What is the Childcare Volunteer Placement in San Jose, Costa Rica project all about?
Volunteer in Costa Rica and get hands-on childcare experience with children who truly benefit from international instruction. The centre provides daycare services for families with limited resources. Volunteers will play a key role in supporting local staff to ensure the children feel safe, nurtured and receive high quality learning and development opportunities.
Why choose this childcare volunteer project?
Volunteers allow children to receive engaging and enriching classes and sessions, with more 1:1 support. By attending intensive Spanish lessons prior to the placement, volunteers will be able to communicate with the children and local staff more effectively and learn about the Costa Rican education system. Volunteers’ new language skills and rewarding teaching/childcare experiences will be great additions to their CV/resume.
Role of the childcare volunteer
Exact activities depend on the experience and interests of the volunteer and the needs of the centre. Volunteers may be asked to teach basic English, assist with lessons and lead art and crafts activities. Volunteers may be responsible for helping out with general tasks around the centre, as well as help prepare recreational activities. You will receive support if you are asked to do something outside of your skill set. Volunteers are encouraged to be creative and to bring any of their own personal skills to work with the children. New ideas are always welcome!
What skills do I need to be a childcare volunteer in Costa Rica?
Good organisation and communication skills are important and a love of children is a must! Volunteers who are TEFL trained or have experience in a pre-school or educational setting will be highly valued. A CV/Resume is required for acceptance onto this project.
A basic level of Spanish is required (Independent User Level B1of CEFR). You will receive one week of intensive Spanish lessons prior to the commencement of your placement- additional weeks of lessons can be arranged for an additional cost.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To provide productive and enriching lessons for local children
To share your childcare and/or teaching skills
To learn about the challenges facing children from low income families
Where will I work in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is the perfect place for those who really enjoy adventure and nature. You will be located in the San Jose region; an amazing area boasting all the amenities of a modern city, while being surrounded by lush flora, natural parks and mountains. From the accommodation, volunteers are within reach of beaches, volcanoes and forests.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 3+ weeks
- Cost: £1313 / $2049 for 3 weeks
£262 / $409 per each extra week
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
- Working hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30am-12:00pm, 12:30-4:00pm
- Project availability: schools closed in July, for school holidays from mid November to mid February and one week for Easter holiday
- Arrival day: Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: family homestay
- Food: 2 meals per day
- Airport pick up from San Jose International Airport
- Training: pre-departure preparation pack, on-site orientation and project induction
- One week (20 hours) of intensive Spanish lessons
- Support: on-site coordinator providing 24 hour support
- Transport by public bus to project (private transfers available at additional cost)
What is not included
- Transport home from project
- Airport Drop Off to San Jose International Airport
- Additional weeks of Spanish classes; £265 / $464 per week (price includes accommodation)
- Police/Government Background Check: US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- 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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