Orphanage/Child Care Volunteer Program - Costa Rica

Location

Costa Rica: Guanacaste, Rural Areas, San Jose

Description

Poverty, abuse, and alcoholism have left many children in Costa Rica and Peru without families, depriving them of the parental love and care they need. Maximo Nivel's volunteer projects aspire to change these children's situation by providing caring and nurturing volunteers to work and play with them. The orphanages support and protect these children, but most are under-funded and need all the help they can get. Your assistance would help keep these children off the streets, and provide them with a happy and productive childhood.

Outside the relative protection of orphanages, hundreds of poor children live and sleep on the streets of Costa Rica and Peru. Street children projects focus on providing these children with shelter, food, and education. Various educational, recreational, and health projects are ongoing to support these unfortunate children.

Depending on individual skills and interests, volunteers act as mentors, help children with their homework, and teach English. However, your love and support are the most important elements for these disadvantaged children.

Highlights

Of all of the places on earth, Costa Rica is by far one of the most exotic. The country offers unparalleled natural beauty, active volcanoes, rainforests, and a wide range of national parks and eco-tourism. In addition, Costa Rica has over 1,000 miles of gorgeous white-and-black sand beaches, copious amounts of sunshine, world-class sport fishing, snorkeling and surfing!

Program Duration

1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 3-6 months (High School)

Typical Duration of Program

2-4 weeks

Dates

Programs begin every Monday

Qualifications

No special qualifications required - everybody can help out.

The volunteer experience is a commitment that includes a willingness to overcome challenges of various sorts. In cases where volunteers are experiencing difficulties, we strongly encourage creative and collaborative solutions. If you are put in an uncomfortable position, every effort will be made to accommodate you, but it is also important that volunteers remain flexible and understanding. Open-mindedness and patience will go a long way toward ensuring an enjoyable volunteer experience.

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

Please contact us for more information.

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Language instruction

Program Fees Include:

- Personalized volunteer placement based on your skills and interests.
- Safe, comfortable housing and three meals per day Monday - Sunday.
- An experienced English-speaking program manager who will provide orientation, supervision and guidance throughout your stay.
- 10 hours per week of intensive Spanish instruction.
- Unlimited free access to high-speed internet and modern computers plus office-wide WiFi access Monday - Sunday.
- Free Salsa lessons
- Monthly open-bar International Party
- A toll-free emergency hotline in the U.S.

Credit Available

yes

Experience Required

no

Volunteer Types

  • Childcare/children
  • Disability Issues
  • English Teaching
  • Handicapped
  • Nutrition
  • Orphans
  • Street Kids

Age Range

18 to 75 years old

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Group living
  • Home-stays
  • Apartment/Flat
  • Independent living
  • Other

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

1 day