ORPHANAGE & CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES HOME
About the Project
This project site offers a safe, educational, and hopeful environment for orphans and children who have been taken from their homes by child services due to abusive or neglectful situations or who 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.
Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred (but not mandatory). If a participants cannot speak Spanish, we suggest that he or she enrolls in our Spanish language program. There are no specific qualifications needed to join this participants project in Costa Rica. All participants are expected to be open-minded, flexible, patient, and to possess a passion and love for the participants service they are providing.
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.
Participants will have a chance to learn about the culture through:language classes, cuisine classes, sacred ceremonies, sacred sites, tribal arts, small museums, workshops for mask making, history lessons, and typical indigenous crafts. Participants will learn extensively about this little known culture with less than 800 total people in the population while immersing themselves in the culture, language, and history of the tribe. Learn the tribal arts and crafts complete process from start to finish. Take part in cooking meals and making drinks special to this tribe. Learn about sacred ceremonies, and visit sacred sites opening a whole new world through this program! Help to promote through awareness and cultural preservation this tribe by helping the tribe leaders share, improve, and promote their small museum and tourist exhibits dedicated to the history and culture of the tribe. Volunteers will also help with a variety of other projects to assist the community based on their current needs at time of arrival.
Beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred (but not mandatory). If a participant cannot speak Spanish, we strongly recommend enrolling in our Spanish language program. Participants should study Spanish vocabulary related to their project site before arrival. There are no specific qualifications needed to join this participant project in Costa Rica. All participants are expected to be open-minded, flexible, patient, in sufficient physical shape, and to possess a passion and love for the participant service they are providing. Many tribes to do not speak English.
Participants will aid the tribe in developing personal, organizational, operational, and marketing skills.They will help to create information in English for tourists to help promote the language, culture, and history of the tribe. They will assist in guided tours and sharing information with tourists.They will help with promotion of the tribe through awareness using technology. They will help with a variety of other community assistance projects depending on their time of arrival and the community’s needs.
Participants have the option to stay with well-screened host families Accommodations offer safe living quarters. Participants will have their own room with shared bathroom. Running water, electricity, and wifi is not always available. Participants receive three meals per day at their accommodations.
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