Teaching Internship in Costa Rica

Travel to Cartago, Costa Rica to teach English and other practical skills to children and adults, while gaining experience in educational techniques.

Durations: 2 - 12 weeks


Build a better world by contributing to vital, locally-led project work that strives for a more just and equitable future.


In line with the UN’s SDGs, we are committed to ethical and sustainable engagement with our local partners and communities.


Learn from the world’s most unique and significant cultures, in breathtaking remote locations.

Program information

Teach English to young people and adults from the local community, while contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education. By supporting educational initiatives in the city of Cartago in Costa Rica, on this teaching internship you’ll master new skills and gain experience in classroom management and educational techniques. In your free time explore the town and neighbouring areas, and look out for unique species in the national parks and botanical gardens.

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Travel flexibility. Transfer for free up to 45 days before travel. Because life happens. Terms and conditions apply.
Dates & Prices
What's Included
Life On Base
Free time
Cultural Immersion
Speak to alumni
Parent Info
Your Impact
Our Ethics
Program ethics
Qualifications & Training Options
Support & Safety
Live Updates

Program overview

Kickstart your career teaching English on this teaching internship in Costa Rica, where you’ll gain real-life experience in the classroom. You will have the opportunity to master technical teaching skills as well as transferable skills like teamwork, organisation, leadership and cross-cultural communication.

There are often requests from the local communities we work with for more English and other educational support such as life skills, environmental education,and universal school topics for children and adults. The reason for this is Costa Rica is a popular destination for English-speaking tourists and a favoured location for many international centres and companies. This means knowledge of English is not only a key priority for the Costa Rican government, but also vital to economic growth. Local employers are often looking for English-speaking locals to assist international visitors and overseas customers and operations. By supporting English education interns will not only be contributing to UN SDG 4: Quality Education, but also to UN SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Depending on the project’s needs, you could be asked to assist with teaching English to young people and adults programs, early childhood development programs with local children, or community development and empowerment activities.

In your free time, take advantage of the myriad of adventure activities that this diverse coastal region has to offer. Why not take the short bus ride to Turrialba Volcano National Park?


Develop TEFL teaching experience

Develop your professional teaching skills – including TEFL techniques, lesson planning and early childhood developmental strategies.

Immerse yourself in community

Experience a unique way of life when you become part of the community of Cartago. Build friendships, expand your perspective and immerse yourself in Costa Rica’s rich Afro-Caribbean culture.

Is this program for me?

This internship is specifically useful for someone who has or is actively studying the below subject areas at school, university or college, or has an interest in these subject areas.

  • Education
  • Liberal arts
  • English
  • History
  • Communication


Some of the example typical activities you could participate in on this program.

Teacher training

Receive expert training on education project objectives and procedures, how to evaluate and monitor projects, and the local cultural context.

English classes

Gain experience teaching English as a foreign language to children, young adults and women. Classes can be structured or informal.

Early years education

Develop and deliver sessions for children under the age of five that support the development of skills in key developmental areas: cognitive, emotional, social and physical.

Leadership training

Learn how to plan and set team goals, create supportive team environments, and reflect on your own leadership style.

Leadership responsibilities

Take on additional responsibilities such as conducting community needs analyses, creating pre–and-post workshop surveys, or coordinating workshop sessions.

Personal project

Conduct research into important topics relating to education, which will be used to create training materials, workshops and other teaching resources for GVI or partner organisations.


Meet weekly in a small group with other interns and an experienced mentor to receive project guidance and feedback on your leadership style.


  • Community empowerment
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Social issues
  • Student engagement
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Teaching workshops


Some of the partners we work with on base.

Parque la Libertad

Program details

Dates and prices

Select a start date:

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Book by 30 September to save up to 15%!
Payment plans. Flexible payment plans allow you to pay in instalments.

What happens next?

Once you apply, a personal Enrollment Manager will be assigned to walk you through the rest of the process.


