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Physical Education in Costa Rica
Enjoy your time teaching football

Enjoy your time teaching football

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The local government and Educational Supervisor are fully behind our project, giving us access to many schools in the area. This program consists of working with students aged between 5 and 19, organising games and exercise during school time. You can teach in English or Spanish, or a mix of the two.

Participants will be free to choose their own way of teaching. It is important to understand that the methods of teaching are less important than the attitude of the participant towards the students. At times schools may focus on different activities, for example, environmental issues or current festivals, and you will be given the opportunity to take part.

The teaching program serves a dual purpose; of course it is meant to help children in rural Costa Rica to have the opportunity to practice sport and to exercise in an organised environment, but it also benefits you, giving you an insight into the Costa Rican education system as well as an excellent opportunity to become good friends with students, teachers and even parents, and so take a full role in the community.


  • Children in rural communities often have a lot of responsibilities outside of school, and little opportunity to play organized sport. Therefore, the main idea is to give students the opportunity to exercise and practice sport at school. You will gain teaching experience, an invaluable life skill, and experience deep cultural immersion.


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Esparza, Costa Rica

Esparza is a medium-sized agricultural town nestled amongst the mountains above Rio Barranca, in the Central Pacific Coast area of Costa Rica. The area was first settled by the Chorotega and Huetar peoples. The Chorotega people fled from Mexico 1,500 years ago and brought their traditions with them. This is a possible reason why there are Mexican words which jump several countries and turn up again in Costa Rica.

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Saturday / Sunday - Arrival

We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to our center. Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation.

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Monday - Friday

You will be organizing and balancing a range of classes for your duration at the school. With some schools your schedule can be flexible and you may also have some say in what classes you prefer to teach, but you should be prepared to teach 3-6 hours a day. You will have lunch at the school and can expect to remain there from 08:00 in the morning until just after 16:30, depending on your schedule, giving you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the school and its activities, and to get to know its students and staff. You should also have plenty of time to reflect on and compare your experience with your personal experiences back home and to plan classes.

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Saturday - Departure
Take a bus from Esparza directly to SJO Airport (2 hours). Buses depart every hour for earliest flights on Saturday afternoon.
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  • Shared Accomodation
  • All meals included
  • Free beverages
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Arrival Transfer (included with 2 wk+ trips)
  • Departure Transfer
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  • Extra night accomodation (before experience)$60
  • Extra night accomodation (after experience)$60
  • Upgrade to Private Room - 1 week$120
  • Pick-ups outside of the regular pickup window$60
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More Information


  • minimum age18
  • minimum english levelBasic
  • CRB RequiredOn signup
  • passport copy requiredNo
  • resume copy requiredYes

Other Requirements

  • Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the school. Please don’t wear ‘beach wear’ or any others outfit that is too revealing to schools. Long trousers or long skirts are ideal, as teacher usually dress conservatively.
  • Please bring appropriate athletic wear for sport lesson and physical education. Please bring rough clothes if you will be here during holidays, as you will be able to take part in school renovation work and other community work.
  • Optional: If your luggage allowance permits, please bring equipment which you can use in lessons, and which can either be taken home with you or donated to schools here. Many airlines will permit an extra bag if you contact them in advance and say that you are taking sports kit for a project, and companies or charities in your home country may be willing to donate cones, coloured bibs or other equipment.


Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. The meals will mainly be a mix of traditional and modern Costa Rican food, so you may experience the Costa Rican take on foods you will be familiar with. Most meals will include either fish, chicken, pork or beef, but vegetarians can be catered for.


Your new home will be one of two newly built eco houses in our centre in Esparza: Jaguar House and Toucan House.

The two houses sleep up to 22 people. Most rooms have bunk beds and are shared on a single gender. One room in each house has a bunk bed with a double bed below, single above, suitable for couples or small families, if needed. (Private rooms can be obtained at additional cost; this must be arranged before arriving for your program).

All doors are lockable, but as rooms are shared, and we carry out regular cleaning, we recommend that you don't lock your rooms.

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.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be amended and cancelled 30 days before the program start date without any costs. Bookings that are cancelled less than 30 days before the program start date will be charged the first week of the booking.

Physical Education Teaching in Costa Rica

Price per person$550/week
Minimum Duration1 week