Working With Children in Costa Rica

If you’re looking for something different and exciting to do with your gap year, then it doesn’t come much better than trying your hand at a spell of volunteering. From conservation projects in the rainforest, to helping with community healthcare or education; there are countless amazing opportunities for you to get involved in Latin America. Whether you decide to volunteer in Guatemala, Peru, Argentina or Brazil, you’ll find some truly rewarding experiences on offer – working with children is one such idea, and there are numerous institutions dotted around Costa Rica in particular, who are very keen to take on the services of volunteers.

There are a number of orphanages, schools and children’s hospitals in Costa Rica, which are desperately in need of more staff. Get a placement at such a site, and you’ll find that it opens doors to a wide range of new experiences. If you have an area of specialisation, then you might be invited to teach classes – as well as basic English language, subjects such as science, maths and business are in hot demand!

Other more creative pursuits will also be warmly welcomed, so perhaps you could consider running workshops in music, dance, art, or even making jewellery… use your imagination, and see if you can inspire these children to use theirs too!

In addition to teaching, volunteers will also be required who can help with basic healthcare, as well as a long list of other activities ranging from gardening and DIY to keeping accounts!

So, if you want to put something back into the world, then think about applying to volunteer in Costa Rica. Working with young children is one of the most rewarding, energising experiences one can have – and when you’re doing it in a part of the world that so desperately needs the support, you will come away with a real sense of having contributed towards the wellbeing of others, in a truly significant way.

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