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.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 917 810 4744 to see if we can offer a discount.
Alternative Spring Break - Try something different this Spring Break by joining one of our Projects
Costa Rica > Early Childhood Development
Fixed dates during spring break
Heredia (Read More)
Host family Read More
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organized weekend tourism trips
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
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.
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.
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