South America Inside

Help in Childcare

San Jose, Costa Rica show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Help take care of children in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Organize games and activities for the children and make them smile! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

During this project, you will help look after children that come from unstable environments. Some of the children suffer from physical and psychological abuse. You will volunteer in orphanages, which give the children a temporary place to live while their parents undergo counseling or treatment. If the home environment does not improve, the children will be moved with the hopes for an adoption. 

The orphanage provides a home-like atmosphere for the children where they also get psychological and health assistance from professional doctors, nurses, and therapists. By volunteering at these homes, you are helping children heal who have suffered tragedies in their lives or neglect from their parents. These homes are either run by the government or privately through sponsors and are severely underfunded. Volunteers are vital when helping the children.

Most of the children live in groups with 10-20 children that are between the ages of 1 and 9. There are also women that live in the house and provide round-the-clock care. Some volunteers may also be placed in a transitional home. These homes are run by the government and offer a place for the children to stay as the orphanages decide whether the child will return to his family or join a new family through adoption. The children in these homes range from 0-13 years old, and the orphanages have a capacity for 120 minors. 

As a volunteer that works with children, there can be a lot of unforeseen situations that arise. You should be spontaneous, tolerant, and creative when carrying out your daily tasks. Keep in mind that you will be a role model for these children, so please take your responsibilities seriously.

Your Tasks 

Your daily tasks revolve around the needs of the children. You might:

  • Organize games and activities
  • Play sports and games
  • Help with crafts
  • Play group games or with single children
  • Help with chores
  • Provide warm and caring attention to the children
  • Help feed and wash children
  • Assist with laying the small children down for naps
  • Monitor and supervise the children

Volunteers should create a warm atmosphere for the children and are free to bring any of their own skills and ideas that could help the children. 

Free-time activities

In your spare time, San José has many different activities, such as a wide range of sports and regular music concerts. On weekends, day trips to the national parks and amazing nature close-by are very popular. Costa Rica is a paradise for lovers for the outdoors, you can practice many different type of sports. A must do are the wonderful beaches on the Caribbean Coast as well as Pacific Coast. 

Water Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Education Requirements
at High school level
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by South America Inside.

Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
South America Inside (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by South America Inside

  1. Homestay, Single Room
  2. Half-board (breakfast, dinner)
  3. Airport pick-up

  4. Consultation from our experienced staff
  5. Translation of application profile
  6. Volunteer work placement
  7. Advice regarding travel insurance
  8. Advice on local travels
  9. Orientation session upon arrival
  10. Orientation kit
  11. Country handbook
  12. Local support
  13. 24/7 Emergency Number
  14. Certificate of Participation

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

You will be picked-up at the airport with destination you host family in San José.


As a volunteer, you will live in a single room with a local host family. This allows you to live like the locals and meet get to know the culture. It's also wonderful way to improve your Spanish skills.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Half-board is included (breakfast, dinner).

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,160
5 weeks
$ 1,335
6 weeks
$ 1,510
7 weeks
$ 1,685
8 weeks
$ 1,860
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,660
Average fees
$ 242 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in San Jose/Costa Rica between 4 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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