- Region: Latin America
- Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
- Location: San Ramon
- Base Price: $643 for 1 Weeks
- Price for Extra Weeks: $154
- Groups & Family: Yes
- Language Required: Basic Spanish
- Minimum Duration: 1 Week
- Minimum Age: 18 Years
- Accommodation Type: Dorm
- Meals Included: 2 Meals
- Start Dates: Friday, Every 2 weeks
- Airport Pick-up: Included in price
- Travel Insurance Included: Yes
What's not included: Flight, Visa Costs, In-country Transportation
Project Start Dates, Dutations and Fees
Project Overview: The community where this project is situated is the poorest of all San Ramon suburbs. Poverty here is an epidemic that continues to hold back each new generation of children from building a better life for themselves. Many cannot afford to provide their children with adequate care, schooling, and home tutoring. Most parents are illiterate, and substance abuse is a common problem. As such, it is common for homes not to have any books and learning materials.
You'll be working in a community center that acts as a pillar of support for these underprivileged families, lending a hand through friendly supervision of children and education. Reading is the greatest difficulty for many of the children who attend the community center, so many of the educational activities focus on bringing children up to their grade level in reading skills and comprehension. You'll give these children the tools to rise above their current conditions, securing a better job and more opportunities for success when they become adults.
What will I be doing? Your work will be diverse, at a facility that acts as a daycare, after school club, and community center. Main duties include supervision of the children, helping them with learning skills such as pre-reading; reading comprehension and fluency; playing sports such as basketball and football; and caring for them during their recreational periods. You'll also play and organize various activities with the children.
Where will I be volunteering? You will be based in San Ramon, Alajuela. San Ramon is one of the larger Central Valley coffee towns and is set in a scenic basin enclosed by rolling mountains. It is a very traditional, unique and close knit town. National Geographic Magazine referred to San Ramon as having the best climate in the world.
San Ramon is about an hour drive north of the capital San Jose. It has the central Pacific Coast beaches located a couple of hours to the west and is located just south of Costa Rica's cloud forest belt and west of Lake Arenal.
San Ramon central location makes it an ideal base for travel around Costa Rica. Apart from its weather and central location, the people of San Ramon are some of the friendliest people you will meet in Costa Rica. They are genuinely welcoming to travelers, and are eager to make everyone feel welcome. The town has campuses of the 3 main Costa Rican universities; this ensures that San Ramon has a vibrant social life.
What will be my schedule? The project schedule requires that you work 4 days a week, Monday to Thursday, for a maximum of 6 hours per day. Your time will be split between the morning and afternoon shifts.
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