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Working With Children /Orphanages (San Jose)

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  • Project: Children at Risk or Orphaned Children
  • Room and Board: Host family & 3 times a day local food
  • Work Hours: 30-36 hours per week
  • Start Date: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month
  • Arrival and Departure: Juan Santa Maria International Airport, San Jose
  • Location: San Jose, Puntarenas, Guanacaste
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Project Summary

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.

Volunteer's Responsibilities

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.

Project Location

San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica and the nation's largest city is a cultural hub, whose diversity is an attraction to the beautiful country that Costa Rica is. The presence of numerous historically important buildings and mind blowing museums makes it even more special, along with the fine restaurants and old bars that have been there since decades. A lot of people, therefore, compare San Jose with San Francisco, with the cultural niche that it has established for its own.

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