Welcome to Monteverde Friends School

K-12 Quaker education for local and international students in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

“Surrounded by Nature, Supported by Love”

Nestled in the cloud forest community of Monteverde, Costa Rica, the Monteverde Friends School was founded over 60 years ago by Quakers who left the United States in search of a country and community that supported their peaceful principles. Today, our school continues to promote the universal values of peace, love and respect in the context of a challenging bilingual education and a sense of community.

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“The natural beauty and sense of community at MFS are unparalleled. It is a place that will never truly leave you, and from which you will never stop learning. Plus, where else is gym class a hike through the rain forest, history class interrupted by monkeys, or a family formed among strangers in two languages?”
– Heidi Griswold, former International Student

Poem for International Day of Peace

Please enjoy this beautiful poem by one of our grade 5/6 students: Peace is… Peace is love, a smile, not fighting Peace is doing a picnic with all of my family Peace is love,  being good to yourself being happy and trying to make other happy Peace is the wind or...

Hazel Guindon – Class of 2007

Interviewing Hazel Guindon was never meant to be a normal experience – especially when she’s 10 feet up a ladder. While completing a wall-to-wall nature mural for a local non-profit (CIEE), Hazel chats non-stop (her only speed!) about how her education at...

The Founding of the School

Leading up to our 65th Anniversary celebration next March, here is a look at the history of the founding of our school, as recorded by Mary Mendenhall in the Monteverde Jubilee Family Album) When everyone was situated in some kind of temporary housing in Monteverede...