Happy children with their teacher at one of Projects Abroad's volunteer teaching placements in Costa Rica

Volunteer Teaching English in Costa Rica

Improve the English language skills of primary school students and inspire local teachers with new teaching techniques


  • Lend a hand to local teachers during their classes and support students who are struggling to keep up.
  • Your main role is to build the children’s confidence in conversational English by talking with them regularly.
  • You can also teach French.
  • Share new ideas and techniques with the teachers to help refresh the classroom.


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Is teaching in Costa Rica right for me?

If you’re pursuing a career in teaching or just love working with children, then our Teaching Project is for you. You’ll gain practical teaching work experience in Costa Rica and learn from qualified teachers. This is a great addition to your CV and will be a fascinating topic to talk about in future job interviews.

We’ll teach you everything you need to know to participate in this project. Your supervisor will talk you through everything. They will introduce you to our extensive list of teaching resources and invite you to regular workshops with other volunteers. You can discuss lesson planning suggestions and teaching advice.

This project runs all year round so you can choose when you’d like to join. Our minimum stay is two weeks but the longer you stay, the bigger your impact will be.

A volunteer gaining her teaching work experience in Costa Rica plays outside with her students

What will I be doing during my Teaching Project in Costa Rica?

As a Teaching volunteer, you’ll work alongside local teachers at a primary school in Liberia. You’ll get involved in the following activities:


  • Improve the English language skills of your students through fun and educational lessons
  • Run extracurricular activities such as music, sports, and drama
  • Improve the teaching techniques of local teachers to ensure more efficient learning

Improve English levels of young students

As a Teaching volunteer, you’ll be work predominantly as a teaching assistant to the local teacher. In smaller groups, you’ll help each child learn English grammar rules, develop their vocabulary, and improve their conversational skills. You’ll also assist the teacher with marking and lessons planning. If you stay for four weeks or longer, you’ll be given more responsibility. You may even be able to run your own classes by the end of your project.

Run extracurricular activities

If you are eager to do more, you can get involved in after school murals. You can organise lessons focusing on:

  • Sport
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • IT

You may even be able to set up extra English lessons or a club if the school allows it. You can speak to your supervisors about the ideas you have.

Share teaching techniques from your home country with the local teachers

Many teachers continue to teach using the same methods in which they themselves were taught as students, focusing on simple memorisation.

You can share your experiences of different teaching methods from back home during discussion sessions. Together, you can share tips and ideas on activities that can make learning fun. You’ll learn from them and encourage the local teachers to introduce different techniques which will make lessons more fun for their students.

Where will I be teaching in Costa Rica?

You’ll live in the quaint laidback city of Liberia, known as “la ciudad blanca” (the white city) due to the whitewashed colonial houses that used to dominate the landscape. It’s a great base for exploring the surrounding Guanacaste province at weekends.

You’ll work in a local primary school. The schools are often understaffed so the teachers will always welcome an extra hand during their classes. Your fresh ideas will be greatly appreciated in making the lessons more fun for the children.

Afhentning i lufthavn, fly og visum

Vores projekter ligger i forskellige områder i Costa Rica. Når du ankommer til lufthavnen, står der en Projects Abroad medarbejder klar til at tage imod dig. Du kan finde mere information om ankomst til lufthavnen, orientering og visum på vores side om ankomst til Costa Rica.

What will a typical day be like on the Teaching Project in Costa Rica?

You’ll start your day with a light breakfast and a freshly brewed cup of Costa Rican coffee with your host family before heading off to work. Depending on how far you are from your placement, you’ll either catch a public bus or get some fresh air with a walk. Your supervisor will show you the way on your first day to ensure you are prepared.


Depending on the school you’re at, a typical day may start at 7 or 8.30am and end around mid afternoon, Monday to Friday. These hours might extend to 5.30pm if you choose to take part in extracurricular activities.


