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CECUDI Manitas y Sonrisas (Child Care)

Costa Rica
Amérique Latine
San Pablo, Heredia. Costa Rica

CECUDI Manitas y Sonrisas (Child Care)

Volontariat Moyen/Long terme

ACI Costa Rica is a non-profit organization founded in 1967, whose main goal is to promote programs of intercultural learning and international volunteer service (IVS) for people from all around of the world, facilitating their experience in social and ecological projects, developing global citizens.
ACI wants to contribute to solidarity and friendship between the different societies of our globalized world, to sustainable human development, and personal growth of our participants.
Our organization is an active full member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE), a federation of more than 40 intercultural and IVS organizations located in the five continents. ICYE Headquarters are placed in Berlin, Germany. The federation of ICYE has been recognized as International Peace Messenger by the United Nations.
ACI Costa Rica has developed partnerships with other networks and programs such as: The Committee of Coordination of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), associate to UNESCO, The Alliance of European Organizations (ALLIANCE), Volunteering Matters from United Kingdom (VM), VolontEUROPE, Weltwärs from the German government, and ERASMUS + from the European Union.
The experiences we promote are mainly focused on incoming and outgoing programs, involving long and short-term periods, for groups and individuals. These programs are managed in cooperation with our local Costa Rican networks, partner organizations and communities such as: The Federation of Social Organizations (FOS) and YO ME UNO from the private initiate, and others.


The “Centro de Atención y Desarrollo Infantil de San Pablo is an organization that provides a quality service to children between the ages of 3 and 7 years who come from families in extreme poverty, poverty and the middle class of the San Pablo de Heredia area. It is based on constructivist methodology and promotes equality between men and women as well as core values for personal development.

Possible tasks for the volunteer:
• To assist staff with everyday tasks
• To play games with the children
• To help with mealtimes
• To assist with cooking, cleaning, laundry etc.

Schedule for the volunteer:
From Monday to Friday 5-8 hours a day. Starting at 7:00am

Someone from the ACI office will accompany the volunteer to the project on the first day in order to introduce the volunteer, assist him/her with translations if needed, support the people from the project and ensure that the participant receives all the necessary information before starting to work.

Hébergement et nourriture: 

The volunteers stay in a host family which will be near the project.
3 meals per day are provided by the family.

Situation et loisirs: 

Heredia is a province of Costa Rica, located in the north-central part of the country. To the north it borders Nicaragua, to the east with the province of Limón, to the south with the province of San José and to the west with the province of Alajuela.

Its temperature ranges from warm and humid in the north of the province, to cold climate in its mountainous areas and temperate zones in the Central Valley area. The capital of the province is the city of Heredia, known as the "City of Flowers." This city is located 10 kilometers from the capital of Costa Rica, the city of San José, and 12 kilometers from the city of Alajuela.

The province of Heredia is rich in colonial tradition. Within its modernism, it is perceived, for its old adobe houses with the roofed roofs and its Spanish architecture, a singular extension of colonial elements. From a point of view of popular culture and folklore, Heredia is called the Province of Flowers, not only because of the presence or cultivation of flowers, but because of the reference to the large number of people with the surname "Flores".

San Pablo is located around 7 km from the center of Heredia, in which you can find all the basic services (Banks, Supermarkts, Restaurants, Gyms).

ACI Costa Rica is responsible for picking up the volunteers at the airport and taking them to their first host situation (hostel or family).

Conditions préalables: 

The languages of the workcamp are English and Spanish.

Required skills and interests of the volunteer:
• To enjoy working with children
• To be patient and tolerant
• To be sociable
• To have a lot of initiative
• To be respectful towards the rules of the institution
• To have a basic Spanish level
• To be a good example for the children: appropriately dressed

Social projects require volunteers to either have a basic level of Spanish or to book classes upon arrival (Optional).
As a complement of our Short-Term Program, Spanish language classes are offered by ACI-CR to the participants and can be arranged with our private teacher starting from one week or more. Whether the volunteer receives his/her Spanish classes with our private teacher depends on the availability of the private teacher.

Minimum stay of 4 weeks.
Please arrive to Costa Rica 3 days before you start the project. The third day you will
start in the Project. Cecudi receives volunteers all the week.

Before applying, please make sure you read our page "Projets en pays du Sud" :


Price per month:
$300 + $50 One-time Fee

1 to 4: $ 250
5 to 8: $ 350
9 to 12:$ 450
13+:$ 550

In case you book Spanish lessons, they will take place at the ACI office before the volunteer work starts. We hire experienced teachers who will help our participants to develop the vocabulary, speaking and comprehension skills necessary for a successful experience at the volunteer project(s) of their choice. The prices include the stay with a host family and three meals a day.
Price for 1 week : $ 300
Price for 2 weeks: $ 600
Price for 3 weeks: $ 900
Price for 4 weeks: $ 1200

The total cost of your volunteer program with ACI will be:
The cost of your volunteer project(s) + Spanish Classes (if applicable) + the administrative ACI Fee depending on the total amount of weeks that you would like to participate.
Local transportation, international insurance and airfare will be covered by the volunteer.

Things you need to Bring to Cecudi:
• Hair bands
• Sun block
• Rain coat
• Extra shoes (tennis shoes)
• Work clothes (that you don´t mind getting dirty)
• You can bring backpack or suitcase.

01/01/2019 - 20/03/2022

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Frais de participation à régler auprès du partenaire: 
350 USD
Age minimum: 
20 ans
Age maximum: 
70 ans
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