About Childcare and Orphanage Assistance in Costa Rica
World Endeavors’ Childcare and Orphanage Assistance volunteer program helps Costa Rican children to overcome challenges and build a positive future. This project aids children who have lost their parents, children who live with their families but need additional help or care, or underprivileged children who spend their days in daycare centers. Volunteers teach lessons in English and life skills, giving the children an advantage in school and in later life, and they also engage the children in health education, games, art, and other activities. Assisting with childcare is a powerful way to make a difference for Costa Rican children and the adults who work with them, and to support them in building a stronger, more stable future.
A Typical Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Costa Rica
World Endeavors volunteers inCosta Ricacan expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. The sample schedule below represents a typical day for a volunteer inCosta Rica. Keep in mind that when volunteering abroad, a typical day can be anything but typical!
8:00 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast with your host family. Breakfast in Costa Rica often consists of gallo pinto (rice and black beans), eggs, fried plantains, and fresh fruit juice or locally-grown coffee.
8:45 am – 9:00 am: Travel by public bus or walk to your volunteer placement.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
12:00 pm– 12:30 pm: Head home for lunch with your host family or eat lunch at your project site. Lunch is the main meal in Costa Rica. A typical lunch is a casado (rice, beans, meat, tortillas, and a salad).
1:00- 3:30 pm: Work at volunteer placement
3:30 pm: Walk or ride the public bus to Spanish class.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Spanish class.
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Free time to explore the city, take a stroll through the central park, browse the vendors’ stands at the market, get some ice cream, go to the internet café, or swim in the local public swimming pool.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner with your host family. Dinners in Atenas often include gallo pinto, meat, vegetables, and tropical fruit. Dinner is usually a smaller affair than lunch.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Relax at home, watch a movie and practice Spanish with your host family, prepare for tomorrow’s volunteering, or plan a weekend trip to go swimming along the Pacific or Caribbean coast, hiking in the rainforest, visiting one of the numerous volcanoes, or white water rafting and zip-lining.
Project and class schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the details of your placement.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, though exceptions to this age requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Costa Rican culture.
Working at the orphanage was a life-changing experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better volunteer placement.
-Jennifer, Childcare and Orphanage Assistance Volunteer in Costa Rica
Miya volunteered abroad in Costa Rica with World Endeavors assisting at an orphanage and teaching English at a school.