Children in Costa Rica around a Projects Abroad volunteer during a sport practice

Volunteer as a Sports Coach in Costa Rica

Work at a disadvantaged school in Costa Rica to promote health and well-being through sports

Volunteer as a sports coach in Costa Rica and inspire children to live active, healthy lives. You’ll gain valuable experience working at a local school to help run the school’s sporting activities.


Join this project to live out your passion for sport, and also use it to impact the the lives of children from a disadvantaged community. Sport can help develop positive attitudes, and can teach important life lessons like discipline and teamwork.


Your volunteer work will be a great benefit to local teachers who are often unable to devote enough attention to physical education. The schools we work with are also largely under-resourced or understaffed. They need all the support they can get.


You can choose to focus on a specific sport, or spread your focus across many sports and activities. You’ll have the freedom to set your own goals and make a unique contribution to your placement. Make your volunteer experience in Costa Rica your own.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1300 132 831 for more info.

When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Heredia (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

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.

A group of kids face their local coach and a Projects Abroad sport volunteer in Costa Rica

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?

Heredia

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.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS Costa Rica

When volunteering in Costa Rica, your arrival airport will be Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). You will be met at the airport by a Projects Abroad staff member. You can find more detailed information on flights, arrival airports, orientation, and visas, on our Costa Rica Arrival Procedures page.

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.

A volunteer runs with a kid during practice on the sport volunteering project in 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.

A volunteer poses with his team on a sports placement in Costa Rica


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.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Heredia. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Costa Rica and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.  


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

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.