Teaching English and Community Development Projects in Costa Rica

Travel to Costa Rica to teach English to children and support community development initiatives.

Durations:  1 - 12 weeks

Program information

Teach English, learn Spanish, and explore the Costa Rican town of Cimarrones. Contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal UN SDG, #4, Quality Education and, in your free time, spot unique species in the nearby mountain areas or enjoy exploring one of the nearby volcano national parks.

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Program overview

Travel to the Limon province on the east coast of Costa Rica to join other volunteers from around the world on our childhood development project. You will live and work in Cimarrones where we work on a classroom-based childhood development program focusing on topics like English language learning, life skills like physical activity and teamwork, as well as conservation education. On the weekends, you can go with the other volunteers to places like Turrialba Volcano National Park for a hike or relax on the beaches of Puerto Viejo.

The schools in the local Cimarrones community often request English education to support the growing number of English-speaking tourists and to raise the employability of local community members. Local employers are often looking for English-speaking locals to assist with international visitors. Therefore, English language education often helps children with improving their future employment opportunities. While supporting English education, you will also have the opportunity to improve your own Spanish language abilities.

In addition, all children need exposure to a range of specific play activities to effectively develop the skills required at their age level. This might include sports to increase their gross motor skills, art, crafts, and music to develop their fine motor skills, and group activities like games to develop effective social skills.


  • Improve your English facilitation skills and develop transferable skills like teamwork and leadership.
  • Learn about the unique Tico culture and the rich history of Limon.
  • Learn Spanish.
  • Sample local Costa Rican dishes.

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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.