Cartago Orphanage

Cartago Orphanage
Cartago Orphanage

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.

Cost Breakdown

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.

Important Note

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!


  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • Must be willing to help with general chores with their host family,
    • And able to follow general guidelines, such as varying hours for when it's safe to go out at night.
    • Able to walk at least 1km per day.
    • Must be flexible, able to adapt to a culture that might be different from their own.
    • Fluency in Spanish is required
    • Volunteers must dress with jeans, closed shoes, and polo or t-shirts
Country: Costa Rica
Type of Trip:

Duration: 4 weeks - 24 weeks
Fee: From $936
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Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!