Childcare and Community Development in Costa Rica
Venture abroad to the small coastal town of Quepos, Costa Rica and you will not only be surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific ocean and its neighboring Manuel Antonio National Park, but have the opportunity to make a big and lasting impact on its local community. This program was developed in partnership with the local community and focuses on child and community development.
Whether it’s in the context of childcare or community development, education is at the heart of volunteering with children in Quepos. A lack of teachers severely impacted the educational outlook for disadvantaged children in Quepos, shortening the length of the school day and the number of days kids are in school per week. Depending on the school or community, you will help to fill in these gaps by participating in a wide range of activities including lesson planning, arts and crafts, music, sports, construction, and gardening. Of paramount importance, you will incorporate English instruction into these activities in order to improve the English language skills of the children, while learning plenty of conversational Spanish along the way.
Perhaps there is no better way to immerse yourself in another culture than to learn its language. A basic level of Spanish is required to effectively communicate with children and local community members, so be prepared to bring your Spanish language skills to a higher level. Country Experts are available to advise you about adding group/1-on-1 Spanish lessons to your program cost.
The volunteer house, small but comfortable, will be your home away from home. It is located in the heart of Quepos and just a short bus ride from the famous Manuel Antonio National Park and beach. You’ll feel right at home when you cook and clean with other volunteers, share meals together, and participate in fun team-building exercises.
You are free to explore the beautiful surrounding areas and attractions like La Fortuna or Monte Verde. Our experienced field staff on base are great at giving recommendations on good places to go when you have down time.
Education is one of the most powerful tools in fighting poverty. 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 empower them, improve the quality of their education, and ensure they gain basic and advanced skills to improve their quality of life.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 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:
- Improve access to education and wellness to El Cocal community
- Increase environmental awareness in the local community
- Improve English literacy levels in Quepos community and surrounded areas
- 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
Quepos, Costa Rica
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.
- 24-hour emergency phone
- 24-hour in-country support
- Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
- Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
- All necessary project equipment and materials
- All necessary project training by experienced staff
- Location orientation
- Long term experienced staff
- Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
- Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
- Welcome meeting
What’s Not Included
- 20 hours of Spanish lessons
- essential unless you are already fluent
- Additional drinks and gratuities
- Extra local excursions
- International and domestic airport taxes
- Medical and travel insurance
- Personal kit
- Police or background check (where necessary)
- Visa costs
Schedules Project Start Dates
This project has fixed start dates in order to allow volunteers to learn, grow and share their experiences with other like-minded volunteers.
GVI has been running multiple-award winning, high quality and high impact conservation and community development programs worldwide since 1998. Most of the GVI staff started out as GVI volunteers themselves. With this first-hand experience, they have confidence in their projects and are dedicated to ensuring you have the same amazing experience that they did.
GVI supplies funding and manpower to multiple grassroots initiatives in developing countries all over the world. Some of their biggest achievements to date include: awarding over 3,865 education scholarships; providing support to over 380 organizations worldwide; investing over 35,000,000 USD in their projects and running over 900 environmental sustainability initiatives in over 350 locations, including over 100 protected areas covering more than 12 million hectares.
All GVI programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables GVI to report on collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this helps local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
All of their projects are directed by their local partners and they ensure all rights and credits stay in the service country. GVI partners with a wide range of 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. This approach enables GVI to provide quality programs that provide aid when and where it is needed the most.
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