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Brilliant 4.7rating (109)

Community Childcare Supporter

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4 - 50 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Brilliant 4.7  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Very high response rate

Volunteer project with the highest quality. This project sets unprecedented standards in quality - an unparalleled level of excellence.

Highlights

  • Gain insights into different childcare facilities.
  • Work with severely underprivileged children.
  • Gain Spanish practice by living with a host family and sharing daily life with locals.
  • Make memories you'll never forget during your time abroad.
  • Learn more about the Latin American ways, customs and habits.

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

About the program

Help and volunteer in a childcare project in Costa Rica. 🧸

Working with Kids projects take place in orphanages, community centers, day cares, and other forms of childcare facilities. All of our childcare projects work with severely underprivileged children and your work there is highly valued.

The children at these projects require a lot of care, attention, ...

About the program

Working with Kids projects take place in orphanages, community centers, day cares, and other forms of childcare facilities. All of our childcare projects work with severely underprivileged children and your work there is highly valued.

The children at these projects require a lot of care, attention, and most importantly companionship. Volunteers are encouraged to use their unique skills and interests when working with the children.

Volunteers at Working with Kids projects may be asked to:

  • Spend time and do activities with the children
  • Develop workshops on music, dance, jewelry making, aerobics, etc.
  • Plan games and/or arts & crafts.
  • Help the kids with their school work

Participants should expect their childcare project to feel disorganized, understaffed, and underfunded. In fact, this is why they need volunteers! The children are always happy to see volunteers and are very welcoming. Enthusiasm and creativity are truly needed and appreciated.

Volunteers are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators but they are not on site at the project every day.

The majority of our projects are located in and around San José. Travel time varies widely from project to project and volunteers should expect to spend 20-90 minutes traveling each way. The city bus system is generally the most effective and cheapest way to get to and from your project, though taxis are widely available and are still an option. For the first visit to the project, volunteers are taken by a Máximo Nivel representative using the local transport and given additional information about how to get to and from the project. Local bus rides are very affordable and a one way trip will rarely cost more than ₡350 (about $0.75). 



Typical day

Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but volunteers can expect to work 3-4 hours per day, Monday to Friday, either in the morning or in the afternoon depending on the project. 

Typical day

Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but volunteers can expect to work 3-4 hours per day, Monday to Friday, either in the morning or in the afternoon depending on the project. 


Free-time activities

Within San José, volunteers can take a city tour, see shows at the National Theatre, visit the central market, and go zip-lining. Our local staff also posts a monthly events calendar to let them know of the activities going on around MaximoOutside of San José, they can hike up volcanoes, go ...

Free-time activities

Within San José, volunteers can take a city tour, see shows at the National Theatre, visit the central market, and go zip-lining. Our local staff also posts a monthly events calendar to let them know of the activities going on around MaximoOutside of San José, they can hike up volcanoes, go whitewater rafting, and take a trip to the Pacific or Caribbean coasts. There are so many options and our staff is well-acquainted with the area to help advise on the must-see places. Tours and trips can also be easily booked through our on-site travel partner.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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 English (basic level)

Criminal Background Check

required

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

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Maximo Nivel

Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family accommodations (shared room with breakfast and dinner)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of volunteer service
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management
- Free Tandem Conversation Program
- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
- Free social activities
- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Airport pick up in San José is included. Volunteers find our representative outside the airport bringing a yellow flag with a smiley face on it.

Accommodation

Volunteers stay in a traditional family-stay where you they are placed with a pre-approved middle class Costa Rican family. Breakfast and dinner are included in their home stay. 

Food & Beverages

Volunteers have 2 meals included (breakfast and dinner) 7 days a week.

Internet Access

Limited access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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. GET A QUOTE

Vaccines

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. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

Every Monday, all year round.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

4 weeks (min. stay) 1,518€
5 weeks 1,698€
6 weeks 1,877€
7 weeks 2,056€
8 weeks 2,236€
9 weeks 2,415€
10 weeks 2,595€
11 weeks 2,774€
12 weeks 2,954€
13 weeks 3,133€
14 weeks 3,313€
15 weeks 3,492€
16 weeks 3,671€
17 weeks 3,851€
18 weeks 4,030€
19 weeks 4,210€
20 weeks 4,389€
21 weeks 4,569€
22 weeks 4,748€
23 weeks 4,928€
24 weeks 5,107€
25 weeks 5,286€
26 weeks 5,466€
27 weeks 5,645€
28 weeks 5,825€
29 weeks 6,004€
30 weeks 6,184€
31 weeks 6,363€
32 weeks 6,543€
33 weeks 6,722€
34 weeks 6,902€
35 weeks 7,081€
36 weeks 7,260€
37 weeks 7,440€
38 weeks 7,619€
39 weeks 7,799€
40 weeks 7,978€
41 weeks 8,158€
42 weeks 8,337€
43 weeks 8,517€
44 weeks 8,696€
45 weeks 8,876€
46 weeks 9,055€
47 weeks 9,234€
48 weeks 9,414€
49 weeks 9,593€
50 weeks (max. stay) 9,773€
Average fees 287€/week

