Volunteering in Special Needs in Costa Rica

San Ramon, Costa Rica

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New Program
(48 Reviews)
  • From $925 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older



Working within the San Ramon area, our Special Needs Education Project is delivered at three semi-government funded centers for children and adults. Resources at the special needs centers are limited, so the time and effort our volunteers spare is greatly appreciated. The local centers provide basic education and other services like language therapy, art classes, vocational training and physiotherapy for children and adults with special needs like autism, Asperger’s syndrome and blindness. Our volunteers provide staff at the centers with the extra help they need and enrich the lives of special needs students with fun activities and learning support. It’s not necessary to have any prior experience when you join up to the project – the only skills you need are patience and dedication; our Special Needs Education Project is one of the most rewarding placements we offer.

Arrival and Orientation

The nearest major airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Volunteers are assigned a dedicated coordinator based in-country, who leads pre-arrival and orientation, and is personally available to you daily for the duration of your program to assist you, answer any questions, and provide information and support.


Volunteers share safe, secure homestay in San Ramon -- your home away from home. The homestay dorm provides you with the opportunity to socialize and meet like-minded travelers from around the world. Room are single-sex rooms with bunk beds and Western-style bathrooms. There is a modern kitchen, and there is free wifi. Meals are provided for breakfast and dinner, and you can prepare your own lunch or dine out.

Field Conditions

- Engaging and interacting with the children - Feeding and looking after the babies - Teaching English and helping with homework - Organizing activities and encouraging creativity - Leading play and recreational activities - Assisting with the general upkeep of the home - Helping out at mealtimes - Sharing your skills and interests with the children

Your Impact

You will provide educational and practical support for children and adults with special needs. The centres are partly government-funded but under-resourced — with your help, special needs students will receive the care and more dedicated attention they so much need.


San Ramon, Costa Rica
  • Where you will be volunteering
    San Ramon, Costa Rica

    Volunteers will help in the special needs classes and provide assistance at a public elementary school

  • Where you'll be staying
    San Ramon, Costa Rica

    Volunteers will stay in a shared house with dormitory-style rooms.

  • Nearest Airport
    Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), Heredia, Costa Rica


2 Weeks
12 Weeks
2 Weeks

$925 USD

What’s Included

  • Training and support

  • Airport pickup

  • Housing

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation to and from project site

  • Airport dropoff

  • Travel insurance

  • Air Tickets

Project Start Dates


uVolunteer is a small, yet fast-growing, international volunteer organization that specializes in volunteer placements in Ghana, Thailand, and Costa Rica, where they are experts in culture and customs. Founded in 2007, uVolunteer has sent more than 10,000 volunteers abroad on meaningful projects to explore new destinations and gain real world experiences. Its service-learning projects include teaching, care and community, construction, environment, and animal conservation. Additional benefits are cultural insight, adventure, and a safe environment for independent, female, and student travelers. Its purpose is to provide maximum benefit to volunteers and the communities they support, with minimal costs to participants.

Reviews (48)


Jan 01, 2016

I arrived in Accra on January 13, 2012. My volunteer coordinators were waiting for me at the airport; they have been helpful and kind since then. My experience was wonderful because of their guidance and support.

Saturday's orientation provided useful cultural information and helped me to navigate through the ...

Billy F Beltz

Jan 01, 2016

Disclaimer: As a Co-Founder of Volunteer Forever, I want to make it clear that we do not receive any revenue from uVolunteer and I'm not incentivized to leave a more positive review than what would be an accurate assessment of my experience.

This review is for the Teach PE ...

Beth Carter

May 11, 2015

My name is Beth Carter, I am a 21 year old film student from Brisbane, Australia. I have always loved traveling and only recently discovered volunteer tourism.

I decided to take part in the turtle conservation project through uVolunteer as I not only wanted to visit Costa Rica but also ...

Rocio Dos Santos

Feb 21, 2015

I couldn't help but to feel nervous and excited whilst waiting for my passport to be stamped at San Jose airport. I soon saw Gabi once I walked out with a huge smile and an also huge sign that said avic, my portal to an amazing experience I had ... +more

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