COSTA RICA

CARE FOR CHILDREN IN A DAYCARE CENTRE IN COSTA RICA

Work alongside professional carers in a daycare which provides preschool and primary school education to children.

On the Childcare Placement you work with the daycare and preschool kids, between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. The centre is bilingual, but none of the staff are mother tongue English speakers. This placement is all about cultural interchange and fun, helping the children to grow up happy, inquisitive, creative and unique.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £695 (approx. US$925) for 1 week
£300 (US$395) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & Other Currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: Programmes start every Monday, and you should arrive on the Sunday. Availability all year round – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 18, or younger if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No qualifications required.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Food
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to the airport.
Who is this Programme suitable for? SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in caring for children, teaching.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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Care Project Children having their hands covered in paint
Children having their hands covered in paint ...
Care Project Children doing hand-painting
... and then creating hand-paintings!
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

Costa Rica relies heavily on tourism and international investment, for which locals need to speak English. This programme gives you the chance to broaden the cultural horizons of kids in Esparza from an early age, giving them the confidence to use and practice English. They will learn in order to converse and play with you, and it will benefit them for life. However, the main purpose of this placement is for the children to learn, to have fun, and to grow in confidence.

You yourself will gain teaching and childcare experience, an invaluable life skill, and experience deep cultural immersion.

The program consists of working with students aged between 6 months and 6 years, teaching and playing in English. You can choose to be with the younger or older children if you wish, or to work with all ages. You'll work alongside local staff, but will be free to bring your own ideas into class. It is important to understand that the methods of teaching are less important than your attitude towards the children.

In addition, the subjects to be taught can alter, depending on current activities in the schools which might include, for example, environmental issues or current festivals. In holiday periods there are special events and programmes to keep the children entertained and engaged.

The childcare program serves a dual purpose; of course it is meant to help children to have fun and to learn English with a person who has an intermediate level of English, but it also benefits you, giving you an insight into childcare and the Costa Rican education system as well as an excellent opportunity to form bonds with students, teachers and even parents, and so take a full role in the community.

Schedule:

Monday to Friday:
You'll be organizing and balancing a range of activities for your duration at the school. Your schedule can be flexible, but you should be prepared to teach 3-6 hours a day. You'll have lunch at the school and can expect to remain there from 07:00 until just after 16.30, depending on your schedule, giving you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the school and its activities, and to get to know its students and staff.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

When confirming your dates please take note of the long holidays (late Dec to early Feb) and the other Public Holidays in the Holidays section which schools may take advantage of. During such times, renovation work continues, with the option to join special classes and English camps when requested by the local community.

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Children at the Care Centre giving a volunteer a hug :-)
Children on play mats with their toys
Some of the children on play mats with their toys.
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ACCOMMODATION

Your new home will be one of two newly built eco houses in our centre in Esparza: Jaguar House and Toucan House.

The two houses sleep up to 22 people. Most rooms have bunk beds and are shared on a single gender. One room in each house has a bunk bed with a double bed below, single above, suitable for couples or small families, if needed. (Private rooms can be obtained at additional cost).

There is also a large dining hall/games room/communal area shared by both houses, with free WiFi, TV and table tennis, and a large garden of tropical plants, including coconut palm, papaya, banana, and citrus.

FOOD:
Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. The meals will mainly be a mix of traditional and modern Costa Rican food, so you may experience the Costa Rican take on foods you will be familiar with. Most meals will include either fish, chicken, pork or beef, but vegetarians can be catered for.

There are shops within 300 metres of the centre, and bars, restaurants, and an excellent public pool within 15 minutes walk. There is an ATM within 1km and more ATMs in town, about 2kms. Buses into town and further afield leave from within 300ms of the centre. Esparza and the surrounding area has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants within easy reach.

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One of the common areas - an outside verandah with sitting area and table-tennis table.
One of the bedrooms.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

VOLUNTEERING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
As well as protecting all our volunteers, Travellers Worldwide is committed to all our projects and dedicated to practices which protect children and vulnerable adults from harm. Read Travellers' Child Care and Vulnerable Adults Policy.

