While volunteering overseas teaching English in San Jose, Costa Rica, you will teach from 3 to 5 hours each day, 5 days a week. In Costa Rica, each school has its own on staff English teacher who assists our volunteers with teaching methods, offers advice on solving communication barriers and provides suitable curricula for the classrooms. You do not have to be native English speakers. Volunteers interested in teaching other subjects like math, science can also do so, but please let us know this before you start your project. The schools in Costa Rica are closed during the holidays and exam periods. During these times, Global Crossroad will organize alternative tasks for our volunteers, such as assisting in an orphanage.

The schools in Costa Rica are closed for 2 weeks in July and in December to January. Volunteers in July will teach in school's extra classes, while the project will remain closed in December and January.

Skills and Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications needed to join our volunteer teaching English program in San Jose, Costa Rica beyond a fluency in English and a preferred basic/intermediate fluency in Spanish. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program. Volunteer teachers should have strong English fluency, both written and verbal, yet no previous teaching experience is required. Volunteers should have a love for teaching, English and conversation. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient, and strive to be good role models for the children.

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Costa Rica

All volunteer programs in Costa Rica start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Prices: Volunteer in Costa Rica

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality volunteering programs in Costa Rica. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Costa Rica application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

  Duration   Teaching Project Fees
  1 Week   $370
  2 Weeks   $645
  3 Weeks   $920
  4 Weeks   $1,130
  5 Weeks   $1,315
  6 Weeks   $1,500
  7 Weeks   $1,685
  8 Weeks   $1,870
  9 Weeks   $2,055
  10 Weeks   $2,240
  11 Weeks   $2,425
  12 Weeks   $2,610
  • Comprehensive Traveler Insurance $3.49/day (for all locations)

How your fee is allocated?


Program fees cover:
  • Housing in shared rooms
  • Breakfast and dinner (2 meals) 7 days/week.
  • Airport pick-up
  • Orientation
  • Project management
  • Weekly salsa lessons
  • Free Tandem Conversation Program.
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The volunteering overseas in Costa Rica program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.

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