Volunteer Teaching English in Guanacaste

Are you passionate, enthusiastic, compassionate, and patient individual looking for a humanitarian way to work with children while immersing yourself in a culturally and naturally rich country in Latin America? If said YES, check out Global Crossroad’s volunteering teaching English opportunity in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

  • Volunteer abroad teaching English in Guanacaste, Costa Rica for a low starting price of only $325
  • Do something meaningful and impactful for the present and future lives of underprivileged students in Costa Rica
  • Reputable, recommended, and rewarding program since 2003
  • Always feel safe and supported at all times with our reliable in country coordinator and team

The volunteer teaching English program in Guanacaste, Costa Rica operates in local public schools, and the age group a volunteer is placed with depends on both your personal preferences and the current needs of the community.

You will work Monday through Friday, from 8am to at least 12 noon, depending on the school they are placed in. You will primarily assist qualified teachers, but will occasionally teach their own English classes. English is extremely important in the Costa Rican job market, and for this reason it is now being taught to all school age students, however as most of the teachers are not native speakers students often leave school with little to no useful understanding of the English language. As most higher-paying jobs require some level of English knowledge the benefit of this program to the community is huge.

When volunteering overseas teaching English in Guanacaste, Costa is not available on national holidays and official breaks - which are decided by the Ministry of Public Education's calendar. In some locations volunteers will have the opportunity to teach adults from the community who want to improve their job prospects. These classes take place outside regular school hours and are often held in community centers. Other volunteers might have the option to teach English to street children at a similar type of venue.

The volunteer teaching English opportunity in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is a highly rewarding and fulfilling experience for both you and your students. You will have a direct impact on the future lives of your students. You will also find yourself in the perfect location to explore the endless natural and cultural wonders of this stunning and biodiverse country in Central America.

Role of Volunteer

Volunteers in this volunteering overseas teaching English in Guanacaste, Costa Rica project are expected to be open minded, patient, caring, and self-starters, (able to recognize what needs to be done or who needs to be helped). You will teach and help as needed, and they should do so with a caring, positive, helpful and professional attitude.

The primary focus is on teaching conversational business skills, vocabulary useful to particular professions, and basic conversational skills. Volunteers will create lesson plans in accordance with the individual adults personal reasons and needs for learning the English language, or assist the teachers in local schools teach the pronunciation of words, sentence structures, vocabulary, colloquialisms, culture, and basic conversational skills.

Skills and Qualifications Needed

Ideally, volunteers would arrive to the volunteer teaching English program in Guanacaste, Costa Rica with some understanding of Spanish, even beginner level, as this makes for a more rewarding and perhaps easier experience. However, it is not absolutely essential. If a volunteer cannot speak or understand any Spanish we recommend they sign up for our language program and continue learning naturally while taking part in the program.

There are no specific qualifications needed to join this volunteer teaching English opportunity in Guanacaste, Costa Rica except that participants must have an intermediate to advanced grasp of the English language. In terms of personality - all volunteers are expected to be open-minded, flexible, patient, and to possess a genuine interest in the topic of the project they apply to work on.

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.

  • Click here for Puntarenas/Cortes Fees
    • Comprehensive Traveler Insurance $3.49/day (for all locations)

    Airport Pickup /Transfer Packages for Puntarenas and –Ciudad Cortes, please click here to find the details

    We will manage the following airport transfer services for you:

    Option one: If you arrive in international Airport of Juan Santa Maria -SJO, Alajuela early in the morning (before 12 PM), you will be able to come to Ciudad Cortes in the same day by bus. In this case, it is possible to purchase the following pick up service package:

    Osa/Pick Up (same day service- for one person): $50

    Includes: airport picks up, transfer to the bus station, orientation and assistance and again to the bus station. The last time we recommend leaving from San Jose to Ciudad Cortes is on the bus at 2:30 PM (volunteer should land before 12:00 PM for this option)

    Option two: If you arrive after 12 PM in Alajuela, you will stay one night in Hostel Dorm Room in San Jose, before transferring to Ciudad Cortes the next day.

    Osa/Overnight Hostel Dorm Room with Transfer (for one person): $70

    Includes: Transfer to a hostel from the airport, where you will spend the night. Dinner will be provided. Overnight stay will be in 10 people mixed gender hostel dorm room, and transfer to a bus station in the morning. The orientation and assistance will be at the bus station.

    Option Three: If you arrive after 12 PM in Alajuela, you will stay one night in the family home (private room) in San Jose before transferring to Ciudad Cortes the next day.

    Osa/Overnight Family Home with Transfer (for one person): $90

    Includes: Picks up from the airport and transfer to a private family home to spend the night. Dinner will be provided. Transfer to the bus station in the morning, and orientation and assistance at the bus station.

    Program fees cover:
    • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
    • Food (local food 3 times a day)
    • In-country support
    • Personalized project
    • Pre-departure information
    • Certificate of completion
    • Fundraising ideas and letters
    • Discount for returning volunteers
    Program fees dont cover:
    • Visas
    • Airfare
    • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
    • Daily transportation
    • Airport return transfer
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  • How your fee is allocated?

    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.