Trip Details

Volunteer PE Teacher in Costa Rica

Join the TRU team and local community on a volunteering experience that will be as much fun for you as it is, for the children you teach! Whether you are looking for experience or just want to make a difference to the community, our Volunteer PE Teacher programme is a great way to see Costa Rica! You’ll be working with children between 5 and 19, using your skills and passion to teach them your sport of choice!

Ignite a Passion for Sport in Costa Rica’s Children!

You will be teaching Physical Education in one of the schools around Esparza, and get an inside track on the Costa Rican educational system. This is a great chance to step up to a challenge and improve your teaching skills. Since many of the schools have no formal sports equipment, regimen, or sports hall, you’ll have a chance to be creative in your use of the outdoor space for training. In fact, creativity is one of the key attributes we’ll be looking for in our volunteers, as you will be teaching children of varying ages and abilities and are encouraged to use your own techniques to engage them.

Get Fit for an Adventure through Costa Rica’s diverse Terrain!

We’re not making assumptions, but if you’re looking to volunteer as a PE teacher, you’re probably not a couch potato! Which is great, as we’d hate you to miss out on what Costa Rica has to offer! You’ll have plenty to do here, from trekking to jungle canopy walks, surfing and many other water sports. Don’t forget too, that Costa Rica is a really popular tourist destination, so there are plenty of eateries, bustling marketplaces and places of historical interest to keep you entertained on the weekends.  Lastly, if you do just want to chill, our volunteer centre in Esparza, where you will be staying, is the perfect place to kick back with friends!

Why be a Volunteer PE Teacher in Costa Rica?

  • Give local children the chance to learn and enjoy sports activities
  • Gain a first-hand experience of teaching in Costa Rica, and learn new skills
  • Head off on adventures with new volunteer friends at the weekends
  • Discover the joys of Costa Rican cuisine, with meals and beverages included*
  • Stay in our comfortable Eco-houses with great spaces to chill and socialise in

*tea, coffee and drinking water

Get in touch to find out more or browse through our many other volunteer experiences.

Trip Itinerary

During your Volunteer PE Teacher project in Costa Rica, you will be organising and balancing a range of classes. With some schools, you may have some say in what classes you prefer to teach. However, you should be flexible and be prepared to teach 3-6 hours a day.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week as a Volunteer PE Teacher in Costa Rica, you will join our orientation day, to get accustomed to your local surroundings as well as local culture. Your programme will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Orientation Day Schedule

  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.
  • Costa Rican Do’s and Don’ts, Costa Rican Culture Lessons and Spanish Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary
  • Lunch
  • Introduction to the project site, and start participating on the project (if possible).

Weekly Schedule

Monday to Friday

Each day will depend on the classes and schools you are working with, as well as activities you may be taking part in. However, your schedule will be from 08:00 in the morning until just after 16:30, with lunch and breaks at regular times.

Evenings and Weekends

Your evenings and weekends are free to do as you wish. There’s plenty to see locally after your day of volunteering! Many of our volunteers plan group outings together at the weekends, or simply hang back at the accommodation and get to know each other in the evenings.

Places to Visit

Esparza and Puntarenas have plenty to offer for weekend activities, including horse riding, watersports (surf is huge), game fishing, canopy tours, hotels to suit all budgets, and some of the best scenery in the world. Puntarenas is also ideally suited to take a scenic ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula and its many secluded beaches. Further, Esparza is on the Panamerican Highway, so access to the rest of Costa Rica and the rest of the American continent is at your doorstep!

Please Note:

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen events.

Further, when confirming your dates please take note of the long holidays (late Dec to early Feb) and the other Public Holidays in the Holidays section which schools may take advantage of. During such times, renovation work continues, with the option to join special classes and English camps when requested by the local community.

Trip Accommodation

Esparza is an agricultural town and is the second oldest in the country. Further, it also has a rich history that includes legends of hidden pirate gold! The pace of life is relaxed here, and you will find locals to be incredibly warm and friendly – our volunteers are always the talk of the town when they come to visit!

About the Accommodation

You’ll stay in two newly built Eco houses in our centre in Esparza: Jaguar House and Toucan House.

These houses sleep up to 22 people, and most rooms have bunk beds, with all rooms single-gender. However, private rooms are available if preferred.

For relaxing, there is also a large dining hall/games room/communal area shared by both houses, with free WiFi, and table tennis, and a large garden of tropical plants, including coconut palm, papaya, banana, and citrus.

Food Arrangements

Costa Rican food is a blend of native American, Spanish and African cuisine, and is quite mild (not too spicy!). You will have three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends), all included in your programme. Most meals will include either fish, chicken, pork or beef, but vegetarians can be catered for.


There are shops within 300 metres of the centre, and bars, restaurants, and an excellent public pool within 15 minutes walk. There is an ATM within 1km and more ATMs in town, about 2kms. Buses into town and further afield leave from within 300ms of the centre.

Esparza and the surrounding area has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants within easy reach.

Trip Country Info

Costa Rica

Capital: San José
Language: Spanish
Currency: Costa Rican Colón (CRC)
Time zone: UTC -6

Country Information
Pura vida (“real life”) has become the unofficial motto of Costa Rica. And for a reason. Costa Rica is, in essence, a slice of tropical paradise in Central America, and its inhabitants, AKA “the ticos”, are justifiably proud of it. Perfect waves for surfing, breathtaking sunsets, misty crater lakes, waterfall-filled hiking trails, white-water rapids, sun-kissed beaches, adventure-filled paths and wildlife that includes howler monkeys, capuchins and other friendly-looking animals await you in this small, yet magnificently varied country.

Costa Rica has a reputation for being a tropical paradise, and rightly so. However, due to its diverse terrain, the country boasts a range of different climates.

Costa Rica has no real summer or winter due to its proximity to the equator, and the average temperature ranges from 21°C to 27°C. However, a rainy season does exist, and takes place between May and November. The central valley is often cooler than the coastal areas.

The Pacific coast tends to be hot and dry all year-round, especially the northern part (known as the Gold Coast), while the highlands (around Monteverde) are filled with mist during much of the year, due to the high altitude. The Caribbean coast is quite hot and moist, and receives rain during most of the year. The lowlands have quite a warm climate, with an average temperature of 26°C, and the Central Valley, including San José, is said to have the best climate in the country.

Costa Rican culture, as in most Latin American countries, is heavily influenced by Spain, as a result of colonization. However, parts of the country have other strong influences, such as that of Limón, which has more of a Jamaican feel to it. There are also several indigenous areas throughout the country.

A great part of the music and folklore of Costa Rica comes from the north of the country, where Mayan culture mixes with Afro-Caribbean trends. Costa Rica has a distinctive musical genre known as punto and most of its music can be easily distinguished by a very unique rhythm known as tambito.

Costa Rica goes by the motto Pura Vida, which means “pure life” and the phrase can be used as a greeting or a farewell, or just to say “that’s great” or “all’s good”. The phrase was originally from a Mexican film, but was soon adopted by Costa Ricans, and is used in several contexts to express a positive outlook on life.

The cuisine of Costa Rica relies heavily on fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fish and meat. Rice and black beans are traditional and included in most meals. Potatoes are another staple of Costa Rican gastronomy as wells as plantain, a member of the banana family.

Due to the tropical location of the country, you will be able to find many exotic fruits that you might have never heard of before!

Due to the amount of tourism that Costa Rica boasts, international food is offered in many sites – from Japanese to Mexican to Peruvian.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

DBS, Criminal Background Check
Travel Insurance
Under 18, Parental Consent

Additional Requirements

Athletic clothing
Sports equipment donations

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa