The special needs volunteering program aims to support the care and development of individuals that are mentally or physically handicapped. Volunteers joining the special needs program will be working alongside staff to maximize the opportunities for the development of people(students) in the project.
As a volunteer, you will be helping to teach basic skills like handicrafts, basic home education, music, educational games, and workshops. You will also be helping staff to organize the project and to cook.
Volunteers working in this program should be resourceful, patient and have a very happy disposition. People with backgrounds in psychology, therapy, and education are encouraged to apply to the special needs volunteering program
Arrival to the program are most Sundays.
On arrival you are greeted by our friendly coordinators and taken to your accommodation. Next day you meet with all the volunteers and interns that came the previous days for orientation.
In orientation we cover topics like:
-Do’s and dont’s in the country
-How to get around and weekend travel
-Communication, SIM cards , and currency.
-Social meet ups with other participants.
Spanish classes are available at an extra cost in 20 hour blocks. Monday to Friday , 4 hours per day.
See our costs section for more information.
There are no requirements for this program other than being able to communicate at the project and work well in teams.
We encourage all of our participants in our programs to travel as much as they can during the weekends. Volunteers and interns usually travel together during the weekends. Our coordinators can assist you to make travels plans
During the weekdays volunteers and interns usually spend time together after their assignments.
The special needs project in Costa Rica functions on a volunteer and donation basis from family members of students, organizations and other individuals who want a welcoming and safe place for people with disabilities.
By volunteering in the special needs program you will be working with other volunteers and staff to support the students by cooking, playing games, teaching classes, and promoting a fun and supportive environment in the project.
Work is from 8 am to 1 pm, Monday to Friday.
In Guatemala, there is very little free or affordable support for individuals that have either physical or mental disabilities. Low-income families that cannot afford good care for their members with special needs are left to figure out what they can do to support them.
INLEX works alongside a special needs project that helps people with disabilities whose families cannot afford proper care. Volunteers are very much needed in this field as there is always a lot of work and not enough people.
In the special needs volunteering program you will be working with other volunteers and staff to care for disabled students by helping them cook, play games, assist in physical therapy, and keep the place tidy and welcoming for the students.