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Costa Rica Childcare Volunteers

4 - 12 settimane  ·  Età 18 - 50+

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Punti Salienti

  • 90% of volunteer are 18-22 years old
  • Work with children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Costa Rica
  • Plan fun activities daily and make a positive impact within the projects
  • Enjoy the local culture with afternoon visits to volcanoes & museums
  • One week foundation of Spanish language classes included

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Età 18+

Sul programma

Whether you wish to volunteer in a day-care centre or in a nursery, get ready to play games and sing songs with children and aid in their development.

It is hard to believe, but some individuals live on less than $1 a day! While education is free and mandatory over 280,000 children do not attend school because families depend on them to generate income. The government involvement in the country has heightened in the last decade, which has resulted ...

Sul programma

It is hard to believe, but some individuals live on less than $1 a day! While education is free and mandatory over 280,000 children do not attend school because families depend on them to generate income. The government involvement in the country has heightened in the last decade, which has resulted in children either orphaned, abandoned or forced out of their homes to be placed in Social Welfare Housing.


Much of the assistance for Social Welfare Housing stems from organisations or religious associations from the local area. The local church will raise funds and hosts events to provide activities and engagement for the children under the care of the governmental systems. The purpose of this is to establish an awareness within the community and engage the churches to give them a role and responsibility in the lives of these children. Activities for those in the system include self-awareness, women’s healthcare & puberty assistance, counselling, education assistance and more. Due to the interaction of the church there is a great influence of Christianity and volunteers will encounter this on a consistent basis.


The hope of these institutions is that the home is a bridge to gap the time from their original home to their new home. The foster care system is very strong in aiding to the needs of the children and helping them cope with the lifestyle they came from. In many cases children have been victims abuse. The children are provided with stimulating activities, education, nutrition, healthy home-environment, weekly evaluations with a psychologist and community engagement.


While this reality is hard to face, these housing facilities are a much better outcome than the life of child prostitution, drug abuse, gang violence and crime awaiting them on the streets. The mission of PMGY Costa Rica is to provide assistance for the care givers and offer companionship for the children within these settings. To ensure our volunteers are equipped the childcare programme will include 1 week of language classes to start your project!


On the other end of the spectrum, many parents whom can find work will start early in the morning and work well into the evening. Coronado has a series of nurseries for young children to attend where they are provided meals, education and a place to rest. Volunteers are especially needed in these locations as the ratio of caregivers to children is 1:25 at times. The children are very cute and full of energy so get ready for craft time, meals and lots of singing!

Can I use PMGY's programmes as part of a university placement?

It is certainly possible to use one of PMGY’s programmes as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. PMGY regularly receives medical, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects around the world and we have ties with some of the leading universities.


If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programmes could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please message us.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each programme has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our UK team undergo an extensive routine when establishing our in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.


The PMGY team have visited and participated in every programme we offer and verified them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up.

In emergency situations we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances.


When you join PMGY we will send you a Volunteer Handbook. This document addresses a range of issues such as health, safety, visa issues etc. Furthermore, our UK team are only ever a phone call away should you wish to discuss any aspect of your upcoming programme. When you arrive in-country, you’ll be given a comprehensive safety briefing during your orientation course by our local coordinators.

All our local teams are experienced development professionals who have years of experience in hosting international volunteers. They are our representatives on the ground and will assist you 24/7 throughout your stay. Whether you need to call home, travel at the weekend or require urgent assistance – they are there to support you.

Giornata tipica

The nursery is about a 30-minute walk from the accommodation, which takes you right through the centre of town! The project cares for up to 60 children from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday providing them meals, music & art activities, minor education in grammar and even cares for new-borns.


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Giornata tipica

The nursery is about a 30-minute walk from the accommodation, which takes you right through the centre of town! The project cares for up to 60 children from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday providing them meals, music & art activities, minor education in grammar and even cares for new-borns.


