Social work internship at a day care center

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Coordinator | Angela
Coordinator | Angela
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Do meaningful volunteer work helping young children
Gain Spanish skills by living with local families (own room) and work with children
Become more passionate about other cultures, languages and countries
Get to know the typical tico lifestyle
Visit San Jose, on weekends discover the country like: Jaco, Arenal vulcano, caribbean coast, etc.
You love children? Help out at a day care center where you can give positive influence to children from low-income families and help in a great city community. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Your mission is to contribute to the child, promote education, ensure a proper physical, emotional, and social development, and assure the beneficiaries, tranquility and satisfaction.  This children’s center has kids between the ages of one month to 6 years. It emerged as a place where the children of working parents could have a place to be educated, have friends, and feel comfortable. Some of the children come from single parent families who would struggle without the help of the day care center.

Typically, the day care centers are filled with children in the surrounding areas from different backgrounds, ranging from low to middle class. What families are charged depends on household income.
The day care center is located in Santa Barbara de Heredia. It is a nice quiet place with a lovely park and people are very relaxed. With the bus you can get fast to Heredia center, to all bus stations in San Jose to get to the beach.

The following are some of the volunteer’s responsibilities:

  • Taking care of small babies and children
  • Helping with kitchen duties
  • Attending to children
  • Creating activities and entertaining the children with games and songs
  • Teaching Basic English, hygiene, and spiritual values

Typical day

Volunteers spend their time taking care of babies and toddlers, usually playing games and reading them books.  Also, volunteers will assist the staff as needed.  The volunteers will work Monday to Friday for at least 4 or 5 hours a day.  At times, the volunteer will work more or less hours, depending on coordinators needs. 

  • 7.00 am breakfast at your host family
  • 8.00 am starting volunteering duties
  • 1.00 pm end volunteer duties
  • afternoon off for activities :)

Free-time activities

During your time with us in Santa Barbara, you can go after your volunteer duties to swimming pools, visit the Heredia or San Jose downtown, go to some shoppings or visit the museums or just relax at the park of the town.
On weekends most our volunteers go to La Fortuna (vulcano) or beach like Jaco, Manuel Antonio, Tamarindo on pazific coast or to the caribbean coast like Puerto Viejo or Tortugero. There is a lot to visit in Costa Rica!
La Fortuna: hot springs, vulcano ziplining, hiking, beach towns like Jaco, surfing, water sports, swimming,...
Water Sports


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 (intermediate level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
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 07:30 - 14:30

What's Included

Services by Jamso Trainee
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Accommodation (host families)
  • Food & Meals (typical food)
  • 12/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

We do provide on any time a pick up from the airport to your host family. Please make sure, that you send us your flight details in time to organize your pick up.

You will stay with a host family who will provide you a single room. Groups and friends do a shared room.
By living in a tico family, you will make 100% culture and language experience. The ticos are very warm hard and friendly people. Our families are in walking distance to the progam or you can take the bus. We do place volunteers always close to each other, that you can make something together.
Guest Family Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

You will get 3 typical meals a day at your host family.

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.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Any day you like. We can arrange pick up on any day. Most volunteers do arrive on weekend to start on Monday their program.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$200 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Jamso Trainee will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 Jamso Trainee during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Social work internship at a day care center

You love children? Help out at a day care center where you can give positive influence to children from low-income families and help in a great city community.


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