Teach Sports to Kids in San Ramon, Costa Rica

San Ramon, Costa Rica Children & Youth Development



Physical education is important in Latin American schools, but budget constraints mean the schools can’t always employ a full-time P.E. instructor. You can help lead sports and P.E. activities for students in first through sixth grade in public schools in San Ramon, keeping the kids active and healthy, and providing support for the teachers. Teach kids basic games, activities, and sports, and help them become more active through creative lesson plans and fun activities. You'll also help out with school event days and competitions.


Make a difference in the lives of children when you join a sports education volunteer program in the Alajuela province. Provide students with the opportunity to learn new sports, develop motor skills, and foster a love of fitness. And make a difference for teachers! Because schools can be understaffed, your assistance with support and basic activities will allow teachers to focus on providing support and guidance to individual students who need it the most. Be open minded and understand that people live and work on “Tico Time,” which means schedules are relaxed.

Field conditions

You’ll need intermediate Spanish language skills to prepare lessons and teach sports at public elementary schools in San Ramon. You don't need to bring equipment, as the school where you will volunteer has excellent infrastructure - the need here is for volunteers to assist in areas that are understaffed. Depending upon the school you will be placed at, you’ll volunteer either from 7:00am to noon, or in the afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00pm Monday through Thursday. Other tasks include supervising children during recession and lunch. The sports education center is a 30-minute walk or a short bus ride from the volunteer house. One week of Spanish language class is included with this program.

Arrival and orientation

The nearest major airport is Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Make your way to San Ramón. Volunteers are assigned a dedicated coordinator based in-country, who leads pre-arrival and orientation, and is personally available to you daily for the duration of your program to assist you, answer any questions, and provide information and support.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Volunteers share safe, secure volunteer house in San Ramón -- your home away from home. The volunteer dormitory provides you with opportunity to socialize and meet like-minded travelers from around the world. Dorms are single-sex rooms with bunk beds and Western-style bathrooms. There is a modern kitchen, and there is a landline telephone, free wifi, security systems, and subsidized laundry service. The volunteer house is a few minutes' walking distance from the center of the city, within reach of restaurants, shops, and transportation. Meals are provided for breakfast and dinner, and you can prepare your own lunch or dine out.


Volunteers will stay in a shared house with dormitory-style rooms.


from $462 USDper week

from $462 USDper week


What’s included

  • Training and support

  • Airport pickup

  • Housing

What’s not included

  • Transportation to and from project site

  • Airport dropoff

  • Travel insurance

  • Air tickets

Start dates

This project accepts volunteers year round. Start dates are every other Friday. Additional projects can be combined during your trip, subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

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