Speech Therapy Volunteer

Pedagogical Unit Jose Rafael Araya Rojas - Tibas, Costa Rica
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-954 Location: Tibas, Costa Rica Sector: Health Care Category: Rehabilitation and Therapy Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Intermediate
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Volunteer Job Description

Pedagogical Unit Jose Rafael Araya Rojas provides support to students with different speech pathologies and takes place in a private classroom where the student can feel respected and have no fears to the improve the speech problem. In this way the school make sure the students receive the needed support from the educational system that will allow him/her to succeed on studies and life.

The school attends children and adolescents from the closer communities where the majority of them are from areas with socio economic problems and parents cannot take them to a private speech therapist. Besides the regular school academy subjects, the school offers extensive assistance with speech therapy sessions.

Speech therapy volunteers are needed to support the Speech Therapy Department of the school who's staff attend to a minimum of 30 students per week.

Speech therapy studies of 2 years minimum is required at this placement and experience in the field would be very helpful but it is not mandatory.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Therapy Session Assistant

A speech therapy volunteer would help the speech therapist of the organization with the daily patient sessions. There are around 30 appointments every week with children and adolescents from school students.

Classroom Organization

A speech therapy volunteer will help to organize the week's agenda plus the room for every session with a patient. Materials will be provided by the organization but creativity will be very important.

Research & Reports

A speech therapy volunteer may be required to write and maintain confidential children's case files and reports, as well as monitor and evaluate individual children's progress. A volunteer may also be asked to participate in research projects.

Therapeutic Games

A speech therapy volunteer would assist in therapeutic games during the day with the local therapist. The volunteer would be responsible for searching for therapy games in books and/or on line.

Host Organization Details

Pedagogical Unit Jose Rafael Araya Rojas

The Pedagogical Unit Jose Rafael Araya Rojas is a Public Institution that promotes Quality Education with a holistic vision and an approach that allows the integral development of the students of the Tibás Florida and nearby communities.Most of the students come from areas that are struggling from socioeconomic problems.

It also provides basic knowledge in activities that favor the development of a healthy social coexistence and the affirmation of the democratic sense of students, teachers, parents and community in general as lovers of the motherland, aware of their duties and rights with deep meaning of responsibility and respect for human dignity and attached to the goals of education.

The school is an educational institution that aspires to be a leader in pedagogical innovations, which promotes the strengthening of academic performance and provides educational and training services to prevent school drop-out. In order to form citizens who are lovers of the country, responsible for their duties and rights to enhance the institution.

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

The school follows the Costa Rican official religion Catholicism.

When They Were Founded

The Pedagogical Unit Jose Rafael Araya Rojas was founded in 1957 and it was named in honor of a pediatric doctor in Costa Rica. The land was donated by the community who collected funds from the neighbors in order to provide to the children of the local community a school close from home.

How Are They Funded

The school is a public institution and they receive funds from the government but also they have annual activities to get extra funds for building improvements organized by the parents association.

Donation Requests

The school needs classroom supplies like coloring pencils, notebooks, dictionaries, backpacks, construction paper, scissors, glues, color paper, stickers, pens.

Placement Location Information

Tibas, Costa Rica

Since its creation in 1957, the school have been rebuilt as a result from damages caused by time and earthquakes in Costa Rica.

It is a large school that attends students from kindergarten to eleven grade of secondary public education. The school attends around 1300 students every year split in 2 schoolar schedule everyday. The facilities include a library, computer classroom, a nutrition center where students get free breakfast or lunch and snacks and several classroom for all type of subjects. It also has a green area for breaks and a multi-purpose salon for physical education and formal activities at the school.

Located a urban area, the school is closed to malls, universities, restaurants, bakeries, internet cafe and several stores.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Take the Zapote bus to San Jose downtown and get off at the last bus stop. Walk through central avenue until the main post office and keep walking two and a half blocks south to La Florida X Tibas bus stop. Take the bus and get off right in front of the school.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 8 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:45

Weather in the Area

Tibás as San José City lies in the Torrid Zone and is in a tropical rainforest.