Each day, you’ll follow the schedule of the local teacher and assist during classroom activities. You’ll provide additional support to the children who are struggling and ensure they understand what is happening during the lessons. During the students' break times and after classes, you can sit down with the teacher and share different teaching techniques. Alternatively, you can work together on future lesson plans.


At the end of the day, you are free to relax and explore the rest of Liberia. You might choose to visit the shops in the central town square, walk in the park, or sample the local cuisine. Over the weekends, be sure to organise a trip to one of the nearby national parks or sandy beaches.

A volunteer reads a book to a young girl at a volunteer teaching placement in Costa Rica

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is to develop the English conversational skills of young students in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is a predominantly Spanish speaking country but English is the language of business. With the flourishing tourism industry, having strong English speaking skills has become increasingly important. This can lead to better job opportunities.

Another reason for this project is to improve the teaching techniques of local teachers. Insufficient teacher training means that they stick to the same method of teaching year in and year out. Mainly memorisation. This is an ineffective way of teaching and can become tedious for young students. By introducing new techniques, you’ll be able to improve the standards of teaching in local schools.

In Costa Rica, we have identified three long-term goals that you’ll work towards:

  • Improve English
  • Improve teaching techniques
  • Encourage learning through creativity

If working with children and implementing new ways of teaching is something that interests you, then sign up for our Teaching Project in Costa Rica!

A volunteer teaching in Costa Rica helped her students prepare for their spelling bee

Management plans

Vi beskriver vores målsætninger for vores projekter i dokumenter, som vi kalder Management Plans. Vi bruger dem til at planlægge vores arbejde på en grundig og officiel måde. De hjælper os også med at gøre vores projekter bedre. Det betyder også, at du kan blive en del af noget, som faktisk har en stor indflydelse der, hvor der er brug for det.

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Måling af vores indflydelse

Vores projekter arbejder mod klare, langsigtede mål med specifikke, årlige målsætninger. Hver eneste frivillig og praktikant, som vi sender ud på disse projekter, hjælper os med at komme nærmere vores mål.

Vi udarbejder en Global Impact Report, som dokumenterer vores præstationer og resultater.

Find ud af mere om den indflydelse, som vores globale fællesskab af frivillige, praktikanter og personale har, og læs den seneste rapport. 

Kost og logi:

You'll stay with a host family in Liberia. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Costa Rica and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe. 

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

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Aktiviteter og fritid

With more than 25% of its land protected in national parks, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise. It has everything from volcanoes to tropical rainforests, and magnificent waterfalls to beautiful sandy beaches. This tiny country is also renowned for its biodiversity and boasts an array of wildlife.

Most of our projects are based in the vibrant city of Liberia, capital of the Guanacaste province.  A striking mix of old and new, Liberia retains a rich colonial history, as well as being home to an array of modern tech companies and shopping centres.

Liberia is also a fantastic starting point for weekend excursions.  If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, you’ll be able to explore the nearby Santa Rosa and Rincón de la Vieja National Parks.

You're never far from the coast in Costa Rica. Spoilt for choice by the number of idyllic beaches, you'll have plenty of opportunities for water-based activities like surfing, swimming, or scuba diving in your free time.  In Liberia, you can get to many of the nearby beaches with a short bus ride.

There will likely be other volunteers in Costa Rica with you. So you can choose to explore on your own or as a group.

Sikkerhed og personalesupport

Din sikkerhed er vores højeste prioritet. Vi har mange procedurer og systemer, som sikrer, at du får den støtte, du skal bruge for at nyde din rejse med ro i sindet. Vores Projects Abroad personale er til rådighed døgnet rundt for at hjælpe, og de står klar til at sikre, at du falder godt til i din nye bolig og på dit projekt. Hvis du støder ind i problemer, vil de være klar til at hjælpe dig til hver en tid.


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Når du tilmelder dig, betaler du kun 2950 kr., som bliver fratrukket projektprisen.

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