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Costa Rica Teaching in San Jose

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Costa Rica Teaching in San Jose

Take part in a teaching project that will involve a cultural and language exchange and integration with the local community in the tropical paradise of Costa Rica.

Prices from US$945

Travel to the tropical paradise that is Costa Rica and take part in a teaching project that will involve a cultural and language exchange and integration with the local community that will leave you forever in love with the people the landscapes, beaches, rainforests, volcanoes, and wildlife that this magical destination has to offer. Teaching English to children will give you an insight into their culture, and extracurricular trips around the villages and towns will immerse you in a world of adventure sports, tremendous natural beauty, great food, lively music, and laid-back people.




  • Earn your TEFL certificate for free!
  • Visit this tropical paradise
  • Teach English to lively children


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Basic Spanish recommended
  • Intermediate level of English essential


Location San Jose, Costa Rica
Activities Teaching English
Getting involved in extracurricular activities
Help out on holiday programmes
Transport Airport pick-up
Ground transfers to orientation
Accommodation Homestay


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
Frontier TEFL certification
TEFL BTEC training weekend if applicable
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


This project takes place in the vibrant capital city of San Jose.  You will be attached to a language school and will have access to its facilities and social events.

You will help teach conversational English as well as playing games and doing arts and crafts with these underprivileged children and you'll quickly improve your Spanish as you make friends with your friendly hosts.


You will help out with the running of the school which may include marking pupil's work, producing inspiring lessons, assisting teaching staff and helping with the general administration of the school. As well as this you will have the opportunity to help with lots of extracurricular activities which will vary extensively depending on your personal skills and interests - whether it be helping set up an after schools sports club, organising a choir, or helping with a school play; however be aware you will be expected to use your initiative if you want to run these kinds of activities as the staff at the school are already very busy! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.

Your preferences can be discussed and your individual work programmes arranged with your volunteer coordinator on arrival.


You will be met at San José Airport by a helpful local staff member, who will escort you to your accommodation. During the first few days you will attend orientation and introduction to the life, culture, language and projects in Costa Rica. After this you be given instructions for how to reach your project site by bus. Please arrive on a Sunday.


During the project you will be staying in a friendly homestay within the community, carefully screened to provide you with a welcoming, friendly home environment. Your accommodation will be clean and comfortable with all the basic facilities.


You will enjoy 2 delicious meals a day made from fresh locally sourced fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, and, of course, beans, tortilla and rice!

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When you're not teaching you will be free to explore local towns, visit theatres, restaurants, bars, and markets, or try your hand at horse riding, rafting, climbing, or trekking. Costa Rica provides everything you could ever desire for an action packed and eye opening gap year. You may wish to explore some of the activities and unforgettable sights that are on offer here whether it be in your spare time, or even in a few extra days spent in this spectacular country at the beginning or end of the project. There are so many possibilities to explore – here are just a few suggestions! Try white water rafting, river kayaking, or even ocean kayaking – all activities that Costa Rica is famous for whether you are an expert or a compete beginner. Visit the stunning Arenal volcano National Park for a taste of the dramatic geological makeup of this part of Central America, or the equally beautiful Monteverde cloud forest reserve to see the mist wreathed treetops that hide hundreds of species of exotic wildlife. If you have a head for heights see the landscape stretch out beneath you from above with a canopy tree top tour, or even an aerial tram! Other adventure activities that are on offer include biking, hiking, snorkelling and even bungee jumping! If you feel like checking out a great beach area with lively nightlife, try Cahuita, which is a hot spot for dancing. For something more sedate, there are butterfly and insect farms – fascinating for those with an interest in the natural world. Costa Rica really does have something for everyone – you will never be short of ways to enjoy your spare time!


2 weeks US$945

Extra week US$345


Weekly (orientation is at 8am on Monday so please try to arrive on the Sunday before)

The typical school year takes place from February to November so please check dates when applying.

School holidays are as follows:

Easter holidays:  Thursday and Friday (April 13 & 14)
Christmas-New Year
: Friday December 22nd   through December 29th

First two weeks of July

Additional bank holiday dates are:

May 1st (Monday) - Labor Day

August 15th (Tuesday) – Mother´s Day

September 15th (Friday) - Independence Day
October 12th (Thursday) - Day of the Americas

These dates may vary from year to year and between different institutions but in general these dates can be used as a rough guide as to when to expect disruptions to the teaching programme.


You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • TEFL BTEC training weekend & certification if applicable


  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): San Jose Juan Santamaria Apt (SJO)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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