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Work in a Day Care Center

Working with children, organizing a number of games and activities, playing with children, helping with general jobs

The project

In Costa Rica low income families are very frequent, which means both parents have to work full time in order to provide for the family. The day care centers where you will work as a volunteer allow parents to work and give a home like atmosphere for there children to spend their days. These centres provide a home like atmosphere for many children in surrounding areas from different backgrounds from poverty to middle class, with charges varying on household income. The childrens ages vary from 6 months old to 12 years of age. 

This program keeps kids away from the streets clear of drugs, gangs, alcohol and prostitution, providing the children with care, education, snacks and meals. The centres specialize in certain topics such as nutrition and education. 

The day care centres are situated in and around San Jose, the capital. The centres can be reached by bus or walking distance in some cases. They vary on size from very small groups to a group with over 100, these groups are split up into age groups and personal development groups according to their needs. 

The children are provided with classes to help with their education while also doing recreational activities and meals. Some specialized centres offer psychology sessions.


Your work 

When working with these children you will be seen as a role model for these children to follow which is a big responsibility, so you should be very creative, spontaneous and tolerant on a day to day basis.  

Your work may include the following tasks:

  • Organizing games and activities
  • Playing with the children outdoors
  • Do handcrafts, paint, build, create
  • Play group games or with single children
  • Helping out with the operation of the centers
  • Providing a warm and caring attention to the children
  • Help to feed and wash younger children
  • Assist in napping the small children
  • Monitor and supervise the children 

On a day to day basis you will be expected to organize and play games with the children, while also being creative by building and creating various objects with the children. You will also be expected to help with the day to day operations this could be painting a new wall or washing and feeding small children. 

Working with children means volunteers are encouraged to be very creative within their roles and bring any of there own skills to work with the children as well as new ideas which can help create a fun enviroment. 

In some centers, especially for pre-school children, tasks can include teaching arts and crafts as well as other classes such as English. While you may also be asked to prepare materials for lessons.

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) and English (basic level)
Health Declaration
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.

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Free-time activities

Living in San Jose means there are many activities to do such as sports like swimming and football, there are also regular music concerts. There is a vibrant city life with many restaurants and bars to try around the city.

Contact & Reservation
4 - 25
4 - 25
Airport Pickup

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Services by South America Inside
Consulation of our experienced staff | Help with translating documents | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | 24h-Emergency Number | Single room in Homestay | Half-board (breakfast, dinner) | Airport pick-up | Certificate of participation | Application fee
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaría International

Yes our service will pick you up from the airport and take you to the host families address


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

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Half board is provided by the host family which includes 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
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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