New Hope Volunteers

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Teach in a Community Center

volunteer in teaching community center in Atenas, Costa Rica
  • Improve the quality of life of a local community
  • Work with the local organization and be an vital part of Costa Rican community
  • Live with a local family and explore day-to-day Costa Rican life
  • Connect with nature’s best in Costa Rica in your downtime

How would you like to inspire and encourage people of all ages? Teach in Costa Rica in a community center, and be a source of motivation for the locals. This project works with the local community center, established to provide a venue for any community activities. The center holds educational courses and entertainment events, and also houses a local library. As a volunteer in Costa Rica, you will be supporting the library’s “Children’s Hour” initiative, teaching English to the local adults and children, and organizing community events and activities. Be an integral part of the local community while immersing in the true Costa Rican flavor!

Volunteers’ Responsibilities

As a volunteer in the Teach in a Community Center project, you will be working with both children and adults at the community center. Depending on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching English to the students
  • Planning teaching lessons
  • Library project volunteers will teach English or craft projects to children
  • Working in the public library
  • Fundraising
  • Helping with Children’s Hour
  • Provide support community projects
  • Create brochures and flyers and distribute information with the community
  • Organize community activities
  • Maintaining and creating community websites
  • Assisting the local staff with administrative duties
How You Can Make a Difference

By volunteering in Costa Rica, you’ll be assisting the local community centers reach out to more of their people. The community centers need your help to teach English to the community, and to support their initiatives that aim to increase the quality of life for the locals. Volunteers with various experience and backgrounds can help in this project, as it is the perfect opportunity to experience all Costa Rica has to offer while truly engaging in a local community.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join the project beyond a fluency in English and a basic/intermediate fluency in Spanish. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish language program. Volunteers should also be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and have an interest in community development. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.

Project Location

The project is located in Atenas, just west of San José in the Province Alajuela. The little town of Atenas offers a slice of quintessential small town Costa Rican life with just 5,000 inhabitants (25,000 including the suburbs). Atenas is most popularly known as having the "best climate in the world". If you are in search of a tranquil, small town life, Atenas is just the place for you! This perfect-sized town is just big enough to provide the amenities you crave for but small enough to preserve a strong sense of community. Owing to the superb climate, this town is teeming with bio-diversity. From Atenas, you will be greeted by charming views of the surrounding coffee and sugarcane plantations as well as forested valleys. Cafes and restaurants located within the central park serve some of Costa Rica's delicious cuisine including the toronjas rellenas (stuffed grapefruits), which are a popular local dessert. Nearby shops and markets are very good places to purchase souvenirs such as handcrafted jewelery or traditional Costa Rican clothing. Located just east of Atenas, volunteers can also visit La Garita. It is to home to Zoo Ave, a wildlife rescue and breeding center, and also has a plant nursery nearby that sells exotic plants. On weekends, volunteers can travel to Pacific Coast or further away to visit National Parks and Caribbean Coast. A trip to San Jose, the largest city, is also recommended.


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