The teachers believe that no two students have exactly the same skill set or learning style. The classrooms are full of activity and learning time to cater to many different children and their learning styles. Volunteer interaction enhances this opportunity with small group activities or one-on-one learning. Teachers will utilise volunteers by preparing small lessons in areas such as colours, English alphabet, songs and active learning including games and crafts. Examples of crafts may be ‘Letter of the Week’ allowing with finger-painting, making paper-puppets to learn about animals, using objects to demonstrate basic English words. We ask that volunteer use their imagination and get involved in the lesson planning for the children!


You will also have the chance to work with babies as there are 5-10 at the project each day. The caregivers are always in need of assistance in areas such as cleaning, changing, feeding, soothing and playing. These little ones need a lot of love and attention to thrive and grow each day. Volunteers helping out in this area will be essential as 1 caregiver managing many infants can be very challenging and the extra pair of arms means one more person to sooth the little one and enhance their sensory interaction.


Volunteers will assist the teachers with activities, assist with meal time and nap time, play with the children and teach them English with songs and games. The teachers speak a great level of English so even those with no Spanish are able to easily integrate into this setting. Volunteers will join project from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm or in the afternoon from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Attività del tempo libero

PMGY volunteer in Costa Rica participants are based in Coronado. This is a very popular suburb of San Jose and home to nearly 60,000 residents! It’s a small tico town with a very typical way of life. The city is set at the foot of Braulio Carrillo National Park, a virtually untouched location ...

Attività del tempo libero

PMGY volunteer in Costa Rica participants are based in Coronado. This is a very popular suburb of San Jose and home to nearly 60,000 residents! It’s a small tico town with a very typical way of life. The city is set at the foot of Braulio Carrillo National Park, a virtually untouched location home to over 150 different species of animals. Coronado offers visitors an opportune ability to encounter both the city life and natural wonders of Costa Rica!

Coronado is famous for its neo-Gothic architecture. Right in the centre of the city lies the most beautiful cathedrals in Costa Rica, San Isidro de Coronado. Aside from the beauty of this location you can find yourself at a prime spot to take a boat tour through the rain forest, hike to the Locos por el Bosque cloudforest reserve, eat at Kaffa Café and visit the La Paz Waterfalls Gardens.

Our participants are situated in a great location to explore the local sites, from Coronado is located 10km from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Take off after your morning Spanish lessons to visit for a cappuccino or fresh juice at the local cafe, hope on a bus to the San Jose for a movie at the cinema or even join a tour to Irazú Volcano. Be sure to plan out your time volunteering so you don’t miss some of the best attractions in San Jose including the National Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, the up and coming Escalante neighbourhood with cool bars and restaurants and the Spirogyra Butterfly Garden.

This suburb offers an extremely diverse atmosphere, perfect for any traveller!



Età minima: 18 anni

Per partecipare al programma è necessario avere almeno 18 anni alla data di inizio del programma. Potrebbero esserci delle esenzioni se si è in grado di fornire il permesso del proprio tutore legale o se si è accompagnati dai propri genitori.

Competenze linguistiche

È necessario parlare di Inglese (livello intermedio) o Spagnolo (livello base)

Controllo dei precedenti penali


Restrizioni sulla nazionalità

Nessuna restrizione. Gli aiuti da tutto il mondo sono benvenuti.

Altre competenze

You should be physically fit, as volunteering overseas can be quite strenuous. If you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas then these must be declared to us. While the programmes only require you to speak a basic level of Spanish, we find that the ability to speak a good level of Spanish will greatly enhance your overall experience.

Impegno di tempo

Il vostro aiuto sarà richiesto lunedì, martedì, mercoledì, giovedì e venerdì da 09:00 - 14:00

Servizi inclusi

Servizi inclusi

Servizi per Plan My Gap Year

  • One Week of Spanish Lessons
  • Accommodation 
  • Airport Pick Up
  • In-Country Orientation
  • 24 Hour Support

Prelievo dall'aeroporto a Juan Santamaria International Airport

You should arrive into Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose (airport code SJO) on the Sunday. The airport pickup is available 24 hours. 

You will be met at the airport by a representative of the local team. The team will meet you at the exit area of the arrivals hall after customs and then drive you to the accommodation in Coronado. This journey takes around 45 minutes, depending on traffic. 


