What is the Costa Rica Spring Break Volunteering Week all about?
Want to do something amazing with your Spring Break this year? Join us in San Jose for a week of community volunteering helping abandoned and underprivileged children in the city’s children’s homes, community and day care centres. The children’s homes care for children who have been abandoned or removed from their families by the government for their safety. The children’s progress is monitored and attempts are made to find families for the children where possible. Community centres provide assistance to poor families, running various community initiatives including daycare for their young children, support with learning, a feeding programme and housing for teenage orphans. Spend your Spring Break this year helping others while improving your Spanish language skills.
Spring Break in Costa Rica will give you the opportunity to discover some of the amazing things that attract tourists to this amazing country. You will be exposed to cultural activities such as a cooking class and Spanish lessons as well as exploring some of the amazing sights and having lots of fun – the choice is yours! So whether it is exploring the cloud forest, relaxing in the hot springs or white water rafting, bring your enthusiasm and positive attitude to support local families, and give something back during your time in Costa Rica this Spring Break!
Why choose this Costa Rica Spring Break Volunteering Week project?
During Spring Break, when the weather in Costa Rica is at its best, with the warm, dry conditions, the children like to play outdoors more and the staff at the centres need help organising more activities and recreation to entertain the children outside. Having extra pairs of hands helps the local staff, as they are already busy taking care of the day to day needs of the children. What better way to spend your Spring Break than getting involved with meaningful community work while exposing yourself to a new culture, language and country!
Role of the Teaching & Community Volunteer
Volunteers for Spring Break will be able to help staff to entertain the children by playing games, running activities and supporting the local staff. If you have specific skills or experience please let us know. Volunteers will be asked to think about how they would like to spend their week before they arrive in Costa Rica and come prepared with some ideas and activities for the children.
Your Spring Break sample itinerary is:
- Sunday – arrival, orientation, project induction and meet your homestay family
- Monday & Tuesday – Private Spanish Classes (5 hours a day)
- Wednesday through Friday – Volunteering within the community in San Jose
- Saturday – A choice of a full day tour including rafting and seeing La Paz Waterfalls or a full day of Volcano Tour
- Sunday – departure
Your days will also include extracurricular activities every day after 3:00 pm including Yoga, Cooking class, Latin Dance & Spanish Conversation.
What skills do I need to be a Teaching & Community Volunteer in Costa Rica?
This project is open to all and enthusiasm and a willingness to join in are a must. Spanish is required for this placement. You will be asked to send your CV/Resume before being accepted into this project.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR 2022
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To do something meaningful with your spring break
To provide support for disadvantaged members of the community
To experience the exciting city of San Jose and the beautiful weather
Where will I work in Costa Rica?
Your project is located in the San Jose region, which boasts all the amenities of a modern city while being surrounded by lush flora, fauna, natural parks and mountains. Costa Rica is an interesting place to visit and is the perfect place for those who love adventure and nature. From the capital city, where the volunteers are based, you are within easy reach of beaches, volcanoes and forests of all kinds. Everything is accessible within 5 to 6 hours by public bus.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 1 week
- Cost: Spanish speakers £876/$1304
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
- Working hours: Depends on Spanish level skills
- Project availability: Spring Break between the end of February and 1st week of April.
- Arrival day: Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: Single or shared room in a family homestay, depending on availability
- Food: 2 meals per day
- Airport pick up from San Jose International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure preparation pack, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: On-site coordinator providing 24-hour support
- Tours as per the itinerary
- Spanish lessons
What is not included
- Airport Drop Off to San Jose International Airport
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Extra activities other than what’s included on the tours e.g. zip wire activities, treatments etc.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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