Volunteer as a sports coach in Costa Rica and inspire children to live active, healthy lives. You’ll gain valuable experience working at a local school to help run the school’s sporting activities.
Join this project to live out your passion for sport, and also use it to impact the the lives of children from a disadvantaged community. Sport can help develop positive attitudes, and can teach important life lessons like discipline and teamwork.
Your volunteer work will be a great benefit to local teachers who are often unable to devote enough attention to physical education. The schools we work with are also largely under-resourced or understaffed. They need all the support they can get.
You can choose to focus on a specific sport, or spread your focus across many sports and activities. You’ll have the freedom to set your own goals and make a unique contribution to your placement. Make your volunteer experience in Costa Rica your own.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
As a sports coach in Costa Rica, your main focus will be to assist local staff at a school. The specific activities you do can very, but can include the following:
- Assist a local teacher during school sport classes
- Organise games and activities for the children that promote fitness, health, and well-being
- Work at a special education centre for children and young adults with disabilities
Assist a local teacher during school sport classes
You’ll work at a local school from an underprivileged community, supporting a local teacher. Many schools in Costa Rica do not have access to resources and a high standard of sports coaching. This could be in the form of a physical education teacher, depending on where you are placed.
Organise games and activities for children that promote fitness, health, and well-being
The school you work at will benefit from a focus on games and activities that promote fitness, health, and well-being, such as dodgeball, hide and seek, and dancing. But, you won’t be limited to these. There will be plenty of room to provide your own input into the sports coaching curriculum.
Some of the schools we work with teach sports like volleyball, athletics, and football. You could choose to focus on one or all of these sports, or introduce a new sport. Some schools also have limited space, facilities, and equipment. So, you can use your imagination and creativity to adapt the sports and games to get the most out of your placement.
Work at a special education centre for children and young adults with disabilities
You can also choose to work at a special education centre for children and young adults with disabilities. If you have a particular interest in this area, let us know, and we’ll place you at this facility. You’ll focus on finding alternative ways to use sport to make a positive difference in the lives of the people with disabilities.
Where will I work?
As a volunteer teaching sports in Costa Rica, you will live and work in the university town of Heredia. This town is situated in the heart of Costa Rica’s coffee-growing country, and is within close proximity (11km) to the capital city, San Jose.
Most of our sports coaching placements are in primary schools, with the children aged between about 6 and 13 years old. You can also choose to volunteer at a center for those with physical disabilities.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.