Volunteer Work, Child Care, Education / Teaching, Health
flexible start and end dates, year round, except during the school holidays from December to the end of February, the first two weeks of July as well as the Easter week.
Schools and social institutions for disabled children are dedicated to attending children with physical and/or emotional problems who can’t attend a regular school. Some of the children are only slightly impaired, while others have severe disabilities.
At the special schools where our volunteers help in Costa Rica, there are mainly autistic children, children with hearing difficulties, children with learning disorders and children with Down Syndrome.
Austism is a developmental disorder, which is characterized, among other things, by certain deficits in communication skills and social interaction. Features of autism include absent-mindedness, language difficulties, and atypical behavior, such as performing repetitive activities or being excessively focused on a particular object.
Autism is also often accompanied by intellectual impairment.
The facilities where our volunteers work are non-profit organizations. They often lack professional staff and sufficient financial means to be able to work properly. Volunteers, especially those with previous therapeutic training, are urgently needed to help care for the children and to support the teachers during the lessons.
Volunteers in Costa Rica do not need to have special skills or a professional background in dealing with disabilities. However, if you have knowledge in child education, special needs education, or therapy, your experience is very welcome. The institutions where we place volunteers care for between 250 and 560 children that range from babies to teenagers. There are also groups for young adults between the ages of 18-21.
Volunteers in Costa Rica are also encouraged to be creative and bring their own personal ideas to work with the children.
This volunteer work project in Costa Rica may include the following tasks and responsibilities:
- Helping the teachers during the regular classes
- Teaching languages, especially English
- Preparing extra materials for the lessons
- Organizing games and recreational activities
- Playing sports and outdoor games
- Helping out with light chores necessary for the day-to-day operation of the schools
- Providing warm and caring attention to the children
- Assisting the teachers and educators with different tasks
- Helping the educators with feeding and washing the very young children
- Assisting with putting the small children down for naps and monitoring the children while they play, eat, sleep, or study
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
An important aspect of our volunteer work programs in Costa Rica is a nice and safe living environment.
Our programs aim to give volunteers the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in the Costa Rican culture so that they get the most out of their stay in this amazing country.
We believe that you only get to know a country when you are part of the society and experience the country off the beaten path. This is why we place our volunteers in Costa Rican homestays. You will have a single room available for you, and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) are included. Bathrooms are usually shared. The common areas of the house can be used as well. Living in a local family is also a great way to practice your Spanish, and you will improve it every day.
Costa Rica's capital San José located in the heart of this small country. From there, you can reach all of Costa Rica’s attractions in a few hours, some natural beauties like the Irazu volcano and several national parks are even right at the doorstep!
With around 340,000 inhabitants, San José itself is not very large, but due to its role as the capital and its central location, it is the country's economic, political and cultural center. The inhabitants call themselves "Josefinos" and most are descendants of Italian or Spanish immigrants. These influences are reflected in the architecture and cityscape, which seem very Mediterranean.
San José is a pretty town with attractive theaters, museums, art galleries, cultural events – and not at last a lively nightlife. Colorful markets invite you to stroll and shop and on nice places you can relax and watch the hustle and bustle.
As in all of Costa Rica, there are hardly any "real" addresses in the capital - street signs are usually not found, just like house numbers. Addresses are rather descriptions, like: Name of the district, if available, 200m south of the red church, the house with the green door. Or: Fourth house next to the gas station behind the supermarket. Sounds adventurous? But it works!
Spanish at communication level. For optimal preparation for your volunteer work in Costa Rica, we advise you to take a Spanish course before the program starts. This gives you the opportunity to slowly get used to the language, culture and mentality.
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team is at your disposal to support you during the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will get our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us around the clock in an emergency, 7 days a week.
In addition to the support from our office, you will be supported by our partner organization on site. Our volunteers have access to our so-called volunteer center. There you will always find a contact person and can surf the Internet for free, take part in cultural activities such as dance and cooking lessons and Spanish conversation workshops.
In the Volunteer Center, the volunteers receive all the information they need about their project and working hours. Our local volunteer coordinators will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
On the first day of volunteering, the volunteers are welcomed in the Volunteer Center and get further program information. They will then be accompanied to their volunteer position and introduced to the project team there.
Costs & Services
Our volunteer project in Costa Rica at a school for disabled people includes:
- Single room in Homestay
- Half board
- Airport pick-up in San José
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Volunteer Work Placement in Costa Rica
- English-speaking in-country support
- Welcome meeting
- Escort to the volunteer project on the first day
- Handbook Costa Rica
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information about suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Application fee: US$ 120
Program fee: US$ 650 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 180
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