Childcare Center Volunteering

The Childcare Program

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Costa Rica has reopened to international arrivals from specified locations. For up to date details contact your nearest Costa Rican embassy.

The mission of this program is to contribute to the children of Costa Rica, to promote education and to ensure their proper physical, emotional and social development. The early childhood centres on this program provide care and education for local children, aged 3 to 6 years and provide a place where the children of working-class parents can be educated, make friends and feel comfortable. Some of the children also come from single parent families who would struggle without the help and assistance provided by these daycare facilities. The children attending these projects require a lot of care, attention and most importantly, companionship. Costa Rica volunteers spend their time caring for the children, helping with their schoolwork, playing games and arranging fun activities during leisure time, like sports or art. Attention and companionship is what the children in these projects need the most, and the attendance of international volunteers is always a highlight for them.

Goals of this Project:

  • Assist in the provision of childcare to vulnerable children in Playa Jaco 
  • Improve the future prospects of Costa Rican children
  • Allow impoverished families to place their children in childcare programs in order that they may earn a much needed income 
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits local staff, children and international volunteers alike.

How You Can Help

Volunteers play an essential role in helping families in Costa Rica through this program. Participants will spend their time taking care of children and assist the local staff as needed. Volunteers will work Monday to Friday for at least 4 to 6 hours per day.

Volunteers spend their time assisting the local teacher with daily activities, and will spend time teaching and playing with the children. They will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Helping to teach children
  • Attending to and interacting with the children
  • Creating activities and entertaining the children with games and songs
  • Teaching basic English, hygiene, and spiritual values
  • Help with kitchen and other duties where required

Requirements

17yo+

Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to assist in the ongoing support and development of marginalized and at-risk children of Costa Rica. This highly interactive and varied project does not require participants to have a background in the field of childcare, as there are many ways you can assist. However, volunteers with suitable education, qualifications or experience are highly sought after. Regardless, a volunteer’s individual role can often be tailored to suit their particular skills and interests. Volunteers on this project will need an understanding of Spanish in order to communicate effectively. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!

What about Vaccinations?

Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:

  • Emergency contact
  • Police check

Find out how to obtain a police check here

Project Location

Costa Rica, Playa Jaco

This hugely beneficial program is dedicated to helping the children of Jaco Beach (Playa Jaco), a small town beside a beautiful beach on Costa Rica’s south Pacific coast, set near lush green rain forest and mountains with an active tourism market and buzzing night life scene. Jaco Beach is one of Costa Rica’s top surfing hot spots and the town, with its bustling main street of shops and cafes, has a vibrant, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. This is a truly wonderful place to volunteer and give back to the local community!

Start Dates & Duration

Minimum 1 week

This project is available year-round and programs start every SATURDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.

Arrival & Orientation

Breakfast / Lunch , Airport Pickup Included

Upon your arrival in San Jose you will be collected at the airport and taken to host family accommodation in Santa Barbara de Heredia, 40mins north of San Jose, where you will stay Saturday night.

On Sunday a brief welcome orientation will be provided to help you settle in and ask any last minute questions. The local team will arrange your transfer to Jaco by public bus on Sunday afternoon.  A representative from the local project team will meet you on arrival in Jaco and take you to the accommodations to settle in.

On Monday morning, you will be taken to your project site and introduced to the project leader who will provide specific information about your role. 

  • Program Arrival Day: SATURDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica (Code: SJO)

Accommodation & Meals

Volunteer House / Meals Included

Volunteers on this amazing program will primarily be housed in comfortable and relaxed volunteer lodgings to the south of bustling Jaco township, a short ride from the beach, shops and restaurants.

Rooms are shared by up to 4 volunteers, depending on the time of year and number of volunteers onsite.  The rooms each have their own bathroom and are equipped with cable TV, coffee machine and fridge.  There is even a pool, air-conditioning and wifi! A great base from which to volunteer and explore.

Pool Jaco Dining area Jaco

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom JacoBathroom Jaco

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers are provided with breakfast and lunch each day throughout the placement. Dinner can either be delivered or eaten out at one of the local cafes or restaurants where you can try cheap and tasty local food. Easy!

During busy periods and for those who prefer home-stay options are also available. 

Discounted program fees apply to those arranging their own accommodation. For more details see Additional Info section below.

Fees

From USD 319
Program fee:
Different currency?
USD 319

That’s just USD 46 per day* for:

  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation (as specified above)
  • Food & Meals (as specified above)
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision

*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.

Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).

Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.

Additional Info

Prefer to stay with a Host Family?

For those volunteers who prefer to be more immersed in the local culture, staying with one of our wonderful local host families in Jaco is an excellent way to 'live like the locals do' and get first hand experience of local culture and customs. 

If you would like to upgrade to Host Family accommodation, simply let us know!

Arranging your own accommodation?  

The program fee is discounted for those arranging their own accommodation. Get in touch and we'll advise the adjusted cost for your duration.