Costa Rica

Projects in Costa Rica

Community Economic Development

Community Economic Development (CED) seeks to sustain economic growth and improve the standard of living for families and communities. Our goals:

  1. Organizations successfully lead local community development efforts
  2. Rural Households achieve economic security

Volunteers collaborate with local partners on the following:

  • Community analysis to develop work plans, addressing priority issues and leveraging local resources
  • Co-facilitate a participatory organizational capacity assessment (OCA), co-plan and co-facilitate a project design and management (PDM) workshop for organization members and stakeholders and coach organization members and stakeholders to use PDM to design, manage, and evaluate a project.
  • Plan and facilitate entrepreneurship and basic business skills training
  • Support youth teams in a small business simulation
  • Facilitate employability clubs, plan and facilitate a training on employability skills and vocational skills ICT or English for business


English and Culture for Opportunities (ECO) seeks to help students attain English language communication skills and the cultural understanding necessary to access academic and/or professional opportunities. Our goals:

  1. Improve teachers' English competencies and teaching methodologies.
  2. Increase students' achievement in English
  3. Increase community member participation in student learning.

Volunteers collaborate with local partners on the following:

  • Creating in-service workshops for English teachers
  • Providing formal English language instruction for English teachers
  • Organizing and implementing English summer camps in coordination with English teachers
  • Preparing students for local, regional and national spelling bees and English festivals
  • Participating in professional communities of practice
  • Designing and delivering formal English language instruction for community members
  • Facilitating conversation classes for secondary school students; conversation clubs for teachers and community members
  • Coordinating community service/service learning activities with secondary school students
  • Organizing and delivering conversational and supplemental English instruction to adults
  • Supporting public school teachers in the design and implementation of a new English language curriculum

Youth in Development

Youth Development (YD) seeks to equip youth to be healthy, productive and active citizens by engaging them & their communities in activities that incorporate a Positive Youth Development approach. Our objectives:

  1. Strengthen youth wellbeing
  2. Strengthen opportunities for youth community engagement
  3. Strengthen youth support systems

To accomplish them, Volunteers collaborate with local partners on the following:

  • Complete a community analysis on youth development to co-design work plans with partners, addressing priority issues and leveraging local resources
  • Facilitate workshops or curriculum on life skills within existing Ministry of Education (MEP) platforms, and/or in collaboration with other organizations or community groups. Facilitate on topics such as self-concept, communication & social skills, problem solving & decision making.
  • Design and lead youth clubs & camps, such as: girls & boys clubs, youth group, guides & scouts, sports, arts, etc.
  • Co-lead activities that promote gender equity, touching on topics such as: gender norms, female empowerment, positive masculinities, diversity, and violence prevention
  • Support and implement community engagement programs for youth, such as: engaging youth in volunteering, service learning projects, and/or awareness day activities
  • Co-plan and implement youth oriented activities with school counselors, teachers, community leaders, youth leaders or other organizations in the community/region
  • Support youth service providers with non-formal education approaches, participatory methodologies and innovative techniques
  • Co-design and implement activities that promote positive communication and positive interactions within families, such as sports, family recreation days, workshops, etc.