costa rica
intermediate english
De 2 à 12 semaines
âge minimum : 16 ans
Childcare Placement

Childcare Placement

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.


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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24-hour in-country assistance
Reception at the airport SJO
All equipment and materials needed for the project
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

Drinks and snacks
Local excursions

Dates and prices

Every Sunday


Up to 66% tax reduction


Fees to be paid upon registration

Price after tax deduction*

2 Weeks
1175 €
399.5 €
4 Weeks
1860 €
632.4 €
5 Weeks
2175 €
739.5 €
6 Weeks
2590 €
880.6 €
8 Weeks
3220 €
1094.8 €
10 Weeks
3850 €
1309 €
12 Weeks
4480 €
1523.2 €

*Calculated on the basis of 66% tax reduction. For more information on donations to organizations of general interest, go to the official website of the public service

A supplement of €200 applies to participants under 18 years old. For more information, go to the youth area.


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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

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.



-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


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


– 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.

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