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Childcare Support Helper

Organize games and activities for the children, Play games, supervise the children during the day

The project

Many of the children you will look after are from unstable enviroments and may also suffer from physical and psychological abuse. The orphanages give the children a temporary place to live while the parents undergo counseling or treatment. If the home enviroment does not improve, the children will be moved with the hopes for a adoption. 

The orphanage provides a home-like atmosphere for the children where they also get pychological and health assistance from professional doctors, nurses and therapists. By volunteering at these homes you are a help children who have suffered tragedy in their lives or being neglected by there parents. These homes are either run by the government or privately  through sponsors, these homes are severely under funded and volunteers are key to helping the children.

Most of the children live in groups of 10 to 20 children all aged between 1 and 9 in houses which are run by women who live there giving round the clock care. Some volunteers may also be placed at a transitional home. These are homes run by the governemnt whilst they decide if the child will return to his family or look for an adoption. The children in these homes range from 0 to 13 years and the orphanages have a capacity of 120 minors. 

If you work with children, there can be a lot of unforeseen situations and as a volunteer you should be spontaneous, tolerant and creative when employing your daily tasks. Keep in mind that you will act as an example for these children so please be aware of this responsibility.


Your work

Your tasks are concentrated on the needs of the children. You might:

  • Organizing games and activities
  • Playing sports and games
  • Help in the creation of handcrafts
  • Play group games or with single children
  • Help out with chores
  • Providing a warm and caring attention to the children
  • Help to feed and wash children
  • Assist in napping the small children 
  • Monitor and supervise the children

Volunteers should create a warming atmosphere for the children and can bring any of their own skills and ideas.

Suitable for


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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at High school level
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

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Contact Project Manager

Free-time activities

In your spare time San Jose has lots of different activites such as a wide range of sports, they also host regular music concerts. On weekends hiking is very popular.

Contact & Reservation
4 - 25
4 - 25
Airport Pickup

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Services by South America Inside

Consulation from staff and help with translating documents | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | 24h-Emergency Number | Single room in Home stay | Half-board (breakfast and dinner) | Airport pick-up | Help obtaining travel and insurance | Certificate of participation | Applcation fee

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaría International

Yes, we provide an airport pick-up service which will take you to your host family


Living in a single room as a guest with a host family you will be sharing living areas and bathrooms with them. It will allow you to become a member of the local society meeting lots of new people. It's a great way to improve your spanish skills and indulge in the culture of Costa Rica.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Yes, half board is included (breakfast and dinner)

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
11 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in San Jose/Costa Rica between 4 weeks and 25 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.
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.

Get ready to volunteer in Costa Rica

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Costa Rica. Please check the visa regulations for Costa Rica.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Costa Rica and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Costa Rica.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Juan Santamaría International (SJO) in San José. 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.
Vaccine Checker
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.
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