Volunteer with Unprivileged Children in San Jose

Are you on a quest to see a new part of the world, while also doing something extraordinary for children in need? Global Crossroad has a noble and exciting volunteering in an orphanage opportunity in San Jose, Costa Rica.

  • Volunteer abroad with unprivileged children in San Jose, Costa Rica for a low starting price of only $370
  • Distinguished and reputable programs through Global Crossroad since 2003
  • Always feel safe and comfortable while overseas with our reliable and always available in country support
  • Explore the vast beauty and wonder of Costa Rica, while making a beautiful difference in the lives of unprivileged children

Poverty, abuse, and alcoholism have left many children in Costa Rica without families, depriving them of the parental love and care they need and deserve. Global Crossroad's volunteer in an orphanage program in San Jose, Costa Rica aspires to improve these children's life circumstances by providing caring and nurturing volunteers to work and play with them. The orphanages/child care centers support and protect these children, while volunteer assistance helps keep these children off the street, and helps provide them with a happy and productive childhood.

The volunteering in an orphanage in San Jose, Costa Rica project focus on getting these children off the street, and providing them with shelter, food and education. Various ongoing educational, recreational and health projects support these unfortunate children and reinforce positive choices to improve their lives. This will be a highly rewarding experience! You will feel fulfilled and warm-hearted knowing that you have made a significant difference in the lives of abandoned children. The location of this volunteering overseas in an orphanage in San Jose, Costa Rica will allow you to explore the rich beauty of Costa Rica. This will surely be the trip of a lifetime!

Role of Volunteer

When join this volunteering with unprivileged children opportunity in San Jose, Costa Rica, you will provide care for the children, helping them with their homework, offer workshops, and participate in playtime activities. You may work with other volunteers and/or assistants. Most orphanages/ child care centers house separate genders, though there are a few that support both girls and boys. The children crave and deserve your love, care, attention and companionship; and thrive because of volunteer interactions.

Skills and Qualifications Needed

There are no specific qualifications needed to join the volunteer abroad with unprivileged children in San Jose, Costa Rica beyond a preferred basic/intermediate fluency in Spanish. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program. Volunteers need to have passion and love for children and be flexible and patient.

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   Unprivileged Children Project Fees
  1 Week   $370
  2 Weeks   $645
  3 Weeks   $920
  4 Weeks   $1,130
  5 Weeks   $1,315
  6 Weeks   $1,500
  7 Weeks   $1,685
  8 Weeks   $1,870
  9 Weeks   $2,055
  10 Weeks   $2,240
  11 Weeks   $2,425
  12 Weeks   $2,610
  • Comprehensive Traveler Insurance $3.49/day (for all locations)

How your fee is allocated?


Program fees cover:
  • Housing in shared rooms
  • Breakfast and dinner (2 meals) 7 days/week.
  • Airport pick-up
  • Orientation
  • Project management
  • Weekly salsa lessons
  • Free Tandem Conversation Program.
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.

Most Frequently Asked Questions: Volunteer in Costarica


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  • What's the distance between project location and accommodation? How about the commuting options?
  • What's the age and the number of orphans that I will help when I volunteer abroad with an orphanage in San Jose, Costa Rica?
  • Can I apply for this volunteer with an orphanage program in San Jose, Costa Rica project all year long?
  • Are there any details volunteers should know about before applying?