The Orphanage of Cartago serves around 30 children ranging from 0 to 12 years. Volunteers assist with daily tasks, including helping to feed the children, playtime and socializing, and with the design of activities and general support of the ladies in charge.
The Orphanages in Costa Rica are attached to the National Orphan Board, even if they are privately administred or public funded. The Orphanage houses are directed by ladies called ¨aunts¨ that will coordinate every day tasks for the children, including feeding them, help them with school homework, play with them and also give them company while eating, playing or having other free time activities.
The Orphanages' funding is limited and depend on public funds to buy food, school materials and have in some cases not enough staff to cover all the needs of the children. The volunteers are invited to collaborate with the coordinators with these daily activities and other activities they may propose. The volunteers may feel free to organize group activities, murals for the schools and other projects.
The Orphanage is located in Cartago, the old Capital City of Costa Rica, and the third largest city in the country with approximately 450,000 inhabitants. The City of Cartago is home to Our Lady of Angels Basilica, and many other important cultural attractions.
Usually from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, but each volunteer's specific schedule will be negotiated and worked out with the General Coordinator.
Homestays include 3 meals a day, room and laundry facilities.
This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost. Your Reservation Fee is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.
|1 month: $936||Longer: +$142 per week|
|6 months: $3,298||Longer: +$505 per month|
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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.
How To Sign Up
Signing up is a three-step process:
- Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
- A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
- Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.
This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with Volunteering Design for their associated programs.
Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!