During your time with PMGY in Costa Rica you will live in our Volunteer House located in Coronado, a suburb of San Jose. You will find restaurants, convenience stores, cafés, pubs and ATMs all within walking distance. You’ll be living with other volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

The accommodation is comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has single or bunk beds with up to 3 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with cupboard space and bed linens. Bathrooms are shared, but have a hot shower and western style toilet. 

 The house has a communal area for volunteers to hang out. We encourage you to bring some small padlocks to store any valuables in your own bags, but there is a safe in each room for shared storage. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled in the kitchen. The Volunteer House has a laundry room on site to do all your own washing equipped with washers and dryers!

 Volunteers are a short walk from the centre of Coronado meaning that restaurants, supermarkets, cafes and projects are close by! The house is in a compound with 24-hour security and a digital keypad to open and close the front gates. This is to ensure that volunteers are safe. Meals are not provided so there are fully equipped kitchens to prepare all of your food within the house. This accommodation setup offers volunteers the unique experience of living with lots of other volunteers as well as an independent environment in this Latin American country.

 During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

Meals are not provided with PMGY Costa Rica, but there is a food truck that comes to the compound Monday-Friday packed with sandwiches, local meals, Caribbean dishes and yummy desserts. The food truck ensures that even if you aren’t the chef fellow volunteers may be, you can still eat well and feel full while learning Spanish or helping the kids at project! Meals are going to cost around $6 and if you like something specific you can even ask for them to bring it the next day.

Accesso a Internet

Buon accesso al sito del progetto

Cosa NON è incluso?

Cosa NON è incluso?

Cibo e Bevande

Cibo, snack o bevande sono a pagamento.

Biglietti aerei

L'aeroporto più vicino è Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) a San Jose. Vi aiutiamo a trovare voli economici per Costa Rica. TROVARE VOLI ECONOMICI

Assicurazione di viaggio

Andare all'estero è un'avventura ed è sempre meglio essere preparati. Malattia o infortunio improvviso, annullamento o furto: un'assicurazione di viaggio per Costa Rica offre sicurezza ed è un vantaggio da avere. OTTENERE UN PREZZO


Se avete intenzione di fare volontariato a Costa Rica dovete chiedere un parere medico prima di iniziare il vostro viaggio sociale. Controllare le vaccinazioni richieste per Costa Rica. CHECKER PER I VACCINI

Dettagli all'arrivo

This program starts on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month
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Tariffe del programma

4 settimane (soggiorno min.) 1.260€
6 settimane 1.667€
8 settimane 2.075€
10 settimane 2.482€
12 settimane (soggiorno max.) 2.890€
Tariffe medie 277€/settimana

Tariffe del programma

277€ tariffe settimanali 4 - 12 settimane Età 18 - 50+

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Pagamento Finale

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Plan My Gap Year

Eccellente 4.8 rating (854 recensioni)

Agenzia - fondata nel 2011

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Lingue parlate: Inglese

Sul progetto

Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK.

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Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK. We provide safe, affordable, need-driven volunteer programmes from 1 to 24 weeks in 11 countries worldwide.


Founded by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Year works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact on the world.

We work extremely hard to ensure that our opportunities are affordable for everyone who wants to make a difference. So fees are 100% transparent, something our volunteers really appreciate.

Plan My Gap Year structured programmes create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in our host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with us. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure our set up is safe and that our volunteers are making a positive impact.

There is also a great social element to our programmes. Plan My Gap Year puts you in touch with all your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way. Plus you’ll have plenty of opportunity to travel the country with your newfound travel buddies – it’s all part of the PMGY experience!

So if you’re thinking of doing something a bit different on your next trip abroad, then why not drop us a line and find out what extraordinary things you could be doing.


Our aim is to make our programmes accessible to motivated travellers irrespective of their financial capacity. Plan My Gap Year focuses on providing the core requirements of a volunteer programme: safety, structure and sustainability.

We are 100% transparent with our fees. That way you know exactly how much of your money goes towards the local community.

