Social Project

HERMANO PEDRO FOUNDATION


Since February, the National Children Hospital has an ally to provide care to their chronically ill patients in remote areas or in poverty. This is the Santo Hermano Pedro Foundation, this project belongs to Bethlemitas nuns, Daughters of the Sacred Heart in Escazú.
Burned children, transplanted, awaiting surgery and chronic patients are hosting in the foundation in company of a relative, here they can stay from one to six months. Cases are referred by the foundation to the National Children Hospital.
The current capacity of the hostel is for 24 children.
The place has large green areas and provides the necessary conditions for the children to have a comfortable and safe stay. It is intended as a draft comprehensive care, according to the needs of each kind of family. This includes food, clothing, literacy, recreation, training, and support but we require a lot of help from volunteers.

Burned children, transplanted, awaiting surgery and chronic patients are hosting in the foundation in company of a relative, here they can stay from one to six months. Cases are referred by the foundation to the National Children Hospital.
The current capacity of the hostel is for 24 children.
The place has large green areas and provides the necessary conditions for the children to have a comfortable and safe stay. It is intended as a draft comprehensive care, according to the needs of each kind of family. This includes food, clothing, literacy, recreation, training, and support but we require a lot of help from volunteers.

HOME FOR SPECIAL PEOPLE


The association is non-profit and is dedicated to serve adults between 18 to 60 maximum, with special needs like: down`s syndrome, mental retardation, I.C.P (infantile palsy cerebral),myelomeningocele and palsy cerebral with manageable behaviors, they attend to the center from Monday to Friday, at 8:00 am to 2:00pm to different activities like: jewelry, music therapy, art and drawing, sports, popular dance, handicrafts, and socialization. This group is comprised of mothers with sons with special needs. They have the concern to have a special center where their sons can go from Monday to Friday to socialize and participate in personal growth activities, because the city of Escazu didn’t have a special center like that.
Is required professionals like: doctors, nurses, Physical therapist, psychologist, students, and persons who like to collaborate in a disinterested way in the center.
 

SAVING THE ALCOHOLIC

 

The aim of this center is to provide therapeutic treatment for alcoholics, projecting them into the community of Escazu and the country with social programs. Providing shelter, food, prescription drugs and rehabilitation for people with alcoholism and other addictions in extreme poverty, if their main problem is alcoholism.

The center offer therapeutic systems, doctors, psychologist, according to the addiction. Supply food, clothing, medication, a place to sleep and social service if the person required. Social and family relocation seeking to meet the primary need, to offer the individual a better quality of life to achieve a reemployment. Approximately 200 residents per year are in the center and just men because the space is not enough.

DAY CARE PLAYAS DEL COCO

 

Day Care Playas del Coco Guanacaste, is an institution that emerges with the idea to fulfill the needs of families of the community. Where the majority work during the day and choose to leave their children in a pleasant place that guaranties their safety, but above all to prepare them to incorporate to their environment, with love, security, reliability, and responsibility.


Guarantying a caring and learning service according to their needs, taking each child a unique individual, promoting the harmonious living and the values, but above all building their own knowledge through experimentation and games.


DAY CARE SUPPORT ESCAZU

 


We have an institution who serves as a nursery for teen mothers with limited resources, who need someone to care their children while they work or study. Children who attend in this institution ranging from 1 month to 4 years and the total population is a lot children and very lower staff.

This childcare has many projects but not enough funds or hard working hands for it, that's the reason because your help as a volunteer is very welcome.


PUBLIC SCHOOL


Is the only classified rural institution in the entire area of ​​Escazu.
At present this School has sixty-two students, mostly from poor households where the lifestyle characteristics are simple. These children attend a preschool where one teacher may serve four different classes with only a handful of teachers to provide for the students. The role of the teacher then becomes arduous as it is not possible to divide lessons for different aspects of leaning for all students to achieve their maximum learning potential.
 It is known that for these schools the Ministry of Education does very little in way of help due to low enrollment. It is for these reason that these school need volunteers in:
These schools have many needs, some of these resulting in the volunteers such as above but there are many ways in which the school can be helped; these are:

  • An area of ​​4m x 4m needs to be constructed so students with learning disabilities can attend the school with their own facilities for learning.
  • The school needs sports equipment such as footballs, basketballs, tennis rackets, skipping/jump ropes, and plastic cones.
  • The dining room needs new tables and chairs as the children have outgrown them and the quality since has deteriorated.

