Volunteer teaching English and Sports, Matapalo, Costa Rica

You are the one who can assure these children to have the chance to grow up safe and healthy.

If you are ecologically sensitive, hard worker, willing to learn about new cultures and have lots of enthusiasm, this is the project for you! The Matapalo community needs many volunteers that like spending time with children to teach the English and assist their teachers.
Matapalo community is localized on the Pacific Coast in Puntarena. It is at 3 kilometers away of the Matapalo Beach, a 10 kilometer stretch of grey sandy beach that lies between the Hatillo and Portalón Rivers. This is the perfect scenery for a volunteer experience in which we’re sure you’re trying to find an exotic setting.
The goal here is to promote multiculturalism as well as helping children and residents of this rural community surrounded by protected areas to develop a second language. Among your tasks will be supporting the local teachers inside and outside of class, prepare teaching materials for the lessons, playing with the children and trying to share your culture with them as you learn about theirs.
You’ll be an English teacher coordinating the activities but they’ll appreciate creativity so you can suggest different activities. There are so many things to do! Imagine how much the children can benefit from you just being there. 

Join this project and make the difference!


They will ask you all sorts of questions about where come from and how is home. You can prepare activities for the children and the community to share your customs such as making a presentation, telling typical stories of your country, taking your culture’s favorite dish for them to taste it and so on.
You can also encourage the children to tell you about their culture and share games and fun facts with them. No doubt you’ll learn a lot. All this can be done at the English lessons, so the people and children will learn the language without even noticing it! You can read the children stories and then asked them to draw the part they liked most and asked them to explain why they liked that in English. There are so many techniques that you can put into action to support the inhabitants of the village of Matapalo in their desire to learn English. At the same time you’ll test and improve your teaching skills.
This is such an exciting project open to every volunteer with lots of energy that loves to spend time with children. You’ll certainly get immersed in this new culture and get in touch with many other volunteers that share your interests. A volunteer program abroad always comes in handy for your CV but you’ll have no idea how important it is for your overall life until you experience it!


Usual Volunteer Tasks

  • Over 18 years old
  •  High school degree
  •  Health insurance, accident and liability
  •  Commitment to the Host Organization,its rules and tasks
  •  Be able to adapt to a new life and environment
  •  Being sociable
  •  Maintain a cordial relationship with students
  •  Take the initiative; be organized, systematic and responsible in your work
  •  Fulfill with all legal and formal requirements for your Volunteer
  • Prepare educational material
  •  Teach English or your mother tongue
  •  Provide homework support
  •  Setting up handcraft workshops
  •  Giving dance classes
  •  Starting theatre clinics
  •  Organizing music seminars
  •  Arranging football training
  •  Teaching students about your country and its customs
  •  Assist the teachers on routine duties

The tasks named above will be arranged with every volunteer according to each one’s skills and special abilities.

Project Hightlights

  • Assist physical education teachers on their sports lessons.
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle and improve the quality of life for this community.
  • Spend quality time with the children from the Matapalo community and share your customs with them.
  • Become an important part of this community.

Daily Routine

Your day can start early in the morning organizing activities either in the playroom or outside. Lessons take place in different shifts, according to the subject. You can also help with the homework, ussually in the afternoon. You’ll have to be around your students to teach them the benefits of education. It’s great to see them succeed and even better to receive a hug or a thanks note for your efforts and the possitive influence you’re making through your teaching.
"As a student at this school I have been very satisfied with everything. I have felt that my Spanish has developed so much in such a short time. My teachers have been fantastic!!! Group classes combined with individual classes are ideal and make a difference. The school atmosphere is wonderful and everyone is so helpful here, all of which make attending classes a real pleasure. Thank you!"
Kathy L.
German, 29 years old
"This is the second time I come to Argentina and I love it! The School’s facilities are very good, we have internet access and a lot of things. The best things about these courses is that teachers and staff help you make of this a wonderful experience. Come and see it for yourself!"
Alice R.
Brazilian, 22 years old
"My experience in Buenos Aires was great. The teachers are well trained for each level. I liked the activities that the school offered. During my 4 weeks studying Spanish I received a lot of amazing touristic spots info and another info to get advantage of my stay in the country."
Ricardo C.
Brazilian, 18 years old
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