What is the Volunteering for teenagers in Costa Rica all about?
If you are looking to spend your holidays doing something different and help others through volunteering overseas, why not join Kaya on one of our education projects in Costa Rica. If you are 15, 16 or 17 years old, you can join local staff and older volunteers to work in pre-schools, primary schools and childcare centres, and help provide essential support to teachers and early years practitioners.
Bring your enthusiasm and willingness to support local communities in Costa Rica, whilst improving your Spanish skills and immersing yourself in a different culture.
Why choose this Volunteering project for teenagers in Costa Rica?
Volunteering for teenagers in Costa Rica offers you, as a young person, the ability to share your enthusiasm and energy to support the local children of Atenas. Extra pairs of hands are always needed in the schools and education centres, which are often understaffed and lacking in sufficient resources. If you want to develop your Spanish, this is also a great way to put your language skills into practice with your homestay family, the project beneficiaries and staff. You will also take up to six hours of Spanish lessons a week, to consolidate your learning.
This is a great way to improve your CV/resume, as you begin to apply for jobs, internships or university placements. With this cultural exchange program, you will certainly stand out from the crowd!
Role of the Education volunteer
As an education volunteer you will assist with a range of tasks to support the local staff. There are three volunteer sites: childcare centres, pre-school centres and elementary schools. You will help create fun games for the children to play, supervise children during playtime and break times, assist with lesson preparation, and help ensure that each child feels supported and cared for. Regardless of where you are placed, you will find that the children are very enthusiastic and keen to learn new things. In exchange, you will improve your communication and language skills, and build your confidence in an unfamiliar and exciting environment. You may even discover a passion and talent for teaching!
What skills do I need to be a Teen volunteer in Costa Rica?
A basic level of Spanish (Basic User Level A1 of CEFR) is required as you will be living with a local homestay family. This level will also enable you to build relationships with the project staff and beneficiaries. Spanish lessons will be arranged alongside your placement to improve confidence and increase the benefit of from your time here. You should have a positive attitude, a willingness to help out and an interest in working with other people. All volunteers will be asked to attend a telephone interview and obtain parental consent forms for acceptance onto the projects.
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WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To have an adventure
To make international friends
To live and volunteer with friends your own age
Where will I work in Costa Rica?
You are participating in a programme located in the Atenas community, just outside the bustling city of San Jose. It is a lovely town in the central highlands of Costa Rica, approximately 45 minutes from San Jose. You will experience the deeply rooted Costa Rican history, tradition and culture. Atenas is a charming town with a laid-back atmosphere and plenty of fun activities for you to do at weekends. The friendly demeanour of the locals and fabulous location make this an ideal location for you to enjoy your volunteering in Costa Rica.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2-12 weeks
- Cost: £1409 / $2255 for 2 weeks, see drop-down menu for additional weekly pricing
- Requirements: Age 15-17 (older participant should speak to a Kaya advisor)
- Location: Atenas, Costa Rica
- Working hours: Monday-Friday; varies depending in the project.
- Project availability: All year round, except for schools, which close in December, January and the first two weeks in July.
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Single or shared room in a homestay (according to availability)
- Food: 3 Meals per day
- Airport pick up and drop off from San Jose International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure preparation pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- 6 language classes
- Support: On-site coordinator providing 24 hour support
- Activities: 1 dance class and 1 cooking class are included. Staff help organise evening and weekend activities
- Donation to the volunteer site
What is not included
- Daily transport between your accommodation and your project
- Additional Spanish lessons.
- Police/Government Background Check- US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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