South America Inside

Support a Public Kindergarten

San Jose, Costa Rica show on map
founded in 2003
Coordinator | Sergio
Coordinator | Sergio
Work in a public kindergarten in Costa Rica where you can take care of children and plan daily activities for them. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The Project

During this project, you can volunteer at a school that has between 50-150 children. The schools are split up into age groups, and older children have primary school subjects like English. 

In addition to being exposed to the Costa Rican culture, volunteers will also gain valuable experience that is attractive to future employers. This experience will help broaden your horizon and immerse you in a new way of life. 


Your Tasks

On your first day at the center, you will be welcomed in the Volunteer Center and receive a briefing of what you are expected to do during your stay. If you have any questions, there will be a volunteer representative onsite to help you. After your briefing, you will be escorted to the site and introduced to the project team. You are encouraged to volunteer all day so that you can build relationships and trust with the children, however, half-day volunteer positions paired with a Spanish course are also available.

Tasks in this project may include: 

  • Organizing and participating in games and activities
  • Helping with the daily operations of the institution
  • Improving the facilities
  • Providing care and attention to the children
  • Monitoring naps for smaller children
  • Supervising children during all activities 

Tasks with preschool children may include:

  • Teaching math and art
  • Helping the children learn very basic English skills
  • Preparing materials to help teach during lessons

Volunteers are encouraged to be as creative as possible and use their personal skills in any way they can to make a difference. Ideas and suggestions for new activities are always welcome, and can be discussed with the coordinator onsite. 

Free-time activities

As a volunteer in San José, you have many activities available to do in your free time, such as visiting museums and theatres or hiking on weekends. In addition, the city also offers a vibrant city life and has many restaurants and bars for you to enjoy. On day excursiones you can explore the amazing beaches and National Parks of Costa Rica.


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 (intermediate 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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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. Single room with local host family
  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

Our airport transportation service will pick you up at the airport and take you to your host family.


Living with a host family is a great way to experience a Costa Rican lifestyle and improve your Spanish skills. You will have your own room, but will share bathrooms and other living areas with the family. This type of accommodation is the most authentic way to experience the country’s rich culture first-hand.  

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Half-board is provided by the host family (breakfast and 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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