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School Sports Volunteer Projects in Costa Rica

Volunteer with school sports in Costa Rica

The Sports placements in Costa Rica are based in schools in and around Heredia. Teaching sports is a great way to really get involved in the local community and to inspire the next generation of young Costa Ricans to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

In the schools you will be an assistant to the main teacher during the sports lessons, although you may sometimes be asked to teach small groups independently, or teamed with another volunteer. We also have a Sports placement in a local care school, which does not have the sources to employ a sports teacher, so your help is really needed.

You’ll have plenty of support from the Projects Abroad Sports Supervisor, who will be happy to give you advice and help you plan new activities.

Teach Sports to Children with Projects Abroad

School Sports projects in Costa Rica

Sports volunteers are involved in organising a wide range of recreational activities for the children. There is a strong focus on general active games and activities that promote fitness, health and well-being, such as dodge ball, hide and seek, and dancing.

Many schools also teach different sports such as volleyball, athletics and of course football. Any ideas for games or sports you know particularly well can often be incorporated. Some schools have limited space and facilities, and coaching materials can be scare, so it is up to you to use your imagination and creativity to adapt the sports and games accordingly.

The aim is for children to get fit and have fun, and to encourage them to develop a lasting habit for staying active and playing sports throughout their lives.

Most of our Sports placements are in primary schools, with most children aged between about 6 and 13 years old. The local staff are keen to have the help of volunteers with new ideas who can help coach the children and keep them active, as well as having an extra pair of hands to help out!

Volunteers at the care school will take small groups out of the classroom to do physical activities and games with them, either independently or with another volunteer. As there is no sports teacher, you will certainly be kept busy and the children will benefit greatly from your help.

Please let us know if you have any experience and would be happy taking on more responsibility in a placement that lacks physical education staff, so we can match you to the most suitable placement.

Schools Sports work in Costa Rica

You may also be asked to help with sports activities after school has finished in the afternoons and evenings and there may sometimes be matches scheduled at the weekends too. Many placements also appreciate help with English lessons, so if you are happy to help in this area, please let us know.

Schools in Costa Rica have their main holiday from mid-December to mid-February, with a shorter holiday in the first two weeks of July and a week-long break during Easter for Holy Week. There is also a three-week exam period in November when volunteers are unable to teach. We do organize extra classes and a community program for volunteers from the second week in January until mid-February, as well as in July. This involves teaching English classes or coaching sports and doing painting and renovation work at a local school or day care center. This holiday program is not available from mid-December to mid-January, as schools are closed. If you are volunteering in Costa Rica over the Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays, you will be able to travel or enjoy the festivities with your host family.

If you have any special requests regarding your Sports Placement please let us know when you apply.

All volunteers on Teaching, Care, Sports, Journalism, Micro-finance or Spanish placements in Costa Rica have the opportunity to add a 7-Day Conservation Project to the end of their main placement. For more information visit our 7-Day Costa Rica Conservation Project page.

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