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Work with Disabled Children

Help the teachers and assist during lessons, play with children and help organize activites.

The project

The institutions and schools for disabled children in Costa Rica are dedicated to children with physical and or emotional problems who do not attend regular school. These schools help children with a range of disabilites such as autism, hearing and vision problems or Down -Syndrome. Autism is a psychiatric disorder of childhood characterized by deficits in communication and social interaction, preoccupation with fantasy, language impairment, and abnormal behavior this can include excessive attachment and repetitive acts. Autism is usually associated with intellectual impairment. 

The schools lack profesional staff and equipment to help the children. This is why volunteer help is crucial for the schools to assist with care and teaching in the classes. 

There are no specific skills needed when dealing with disabilities in Costa Rica, however if you do have any skills which can assist the institutions they are very welcome. 

There are two schools where we place volunteers, these are attended by between 250 and 560 children from babies to teenagers as well as young adults between 18 to 21 years. 


Your work tasks 

On a day to day basis you will be expected to help teachers during classes by assisting the pupils, you will also be expected to prepare teaching materials for the classes. As English is becoming more and more important in Costa Rica you will be expected to teach the children English on a regular basis. You will also help with the operation of the schools, doing day to day tasks.

Here a little overview of the tasks that you might have to do:

  • Helping the teachers during classes
  • Teaching English
  • Preparing extra lesson
  • Organizing games and activities
  • Playing sports and games
  • Helping out with day to do operations
  • Providing caring attention to the children
  • Assisting the teachers
  • Help with feeding and washing the youngest children
  • Napping the small children
  • Supervise the children while they play, eat, sleep, or study

At work you will be surrounded by other volunteers and teachers who all strive for the same goal as helping children this creates a good safe atmosphere which is vital for the children.

Volunteers are also encouraged to be as creative as possible and bring a fun atmosphere to the schools.

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 08:30 - 15:30

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

Free-time activities

Being in the vibrant city of San Jose there are many activities to do in your spare time with regular concerts on and a range of sports to participate in, weekends are a good time to do hiking within Costa Rica


Included Services

What's included?
Translating documents | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Orientation session on arrival | Orientation kit | 24h-Emergency Number | Single room in Homestay | Half-board (2 meals/day) | Advise given on all travel | Airport-Pickup | Certificate of Participation | Application feee
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaría International

Airport pickup is provided and will drop you off with your host family


You will be living in a single room with a host family sharing a bathroom and living spaces which will allow you to indulge in the culture of Costa Rica it is also the perfect way to learn spanish. Living with a guest family will allow you to become part of the local society helping you experience this new culture.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Half board is provided by the guest family (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

Check out first

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.
What can you do in leisure-time in Costa Rica while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
San Jose , San Jose , Costa Rica

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