Costa Rica Care For Vulnerable Children

4-12 weeks from £799

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Lots of fun with paint in Costa Rica
Happy smiley children in San Ramon
Volunteer with children in Costa Rica
Volunteering with vulnerable children in Costa Rica

Trip Highlights

  • Helping the overworked staff to run the homes thus creating more “fun time” for the children
  • Using your free time at the weekends to trek the volcanic crater lakes, whiz through the rainforest on zip wires or visit tropical beaches
  • Exploring the beauties of San Ramon and Palmares in the picturesque Alajuela province
  • Giving something back to the local community through your volunteer work

Trip Summary

In Costa Rica a number of homes and care centres have been set up to care for the children who have been abandoned, neglected, abused or orphaned, as well as those whose parents simply can’t afford to take care of them during the day.

Although this has been done in coordination with government authorities there is a huge shortage of help available. This is where you come in. Without your help in these Costa Rica schools, the children are missing out on getting the care and attention they greatly deserve.

If you're thinking of travelling to Central America and have a gift for working with children, we couldn't recommend this trip further!

Please note: This programme is only available for female volunteers.

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

Sunday-Monday: Arrival in Costa Rica and Orientation

Today you will get your first glimpses of this stunning country as you are met at the airport by one of our representatives and then transferred to spend your first night in a guest house in Alajuela. Alajuela is a small city that is close to San Jose (Costa Rica’s capital), the perfect place to spend your first two nights. On Monday you will have a detailed orientation, covering all the great work you will be doing at the projects, while letting you know how to make the most of the rest of your time in Costa Rica.

Tuesday: Transfer to your homestay and project site

Following your first two days in Alajuela you will transfer by public transport to your homestay, either in Palmares or San Ramón depending on your choice of location. Once you have had a chance to settle in and meet your host family, you will go to your project to meet all the people that you will be helping. Once you have finished introductions, you may have time to spend with the children and get started straight away.

Wednesday – Friday (and Monday to Friday for all following weeks) 

Wednesday will be your first chance to get fully immersed into the project. You will be involved in a variety of activities to interact and help the children who will be looking forward to learning from you.

During your time on the project, your working hours will be divided between centres and homes. You will generally be volunteering between 8am and 4pm, with evenings and weekends as your free time. You will be free to explore this stunning country or get to know the local culture while improving your Spanish.

Please note: Itineraries and activities are subject to change.

This project has been set up to help the underprivileged children and over worked staff at adoption homes and care centres in and around San Ramón, Costa Rica. While the homes and centres have been set up by government agencies to house vulnerable children they do not have the staff or ‘tias’ to give these children the time care and attention they greatly deserve. The children at the homes are not able to live with their families anymore for various reasons and so any time that can be given to them is appreciated. The care centres have been set-up to help low income working parents, specifically single mothers, who have to work during the day and can’t afford to pay for child care during that time.

The homes and centres help children up to twelve years of age. You will be able to get involved in a range of activities that will help a number of children, even just playing with the children or talking to them makes a huge difference to their lives. The placement in which you will be placed will depend on the need of the projects at the time. The more you put into the project, the more you and the children will get from your time with them. The activities that you will be able to get involved in will vary between the homes and care centres however will generally include:

  • Taking care of the children
  • Helping to organise recreational/teaching activities
  • Playing games and activities with the children
  • Helping them with school duties
  • Teaching English
  • Feeding the children
  • Practicing outdoor activities
  • Helping the babysitters with daily activities to give the ‘tías’ more time for their other duties
  • Helping the ‘tías’ with the upkeep of the house when the children are at school 

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What's Included

  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • Orientation
  • One way public transport to your home-stay
  • Three meals per day at the home-stay
  • Laundry once a week
  • Full support and assistance
  • 24-hour support number

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages/extra snacks

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Accommodation & Meals

On arrival into Costa Rica, you will be taken to a hostel in Alajuela where you will be spending your first two nights for your orientation. Following your orientation you will then be transferred to your homestay accommodation in San Ramón or Palmares.

By volunteering on this project not only will you be helping the children, but also spending time in a rural area with a local ‘tico’ family, an unforgettable cultural experience. While staying with a host family you will be able to truly immerse yourself into Costa Rican culture, and experience their way of life. You will be staying in a semi private room (up to three sharing) with a shared bathroom. For both project locations the host families are members of the community the project is based in. Therefore giving you a great insight into the community as a whole, while making it easy to help at the project during your free time if you would like to.

Also included in the programme are three daily meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner which will be provided by the host families. The meals are traditional Costa Rican cuisine, and includes rice, beans, corn, meat, pasta, vegetables and seasonal fruits.

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Arrival Information

Your flight to Costa Rica should arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), San Jose, Costa Rica at any time on your programme start date, and your return flight should be arranged for your programme end date.

To book your flights, please contact your travel advisor who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.

Please note: If you are flying to Costa Rica via the USA you will need to obtain Travel Authorisation by registering online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) no later than 72 hours before departure. This is compulsory and will cost USD$14 to register. To register, please visit:

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your Online account, or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age to participate is 18 years and there is no maximum age. 

Please note that this project is for female volunteers only.

Having an intermediate level of Spanish is very important and experience of working with children is preferred but not essential. This means you need to be a creative self-starter who enjoys working with children, as well as possess flexibility, perseverance and tolerance. You also need to be able to handle difficult situations as children come from very difficult backgrounds. If you would like to work on your spanish skills before joining this programme, why not spend some time at our Costa Rica Spanish School before your volunteer programme. 

You may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, you will still have the full support of your in-country team and those at the project. If you are looking for a group volunteering experience we have plenty of options for you to consider.

Visa Information

Passports and valid travel documents are your responsibility. Please ensure that you have the correct, valid documents to travel to Costa Rica.

Passport holders of the following countries can get a tourist visa on arrival for 90 days: United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand do not need to apply for a visa to enter Costa Rica and will receive a 90-day entry visa for no cost on arrival.

For all other nationals that are not listed you should contact your closest embassy/commission to see what your requirements are to get your tourist visa.

Please note that you will need to pay approximately US$29 in departure tax when you leave Costa Rica.

Visa courier service

If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your visa on your behalf, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.


Do I Need Qualifications?

No, as long as you are pro-active you will be more than welcome to volunteer.

Do I Need To Speak Spanish?

You do not but you would enjoy your time more and get more out of it if you took lessons before. Please note, Spanish lessons are not included however can be booked at extra cost. Please ask our team for details on Spanish classes in Costa Rica.

Do I Need A Visa?

Depending on your nationality, you would receive a 90 day visa on arrival.

How Much Money Do I Need?

We normally advise between £60-90 spending money per week, although you can get away on less.

Can I Volunteer With My Friend?

Yes, and we can make sure you live together as well.

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