This project is combined with the night school for older people who wish to study because before they did not have the opportunity for different reasons.


VENADO ISLAND


Located in the Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas, with a community of 1000 habitants, the main activity of the habitants of the island is artisanal fishing, local agriculture and the fattening of chickens and raising laying hens. All of this led by women entrepreneurs and young people oversee tourism. Shrimp, jumbo shrimp, and tilapia are used for breeding, and to be sold to other villages and thus help with children in schools and families with very scarce resources. We work with crafts made from shells from the island and making art with the materials they recycle. The community works with volunteers who have been very helpful. It is an island very blessed by God because they have drinking water, electricity, and health services, but they do not receive any economic contribution from the Government and therefore they must work with all the resources that the island offers them and with the volunteers who come to collaborate.


DENTAL FAMILY CLINIC

 

The family dental clinic has been working since July 2008 with the vision of providing a dental service accessible to people with limited resources.

In the clinic work 3 dentists every day and three more help every fifteen days or one in the month ad honoren.

The clinic has three dental chairs.

Around 25 to 30 patients per day are attended from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The clinic give free attention to Magdala Nursing Home.

TASKS IN GENERAL:

  1. 1.To help feed the children
  2. 2.To take care of the children
  3. 3.To change diapers
  4. 4.You will be helping with the day-to-day responsibilities.
  5. 5.Become positive role models and friends with as many of the kids and families as possible.
  6. 6.Daily attendance to the staff
  7. 7.Physical therapies
  8. 8.Psychology workshop
  9. 9.Medical examination
  10. 10.Work with the assistants of the center
  11. 11.Organized games
  12. 12.Teaching Assistants Volunteers
  13. 13.Volunteers as Office Assistants
  14. 14.Volunteers in Infrastructure Maintenance
  15. 15.Volunteers in Gardening
  16. 16.Dental Assistant
  17. 17.Helping to sterilize the equipment
  18. 18.Helping with the files
  19. 19.Giving appointments
  20. 20.Visiting schools and teaching how to have good oral hygiene
  21. Visiting the senior adult home and explaining how to take care of your prosthetics

PROGRAM FEE

US$25.00 X DAY, US$30 PICKUP IN THE AIRPORT, US$50,00 coordinator

WHAT DO MY FEES PAY FOR?

Orientation, program supervision, accommodation and 3 meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

WHAT ADDITIONAL COSTS WILL I HAVE?

Flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, transfer back to airport at conclusion of program, souvenirs, spending money (volunteers in generally find US$50 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses, including lunches), US$29 Departure tax at the airport.

WHAT DO MY FEES NOT CONVER?:

The flights, vaccinations, travel insurance, criminal background check, and personal expenses while traveling.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

Volunteers must be at least 17 years or older and no specific skills are required however flexibility and patience are very important as you will be working with Special people of different ages and levels of ability. A background or some knowledge of performing arts is an asset for this project, whether in dance, drama, or music. Any experience of teaching would also be an advantage but is not essential. You should keep a flexible attitude towards working in a new and a multi-cultural environment.

DURING YOUR FREE TIME:

Volunteers are free to visit and see places or do shopping during their free time. You can explore the local markets or travel to the beaches which can be visited on the weekends. The country offers unparalleled natural beauty, active volcanoes, rainforests, and a wide range of national parks and eco-tourism. In addition, Costa Rica has over 1,000 miles of gorgeous white-and-black sand beaches, also to take Spanish Lessons, Latin Dance lessons: Merengue, Salsa, etc.

I would like to offer again

Total Immersion Spanish and Typical food Classes Program

This program is made for: teenagers, volunteers, professionals, university students, seniors and adults in general.
We have different Spanish levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.
We offer two Spanish programs, 4 hours or 5½ hours per day. The MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE IS 4 STUDENTS in order to provide each student the greatest level of interaction with other students as well as personalized attention from the professor.
Classes begin every Monday and are held from Monday to Friday for all Spanish levels; you may study from one week to however many weeks you wish.
In addition, we offer cultural experiences such as salsa, Merengue dancing lessons as well as cooking classes.