Child Care Volunteering in Costa Rica

Do you think little kids are the cutest thing ever?  Obviously!  If spending time and caring for the littlest of humans makes you absurdly happy, then this project was made for you!  On the Child Care Volunteering in Costa Rica project, you’ll be helping underprivileged kids with their communication skills and overall development.  It’s guaranteed to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

If you want a hands on experience working with children then this is the opportunity for you!  Volunteers help children from disadvantaged homes.  The Child Care Volunteering in Costa Rica project is similar to the teaching projects in that you’ll be providing educational guidance to youngsters.  However, this project works primarily with kindergarten and day care-age kids that require an additional level of care.  Some centers even care for infants whose parents must work and need assistance.  Volunteers will teach, play with the kids, help with the kitchen duties for meals, and teach them basic social skills.  You will work on teaching them the alphabet and numbers while making learning fun!

As the schools our NGO partner supports often lack resources, volunteers are encouraged (but not required) to bring donations of school supplies or to raise funds to help purchase supplies, clothing, and other necessities locally when in Costa Rica.  A little bit goes a long way in these schools, so any contributions are greatly appreciated and welcomed!

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Room & Board

Your project fee for the Child Care Volunteering in Costa Rica project covers your room and full board in either a host family house or volunteer dorm-style facilities depending on the location of your placement.

  • Shared, single-sex room (occasionally a private room is available) with a fan
  • 3 meals per day (meals will typically be simple Costa Rican dishes)
  • Drinkable tap water
  • Hot water is not available (hot water is not common in Costa Rica)
  • Some locations have limited WiFi access (location dependent)



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

1 week$275
2 weeks$500
3 weeks$700
4 weeks$875
6 weeks$1,150
8 weeks$1,550
12 weeks$2,250
Prices for projects in Costa Rica are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (

Included: Airport arrival transport • Pre-departure information • In-country orientation, training and coordination • Accommodation: private or shared room (location dependent) in a host family house or volunteer dorm-style facility with a fan • 3 meals per day (in most locations*) • 24/7 emergency phone

*In the volunteer houses in Jacó & Heredia, volunteers receive breakfast and lunch. Dinners are not provided as most volunteers choose to eat at local restaurants or cook for themselves and food waste became an issue.

NOT Included: Flights • Travel insurance • Local transport • Return airport transfer • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Trip Add-ons

Volunteers participating in all projects in Costa Rica have the opportunity to take add-on Spanish language lessons.  Click the button below for more information.

Spanish Lessons


Special Considerations | Child Care Volunteering in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

For special considerations regarding all projects in Costa Rica, please visit the Costa Rica page.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.

Placement Location

Our partner NGO in Costa Rica supports a huge number of projects.  In most instances, placements will occur at the location most in need of volunteers at the time.  Occasionally, volunteers will be given the opportunity to select which location they prefer.

Language Skills

This project requires volunteers to speak English fluently and have at least an basic level of Spanish.  Spanish classes are available (for an additional fee) outside of the volunteering hours.