Teaching assistant program in Costa Rica

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP




Short-Term (few weeks/months)


San José
Central Valley
Costa Rica


Volunteers are needed for teacher assistant positions in schools in different locations around Costa Rica.These are public schools located in several middle and lower middle class areas of Costa Rica. The children’s ages vary from 5 to 13 years, and they go from kindergarten, preschool and the first six grades of elementary school. The schools’ curriculum and activities usually include all the basic subjects (Spanish, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics). Additionally, most schools offer English as a foreign language, Music, Arts, Physical Education, Civics and (Roman Catholic) Religion classes.

English classes are one of the areas where the support given by volunteers is most valued (even if they are not native speakers as these classes would be at a basic level) as well as physical education. Sometimes, if a volunteer has some special knowledge or skills – for example in music, arts or sports – and if the school agrees, they can organize additional activities independently.

Volunteer duties:

• To assist the teachers in the classroom

• To help create didactic material

• To support in the special activities of the school

• To assist at the school’s library or with other administrative tasks

• To organize additional activities with the approval of those in charge of the kids

• To help children with their homework

Volunteer’s schedule is Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 1:00-2:00pm.

Special requirements:

- To have an intermediate to advanced level of Spanish

- To enjoy working with children

- To be patient and tolerant, to be sociable and have a lot of initiative

Arrival and orientation: All participants in the program have an orientation meeting in San José before travelling to the project. The orientation helps you get an insight into local culture and prepares you for a positive experience in Costa Rica.

Please arrive in San José 3 days before the start of the project. On the third day, you will travel to the project site.

Location: Placements are currently available in schools in San Ramón, Alajuela Province and in Peñas Blancas, Guanacaste Province near La Fortuna. Depending on the time of the year, other schools might be available and suggested.

Duration of the project: 1 week - 5 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Learn more about the short-term (1-3 weeks) program: http://cadip.org/volunteer-in-costa-rica

Programs 1 to 5 months: http://cadip.org/volunteering-in-costa-rica

Volunteering Worldwide: http://cadip.org


  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

For more information and to complete an application go to: www.cadip.org and click on Join Now! For questions, email us or call 646-657-2900 or 416-943-4900