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COSTA RICA – Proyecto San Gerardo

Proyecto San Gerardo’s Volunteer Program is designed to provide volunteers with a varied and interesting work experience set within the context of the beautiful cloud forest with many opportunities for outdoor adventure. Volunteers are placed in homestays with trusted families who have worked with us since 2007 and help new volunteers feel at home quickly.

The application process takes about a month and selection is based on the applicant’s qualifications, experience, length of commitment and ability to adjust to life in el campo Costa Rica. Knowing some Spanish is definitely an asset though homestays help enormously in language learning. Volunteers are matched with their homestays according to their ideal setting and there is a thorough orientation as well as exit program. Some subsidies are available for homestays according to the above factors.

TO APPLY: Please write to the Director, Jenny Moss, at and include your resume. You will be contacted and a phone interview organized. More information about Proyecto San Gerardo can be viewed at and information about the location can be seen at


TEMPORARY DIRECTOR – October or November 2015 for approximately 3 months to fill in for a medical leave.
The suitable candidate will be compensated with free accommodation and use of a vehicle.
Director position involves the following responsibilities:

    • supervising and supporting our volunteer team in their various roles
    • administering financial disbursements including salaries and scholarships
    • working collaboratively with our local committee and other local institutions, and in collaboration with our overseas fundraising committee
    • supervising Proyecto San Gerardo’s programs and activities
    • other minor duties to be discussed

ESL TEACHERS – minimum time commitment 3 months

    • Would you like to use your ESL teaching skills to benefit a small community in south central Costa Rica?
    • Teach english to children, youth and adults
    • Homestay provided so you can learn Spanish in this beautiful village next to Mt Chirripó, with all the outdoors activities you can enjoy.
    • Teaching materials and resources available on site
    • Local community support provided


    • TEFL Certificate or teaching experience
    • Organized self-starter requiring minimal supervision
    • Flexible and adaptable
    • Enjoys immersion in another culture



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