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Orphanage & Children's Home

Project Information

This project site offers a safe, educational, and hopeful environment for orphans and children. These children have been taken from their homes by child services due to abusive or neglectful situations, or they have been abandoned. The home is divided between houses based on age. Here the over 80 children are given a safe environment with guidance, encouragement, meals, and basic care. The children live here full time, and leave only to go to school.At this particular project, participants primarily help children that are newborn to seven years old, although the age group the participants works with will depend on the wants of the participants as well as the needs of the project at their time of arrival. Participants work with nuns and helpers of the home to feed, care for, play with, nurture creativity and manners, as well as maintain a safe and clean space for the children. This project is for participants looking for the opportunity to share their love, care, passion, skills, and assistance with these children. Participants will work with children in a customized project based on participants skills and strengths and help preparing meals, cleaning, and socializing.

Participants in this project will be expected to be open minded, patient, caring, and self-starters (able to recognize what needs to be done or who needs to be helped). Participants will take care of children and should do so with a caring, positive attitude.

 

Participants are expected to maintain a professional attitude and help with whatever task (cleaning, feeding, playing, cooking, laundry, etc.) needed. Participants will also be asked to tutor or teach a special skill set and create a class or workshop for them in a particular skill the participants has.

Additional Information

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Skills & Qualifications

Only females are allowed to volunteer in this project. Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred (but not mandatory). If a participant cannot speak Spanish, we suggest that he or she enrolls in our Spanish language program. There are no specific qualifications needed to join this project in Costa Rica. All participants are expected to be open-minded, flexible, patient, and to possess a passion and love for the service they are providing.

PROGRAM

FEES

Volunteer's Role

Where will WE stay?

Participants have the option to either stay with well-screened host families or at our headquarters depending mainly on availability and preference. Should participants have a preference, they should let our in-country coordinator know as soon as possible-in their application. We try to accommodate preferences. Host Families are well-screened and offer participants a shared bathroom, private bedroom, electricity, and running water. Headquarters housing offers participants shared bathrooms, hostel-style bedrooms, electricity, running water, and WiFi. Participants receive three light traditional meals per day at either accommodations.

What will we eat?

Participants will be given 3 meals per day. Keep in mind that food will be typical Costa Rican food, so participants may want to bring snacks like granola or protein bars with them to the project site.

What Will our Schedule Look like?

Participants volunteer Monday through Friday either 4 hours or 8 hours per day depending on their preference.

What can we do in our freetime?

Yes! Evenings and weekends are for you to spend either relaxing, or doing pre planned excursions and activities. We have partnerships with various tour groups to offer participants a number of fun things they can do in addition to their Spanish Immersion Service. Some of the activities we are happy to help plan for your group are: Zip Lining, ATV Tours, Surf Lessons, Beach Days, Tours and Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Boat Tours, Horseback Riding