The following itinerary is an example of the activities and project work that participants might get involved in on this program. More specific details of the program are finalised several months before each start date.


If you’re an early riser, enjoy a jog or walk before breakfast.


Prepare and enjoy breakfast with the team before getting stuck into some base duties.


Prepare lessons and workshop resources for the morning’s classes.


Deliver lessons at a local school – including teaching English, sports activities and health & wellbeing.


Lunch is prepared by a local cook – an opportunity to try delicious Costa Rican dishes!


Prepare lessons and workshop resources for the afternoon’s classes.


Deliver community adult English classes in either a group or 1:1 setting.


Enjoy a meal together and reflect on the day’s challenges and successes.

What’s included?

What's Included
24-hour emergency desk
24-hour in-country support
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
All project equipment
Food (except on long-term internship placements
Safe and basic accommodation (usually shared)
Pre-program training
Group introductory call
Welcome presentation
Endorsed GVI Specialisation Course
Endorsed Leadership Course
Project work
Sustainable project work
Leadership responsibilities
Data collection and research
Real projects with partners
Remote support
Program training
Weekly group check ins
Remote Academic Internship Supervisor
Remote Career Internship Supervisor
Preferential recruitment on GVI positions
Job portal access
Endorsed Careers Course
Career coaching sessions
Certificates and achievements
PDF reference - upon request
Linkedin reference and skills endorsement
What's Excluded
Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
Medical and travel insurance
Personal items and toiletries
Police or background check
Visa costs

Life On Base

Learn to live the “pura vida”, or “simple life”, in the central Costa Rican city of Cartago – one of the largest cities in Costa Rica that is located in the Central Valley and full of lush greenery and volcanic views. Located in a province that is teeming with national parks, volcanoes and farmland, the base is in close proximity to many hubs in the country. In a 45 minute bus ride, participants can be in downtown San Jose where they can go to see a professional theatre production, watch a football game at the national stadium, or visit the National Museum and learn more about Costa Rica’s history that has shaped its unique political positioning in the Americas. Participants can also go 3 hours to the east and be on the beach by sundown listening to caribbean music and eating fresh ceviche. Or participants can enjoy all the Cartago base has to offer – from the local football stadium a 5-minute walk away to the lush greenery of the public university to the famous basilica in downtown Cartago to sharing communal accommodations (including meals and base  duties), with individuals from all over the world who are there for the same reason you are — to make an ethical impact.


You’ll  share a house that has basic bedroom and bathroom facilities with other participants and GVI staff.  You will live in a beautiful two sto...


We are located within walking or driving distance of our projects. You can expect up to a 30-minute drive to project every day through beautiful ...


You’ll have daily access to long-distance communications whilst on the project, but bear in mind that the connection may not be as reliable as ba...


You’ll take turns preparing breakfast for the group, which typically consists of porridge, cereal, or toast, accompanied by fresh tropical fruit,...


Located in a mountainous region of central Costa Rica and in close proximity to the equator, Cartago enjoys a fairly consistent climate. Temperat...

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Enhanced cleaning and social-distancing measures in place.

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GVI experiences included in your program, at no extra cost.

Offered once a month, expand your adventure with GVI Experiences. These are just some of the activities offered on your program!

We want you to make the most of the chance to live in – and contribute towards –  the most diverse and unique wildernesses and communities on earth. Introducing GVI Experiences – immersive adventure, cultural and wellness activities exclusive to GVI that have been specially designed in collaboration with our local partners to support and stimulate sustainable economic development.

Enhance your impact. Expand your adventure. Explore your world.

Learn to cook Costa Rican food
The tastes of Latin America
Visit a Cabécar village
Ancient culture
Discover local medicinal plants
Healing hands
Kayak in a hidden lagoon
Tropical wilderness
Hike through a riverbed
Paradise found
Visit a working fruit plantation
In the bag
Hike through virgin rainforest to a waterfall
A rare jewel
White water raft down the Pacuare River
Ride of your life

Free time

Joining a GVI program not only allows you to collaborate with communities or work toward preserving unique ecosystems – but it also offers plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding area or travel further to see what other parts of the region have to offer over weekends.

