Teaching English Volunteer Projects in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru

Company : Maximo Nivel
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Volunteer with Children
Duration: 1 week to 1 Year+
Approx Costs: 500 to 750 $ Dollars (US)

Help local students improve their English skills in Costa Rica, Guatemala or Peru.

Volunteer English teachers are placed at projects in impoverished communities where students come from low-income families and cannot afford to study at private institutes. Most students are children (of all ages), however we occasionally have placements with projects that teach to adults. Typically classes are held in small community centers, public schools, or churches.

As volunteer teachers, participants have the opportunity to:

  • Create lesson plans or prepare materials in advance
  • Engage in games and cultural activities with students
  • Provide general support for all activities on site

Please note that you do not necessarily teach in front of large classes or in formal classroom settings. Often, teaching is done in one-on-one format or in small groups. If you are asked to teach at a school, you may be assisting a non-native English teacher with their lessons.

You should expect your teaching English project to feel disorganized, understaffed, and underfunded. In fact, this is why they need volunteers! During the orientation before volunteers join your project, Maximo Nivel provides them with materials, books, lesson ideas, and a brief crash course in teaching English to get them started.

Volunteers are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators but they are not on site at the project every day.

Program Duration:

  • Minimum 1 week



  • At least 17 years of age

  • Flexible; Willing to do various tasks based on project needs

  • Hard working, ready to do anything!

  • Responsible and safety minded

  • Spanish language skills are not required


Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up

- Host family accommodations (shared room with half board)

- Program and safety orientation

- Walking tour

- Official certificate of volunteer service

- Emergency contact number 24/7

- Program management

- Free Tandem Conversation Program

- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge

- Free social activities

- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar

- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week



  • 1 Week: from $645

  • 2 Weeks: from $875

  • 3 Weeks: from $1065

  • 4 Weeks: from $1255

  • Additional Week: from $150

Start Dates

Every Monday

Booking / Enquiry

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