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.

“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

Are We Worth Donating To?

“Among all the causes I support, is Monteverde Friends School truly the most in need?” Quakers ask the darndest questions, such as this one from my talk yesterday at Kalamazoo Friends Meeting in Michigan. In the spirit of honest, Quaker “plain...

Sundays in Monteverde

In a small, tight community like Monteverde, we make our own fun – just take this Sunday for example: 10:00 – Friends come early for half an hour of singing 10:30 – Meeting for worship, with two children’s groups splitting off.  The teen group...

Peace on Earth

December 1 is much more than the beginning of Christmas month (though we will be going to the annual Light Up parade, “Monteverde Brilla”, tonight) – it’s the day we celebrate perhaps THE pivotal moment in Costa Rican history.  68 years ago...