Is volunteer sports coaching in Costa Rica right for me?
This project is suited for those who love sports and enjoy being active. Your passion for sports will influence the children to develop their own love for sports, whether it be a specific sport, or a whole bunch.
Volunteer Sports Coaching in Costa Rica is a great option if you’re taking a break from your college studies or work. You can use your time off to make a difference in the lives of children abroad.
This hands-on sports coaching experience in Costa Rica will add valuable experience to your CV. If you’re pursuing a career in this area, this will stand out in future applications.
If you want sport to be part of your career, volunteering as a sports coach is a good option to gain practical experience. A hands-on sports coaching experience in Costa Rica will help you gain the skills to benefit your career. You can focus on a specific sport, or coach several.
This project is not only for those planning a career in sports coaching. By joining, you’ll also make a significant contribution to the lives of children in need through sports. You don’t need previous coaching experience to join us in Costa Rica. You’ll work alongside a local sports coach who will guide you through your work.
Our staff in Costa Rica will be available 24/7 to help with anything you need during your trip. We want you to feel comfortable to get the most out of your time abroad.
What will I do on this project?
As a sports coach in Costa Rica, your main focus will be to assist local staff at a school. The specific activities you do can very, but can include the following:
- Assist a local teacher during school sport classes
- Organise games and activities for the children that promote fitness, health, and well-being
- Work at a special education centre for children and young adults with disabilities
Assist a local teacher during school sport classes
You’ll work at a local school from an underprivileged community, supporting a local teacher. Many schools in Costa Rica do not have access to resources and a high standard of sports coaching. This could be in the form of a physical education teacher, depending on where you are placed.
Organise games and activities for children that promote fitness, health, and well-being
The school you work at will benefit from a focus on games and activities that promote fitness, health, and well-being, such as dodgeball, hide and seek, and dancing. But, you won’t be limited to these. There will be plenty of room to provide your own input into the sports coaching curriculum.
Some of the schools we work with teach sports like volleyball, athletics, and football. You could choose to focus on one or all of these sports, or introduce a new sport. Some schools also have limited space, facilities, and equipment. So, you can use your imagination and creativity to adapt the sports and games to get the most out of your placement.
Work at a special education centre for children and young adults with disabilities
You can also choose to work at a special education centre for children and young adults with disabilities. If you have a particular interest in this area, let us know, and we’ll place you at this facility. You’ll focus on finding alternative ways to use sport to make a positive difference in the lives of the people with disabilities.
Where will I work in Costa Rica?
As a volunteer teaching sports in Costa Rica, you will live and work in the university town of Heredia. This town is situated in the heart of Costa Rica’s coffee-growing country, and is within close proximity (11km) to the capital city, San Jose.
Most of our sports coaching placements are in primary schools, with the children aged between about 6 and 13 years old. You can also choose to volunteer at a center for those with physical disabilities.
A typical day on this project
You’ll spend most of your time at the school where you’re placed. Here, you’ll fit into the schedule of a normal school day.
School days in Costa Rica are split in two: Half the children attend in the morning, and the other half in the afternoon.
Morning school runs from about 7:00am to 12:10pm. Afternoon school runs from about 12:30pm to 5:40pm. The hours you work will depend on where you are placed, but you will work between 5-6 hours a day, Monday to Friday.
During the hours you work, you’ll provide assistance to a local sports coach or physical education teacher. In some instances, you may be required to run your own sessions with the children. You’ll help run coaching sessions and organise sport games that promote physical activity and healthy living.
In your free time, you’ll have a lot of opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Heredia has an active cultural and social scene and has plenty to offer to keep you entertained. Its central location means that Heredia is perfectly placed for exploring the rest of Costa Rica.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The main aim of this project is to give children in disadvantaged communities access to sports coaching. Many of the schools we work in have limited access to resources like equipment and coaches.
By coaching sports, you can inspire children to pursue healthy and active lives. Sport can be a great source of motivation for children living in difficult circumstances. Other than improving their sporting skills, sport will help children develop their self-confidence and learn teamwork and discipline.
This project also aims to give you the opportunity to experience living and working in another country. By joining, you’ll broaden your global perspective and learn about issues faced in developing countries. It’s also a great opportunity to develop skills like leadership and team management.
Join us as a sports coach in Costa Rica to impact the lives of children through sport.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
With more than 25% of its land protected in national parks, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise. It has everything from volcanoes to tropical rainforests, and magnificent waterfalls to beautiful sandy beaches. This tiny country is also renowned for its biodiversity and boasts an array of wildlife.
The vibrant city of Heredia, where most of our projects are based, is situated in the heart of Costa Rica’s coffee-growing country. With its large student population and close proximity to the exciting capital city of San Jose, Heredia has an active cultural and social scene.
You can easily reach the impressive Poas and Irazu volcanoes on a day-trip from Heredia. Many other popular tourist destinations, such as Arenal volcano and Monteverde cloud forest, are only a few hours bus ride away.
You're never far from the coast in Costa Rica. Spoilt for choice by the number of idyllic beaches, you'll have plenty of opportunities for water-based activities like surfing, swimming, or scuba diving in your free time.
There will likely be other volunteers in Costa Rica with you. So you can choose to explore on your own or as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.