"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.

Study Abroad

Expand Your Horizons in Costa Rica!

Join us for the opportunity of a lifetime.


We seek creative, dynamic, and engaging volunteers (age 18 or older) who would like to learn and share with our students and staff, gain an understanding of Quaker and Costa Rican education, and enjoy the incredible natural environment of Monteverde. 

Ways to Give

Monteverde Friends School enjoys and requires a great deal of community support. Parents, Monteverde community members, friends around the world, and visitors to the area all contribute greatly to the ongoing success of Monteverde Friends School.

MFS News

  • MFS expands its sports program


    Monteverde Friends School has expanded its sports program as a way of giving back to our community and to support the healthy development of our youth.  This has been very successful.  We feel proud and we look forward to keep our doors open to the kids from our community that want to participate on our sports program.


    Our girls team is an example of the blend between our students and other girls from our community.


  • Abolition of the Army Day


    In 1948, Costa Rica abolished its army.  Today, our school commemorated this special event by singing, drawing, writing, playing, watching movies, and having some discussions about the meaning of living in peace.

  • Poetry Festival and Day of the Dead



    From October 26th to November 3rd, Costa Rica celebrated the XIII International Poetry Festival and our school community joining it by hosting one of the visiting poet.  Mr. Tarek Eltayeb, from Egypt, visited Monteverde and shared with our students, teachers, parents, and community members his poetry. This was combined with the cultural and colorful celebration of the “Día de los Muertos”, which was prepared by our students with strong support from Spanish and Social Studies program.


  • Monteverde Friends School seeks a Head of School to begin 1st of July 2015

    Surrounded by nature, supported by love, we work and grow in community that our lives may

    contribute to a more just, peacefilled and hopeful world

    Under the care of the Monteverde Friends Meeting, Monteverde Friends School is a pre‐K through 12th grade Quaker school in the cloud forest of Costa Rica. The school primarily serves local communities by educating children of families who value a Quaker education. Our small rural bilingual school welcomes diversity. We educate the whole person, nurturing each student’s spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative potential. We endeavor to transform the lives of young people, that they may seek truth with curiosity and awe, and care for and honor all people and the earth.

    We are bilingual Spanish‐English, with English predominant. Students from our school follow many life paths, and we seek to prepare each one as best we can for what follows, be that university‐level study in Costa Rica or abroad, or moving into internships and the work world. The school has approximately 112 students, mostly Costa Rican, in multi‐grade classrooms, and about 25 full‐ and part‐time staff.

    We seek an educational administrator who can promote a supportive learning atmosphere; foster a sense of

  • MFS Robotic Camp – 2014

    The Monteverde Friends School had it’s first day of a week long robotics camp and over 25 students attended.  During the first day the students learned to navigate the NXT programming environment on their laptops, build and program Mindstorm robots, and use sensors to navigate simple mazes and puzzles. Some students also programmed their robots to kick a small ball while other designed theirs to grab and maneuver several larger objects around the room.
    The week long camp is being run by Hannah and Rachael Tipperman twin 17 year old sisters from Philadelphia who developed Robot Springboard as an organization to help develop robotics programs in different communities.
    Robotic Camp 2014
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