Childcare Placement Costa Rica

Join a Childcare Placement program where you will work with the daycare and preschool kids aged between 6 months and 6 years old.

You will either be in a bilingual private institution, a government daycare, or a charity-run daycare. This placement is all about cultural interchange and fun, helping the children to grow up happy, inquisitive, creative, and unique.


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Program Description

The program consists of working with students aged between 6 months and 6 or 12 years, depending on the placement, and teaching and playing in English. You can choose to be with the younger or older children if you wish or to work with all ages. Participants will be working alongside local staff but will be free to bring their own ideas into class. It is important to understand that the methods of teaching and interacting are less important than the attitude of the participant toward the children. Activities will change in line with the school year, taking into account environmental issues or current festivals. During holiday periods, there are special events and programs to keep the children entertained and engaged.

The childcare program serves a dual purpose; of course, it is meant to help children have fun and learn English with a mother tongue or very fluent speaker, but it also benefits you, giving you an insight into childcare and the Costa Rican education system as well as an excellent opportunity to form bonds with students, teachers, and even parents and so take a full role in the community.

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

Costa Rica is a country that heavily depends on tourism and international investment, which makes it essential for locals to be proficient in the English language. By participating in this program, you will have the opportunity to broaden the cultural horizons of children in Esparza at an early age, giving them the confidence they need to practice and use English. This experience will not only benefit them for a lifetime but will also enable them to converse and play with you.

The primary objective of this placement is to provide an opportunity for children to learn, have fun, and grow in confidence. As a participant, you will gain valuable teaching and childcare experience, which is an essential life skill. Additionally, you will have the chance to experience deep cultural immersion, which will broaden your perspective and enrich your life.


Monday to Friday

You will be balancing a range of activities for your duration at the school or daycare. Your schedule can be flexible, but you should be prepared to teach 3-6 hours a day. You will have lunch on site and can expect to remain there from 07:30 until just after 16.30, depending on your schedule, giving you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the school and its activities, and to get to know its students and staff.

When confirming your dates, please take note of the long holidays (late December to early February) and the other Public Holidays in the Holidays section that schools may take advantage of. During such times, renovation work continues, with the option to join special classes and English camps when requested by the local community.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                –

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

We require the following documents from the participants at the time of signing up.

  • CV
  • Motivation Letter

Additional Equipment

  • Casual dress is appropriate during your time at the school. Please don’t wear ‘beach wear’ or any other outfit that is too revealing. Long trousers or long skirts are ideal, as teachers usually dress conservatively.
  • Please bring clothes appropriate for construction work if you will be here during holidays, so you can take part in school renovation and other community work.