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Teach English in rural Costa Rica

World, Central America, Costa Rica, San Gerardo de Rivas



Travel dates

27°C, 18:29

About the workproject

We need 6 volunteers

Proyecto San Gerardo has provided free language classes for rural Costa Ricans since 2007. Speaking English helps our students gain meaningful and better paid work in the tourist sector and our volunteers are greatly appreciated for the skills they share.
San Gerardo is a beautiful village of just over 300 people who speak only Spanish and provide a wonderful homestay experience for our volunteers. Free time can be spent hiking in the beautiful Cloudbridge Reserve or climbing Mt Chirripo, the second tallest mountain in Central America. We are close to the Pacific with surfing and everything the beach can offer for weekends.

About the host


Host since



English, Spanish

Last seen online

more than 6 month ago

I have always worked in community development and love sharing the experience of living in such a wonderful community with volunteers. Originally from the UK and Canada I am now settled in Costa Rica with my husband Pedro and our dog Copper on our farm.

I run Costa Rica Holiday Homestays too - it's a business that welcomes visitors for a few days to experience the welcome and language development that our volunteers have always raved about with their homestay families.

I believe firmly in sharing the goodies we each have and have been lucky to be able to teach myself for many years. For me there's nothing more fun than sorting out an English language conundrum with eager students!

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us

Work to be done

  • language practice
  • teaching projects
  • charity work

Expected workhours

  • 5 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • shared cottage

Proyecto San Gerardo will arrange a homestay for you with a local family that suits your needs. They will provide all your meals, do your laundry and treat you as a member of the family. There is a cost of $350/month that goes directly to the family as another way we support the community.

  • shared meals

All meals are provided and although Costa Rica is famous for rice and beans you will be offered lots of veggies and fruit as well as cheese and eggs. Meat is not a huge part of the diet. Coffee of course! But if you prefer tea no problem. Our water comes from natural springs and is potable.

  • no money is involved