Spanish and volunteering in Costa Rica

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Combine language courses with a volunteering period in national parks or in social care institutions in Costa Rica.

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Volunteering in Costa Rica. Learning spanish in Costa Rica

The spanish school in Costa Rica:

Classe Costa Rica - Globalong

The school is located in Carrillos near Alajuela, the International Airport Juan Santa Maria and San Jose, the capital. The climate is pleasant all year round. It is also a good starting point to visit the Poas Volcano and the towns of Sarchi, La Garita and Grecia.The classrooms are spacious and nicely decorated. The school is surrounded by a large garden with tropical plants, flowers and fruit trees. Between the trees you will find several hammocks, which are available for free time. You can access internet via the school's computers or your own computer using the Wi-Fi connection.

If you wish to travel on your own after your stay, the school can keep your personal items, and you can come and collect them from Monday to Friday during office hours.

Spanish Lessons in Costa Rica:

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All levels are offered in schools - from absolute beginners to advanced. Teaching is very intense, because you will have 20 hours per week in classes of up to 4 students. The fact that teaching is in small groups guarantees that your language level will be taken into account. The school has a high success rate, but it is important to contribute to the lessons by actively involving yourself.

The teachers are all graduates in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and receive training using the latest teaching techniques. They are instructed to make learning fun and interesting to inspire participants. Students come from all over the world, and there is one rule at school: It is forbidden to speak any other language than Spanish!

Activities in Costa Rica:

Dance class with Globalong in Costa Rica

In addition to the intensive language courses in the morning, the school offers short courses in the afternoon. These courses allow students to experience Costa Rican culture while practicing their newly learned vocabulary. Excursions and outings are part of the mini-course. Expenses related to trips out of school are not included and must be paid locally (transport, entrance fees...). Here is a partial list of excursions, activities and mini-courses offered by the school, the complete list is posted at the school:

  • A visit to Alajuela including visits to museums
  • Excursion to Grecia icluding visits to churches
  • Excursion to the local markets of Alajuela, Grecia and San Josevolunteer team in Costa Rica
  • A visit to private or public schools
  • A visit to a local nursery
  • Excursion to the waterfall at Los Chorros
  • Excursion to the pool at Los Manantiales Carrillos Alto
  • Excursion to "the bird rescue centree zoo"
  • A visit to the main museums of San Jose
  • A trip to the National Theatre of San Jose
  • A visit to the artist town of Grecia
  • A visit to a snake farm in Grecia

Example of mini-culture courses that are also included in the language course:

  • Introduction to the school system in Costa Ricarainy flowers in Costa Rica
  • Introduction to the health system in Costa Rica
  • Traditional games
  • Fruits
  • Costa Rican cuisine
  • The traditional ox cart
  • The Costa Rican coffee industry
  • Etc.
Examples of weekend excursions in Costa Rica:
  • Rafting
  • Acrobranche
  • Pacific Island CruiseThanks to Globalong you will go home with a better spanish
  • Excursions to the volcanoes (Poas, Arenal, Irazu, etc.)
  • Trips to the hot springs
  • Excursions to the "Tortuguero canals" in the rainforest
  • Etc.

The first days in Costa Rica:

Your host family will meet you at San Jose airport, and take you directly to your accommodation, your new home. The next day they will accompany you to the school to show you the way. The first day at the language school is devoted to giving you information and you will be given all the documents about the courses, country, school and city.

You will also have a briefing with practical information about the opening hours of shops and banks and a city map will be provided.

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Then you take a test to determine your level of Spanish in order to place you in a group that matches your requirements.In the afternoon you will participate in a guided tour of the city of Alajuela.

For your third day (2nd day at school), language classes start in the morning followed by lunch with all the newcomers in a restaurant that serves typical Costa Rican cuisine.

The spanish courses in Costa Rica:

The language courses are intended for anyone who wishes to learn or improve their Spanish. The courses are intensive, in small groups, and are combined with activities to practice the newly learned vocabulary.

Courses start every Monday and you must arrive at your host family the day before.

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If you arrive before, there will be a charge of 30USD per night to be paid directly to the school.

The school is closed for a week during Easter holidays.

  • Number of hours per week: 20 Monday to Friday
  • Levels: Beginner to Advanced
  • Number of students per class: maximum 5
  • Age of participants: Minimum 16 years old, average 25 years old
  • Program Duration: 2 to 44 weeks
  • Start: Every Monday (except during the Easter holiday week)


The volunteer programme in Costa Rica !

