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Work in orphanages home

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Project Overview

This is the opportunity for caring and motivated volunteers who love to work with underprivileged and disadvantaged children. Our program works in relationship with children's home and orphanages in the areas of Atenas and some other rural and urban parts of Costa Rica to offer care, help and basic education to the orphaned children. It is estimated that about 36,000 children are orphaned in Costa Rica. Many of them have become orphaned due to poverty, death of one or both parents, alcoholism, and some fatal diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS etc. By no mistake of their own, they will find themselves subjected to a life they could never have imagined. Your eyes will get watery when you see the tragedy of these orphaned children. They are lost, confused, hungry and crying out for someone who can provide them with the basic human need. However, to provide shelter, food, clothing and basic education to these underprivileged children, many orphanages have been established with the help of local organizations and some kindhearted people. But as these orphanages are non-profit and do not have any support from government so these are mostly understaffed and poorly resourced. Therefore they are looking for any kind of help from outside. Thus here is the perfect way for you to participate and help young orphaned children. These children are aged between 2 to 16 years. Just through your compassion, love and care, these children can empower to challenge a life of further poverty and exploitation.

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

Depending upon your abilities and capabilities, you will be allocated with different roles and responsibilities. However, your main tasks include assisting orphanage staff in counseling and taking care of children, helping children in feeding, bathing, dressing, and brushing teeth. You will also teach the children English or some other subjects depending upon your skills and interest such as mathematics, IT, health or science etc. You can help them with their homework after school and workshop assignments. You can also do some basic needs work such as cooking, washing & ironing clothes, working in the garden, building structures and keeping the orphanage clean. You can also educate the children in the areas of personal hygiene. You also need to help them in organizing extracurricular activities, such as playing games, singing songs, dancing, performing dramas and solving puzzles etc. If you have talent and ability, then you are also welcome to teach the children different skills like cooking, sewing, typing, painting and reading etc. You can also donate some money, old clothes, blanket, toys, colorful books and games etc to the children in orphanage. You may also be involved with fundraising or improving the appearance of the project. Thus, your stay in Costa Rica will be the most rewarding experience and we assure you that at the end of project you will really feel satisfied that you have done something good for the poor orphaned children of Costa Rica.

PLEASE NOTE: We are providing you with such a work schedule that is really flexible and adjustable with your needs and comfort. Your working hours mainly depend upon number of volunteers in the project but we recommend you to work for 3 to 4 hours per day and 4 to 5 days per week. As working in the new environment may be challenging therefore we encourage you to work closely with orphanage staff to become familiar with the new environment and project. You can also receive the work schedule from them. They will provide you all the help you need in the project. Besides this, you will also find little disruptions in the work schedule due to national holidays, traditional or cultural festivals, your exams or other similar situations. During these times you are allowed to manage your free time for a short holiday trip.

Project Skills and Education Requirements

Volunteers from any background are welcome to join us because our project does not require any specific qualification and prior experience. You just need to have a plenty of enthusiasm and a lot of courage to face everyday challenges during your stay in Costa Rica. Basic Spanish language is also preferred (but not required). You should be at least 18 years of age. You should know medium level of English. You must also be hardworking, patient, self-motivated and able to handle the children with love and compassion. You must also have an open mind and flexible attitude so that you can adjust easily in new environment and new culture.

Project Factfile

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Costa Rica
Project Type: work in orphanages homes
The Locations:  
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – This project is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: this project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer's demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $ 220 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point:  
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children's. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Thailand). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.
Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates
Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

Language and cultural orientation program Fee: US $ 250

Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost
2 weeks volunteering     US$ 220 2 weeks Internship       US$ 255
3 weeks volunteering     US$ 295 3 weeks Internship       US$ 330
4 weeks volunteering     US$ 370 4 weeks Internship       US$ 405
5 weeks volunteering     US$ 445 5 weeks Internship       US$ 480
6 weeks volunteering     US$ 520 6 weeks Internship       US$ 555
7 weeks volunteering     US$ 595 7 weeks Internship       US$ 630
8 weeks volunteering     US$ 670 8 weeks Internship       US$ 705
9 weeks volunteering     US$ 745 9 weeks Internship       US$ 780
10 weeks volunteering     US$ 820 10 weeks Internship       US$ 855
11 weeks volunteering     US$ 895 11 weeks Internship       US$ 930
12 weeks volunteering     US$ 970 12 weeks Internship       US$ 1005
Cost of airport receive, transfer to host family/ hostel: US$ 95



General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What's the best time to apply for a Uganda volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Uganda program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Uganda?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Uganda?
03. Where is the Uganda programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Uganda?
05. How long does the Uganda volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Uganda?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Uganda?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Uganda is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Uganda?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Uganda?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don'ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Uganda?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Uganda?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Uganda?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Uganda?
02. What should I know about Uganda's religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Uganda's people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Uganda




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.