This project focuses on helping children and youth who have either been abandoned, abused, or facing extreme adversity and personal risks. Many of these children are either living in the streets or in an orphanage. The idea behind this project is to facilitate a healthier environment and lifestyle for the youth. Volunteers will be working as a support system to care for, nurture, and play with the children. Volunteers will be offering love, compassion, and education. You will be working directly with the youth, the orphanage, and other institutions that aim to help these children lead a better life and reach their full potential.
We prefer volunteers with basic knowledge of Spanish but this is not a must. We also offer Spanish classes that you can take while volunteering. Volunteers must be at least 18 and we expect our volunteers to be flexible and patient as working with children can be little tricky at times. You should also have plenty of passion and drive to help the children.
You will assist the local staff to care for and support the children. You will be expected to teach children English or other subjects, help them out with homework, organize games and plays, keep the children tidy and clean, and keep their beds and rooms clean. If required, you might be asked to help with kitchen work and other orphanage chores. You can get involved in fundraising activities to help bring in funds to improve the infrastructure of the orphanage.
This project is located in a small town named Atenas that has about 5 thousand people living there. Atenas is approximately 41 kilometer from San Jose. There are many expats whom currently call this place home. The climate here is mild and stays around 70 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
The surrounding land is covered with various sugarcane plantations and coffee farms. The central plaza identities the town and is a gathering place for locals and tourists alike. Many locals go here to have coffee or enjoy some ice cream. Near the park there are a great many restaurants, shops, and cafes.
Within a short travel distance there are numerous nature preserves, beaches, and other such natural beauty for volunteers to experience.