Volunteering, teaching English in Costa Rica

Volunteer Work

Many of our students choose to do volunteer work. This is an excellent way to really do something worthwhile and rewarding, whilst at the same time practicing your language skills and learning a great deal about yourself and about the people whose language you are studying. Volunteer work is by its nature challenging, but is also normally an immensely fulfilling and enjoyable experience. It combines very well with a language course, as you can much more effectively assist people if you can speak their language. Also there is no better place to practice and develop your language skills than in the real-life situations presented by volunteer work. For certain types of volunteer work, you may need some professional experience or qualifications. However, for most types, this is not necessary. It is sometimes possible to do volunteer work at the same time as you attend a language course at one of our schools. In other cases you will need to do the volunteer work after your course has finished. Our schools arrange a wide range of volunteer work, in many locations. In order to choose the location and type of volunteer work which is just right for you, we would ask you to contact us first, to discuss your interests with us. Our Language Travel Advisors regularly visit our schools, and know them well. We will be able to expertly advise you as regards locations and types of volunteer work.

Our Volunteer Work Locations


Working with disadvantaged children; Teaching Assistant in local school; Assistant in Disabled people's bakery; Working in food distribution centre; Assistant in free Dental Clinic; Assistant in old people's home.


Assistant in a kindergarten; Working in an orphanage; Work in the Jungle National Park.


Working with elderly people; Teaching English to disadvantaged children; Assisting in a children's hospice.


Working with homeless people; Work with disadvantaged children; Assistant in an old people's home.


Work with disadvantaged children; Work with the elderly; Work with refugees.

Costa Rica

Santa Elena Rain Forest Reserve; Volunteer in English Language dept.; Kindergarten Assistant; Monkey Park Volunteer; Charitable work with young girls; Assistant in public school.


Working in a day centre for street children; Assistant in an orphanage; Working in a hospital.


Assistant in orphanage; Working in an old people's home; Working in a hospital; Teaching English; Charitable work in the community.


Street children projects; Assistant in orphanage; Teaching assistant in local school; Work at Mother Teresa's charity.


Teaching English to disadvantaged children; Working with street children; Promoting fair trade products from local farmers.

These are just some of the Volunteer Work programmes that we offer. Please contact us for details of all our Volunteer Work programmes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I live?

Our school can arrange accommodation for you. The type of accommodation available will depend on the location and type of volunteer work you choose.

Will I be paid?

No, Volunteer Work is unpaid.

How long will the Volunteer Work last?

The minimum duration is 2 weeks. Most Volunteer Work lasts 6 to 12 weeks. Some projects are for 6 months, or longer.

Can I choose what I want to do?

We will tell you the various types of volunteer work which are available in the locations you are interested in. You should indicate which location and type of work you want and we will check availability.

Do I need to speak the language?

Yes, a minimum language level is required.

What types of Volunteer Work do you offer?

You will find listed above an indication of the types of Volunteer Work which are available in each location. However, many more types of Volunteer Work are available than we can list here.

Can I do volunteer work without a language course?

No, we only arrange volunteer work for students attending language courses.

How far in advance should I book?

You should book as far in advance as possible, to allow us the maximum length of time to arrange a suitable placement for you.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about our Volunteer Work programmes.

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