Trabajo social con niños in Costa Rica

Ticos (Costa Ricans) can claim to live in Paradise. Their relatively small country located in the tropic has ideal weather conditions and is gifted  with almost everything lovers of nature may dream of.

Its tropical jungles with magical waterfalls and inhabited by a reach wildlife, white-sand beaches and bewildering gardens, and a prosperous, polite and friendly population that has been blessed for decades with stable political and  economic conditions. Costa Rica is the most developed country of Central America and enjoys high quality life conditions and government services. The main economic activities are tourism, agriculture and manufacturing.

Volunteers can choose among a variety of programs and internships placed in the towns of San Ramón and Liberia, not too far from the capital city of San José.

To participate in most of this programs and internships,volunteers will need to have intermediate to advanced Spanish language skills and they can either take classes on site during the program they chose or take a one-week full immersion Spanish course on their first week in the country before starting to do the volunteer work. The local staff may instruct you on how to access these Spanish but fees are not included in the programs.

Most of the internships and programs in Costa Rica require a high level of commitment from the volunteers and their minimum duration is usually from three to four weeks.

On a request basis, our partners in Costa Rica can arrange for professional internships in areas such as micro-finances, recycling and physical therapy.

What’s included in our fair-cost policy?

 

All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.

 

The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.

 

The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.

 

Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.

 

Child day care

Although the government provides its citizens aged from six to fifteen with free education, there are no public maternal schools; so this program is essential for working parents with babies or children under the age of six. Volunteers working in this programs help local staff looking after babies and little children and they are expected to entertain them by organizing recreational and educational activities such as storytelling, games and songs. They may also be expected to help with daily tasks such as cooking, changing pumpers, washing the babies and cleaning.

The minimum duration of this program is three weeks and volunteers need to have a basic knowledge of the Spanish language.

 

After school programs

This program is run in the afternoons so it’s ideal for volunteers who wish to improve their Spanish by taking morning Spanish classes.. Working with children and teens also gives them an excellent opportunity to practice their language skills.

As a volunteer in this program you’ll be helping children and teenagers with their homework, engage them in spots games and artistic and recreational activities.

Volunteers often become a role model to the children and teens they work with, so a good attitude, receptivity and a genuine compromise and interest in their needs and potential gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in their future lives.

To be part of this program volunteers don’t need to have any previous teaching experience but an intermediate level of Spanish is required to be able to interact with the kids.

The minimum duration of this program is two weeks.

Program Fees:

 

Volunteer duration Program Fee USD*
2 weeks 717
3 weeks 1009
4 weeks 1301
5 weeks 1415
6 weeks 1529
8 weeks 1758

 

*Please note: All Volunteer programs in Costa Rica attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.  You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.

 

*Please read our refund policy.

What do my fees pay for?

 

Registration Fee:  Discounted program fees, Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, staff salary, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund,  administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

 

Program Fee:  Accommodation and 2 meals per day (homestay), certificate of volunteering, transportation to language school and volunteer project site, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

 

What’s no included:  Air tickets, Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels,  transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, Personal expenses and International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Costa Rica generally find USD 65 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.