Program fees

287€ per week 4 - 50 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

Visa Master Card Maestro American Express PayPal

NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

4 - 50 weeks

Deposit

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

Your final payment will be agreed with Maximo Nivel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Maximo Nivel

Brilliant 4.7 rating (109 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2003

Verified by Volunteer World

  Very high response rate

Coordinated by

Valy

Spoken languages: English, Spanish

About the project

Maximo Nivel offers Volunteer Abroad and International Internship programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.

Meet your organization

Who we are? 

Maximo Nivel is a family-owned organization that has been offering volunteer abroad programs since 2003. We are a locally-based organization in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru, where we also own and operate 4 intercultural centers in Antigua, Guatemala; Cusco, Peru; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; San José, Costa Rica.

What we do? 

We offer a wide range of work-study-travel programs, including Volunteer Abroad, International Internships, TEFL Certification, Gap Year, Spanish Immersion, Adventure & Culture, and more! 

Where we work? 

Maximo Nivel’s work-study-travel programs take place in Antigua, Guatemala; Cusco, Peru; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; and San José, Costa Rica. We also have off-site programs on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica and Guatemala and in the Amazon Jungle and Sacred Valley of Peru. 

Our mission/vision: 

Maximo Nivel is a professional, ethical, and hardworking organization that is completely dedicated to providing a great experience to every student, participant, client, faculty leader, and partner who joins us.

Our goals: 

  • Deliver high-quality, safe, affordable programs 
  • Provide the best Spanish language immersion in all of Latin America 
  • Improve impact at every volunteer project site where we work 
  • Train and certify world-class ESL teachers 
  • Organize excellent internships and other opportunities for international work experience 
  • Help people experience the world through education, adventure, and cultural travel.

Who are we looking for? 

Adventurous people who are passionate about travel, culture, languages, and helping others.

Why choose us? 

Maximo Nivel's program fees are affordable and transparent. We pride ourselves on providing great client service!

109 reviews · rating4.7

Kathleen Nordstrom rating5

2023 at Community Childcare Supporter

I would recommend Máximo Nivel a million times over. The warm, engaging staff and volunteer/student community make you feel welcome from the moment you step in the door, and I met several lifelong friends. There are lots of opportunities to explore, including around the city and the country as a ...
Jimena Gonzalez Rodriguez rating5

2018 at Community Childcare Supporter

Volunteering with Maximo Nivel has been an amazing experience I will never forget. I really enjoyed being a part of this community effort. I am grateful for my host family and the team at Maximo Nivel who made this experience that much more memorable, and I look forward to volunteering with this ...
Angela Andrade rating4.6

2018 at Community Childcare Supporter

I had a great time in Costa Rica thanks to Maximo Nivel! They had amazing host accommodations that made you feel like part of the family. The Spanish classes were extremely informative, engaging and lots of fun. I have learned more Spanish than I could have ever imagined in my time here. I look ...
Evelyn Guadalupe Salomon Guzman rating5

2018 at Community Childcare Supporter

The kids we worked with were very well behaved and a blast to play with. The instructors were very responsible and helped suggest and arrange activities for us outside the volunteering. Our group also wanted to do more volunteering so they arranged other activities in the afternoons. Great ...
Andrea Martinez rating5

2018 at Community Childcare Supporter

Loved it: Volunteering with Maximo Nivel made my experience in Costa Rica so much more meaningful. Having the opportunity to give my time and energy to these kids was a great way to feel like a part of the community. I am grateful to the kind staff who made this experience go so smoothly and know ...
Barbara Boughton rating5

2018 at Community Childcare Supporter

Absolutely loved the time spent helping children through Maximo Nivel. Learned a lot about helping children and our host family was so welcoming and helpful. Glad I got to experience and learn about the culture here in Costa Rica. The extra excursions Maximo helped set up for our time here not ...

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