Volunteering in Day Care in Costa Rica

As a daycare center volunteer, you will work with babies and children aged up to six years at a local government-sponsored facility in San Ramon. These facilities are subsidized for low-income families, providing educational, supportive and safe settings where children can receive care while their parents are at work.

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Provide hands-on help by teaching little ones numeracy and literacy skills, helping them learn basic English and enriching their lives as a positive role model. Volunteers assist teachers with lessons and help prepare teaching materials, as well as organize art and craft sessions and plan fun activities.

You are welcome to share any special skills you have that could contribute to the children’s development.

Download our program brochure to find out more about joining the Daycare Center Project in Costa Rica.

Quick facts

  • Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
  • Location: San Ramon
  • Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Language Requirement: Int. Spanish
  • Airport Pick-up: Yes, for $75
  • Travel Insurance Not included
  • Suitable for Groups: No
  • Region: Alajuela
  • Project Site: Day Care Center
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Accommodation: Dorm Home
  • Meals: 2 Meals Daily
  • Start Dates: Every Other Friday
  • Suitable for Families: Yes

Your role as a volunteer

Daycare center volunteers have a varied role that includes assisting teachers in the classroom, preparing educational materials, leading English practice and organizing arts and craft activities. You will also assist with reading, writing and math, supervise mealtimes and recess and provide general care for babies and children up to six years of age.

Work schedule

Daycare center volunteers work four days per week, from Monday to Thursday. You’ll spend approximately six hours per day working at your placement.

Journey to work

The daycare centers are within 30 minutes walk from our volunteer dormitory.

Closed dates

The daycare center project is closed from the second week of December until the second week of January and for one week preceding Easter Sunday. There is also a mid-term break during the first two weeks of July.

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Project Reviews & Testimonials

I was there with another volunteer from Finland and we had an absolute ball.

Every day from 2 till 5 we would play with between 3 and 10 kids, doing lots of coloring, skipping, and football. I had very basic Spanish and often couldn't understand the kids, but they were very responsive to my enthusiasm.

Costa Rica Information Brochure

If you are interested in joining the program in Costa Rica, you should download and read our destination guide.

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