The main objective of this program is to help develop the skills of people with special needs such as: blindness, deafness, autism, Asperger’s, Down syndrome and paralysis. We work with them through didactic activities and workshops, music, dance, art and theatre classes, among others. In addition, many of these children and youth receive speech therapy, physical therapy, and emotional support and assistance.
We work with Costa Rican children and young people from 0 to 21 years old. There is only one teacher in each class who serves groups of 10 to 25 children.
The teaching project with children with functional diversity in Costa Rica is located in the center of San Ramon. It is easy to get to, either by bus or on foot, depending on the location of your host family. However, it is no more than 12 km away and the cost of the bus does not exceed $1.
YOUR ROLE AS A VOLUNTEER
As a volunteer, you help the teachers and the person in charge of the classes in the daily tasks of the centre. Usually these tasks consist of following daily routines, behaviors, monitoring, support in class, help with early stimulation, support in feeding, creation of material, care in the open spaces and playing games. In summary the activities in which you participate as a volunteer are:
- Follow-up and accompaniment in daily routines
- Student Monitoring
- Classroom support
- Collaboration in early visual, sensory and/or auditory stimulation
- Participation in outdoor activities
- Assistance in feeding some students
- Creation of activities and material for the classes.
- I take care of during breaks and games
KEEP IN MIND
To be part of this program you do not need to have a specialty in these branches. But if you need to be of legal age, otherwise you must have an authorization from your parents or legal guardian. Also important is the desire to help and to give love and affection to these children and young people.
The required clothing is: long pants (jeans or jeans), blouses or short-sleeved T-shirts. Shorts, tank tops and shorts are not allowed.
Something very important is your level of Spanish, it can be basic, more than anything else so that you can communicate.
TIME AND PLACE OF WORK
He regularly works from Monday to Thursday, approximately 6 hours maximum. The volunteer has since Friday to visit Costa Rica.
It is important to know that there are no classes on the following dates:
- From the third week of November to the second week of February.
- Not even at Easter
- During the holiday period, which includes the first two weeks of July
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
You will live with a host family in San Ramón selected by the organization. Homestay accommodation includes 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). In the house you will have access to the common areas of the house and room with shared bathroom.
The cost of the program is divided into two parts, to register for the program you will have to pay a deposit of 150€. One month (1) after your volunteer trip you will have to pay for the rest of the program.
Each additional week in the teaching program for children with functional disabilities is 160€. The price of the program is in euros, so the exchange rate will have a real effect. You can check the exchange rate during your trip at the following link https://conversormoneda.com/
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
- Airport pick-up
- Meals during your volunteer program
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the programme
- Orientation and induction to the program
- Volunteer certificate