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 empower youth to make informed decisions about education, health and lifestyles. Our goals:

  1. Youth will lead healthier lifestyles and be prepared to make informed personal and educational decisions.
  2. Parents and service providers will demonstrate increased support for positive youth development.

Volunteers lead the following tasks in collaboration with local partners:

  • Community analysis to develop work plans, addressing priority issues and leveraging local resources
  • Support the school’s implementation of mandated nation-wide preventative programs such as Arts Festival, Sports Competitions, Community Service Hours, Student’s Government, Home Room & Sexual Education curriculum, etc.
  • Facilitate trainings for youth on topics such as personal development, leadership/life skills, sexual/reproductive health, gender equity, relationships, negotiation/assertiveness skills, etc.
  • Co-plan and implement youth oriented activities with school counselors, teachers, community leaders, youth leaders or other organizations in the community/region
  • Initiate and lead youth clubs in diverse topics, such as sports, arts, music, recreation, and leadership
  • Co-design and implement projects for parental support, such as parent support group or trainings on parenting strategies and positive communication.