Volunteer for Childcare and Development in Costa Rica

Quepos, Costa Rica

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Global Vision International

  • From $1790 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older

Description

Overview

Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture when you travel to Quepos and volunteer on a community project helping disadvantaged children. Assist in an educational program focusing on life skills and emotional development as well as conversational English. Take advantage of the myriad of activities that this diverse coastal region has to offer, including surfing, horseback riding, scuba diving and zip lining in your free time.

Travel to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast to join this community project volunteering to help disadvantaged children. You will live and work in Quepos, a short bus ride from the famous Manuel Antonio National Park and beach, where we work on an extra-curricular program focusing on childhood development, life skills, and conservation education.

Volunteers will be supporting local schools and communities, with a variety of activities depending on the community and local school requirements. Activities include lesson planning, life skills, environmental conservation, arts and crafts, construction, gardening, music, etc.

This programme provides you with an excellent opportunity to learn a new language and work with children at the same time. In the communities where our projects are based, you will be expected to make an effort to speak Spanish in order to communicate. A basic level of Spanish is required to effectively communicate with children and local community members. Speak to your Country Expert about fully preparing you for life on the programme by adding on group/1-on-1 Spanish lessons to your programme cost. We also strongly recommend that you start learning early in order to get the most out of your volunteering experience.

Volunteer in Manuel Antonio

This location takes you to the stunning Costa Rican Pacific Coast, and to the doorstep of the stunning and diverse Manuel Antonio National Park, only a 3-4 hour bus journey from San Jose. Surrounded by palm plantations and rainforest, the town contains a stunning array of wildlife with monkeys and toucans in plain sight most days. In and around the national park, the whole area is famed for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails, making this location an exceptional place to volunteer, intern, teach, learn a new language, relax and enjoy the casual way of life.

Arrival and Orientation

Information about arrival and orientation will be provided after your application is accepted by the program.

Accommodations

Your accommodation will be shared with other GVI volunteers, like-minded individuals who will share the same desire to help and make a difference. The task of cooking and cleaning is shared among all volunteers and as meals are prepared and taken as a group you will develop strong friendships with your fellow volunteers. The volunteer house is small but comfortable in the centre of the typically Costa Rican town of Quepos.

Field Conditions

Using a range of different techniques and activities including arts, music, sports and games you will incorporate English into instruction in order to improve English language skills. This program also has a strong focus on life skills and emotional development for the children and community development in the Quepos community.

Your days will be divided between planning lessons, brain-storming ideas, teaching lessons and leading various activities and community development initiatives and enjoying the local area.

Your Impact

Using a range of different techniques and activities including arts, music, sports and games you will incorporate English into instruction in order to improve English language skills. This program also has a strong focus on life skills and emotional development for the children and community development in the Quepos community.

Your days will be divided between planning lessons, brainstorming ideas, teaching lessons and leading various activities and community development initiatives and enjoying the local area.

How this project makes a difference:

This project was developed in partnership with the local community in Quepos. Due to increased tourism in this region of Costa Rica, knowledge of the English language can significantly improve opportunities for local people. The individual attention you will give children can significantly improve the quality of their education, one of the most powerful tools in fighting poverty. The main aim of this project is to empower the children and ensure they gain basic and advanced skills to improve their quality of life.

Quepos' short, mid, and long-term objectives

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs. Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Quepos:

1. Improve access to education and wellness to El Cocal community

2. Increase environmental awareness in the local community

3. Improve English literacy levels in Quepos community and surrounded areas

4. Ensure that GVI Quepos base provides volunteers and interns unique, safe, responsible travel experiences, exceptional training and career development opportunities, and facilitate the ability to make a real difference

Location

Quepos, Costa Rica
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Quepos, Costa Rica

    Volunteers will be working in a school assisting in lessons.

  • Where you'll be staying
    Quepos, Costa Rica

    Volunteers will be living in a volunteer house with other volunteers.

  • Nearest Airport
    San Juan Santamaria International Airport, San José

Cost

2 Weeks
12 Weeks
2 Weeks

$1790 USD

What’s Included

  • Welcome meeting

  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)

  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)

  • Long term experienced staff

  • Location orientation

  • All necessary project training by experienced staff

  • All necessary project equipment and materials

  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)

  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • 24-hour emergency phone

What’s Not Included

  • Visa costs

  • Police or background check (where necessary)

  • Personal kit

  • Medical and travel insurance

  • International and domestic airport taxes

  • Airfare

  • Extra local excursions

  • Additional drinks and gratuities

  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons, essential unless you are already fluent

Project Start Dates

Select Saturdays Year Round

Organization

Founded in 1997, Global Vision International (GVI) is an award-winning organization that provides volunteer and internship opportunities in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. GVI has sent more than 25,000 volunteers overseas on programs ranging from construction, to animal care, to education, and beyond with 95% of past volunteers stating they would want to travel again with them again.

GVI has been featured by National Geographic, CNN, the Daily Telegraph, and the BBC. Their university partners include Duke University, Stanford University, Northeastern University, and Ohio State University.

Since 1998, GVI has been running multiple-award winning, high quality and high impact conservation and community development programs worldwide. At the core of who we are and what we have managed to achieve is of our team of passionate individuals.

We are committed to our mission of making a difference because we believe in what we do and have seen the impact we make in the field first-hand. With most of our staff having started out as GVI volunteers themselves, they have confidence in our projects and are dedicated to ensuring you have the same amazing experience that they did.

Partners

All our projects are directed by our local partners and we ensure all rights and credits stay in the country.

Through our various partnerships with prolific organisations such as Save the Children, The Red Cross, WWF, SANParks and The Jane Goodall Institute, to smaller community based organisations on the ground, we are able to provide quality programs that provide aid when and where it is needed the most. So you can be assured that our projects are legitimate and are making a difference.

Impact

GVI supplies funding and manpower to multiple grassroots initiatives in developing countries all over the world.

Some of our biggest achievements to date have been awarding over 3,865 education scholarships; providing support to over 380 organizations worldwide; investing over 35,000,000 USD in our projects and running over 900 environmental sustainability initiatives in over 350 locations, including over 100 protected areas covering more than 12 million hectares.