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

ON ARRIVAL, YOUR INTRODUCTION TO THE COUNTRY: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

CLIMATE
Costa Rica has a reputation for being a tropical paradise, and rightly so. However, due to its diverse terrain, the country boasts a range of different climates.

Costa Rica has no real summer or winter due to its proximity to the equator, and the average temperature ranges from 21°C to 27°C. However, a rainy season does exist, and takes place between May and November. The central valley is often cooler than the coastal areas.

The Pacific coast tends to be hot and dry all year-round, especially the northern part (known as the Gold Coast), while the highlands (around Monteverde) are filled with mist during much of the year, due to the high altitude. The Caribbean coast is quite hot and moist, and receives rain during most of the year. The lowlands have quite a warm climate, with an average temperature of 26°C, and the Central Valley, including San José, is said to have the best climate in the country.

CULTURE
Costa Rican culture, as in most Latin American countries, is heavily influenced by Spain, as a result of colonization. However, parts of the country have other strong influences, such as that of Limón, which has more of a Jamaican feel to it. There are also several indigenous areas throughout the country.

A great part of the music and folklore of Costa Rica comes from the north of the country, where Mayan culture mixes with Afro-Caribbean trends. Costa Rica has a distinctive musical genre known as punto and most of its music can be easily distinguished by a very unique rhythm known as tambito.

Costa Rica goes by the motto Pura Vida, which means “pure life” and the phrase can be used as a greeting or a farewell, or just to say “that’s great” or “all’s good”. The phrase was originally from a Mexican film, but was soon adopted by Costa Ricans, and is used in several contexts to express a positive outlook on life.

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Amazing beauty out in the hills, breathtaking.
Playa Cocles, possibly the most popular place to visit. Beaces, Greenery, Music ... a unique blend of Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures living side by side.
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

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Cahuita - launching boats from the beach. Cahuita is a laid back, vibrant little village set among Costa Rica’s unique Creole culture.
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Volunteer with a sloth.

Your Bucket List for Costa Rica:

  • Zip line over the Cloud Forest
  • See the Stone Spheres
  • Hike to Arenal Volcano or Poas Volcano on a clear day
  • Eat a Copo or a Churchill. (A delicious Costa Rican desert)
  • Walk through the streets of San Jose
  • Book a Coffee Tour
  • Visit the National Theatre and Gold Museum in San Jose
  • Explore as many National Parks as possible
  • Travel to Cocos Island, a World heritage Site
  • Celebrate the Pura Vida Life

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Costa Rica, or you could even do a second project in a different country in the region, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Terms and Conditions apply for Add-Ons, please see here.

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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

LOCATION
Esparza is a medium-sized agricultural town nestled amongst the mountains above Rio Barranca, in the Central Pacific Coast area of Costa Rica. The area was first settled by the Chorotega and Huetar peoples. The Chorotega people fled from Mexico 1,500 years ago and brought their traditions with them. This is a possible reason why there are Mexican words which jump several countries and turn up again in Costa Rica.

The Spanish town was founded in 1577, making it the second oldest in the country. It has a rich history which includes legends of hidden pirate gold. Esparza is the second largest canton in the province of Puntarenas, covering an area of 216.80 km², and with a population of approximately 35,000.

The pace of life is relaxed. It is not unusual to see horses being ridden in the street. The town itself is off the tourist trail. However, the nearest beach for surf and relaxation is only 20 mins (14kms) away. Within a distance of 25 kilometers, you can also find canopy tours as well as the world-famous attractions of Puntarenas, including a marine park and a newly renovated marina. Likewise, the nearest national park, Carara, is only an hour’s drive away.

Sights & Surroundings
Esparza and Puntarenas have plenty to offer for weekend activities, including horse riding, watersports (surf is huge), game fishing, canopy tours, hotels to suit all budgets, and some of the best scenery in the world. Puntarenas is also ideally suited to take a scenic ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula and its many secluded beaches.

Esparza is on the Panamerican Highway, so access to the rest of Costa Rica and the rest of the American continent is at your doorstep.

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Doesn't get better than this! Ecstatic Volunteer celebrating being in Costa Rica.
One of the many gorgeous waterfalls in the country.
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