Volunteer Application

Volunteer Program Fee – $40.00/day with Host Family Placement


Suggested 3 week minimum: $840.00

Three week stay includes: Host family placement (private room, 3 meals/day, laundry once per week), Spanish classes once per week (1 hour sessions) on campus,  professional development workshops, transportation to/from school daily, orientation, project supervision, support, and farewell reunion.

You will be notified within two weeks of the receipt of your completed application.  Upon acceptance, we will begin planning your living and travel arrangements and responsibilities.


  • Volunteer Application
  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent (1 page)
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Copy of front page of passport
  • Application Fee ($50.00)

Volunteer Fee Policy

The Centro de Educación Creativa is a not-for-profit, local private school in rural Costa Rica. Both the school and the community at large have very limited funds and resources. The average annual household wage of families with children in the school is US$5,500; over half of our students are on scholarship. Teachers and staff at the CEC earn subsistence wages.
Many organizations charge interns several thousand dollars to cover the costs associated with arranging a volunteer placement. We at the CEC do not want anyone to be deterred from volunteering here because of economic obstacles. However, in recognition of the financial difficulties of running a school in Costa Rica, and in order to cover room, board, professional development, and administrative costs, we do require fees to be paid in advance. These fees reflect the costs of registration, application review, placement, orientation, supervision and evaluation, local phone calls, homestay placement, and internet access. These services require the full-time efforts of one paid staff member.
We encourage you to fundraise your volunteer fee in your own community, thereby lightening the financial burden on yourself while simultaneously educating others about your internship and the CEC. On behalf of all of our students and staff, we thank you very much for choosing the CEC. We pledge to do our best to ensure that your stay with us be a rewarding, educational and fulfilling experience. Those before you have worked hard to build this school and you will be part of a global family devoted to this school and these children.

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Please note that Costa Rica immigration law requires passports to be valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in Costa Rica. If you passport will expire within a year of your arrival to Costa Rica, we recommend you apply for a passport renewal as soon as possible.

Loss or Injury

The Centro de Educación Creativa is not liable for any loss, illness, or injury sustained while a volunteer in the Monteverde area. All volunteers must demonstrate proof of personal health and accident insurance coverage prior to their arrival in Costa Rica.

Application Fee

I have read and understand this application and would like to volunteer at the CEC. I understand that unless otherwise specified, volunteer positions at the CEC are full-time. I agree to be at the school every weekday unless otherwise approved by my immediate supervisor. I have contacted opportunities@cloudforestschool.org to arrange for payment of my $50.00 application fee, (payable with a long-term credit card authorization, via check or international transfer). I understand that all fees are non-refundable.

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