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Childcare Placement

Practical information

Strengths

  • Gain experience in teaching young students
  • Develop skills such as teamwork and project management
  • Enjoy the beaches for surfing, swimming or relaxing.
  • Improve your Spanish

Program description

The program consists of working with students aged between 6 months and 6 or 12 years depending on the placement, 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. Participants will be working alongside local staff, but will be free to bring their own ideas into class. It is important to understand that the methods of teaching and interacting are less important than the attitude of the participant towards the children. Activities will change in line with the school year, taking into account 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 mother tongue or very fluent speaker, 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 will be balancing a range of activities for your duration at the school or daycare. Your schedule can be flexible, but you should be prepared to teach 3-6 hours a day. You will have lunch on site and can expect to remain there from 07:30 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.

 

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Where is your project

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Included in the price

  • 24-hour in-country assistance
  • Reception at the airport SJO
  • Project training by experienced staff
  • Orientation upon arrival and presentation of the project
  • All meals during the project (3 on weekdays and 2 on weekends)
  • Secure accommodation (usually shared)

Not included in the price

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Insurance

Your accommodation

the 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; this must be arranged before arriving for your program).

All doors are lockable, but as rooms are shared, and we carry out regular cleaning, we recommend that you don't lock your rooms.

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

 

Activities

Additional information

Food Arrangements

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.

Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

 

Schedule

-Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.

-Costa Rican Do's and Don'ts, Costa Rican Culture Lessons and Spanish Language Lessons.

-Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary

-Lunch

-Introduction to the Project, Project site and start participating on the project (if possible).

 

Conditions

- Minimum age: 18 

-  English level: Basic

- Extract of CRB 

- Passport copy 

- Vaccines: Diphtheria, Typhus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Polio. Consult your doctor for destination-specific vaccinations.

Payment
A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 

Cancellation

A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.

Other

Our partner NGO offers a secure environment and a local team who takes care of the volunteers and manages all the logistics on their missions. 

Since 1998, they have been offering the opportunity to participate in solidarity programs from education to support and development of local communities, through wildlife and environmental conservation.

Their values: we are not passive viewers, we encourage a hands-on approach. The missions require active participation and a real engagement of the participants. 

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Childcare Placement
From 1075 EUR

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