Globalong in Costa Rica helps Thanks to the collaboration between Globalong, the language school and local institutions in Costa Rica, you can combine the Spanish course with a volunteer program. Volunteering requires flexibility and independence. You must be able to organize your time and improvise during your mission, even if the local coordinator is with you before and during your stay.The program starts with a minimum of 2 weeks language course as described above, followed by a volunteer period lasting from 1 to 3 months depending on your availability and your interests.

If you are a beginner in Spanish (no previous experience), the minimum course duration changes to 4 weeks.We organize missions in two different sectors: Social and National Parks. If you choose the social field, please specify when registering the mission that suits you best (see the details of each assignment below).

Volunteering in Costa Rica

If you want to combine the two types of missions, please contact us. In general missions are available all year, only teaching assignments are not available on public holidays and during school holidays. Our programs are international, and receive participants from around the world. We ask all of our volunteers to be respectful and tolerant during the program. If you choose to participate in a volunteer program in Costa Rica, you will receive a complete guide of the country and the mission with good advice and information.


If you want to go around Easter holiday, you can stay with 

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the host family even if the school is closed, but you must pay for lodging and meals, even if you choose to visit the country during this period. 

Some volunteer projects also closed during this period.

Accommodation in Costa Rica:

During your course, you will be staying with a Costa Rican family on a half board basis. The stay with a host family is the best way to practice Spanish in everyday life, and especially to learn about the culture of the country.

Globalong humanitarian projectThe families are carefully selected and most have warmly welcomed foreign visitors for many years. The family members speak only Spanish, but experience has shown that language is not a barrier, even for beginners in Spanish.

Each family receives only one participant at a time (unless you want to stay with another person), to ensure a perfect fit.During your time as a volunteer, you will be accommodated either with a host family, or on the premises where your mission is situated, under local conditions.

Optional activities and excursions in Costa Rica:

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The following activities are paid outings (paid directly to the school):

  • Excursion to Isla de la Tortuga Bay in Nicoya
  • Excursion to Poas Volcano National Park and shopping in Sarchi (the city of artists)
  • Excursion to Iranzu Volcano National Park and a visit to Cartago and the botanical gardens in Lankaster
  • A visit to the nature reserveof Carara including relaxing at at the beach in Jaco
  • An excursion of 3 days to Tortugero National Park, where sea turtles lay their eggs

This list is not exhaustive, and you should consult the complete list and rates at the school. 

Useful information for your volunteer programme

Volunteering program in Costa ricaIncluded in Costa Rica's programme:

Initial membership fee (200 €) enrolment as a member of the GlobAlong Association is valid for a period of 9 years (renewable).

Accommodation :

  • Laundry (once a week)

Program, follow-up and customization :

  • Pick-up at the airport
  • Help and guidance from our team in Europe before your programme starts
  • Transfer to the accommodation
  • Accommodation with a host family
  • Half board for the duration of your stay
  • 2 hours of briefing
  • Oral and written language test on the first day
  • Lessons
  • Volunteering in Costa RicaWelcome breakfast
  • Outings in Alajuela and San Jose
  • Salsa class (one a month)
  • Level test every week to see your improvement
  • Customization of your programme
  • Books and Tutoring
  • Activities programme
  • Outings
  • Access to the school’s infrastructures
  • Transfer to your volunteer placement
  • 7/7 support from the local coordinator
  • Support from the Globalong team during your entire stay
  • Personal blog on our network
  • Advise on how to get a visa (if needed)
  • Country guide
  • Traveller’s guide
  • Globalong volunteer programme costa Rica Certificate of attendance confirming your language level
  • Donation for a project
  • Organization fees

Non-included in Costa Rica's programme:

  • Extra outings
  • Personal expenses
  • Flights to and from Costa Rica
  • Daily transport fees to and from your volunteer placement
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your stay
  • Travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)
  • Vaccinations (click here for more information)
  • Visa fees

Bank holidays 2017/2018 in Costa Rica:

  • 12th October 2017: Cultures National Day
  • 25th December 2017: Christmas Day
  • 1st January 2018: New Years Day
  • 11th April 2018: Juan Santamaria Day 
  • 29th March 2018: Good Thursday
  • 30th March 2018: Good Friday
  • Bank holidays in Costa Rica with Globalong1st May 2018: Labour Day
  • 25th July 2018: Guanacaste Day
  • 2nd August 2018: Virgin of Los Angeles Day
  • 15th August 2018: Assumption
  • 15th September 2018: Independence Day
  • 12th October 2018: Cultures National Day
  • 25th December 2018: Christmas Day

If you wish to stay during Easter holidays, you may stay with the host family, but you will have to pay for food and accommodation even if you choose to travel during this period. Some volunteer projects are also closed during this period.

Climate in Costa Rica: 

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