Dance Volunteering in Costa Rica

Spend your time living in beautiful Costa Rica as you help contribute to the empowerment of young people through dance. Share your own dance skills and learn about regional performing arts through this incredible volunteering opportunity.

Overview

Share your passion for dance by volunteering with young people in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. We work with a variety of volunteer placements, including orphanages, day care centers, public schools, and after school programs. We also have relationships with several dance studios throughout the city for those volunteers interested in working with higher-level dancers.

Volunteer placement requires at least ten hours a week for a minimum of one week. For more specific information about a typical day on this program, please see the “Host Group” tab.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

-Age: Participants must be 15 or over the day they begin the program. Please note the separate costs for unaccompanied minors on the Cost & Dates tab.

-GPA/Student Status: There is no GPA requirement for this program, students and non-students are welcome to apply.

-Language: There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. One week of intensive Spanish language instruction is included, with the option of extending further weeks for $175 per week. Although it is not required, a basic understanding of Spanish before beginning your program will improve your experience and the impact you are able to have at your placement.

-Experience: We give preference to applicants with at least one year of dance experience. An audition video showing your current skill level is helpful, but not required.

-Motivation: We are looking for open-minded, flexible applicants who can clearly convey their passion for dance and an acute interest in international travel and exposure to new ideas.

APPLICATION PROCESS

-Application Deadline: Please see Cost and Dates tab. Start and end dates are flexible, and we ask to receive applications at least two months in advance. If it is less than two months before your anticipated start date, please contact us right away to see if we can expedite your application process.

-Application Process: to apply, click the blue “Apply Now” button on this page. You will fill out a simple initial application online and pay a $200 deposit that is refundable if you are not accepted, and will be applied toward your overall program cost if you are accepted (NOT an additional fee). At this point, we will ask you to send us the following materials:

-Your resume/CV
-A questionnaire about your goals and interests
-An audition video (optional)
-Your availability in U.S. Eastern Time for a 20-30 minute Skype interview

We will notify you of our acceptance decision within one week of your Skype interview.

Location

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Cost & Dates

Host Group

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• Become immersed in Costa Rican culture by living with a host family

• Experience an immersive and rewarding volunteer experience by sharing your dance abilities with low-income children in the community

• Live in Central America’s most cosmopolitan city, mere hours from cloud forests and beaches

Testimonials

"My time in Costa Rica was fantastic. My host family was absolutely incredible, and the in-country, and out-of-country, staff was supportive and helpful. The whole experience was a perfect fit, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better!" -Savannah Valigura