Centro Integral Infantil Manos Amigas (Child Care)
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.
El Centro Integral Infantil Manos Amigas is an Institution which takes care of 30 children and their families from the very poor areas of San José. This center aims to cover the three fundamental areas of education, health, nutrition and psychological health which are essential for the integral development of any human being. They give them food and care as well; Kid’s ages vary from 0 to 6 years. They also organize night patrols to give food to homeless people in San José. /
Schedule: Monday to Friday, 6 to 7 hours per day. Weekends are free.
Possible tasks for the volunteer:
- Assisting the nannies in charge of the children.
- Helping the teachers to create different didactic materials.
- Supporting the special activities of the centre.
- Cleaning after the children leave.
- If the volunteer has initiative and the skills they can also ask for permission to set up their own activities at the centre such as:
- Games, songs, etc.
- Foreign language classes (e.g. English lessons)
- Workshops (music, art, etc.)
The volunteer will live in a host family. Your host family will be located close to the project, in which you can find all the basic services (Banks, Supermarkts, Restaurants, Gyms).
3 meals per day are included.
San José is the capital of the Republic of Costa Rica and the capital of the province of the same name. Located in the center of the country, specifically on the intervolcanic plateau called Central Valley, and contained entirely by the canton of the same name. Its metropolitan area with approximately 3 million inhabitants makes San José the most important political, economic and social center of Costa Rican territory, as well as the main hub for transport and telecommunications.
Culturally it can be considered almost in its totality with European influence that gave it Spanish and Italian immigration from its colonization, an influence also imported from France and Belgium, where it generally studied the privileged class of the country in the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. This can be seen in the distribution of the city that grew around the current cathedral and later in the architecture of it.
The languages of the workcamp are English and Spanish.
Required skills and interests of the volunteer:
• Patience, sensitive and tolerance.
• Have initiative to teach his or her language to the kids.
• Self-starter person.
• To be independent and to have lots of initiative.
• Ready and able to play games with the children.
• Good attitude.
• Use of cellphone is prohibited in working hours.
• Get along with kids.
A minimum stay of 2 weeks at the project is required.
Please arrive to Costa Rica 3 days before you start the project. The third day you will start in the Project. Centro Integral Infantil receives volunteers all the week.
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.
Before applying, please make sure you read our page "Projets en pays du Sud" : https://www.concordia.fr/pays-sud
Project Fee: 1 week $75 + Donation *
by the volunteers
Price for 4 weeks: $300 + Donation *
Apart from the Project Fee per month, there is a Fee charged by ACI:
Weeks Socio Camps
1 to 4 $250
5 to 8 $350
9 to 12 $450
13 + $550
SPANISH CLASSES FEE:
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.