Compared to the large majority of volunteer organisations out there, even most charities and not-for-profits, PMGY’s opportunities are significantly cheaper. Furthermore, as our reviews will testify, our support service and structured programmes are second to none.


Your safety is our top priority. All of Plan My Gap Years' programmes have been personally inspected and vetted by the PMGY team – which is not an industry standard by any means. We carry out independent risk assessments on an annual basis and our local teams constantly review the safety precautions we implement. This includes regular staff and safety appraisals.

 Our local teams are made up of highly experienced volunteer coordinators. They have hosted international volunteers for many years and are prepared to react in the unlikely event of an emergency. Whatever the problem, big or small, our local teams are available around the clock.

As part of our commitment to your safety, we keep in constant communication with local embassies and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to ensure we can identify potentially dangerous situations and act upon them immediately. Our UK team are available 24/7 to assist volunteers and their families.


We support our volunteers every step of the way. Before you go we will provide you with a detailed Volunteer Handbook, which will guide you through how to prepare for your trip. This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides.

Our experienced UK team are always available to provide assistance. Plan My Gap Year is always available to answer our questions and support you in anyway we can. 

On arrival, a member of our in-country team will collect you from the airport and help you settle in. Your orientation course will teach you everything you need to know about the country, how to stay safe and what to expect from your upcoming volunteer experience. 

Our local team are on-call 24/7. Whether you’ve lost your passport or just want some help in planning a weekend trip, our friendly in-country coordinators provide that safety net to ensure you are well looked after.


Plan My Gap Years' responsibility is not limited to our travellers but also the projects we support. That is why all our volunteers must provide a Criminal Background Check before they travel.

It is essential that our projects are need-driven and sustainable. We work closely with our local partners to ensure that our volunteers are contributing to bring about long-term development.


We really know our programmes. Our UK team have stayed in the accommodation, volunteered at the projects and met the volunteers. We carefully assess each application we receive so that your personality and skills are suited to the project. Whatever your query, you can feel assured that you will be speaking to someone who can tell you exactly what to expect.


One of the best aspects of volunteering is meeting some amazing like-minded people. We place over 2,000 volunteers every year so wherever and whenever you go, you have the peace of mind in knowing you will be living and working alongside other PMGY volunteers. In many of our destinations, we run our own Volunteer House accommodation, which ensures all volunteers live together, and therefore guaranteeing a strong social element. In addition, our local team are always there to help you plan any independent travel or give you some tips for what to do at the weekend.

854 recensioni · rating4.8

Natalie Kotula rating4.8

2023 at Costa Rica Childcare Volunteers

The opportunities recommended and provided for us by Plan My Gap Year and Academia Tica was very nice. The staff cares about their volunteers overall experience in learning Spanish, program growth and ...
Jolie Fortuijn rating5

2023 at Costa Rica Childcare Volunteers

I had an overall great experience there. Accomodation and volunteering project were amazing. I made lots of friends and did super fun activities. I loved my time in Costa ...
Ella Carter rating5

2021 at Costa Rica Childcare Volunteers

Through plan my gap year, I managed to travel much of Costa Rica in April 2021. It was looking very unlikely that I was going to be able to get anywhere during this time because of covid-19, but thanks to the hard work of Philip he managed to organise an excellent volunteer programme out in San ...
I really enjoyed my trip to Costa Rica . The only thing I was a little confused with was my arrival . The first couple of days I was alone on the campus and no one talked to me or provided me with any information. Besides that I met a lot of amazing people and the volunteering was awesome. I loved ...
My experience with PMGY Costa Rica was superb. The PMGY team is awesome and they really knocked the ball out of the park with this one. I can’t wait to do it ...
Loes Welkenhuysen rating5

2021 at Costa Rica Childcare Volunteers

Had a wonderful experience with PMGY! After my volunteering trip to Cambodia was cancelled due to Covid, they offered me different options. I changed my destination to Costa Rica. They guided me through the process and always responded really quickly on my mails. They’re very helpful!! Shout out ...


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