Volunteering in an Orphanage & Children's Home in Costa Rica

Join uVolunteer’s Orphanage and Children’s Home Project to provide hands-on help with deserted and often mistreated youngsters in Costa Rica. We work with a number of small orphanages in San Ramon, where babies and children up to the age of 15 receive educational and emotional support, as well as a safe place to live. With your help, children receive support through this difficult time.

Volunteers look after children and organize their daily routines, providing much needed assistance at the homes where the child-to-staff ratio is high. You will teach English, lead educational activities and share your skills with the children.

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This project is only suitable for female volunteers, though males may apply as part of a couple. No formal qualifications are required to volunteer, but we are looking for creative, self-motivated individuals who enjoy working with toddlers and children.

Download the program brochure to learn more about becoming an orphanage and children’s home volunteer in Costa Rica.

Quick facts

  • Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
  • Location: San Ramon
  • Minimum Duration: 3 Week
  • Language Requirement: Intermediate Spanish
  • Airport Pick-up: Yes, for $75
  • Travel Insurance Not included
  • Suitable for Groups: No
  • Region: Alajuela
  • Project Site: Children’s Home
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Accommodation: Dorm  Home
  • Meals: 2 Meals Daily
  • Start Dates: Every Other Friday
  • Suitable for Families: No

Your role as a volunteer

As an orphanage and children’s home volunteer, you will work with disadvantaged children at small centers in San Ramon, providing emotional and educational support, teach English, lead creative play and activities, help out with homework and support staff with the general upkeep of the centers.

Tasks may include:

  • Engaging and interacting with the children
  • Feeding and looking after the babies
  • Helping out at mealtimes
  • Sharing your skills and interests with the children

Work schedule

Orphanage and Children’s Home Project volunteers work four days per week, from Monday to Thursday. You will spend approximately six hours per day working at your placement.

Journey to work

The orphanages that we work with are within a 30 minute bus ride from our volunteer dormitory.

Closed dates

The orphanage is open year around.

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Project Reviews & Testimonials

I was nervous about my first day of volunteering at an orphanage in a city called Palmares because I had to take a bus and really didn't know where I was going or what to expect.

However, a uVolunteer worker came along with me to show me which bus to take and where to get off and walked with me to the orphanage. He also stayed with me my entire first day to help me get comfortable.

Volunteering at different projects was definitely something I would recommend to couples.

It allowed us to work at something we felt connected with and yet still share a common experience. Derek appreciated the friendships he forged at the construction site and has a new appreciation for gloves and electric tools.

My four weeks volunteering in San Ramon has been memorable; the volunteer dorm was beyond amazing! I really appreciate uVolunteer for providing us such a nice environment to live in.

Hot showers, kitchen, movies, books, and clean house with comfortable beds and pillows were more than I could have expected! I truly enjoyed working in Hogarcito Palmares. Since the first day, I felt I was doing something important, which in my other volunteer programs, hasn't always been the case.

Prior to the volunteer trip to Costa rica, I was anxious, nervous, and having many doubts.

Thinking back, and now having completed the trip, I'm not sure why I worried so much. Prior to the volunteer trip to costa rica, i was anxious, nervous, and having many doubts. Thinking back, and now having completed the trip, I'm not sure why I worried so much.

I guess I will start out by saying that this has been an amazing experience and I have no regrets in doing it.

I knew I wanted to travel to Costa Rica but I've never traveled alone and couldn't convince any of my friends to do it. I found uVolunteer when researching programs online and liked this one because of the dorm option, the location, the price, and the fact that I could volunteer at an orphanage, something I have always wanted to do

Walking from the bus station to and from the orphanage involved walking up and down steep hills, which was extremely tiresome.

However, seeing the bright smiles on the children's faces made it all worthwhile. Also, many children from the orphanage would after leave after about a week or two to go live with a family. While we were happy that they were reuniting with their loved ones, it was very difficult to say goodbye.

This experience has been so memorable and uniquely changed me as an individual.

While working at La Granja I've realized that instinctually we are all the same. The children are perfectly content solely with love and that's something the founders, workers, and volunteers give in spades. I wouldn't change a thing about my volunteer vacation and I truly believe I'm a better person for having experienced this.

Living with 11 other people could be challenging, but there was always someone to talk to or go to a cafe or somewhere with.

It was really nice to be able to talk about your day with someone going through a similar experience.I have also spent a few weeks with a Costa Rican family which has been great. I wanted to experience how Costa Rican people live and I certainly have.

By far the highlight of my volunteering experience was teaching the evening adult English classes.

This is something I had previous experience of but volunteering here in Costa Rica was tremendously rewarding as the students were so keen to learn (obviously they weren't as excited about the Christmas holidays as the kids)!

A typical day as a volunteer included a variety of activities like drawing/coloring, reading, playing soccer or basketball, dancing, singing, etc.

They enjoyed dancing and playing soccer most of all. It was also a pleasure getting to know the tias. They are great role models for the kids. The tias always treat the kids with affection and nurture them.

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