Field staff are a great source of advice and have helped us put together the following information on local travel options. You can choose to travel before or after your experience with GVI (subject to immigration restrictions), solidifying the lifetime friendships you’ve established on the program. Please note that the below options are not included in the program fee, and would be up to you to arrange at your own expense.

Weekend Trips

San Jose

Explore the bustling capital of Costa Rica for an insight into the country’s heritage and modern lifestyle. Due to its dense urban population, Sa...

Irazu volcano national park

Take some time to explore the Irazu Volcano National Park. Peaking at 3,432.00 metres, Irazu is famed for being the largest and highest active vo...

Coffee plantation tour

Costa Rica is known for producing some of the world’s highest quality coffee beans and Cartago is just about 1 hour from Los Santos, one of the r...

River adventures

Just 30 minutes away in Turrialba, there are many rivers in the area to explore on a kayak or canoe. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can ...

Further Travels

Puerto Viejo

Well known for the Salsa Brava surf break that people travel from all over the world to experience, as well as beaches like the black-sand Playa ...


Costa Rica is well known as a surfing destination and the Pacific Coast is home to a number of incredible beaches. You can also explore areas lik...

Manuel Antonio National Park

Acclaimed as one of the most biodiverse parks on the planet, lush tropical rainforests converge with the stunning beaches of the Pacific coast. H...

Other Latin American nations

There are plenty of opportunities for further exploration throughout Latin America. Travel south to Panama and Colombia, or north to Nicaragua an...

National parks

With  some of the greatest biodiversity in the world and a commitment to preserving this unique natural heritage, Costa Rica features many natura...

Cultural Immersion

Engaging intimately with a new context teaches global awareness, adaptability and critical thinking – skills highly valued in the modern marketplace. Local and cultural immersion is encouraged on all our programs around the world, and will also be one of the most enjoyable aspects of your experience. Luckily, there are many different activities that you can get involved in during your free time, or before and after your program.

On our community programs, the focus is on cultural topics, while on marine or wildlife programs the emphasis is more on the environmental element. Use your evenings and weekends to explore topics like local cuisine and religion, or how sustainable development challenges are affecting local contexts.

Churches and cathedrals

You’ll find many beautiful churches and cathedrals within the forests and hills of Cartago and Limon province. Cartago province is home to the re...


From March to April, Easter is a popular holiday in Costa Rica and is celebrated with elaborate processions. In

Spirituality and religion

The majority of Costa Ricans identify with the Roman Catholic religion. Other religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Rastafari...


Dancing is an integral part of Costa Rican culture. Locals learn to dance the fluid ballroom styles of cumbia, salsa, bolero, and the merengue fr...


Food in Costa Rica is a combination of Spanish, South American, Caribbean and American influences. Common dishes include corn tortillas, tamales,...


Spanish is the country’s official language and the majority of the population speaks Spanish. You’ll also hear indigenous languages like Bribri, ...

Speak to alumni

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

Get a first-hand perspective

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Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Heritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

GVI is a proud member of the Gap Year Association.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy and high participant ratios.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.


When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.

As part of this promise, we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. In most locations, we also set up a Whatsapp group to help with managing airport arrivals. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.

COVID-19 safety

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Your Impact

All of our programs have short-, mid- and long-term objectives that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualise their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Prior to your arrival on base, you will be educated about the UN SDGs. Then once you arrive on base, you’ll learn about the specific goals we have in this particular location, our various objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to be an active global citizen after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

In 1869 Costa Rica was the first country in the world to make primary education both free and obligatory, funding the education program through the state’s share of the great coffee wealth. In 1948, the country abolished its national army and shifted the portion of its national budget allocated to armed forces to the education system. By the late 1970s/ early 1980s, roughly 89%  of the population were able to read and write. Costa Rica now boasts a literacy rate of around 98% for people aged 15 years and older. In 1994, a policy to place a computer in each of the nation’s 4,000 schools, plus obligatory English classes, was implemented.

