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

The town of san Ramon is very interesting and a little bit of a culture shock at first, but nothing that you can't adjust to.

After only a few weeks it quickly became my home. I made friends with the locals and always had a great time going to Bocaditos for happy hour and eating Antonio's pizza. I truly hope to come back one day.

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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