Under the Köppen climate classification it features a Tropical wet climate that borders on a subtropical highland climate. The temperature ranges between 17 and 30 °C (63 and 86 °F). Relative humidity averages 68.2% (with extremes of 55% in March and 78% in October) and the daily range tends to be between 60% and 90%, with the humidity typically dropping to the lower end of this range near mid-day and rising again during the night.

It rains on an average of 170 days per year but half the rainfall pours down on only 15 of these days. The rainy season is from May to mid-November, but cloudiness and rainfall can occur during the dry season.

City/Village Description

Tibás is the name of the 13th canton in the province of San José in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 8.15 km². The capital city of the canton is San Juan.

The canton forms a northern suburb of the national capital city of San José. It is triangular in shape, with the Río Virilla as its northern boundary. The Quebrada Rivera, a canyon, establishes the southwestern limit of the canton and also a portion of the southeastern boundary.

Tibás includes both industrial and residential neighborhoods and is home of one of the most popular soccer team in Costa Rica, Deportivo Saprissa and its stadium Estadio Ricardo Saprissa.

It is considered a cosmopolitan city where people can find all the facilities that the country offers: restaurants, banks, all type of stores, internet cafe, and it is still on development.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Hospital Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia
Streets 7 - 9
Avenues 17 - 19
San Jose
TEL 1: 22577922

Placement Address

Pedagogical Unit Jose Rafael Araya Rojas
Ave 65 St 31 & 33
Costa Rica

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Costa Rica at our BaseCamp Center in San Jose. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Costa Rica. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Costa Rica you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

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BaseCamp Costa Rica Address

Ave 16 St. 39&41
Los Yoses Sur
San Jose, Costa Rica

BaseCamp Costa Rica Contact Details

Tel: 506-8763-9595
Tel: 506-4030-1891
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Accommodation in Costa Rica

All volunteers on our program in Costa Rica start out at our BaseCamp Center. The center is located in the capital city San Jose, and is a fantastic place from which to start your adventure.

Once volunteers have finished their orientation, where they live depends largely on the location of their placement. If their placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minutecommute from BaseCamp, then the only accommodation option may be host families or volunteer lodges in the national parks. However, if the placement is within a 1 hour 15 minute commute, then volunteers can choose whether or not to stay with us at BaseCamp or live with a host family.

BaseCamp Costa Rica is located in the province of San Jose at Los Yoses area. This is a fantastic area closed to the University of Costa Rica, San Pedro Mall, banks, supermarkets, restaurants, embassies and stores. Walking distance to down town and only 30 minutes away from the Juan Santamaria Airport.

BaseCamp has four bedrooms and three wash-rooms. The beds are mainly bunk beds in dormitory style rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. There is a large common area where movies, books and games are available to our guests and there is a patio with a nice set up. This is an ideal setting for reading, studying Spanish or just some quiet relaxation.

BaseCamp is where volunteers first come when they arrive in Costa Rica and where they live for at least the duration of their orientation and training. The meal plan at the centre is based on a 14 day rotating schedule of a variety of traditional dishes from around the country. This meal plan allows volunteers to gain comfort and familiarity with both Costa Rican food and meal etiquette before making the transition to living with a host family.

Orientation and language training sessions take place in the BaseCamp Center. Each day of orientation blends some workshops and lessons with a mixture of outings to explore and become familiar with transportation and knowledge regarding the city.

Living With a Host Family in Costa Rica

Living with a host family in Costa Rica is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

In the case of a volunteer lodge or ranger station (which is often the only option for placements within a National Park), volunteers will be living in dormitory type accommodation and meals will be provided in a mess hall or dining area.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Costa Rica.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Costa Rica

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks

Costa Rica wildlife and conservation placements require an additional $7 USD per day fee to cover park fees and accommodation. All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates


The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • December

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Oct 01, 2021 Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021
Jan 07, 2022 Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022
Apr 01, 2022 May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022
Jul 01, 2022 Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022
Oct 07, 2022 Nov 04, 2022 Dec 02, 2022
Jan 06, 2023 Feb 03, 2023 Mar 03, 2023
Apr 07, 2023 May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023
Jul 07, 2023 Aug 04, 2023 Sep 01, 2023


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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