Volunteer in an Orphanage in Puntarenas

Are you on a quest for adventure? Do you want to explore a beautiful new country and culture? Do you also want to dedicate your time to helping others in need? Global Crossroad’s volunteer in an orphanage program in Puntarenas, Costa Rica is an excellent opportunity to do all of the above.

  • Volunteer abroad in an orphanage in Puntarenas, Costa Rica for a low starting price of only $260
  • Reputable, reviewed, and recommended program since 2003
  • Safety is our top priority!
  • Embark on an eye opening, heart fulfilling, and memorable experience abroad

This home away from home in Costa Rica provides a safe, educational, and hopeful environment to orphans, abandoned children, and youngster who have been removed from their homes by child services due to abuse or neglect. Currently there are over 80 children living in the home full time, divided into different houses by age. Here they are given a safe environment with appropriate guidance, encouragement, meals, and basic care.

Infants and Children: During this particular volunteering in an orphanage in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, you will primarily help children that are newborn to seven years old. Your volunteering work in an orphanage in Puntarenas, Costa Rica will be with nuns and helpers to feed, care for, play with, and nurture creativity and good manners in the children, as well as maintain a safe and clean space. This program begins in the morning with breakfast at 7:30am, and you are asked to stay at least until after lunch, which is around 12:30pm. If you choose to stay later for the children and teenagers project you should send your request in advance to the coordinator who will gladly set this up.

Children and Teenagers: During this volunteering in an orphanage opportunity in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, you are encouraged to share your specific talents or skills with the children, and the in-country coordinator will be happy to set up appropriate special projects and activities. You will work with older children in a customized project based on your skills and strengths, and also help at the homes where the children live: preparing meals, cleaning, and socializing with the older children.

This volunteer in an orphanage program in Puntarenas, Costa Rica runs in the afternoon from 2pm-6:30pm. From 2pm-4:30pm volunteers work with the older children, and then from 4:30-6:30pm with the teenagers. If you are also interested in working with the younger children in the morning they should send their request to the coordinator, who will make all necessary arrangements.

Costa Rica is a beautiful country filled with an abundance of flora and fauna, diverse landscapes, vibrant cultures, and friendly people. You will have plenty of free time to explore some of Costa Rica’s wonders! This volunteering overseas in an orphanage in Puntarenas, Costa Rica will fill your heart with joy and satisfaction knowing that you have truly made a positive impact on the lives of children who are struggling as orphans.

Role of Volunteer

Volunteers will take care of young children, and should do so with a caring, positive and professional attitude. You will be expected to help with whatever task (such as cleaning, feeding, playing, cooking, laundry) needs doing. Volunteers will also be asked to tutor or work with older children, and create a class or workshop for them in a field or topic the volunteer has particular skills in.

Skills and Qualifications Needed

Volunteers who have no real understanding of Spanish are advised to enroll in our language program, as having beginner or intermediate skills will lead to a more rewarding experience for them and the people who they meet and work with on their program.

Although there are no formal qualifications required to join this volunteer abroad in an orphanage in Puntarenas, Costa Rica project, volunteers are expected to have an interest in working with young people, be patient, caring, open minded and be able to identify work and do it without constant supervision.

Dates and Prices

Dates: Volunteer in Costa Rica

All volunteer programs in Costa Rica start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Prices: Volunteer in Costa Rica

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality volunteering programs in Costa Rica. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's volunteer program in Costa Rica application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

      Duration   Orphanage Project Fees
      1 Week $260
      2 Weeks $445
      3 Weeks $630
      4 Weeks $815
      5 Weeks $1000
      6 Weeks $1185
      7 Weeks $1370
      8 Weeks $1555
      9 Weeks $1740
      10 Weeks $1925
      11 Weeks $2110
      12 Weeks $2295


    • Airport Pickup in Private car from San Jose airport to Puntarenas – 3 hours $110
    • Transportation by bus from airport to Puntarenas $40: volunteer will travel unaccompanied to Puntarens and picked up at the local bus station
    • Spanish Lesson (10hrs per week) $90

    For all

    • Comprehensive Traveler Insurance $3.49/day (for all locations)

How your fee is allocated?


Program fees cover:
  • Accommodation (volunteer house or host family)
  • Food (local food 3 times a day)
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

The volunteering overseas in Costa Rica program fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses, which would typically be around $30 a day for room and meals at a hostel.