Despite this, education is not readily available to everyone. Elementary schools can be found in every community, but high schools are not as common as they are not mandatory and many students stop attending school after the age of 13. Many cannot afford the required uniforms, and rural schools often lack books for students. Children often spend as little as three hours in school as the class schedule is divided into two sessions in order to accommodate the number of students.

GVI has been working in local communities in Costa Rica since 2011. Currently, we work in and around Cartago to support community and economic development, environmental conservation, and education focused initiatives. The main UN Sustainable Development Goals that we contribute to this project include Goal 4: Quality Education and Goal 5:Gender Equality.

Project objectives


GVI Cartago’s long-term objectives:

1. Graduate participants who are impassioned to change the world.

2. Help aid in breaking the cycle of poverty in Cartago as well as the surrounding communities of La Union and Patarra.

3. Increase environmental awareness and improve physical well-being in the local communities and international communities.

4. Improve English literacy levels in the area.

5. Support economic development and assist in building sustainable, women-led businesses in the local communities.

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.


We want to constantly develop our own understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, we aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Our Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better. Find out more, click on the Badge below.

Our 10 ethical commitments


Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that every participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conducted, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.

Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics. GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.

However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.

Program ethics

No entertainment-based activities

We don’t support the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes. This includes riding animals, having them perform tricks, feeding or bathing them or getting close to them to take photos

No orphaned animal sanctuaries

We don’t encourage, support or allow the rearing of “orphaned” wild baby animals kept at a “sanctuary”. The conservation value of these types of programs is negligent and would only ethically be used in extremely rare cases

Guidelines for touching or movement restriction

When wild animals are restricted for conservation purposes we follow the guidelines of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA), approved by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Animal welfare guidelines

We ensure that the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare are followed. These include the freedom to express normal behaviour and freedom from distress, discomfort, hunger, thirst, fear, pain, injury or disease.

Local community empowerment

We ensure that conservation efforts are also always locally led, that community needs are front-and centre of any conservation effort and that our participants, projects and partners work to increase local community engagement in local conservation efforts.

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No veterinary programs

We don’t offer any veterinary programs or animal rescue and rehabilitation programs. We don’t allow participants to do any work they would not be able to do in their home country.

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No orphanage programs

We don’t support or allow participants to work in institutional residential care facilities, also known as orphanages. We partner with ReThink Orphanages and Freedom United.

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Child and vulnerable adult protection policy

Our Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy requires all our staff and participants to complete a criminal background check and to learn why you shouldn’t reveal a child’s identifying factors in photographs. We support the ChildSafe Movement.

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No medical volunteering

We don’t offer any programs where our participants engage in medical treatment. This is because our participants aren’t typically qualified to do this work and would therefore not be able to do this work in their home country. Our participants only assist with public health programs.

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No disability support programs

We don’t offer any programs where our participants work directly with people with disabilities. This is because our participants aren’t typically qualified to do this work and would therefore not be able to do this work in their home country.

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A GVI program is an investment in your career. No matter which you choose, you will be working toward improving your employability by mastering new social skills, gaining further technical expertise and earning qualifications in many cases. Most of our staff are, in fact, GVI Alumni, and we have helped many of our Alumni discover, move toward, and earn their own personal dream jobs. Each program includes introductory workshops, ongoing presentations, as well as on-the-ground professional support provided by our very own trained staff members. In addition, our training programs are critical for helping us to ensure the long-term impact of our sustainable development projects around the world.

For all GVI participants

Orientation: Your Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Learn about COVID-19 pre-departure guidelines, base expectations, personal and area hygiene practices and what we are doing to keep you safe.

