Support a Pre-School for Low-Income Families

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Experience the "tica" way of life, how the Costa Ricans call themselves
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Grow as a person while improving your intercultural skills
Improve your Spanish skills by practicing on a daily basis
Visit amazing places throughout a country that is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and beaches
Take care of cute Costa Rican kids at a public kindergarten in Costa Rica. Give back to society while immersing into local culture and improving your Spanish! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Children from 1 ½ to 5 years are cared for in the public kindergartens and day-care centers where our volunteers help in Costa Rica. Depending on the institution, the number of children varies between 50 and 150 children. The groups are usually divided according to the age of the children. The older children are in transition to elementary school and are taught in pre-school classes, even in subjects such as art and English.

Our volunteer programs enable you to show social commitment abroad. The aim of our projects is to enable the volunteers to experience the Costa Rican culture up close. From years of experience, we know that volunteering abroad enhances one's personal horizons and provides a decent portion of life experience.

In an increasingly globalized world, knowledge of Spanish is extremely important and gives you a huge advantage over others in the job market. And nowhere else does one learn the language better than in the country where it is spoken.

Furthermore, our volunteer work projects in Costa Rica have an optimal on-site support. Our volunteers have access to our so-called Volunteer Center. There you will always find a contact person and can surf the Internet for free, make local calls, or participate in cultural activities such as dance and cooking classes or even Spanish converstations workshops.

On the first day of volunteering, the volunteers will be welcomed to the Volunteer Center for an orientation session. Afterwards, they will be escorted to their volunteer work places and introduced to the project team.


Typical day

Volunteers do not have to have prior knowledge or work experience with children, but they should be able to work independently and on their own responsibility. Working with children often involves unforeseen situations and as a volunteer, you are expected to be spontaneous, tolerant and creative in your work. Always lead the children as a good example and always be aware of your role model function.

Among the responsabilities are:

• Playing games and doing recreational activities
• Organizing sports and outdoor games
• Maintenance of the facilities
• Giving attention and care
• Helping the educators to feed and wash the very young children
• Sleeping the little ones in the afternoon
• Supervise the children as they play, eat and sleep

It is also appreciated when the volunteers bring their own skills and experience to work. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome and can be discussed with the supervisor on site.

In some kindergartens, especially in pre-school classes, the following tasks may be added:

• Teaching of art, music, simple math
• Teaching basic English skills
• Preparing additional materials for teaching

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

Being in the vibrant city of San Jose, there are many activities to do in your spare time. There are regular concerts, and a wide range of sports to participate in. Weekends are the perfect time to enjoy an exciting hike through Costa Rican nature since the main attractions of Costa Rica is its system of national parks and protected areas, which cover around 25% of the national territory, in order to protect the rich variety of flora and fauna, which is estimated to contain 5% of the world's biodiversity in less than 0.1% of the planet's land mass. In addition, Costa Rica has countless amazing beaches on both the Pacific and the Caribbean Ocean. 

Costa Rica is the perfect place to combine volunteer work with tourism, enjoy activities like:
- Adventure sport
- Dream beaches
- Ecotourism
- Local culture
- Bird / wildlife watching
- Visits to unique National Parks
- Rural tourism
- Sightseeing and history in San José



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
CV, Copy of Passport and Criminal Record 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

What's Included

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.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year (expect between December to March). The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

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
8 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$286 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside 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 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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Support a Pre-School for Low-Income Families

Take care of cute Costa Rican kids at a public kindergarten in Costa Rica. Give back to society while immersing into local culture and improving your Spanish!


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