Care in Costa Rica Alternative Spring Break Trip
- Placement location: Heredia
- Types of placements: Care Centers
- Role: Help local staff care for children, organize and run educational activities, and assist with general maintenance at the placement.
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host Family
- Arrival Airport: San Jose (SJO)
- Local Languages: Spanish
While many other spring breakers may go to Costa Rica to waste away their days at a resort, on this Care project you can instead offer your time to improve the lives of local Costa Rican children. Located in the vibrant suburban town of Heredia just outside of San Jose, Care volunteers work together at local care centers for children, helping the staff of the facility care for the children and improving the facilities. The group will have plenty of opportunity to plan activities for the kids, so creativity is encouraged. You could teach them the latest dance moves, a hit song, how to play your favorite sport, or anything else you think they would enjoy.
Social Work, Child Development, or Education majors will find this project particularly exciting, though anyone else who likes to play with and help children is welcome and you do not need to have any background in childcare.
This project is also a great choice if you are studying or want to learn Spanish. Children are sometimes the best language teachers because they are still developing themselves. Moreover, you will be living with a local host family, where you can really put your language ability to the test.
At the end of the week you can wind down by seeing some of the sites of the San José area.
Our main responsibilities were playing with the kids, taking them to the bathroom, helping the teacher with the activities that she gave the kids, feeding the babies, cleaning up after the kids, assisting with nap-time, and teaching games. One of my favourite memories in Costa Rica is probably when we taught the kids how to play Simon Says. We also taught them how to sing and we taught them another game that I knew from back home. Read more...