Orientation: Travelling Responsibly and Ethically

Learn about the importance of child and vulnerable adult protection best practices and how to apply them while on project.

Orientation: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Introduction to the history and evolution of sustainable development, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and how these related to your project work.

Orientation: Further Opportunities for Impact

Learn about our country locations and further opportunities available to you during or after your program.

For all participants at Cartago

Community: Women’s Empowerment

Learn about gender equality, skills development and examples of income generating activities.

Community: Human Empowerment

Learn about our empowerment principles.

Introduction to TEFL

Learn the basics of how to teach English as a foreign language.

Costa Rican Culture

Learn about the Costa Rican pura vida lifestyle.

Certificates & qualifications

University of Richmond Careers in Sustainability certificate

Career paths in social and environmental impact are not as well-established as in other fields. That’s why we’ll provide our interns who have successfully completed their program with our Careers in Sustainable Development course. In this course, you’ll learn about current and emerging opportunities in a range of sectors, allowing you to make the best decision about your future.

This online course, valued at £295, is included in all internships. Full course details can be found here.

University of Richmond Leading Teams for Impact certificate

Leadership is a critical skill set for anyone looking to make an impact or drive sustainable development. Develop your own leadership style and learn how to set achievable objectives, give effective feedback and manage conflict successfully. After successfully completing the course, which you have the option of doing prior to your in-country program, you’ll receive a certificate from the University of Richmond.

This online course, valued at £295, is included in all volunteering programs. Full course details can be found here.

University of Richmond Community Development certificate

In this course, you’ll explore the most common pitfalls of community development initiatives so that you can avoid them. You’ll also learn how to carry out community development work effectively and ethically and how local context impacts program development. After successfully completing the course, which you have the option of doing prior to your in-country program, you’ll receive a certificate from the University of Richmond.

This online course, valued at £295, is included in all volunteering programs. Full course details can be found here.


One of the major advantages of joining this program with GVI, is that it’ll give you that competitive edge you need to boost your social impact career! Not only will you get real on-the-ground community experience, you’ll also have access to tailor-made support, as well as excellent training and career-building opportunities to land your dream job.


Career mentorship

Receive continuous support through mentoring sessions with a qualified supervisor to help you achieve your professional goals.

GVI career course

Complete an online course in sustainable development careers and obtain a certificate accredited by the University of Richmond.

Career coaching sessions

Take the next step in your career with two one-on-one career coaching sessions from a remote mentor to guide and advise your professional development.

Job portal access

Gain exclusive access to our carefully curated job portal that advertises vacancies in the conservation and development sectors.

LinkedIn reference

Get a professional endorsement from GVI on the world’s largest careers platform to make you stand out.

The GVI Online Careers Course is in partnership with the University of Richmond

Support & Safety

We won’t sugarcoat it — traveling abroad is usually a complex process that carries an element of risk. But this is exactly why we’re passionate about providing extensive support throughout the process as well as the highest safety standards during the in-country phase. We believe that volunteering abroad should not only be impactful, but an enjoyable experience that carries as little risk as possible. This is exactly how we’ve been able to maintain our reputation as the most highly respected volunteering organisations in the sector over the past two decades.

COVID-19 safety

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Health and safety case studies

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Live Updates

GVI Cartago works in direct collaboration with schools and communities near Cartago, Costa Rica, to support education initiatives -- both in and out of the classroom -- and community projects. GVI volunteers work with students in the local schools, supporting teachers in the classroom or with individual/small group tutoring; providing extracurricular programming in the arts or in sports; and assisting with school events as needed. GVI also offers English tutoring for adults in the community and provides support for community events and initiatives whenever possible, through construction projects, community days, fundraising events and more. As GVI projects are always focused on meeting the needs of our partners, we work under their direction to increase the education opportunities available here. Our aim is to create sustainable programs, offer students a chance to improve their academic performance and find new areas of talent, and support initiatives that will strengthen the community itself.
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