HOSPITAL DE NIÑOS (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.
The Hospital de Niños is the most important institution in the whole country for children’s health care. Its staff is constituted by the most experienced pediatricians and surgeons specialized on children. As a consequence, the hospital receives babies, children and teenagers up to the age of 18 from all over the country and from all social backgrounds. The volunteering opportunities at the hospital are arranged by the “Asociación de Damas Voluntarias”, a group of women who give love, support and care to children in recovery process from surgeries or treatment and who collaborate with some other general activities in the hospital. Volunteers will work only with children and will not do activities related to medicine.
Schedule for the volunteer:
From Monday to Friday 5-7 hours a day. Starting at 9:00am
Possible tasks for the volunteer:
• To accompany bedridden children
• To play with the children (in the playground area)
• To accompany children and hospital staff to the examination places
• To help the teachers in the hospital (assist in classes, preparing material)
• To help in some other areas of the hospital such as the laundry
• To assist in specific activities assigned by the hospital staff in accordance with
the volunteer’s specific skills
The volunteers stay in a host family that will not be in San José.
3 meals per day are provided by the family.
Hospital de Niños, San José Downtown
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:
Only female volunteers are accepted
• To enjoy being with children
• To be really responsible
• To be aware to work with sick (or sometimes dying) children
• To have a basic to intermediate Spanish level
• To be sociable
• To have lots of initiative
• To be respectful towards the rules of the institution
A minimum stay of 1 week at the project is required. Please arrive to Costa Rica Sundays or Mondays. On Wednesday you will start in the Project. Hospital de Niños only receives volunteers on Wednesdays.
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: Price for 1 week: $75 + $22 *
* Uniform for the project
Price for 4 weeks: $300 + $22 *
* Uniform for the project
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.
Things you need to Bring to Hospital de Niños:
• Hair bands (Mandatory)
• Jeans or Leggings
• Extra shoes (tennis shoes)
• No jewelry
• Piercings or visible tattoos are not allowed (earrings are okay).
• Shoes over ankle
• Long socks, not short (Mandatory)
• Work clothes (that you don´t mind getting dirty). You have to wear the T-shirts of the Hospital
• You can bring backpack or suitcase