At a glance
Volunteer with children in Costa Rica and work at a kindergarten, care center or special education center as part of our Alternative Spring Break Projects.
Here are a few things you can expect to do during your time there as a volunteer:
- Focus on basic education
- Plan fun activities that teach the children basic development skills
- Assist with important day-to-day practical tasks to help run the centers more smoothly
- Work with disabled or special-needs children in a special education center, or volunteer at a center for the elderly
Many other spring breakers may go to Costa Rica to relax at a resort. On our Early Childhood Development project you can instead offer your time to improve the lives of local Costa Rican children.
You’ll 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. Anyone else who likes to play with and help children is welcome and you do not need to have any background in childcare.
Fixed dates during spring breakSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
Where will I work in Costa Rica?
Early Childhood Development volunteer work in Costa Rica happens in and around the city of Heredia. Heredia is just 10km from northern San Jose at the foothills of the extinct Brava Volcano.
One of Costa Rica’s most historical cities, Heredia was founded in 1705. It’s renowned for the many beautiful gardens and wonderful flora found around here. Located in central Costa Rica amidst vast coffee plantations and lush greenery, the city has a well developed tourist industry.
However, poverty is a challenge many people face. There is always a need for extra assistance at local care centres, many of which lack resources.
If you’re interested in working with special-needs children or the elderly, there are also various suitable placements. Many of these placements are basic and understaffed. This means that the children often don’t receive the individual support they need.
What impact will I make in Costa Rica?
The aim of this project is to improve early childhood development in disadvantaged communities in and around Heredia. We do this by helping local teachers and caregivers offer young children a well-rounded educational experience.
In Costa Rica, kindergartens and care centers are often overcrowded. This means local teachers and caregivers struggle to divide their attention equally. Because of this, certain children are not able to get the extra support they need.
We’re working to change this with the help of volunteers like you. To guide our work, we’ve identified five sustainable, long-term goals that you’ll work towards:
- Promote early childhood development
- Increase literacy
- Increase numeracy
- Raise awareness about healthy living, the environment and family planning
- Improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities
Help us achieve these long-term goals by working as an Early Childhood Development volunteer in Costa Rica.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food And Accommodation
You'll stay with a host family in Heredia. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Costa Rica and have a truly unique experience.
We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Safety And Staff Support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Costa Rica
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