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Volunteer help is needed in a temporary shelter which is in charge of protecting and taking care of children at social risk and in a state of vulnerability. The shelter works in cooperation with the Costa Rican government to protect children who have suffered neglect, abuse, sexual and physical aggression. The children receive social and educational attention, love and care. The shelter works with children from 0 until 12 years old and is located in Higuito, a poor area of Desamparados, San José.

Possible tasks for the volunteers:
• Taking care and playing with the children
• Helping the children with their homework
• Assisting teachers giving classes
• Organizing workshops for the children: sports, art and culture
• Helping the staff with cooking, cleaning and organizing
• Accompanying the staff and children to doctors’ appointments, etc.

Volunteer’s schedule is Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Duration of the project: 1 week - 5 months. Please select the dates that work best for you and submit them with your application.

Learn more about the short-term (1-3 weeks) program: http://cadip.org/volunteer-in-costa-rica

Programs 1 to 5 months: http://cadip.org/volunteering-in-costa-rica


To be patient, tolerant and prepared that you will work with traumatized children


All participants in the program have an orientation meeting in San José before travelling to the project. The orientation helps you get an insight into local culture and prepares you for a positive experience in Costa Rica.


Having a volunteer experience as a part of your resume will definitely improve your chances when applying for a job, university, or learning program. Employers and admissions committees value volunteering highly because it signals your commitment, flexibility, patience, ability for teamwork. Employers, job-searching companies, and admissions officers know and frequently emphasize the importance of having volunteer experience. Upon request, CADIP will issue a certificate evidencing your volunteer commitment.

Duration: Ongoing
Faculty: ALES (Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences) All Faculties Arts Augustana Business Campus Saint-Jean Education Engineering Law Library and Information Studies Medicine and Dentistry Native Studies Nursing Pharmacy Public Health Rehabilitation Medicine Science
Location: Outside Canada


Name: Program coordinator
Phone: 604-628-7400
Email: cadip@cadip.org



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