La Fortuna Orphanage Program

La Fortuna Orphanage Program
Spend time with children from La Fortuna Orphanage
in Costa Rica!

  • Starting at just $885 for a complete, one-week itinerary!

    This project is a perfect fit for those who love kids. Every 15 seconds a child becomes an orphan worldwide. Thankfully in Costa Rica, we don’t have as many orphans as in other parts of the world. According to the United Nations Children Fund, about 40,000 children in Costa Rica are orphans. Most cases are due to dysfunctional or non-existent family structures. Our hope is that by providing quality care and nurturing for our orphans at a young age, we can prevent more children from turning to life on the streets, prostitution and drug abuse.

    We currently have 17 children between the ages of newborn and 10 years old. Full time staff includes the Director, Psychologist, and five “Aunts” to give direct care to the orphans.

    The love and care the children receive at our orphanage project is crucial to the child’s well being, future, self-respect and confidence. We hope you can come to visit. You’ll see first hand how truly magical this place is!

    Volunteer Responsibilities

    Our volunteers provide a wide range of services and assistance to our orphanage project, including – but not limited to:

    • Spending time with the children. The value of this activity should not be underestimated. With very few staff members and many responsibilities, one of our greatest needs is just “being with” the children. This provides them with the attention they desperately need, while at the same time allowing the staff to catch up on other important tasks.
    • Helping with general maintenance of the orphanage so that we can provide an environment which is comfortable, personal and safe. This could include painting, gardening, cooking, cleaning, etc.
    • Provide training to our staff to help them learn the best ways to nurture and care for the children.
    • Teaching or sharing music, arts, crafts, recreational activities and excursions.
    • Sharing of a special skill (doctors, dentists, therapists, etc.).

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  • Several options are available. Please see the package choices below. Please know we will customize a special itinerary for you if these choices below do not suit your needs.

    Find our packing list here.

    Please click on the following links to view the daily itineraries, to see what is included and for pricing information:

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  • The orphanage is located in the La Fortuna area of Costa Rica, by the popular Arenal Volcano.


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    • Age: People of all ages are welcome! Minimum age for children not traveling with a parent or guardian is 18 (or 16 with parent permission and an exception from our Director).
    • Participants: Individuals, groups and families are welcome.
    • Length: Minimum – 2 days; Maximum – unlimited.

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  • No trip is complete without experiencing the local surroundings. Available excursions for this project include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Canyoneering/Rappelling
    • River Rafting
    • Stand up Paddling
    • Kayak Tour
    • Horseback Riding
    • Hanging Bridges
    • Waterfalls
    • Volcano Hike and Natural History Tour
    • Hot Springs
    • Zip-Line/Canopy
    • Mountain Biking
    • Safari Float
    • Venado Cave Spelunking
    • Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
    • Birdwatching
    • Sport Fishing
    • Monteverde One-Day Tour


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  • Each package is priced differently. Please review the options below for more information. Please Contact Us for more information and for your personalized quote!

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Whether you are looking for an adrenaline-filled experience, to be absorbed in nature, or for more of a local cultural experience, Tropical Adventures can help!

Nature & Wildlife Option

Starting at just $1,491
If you are looking for an authentic volunteer experience with lots of nature & wildlife, Tropical Adventures is for you!
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Amazing Adventure Option

Starting at just $1,546
If you looking for a volunteer experience combined with lots of adventure, Tropical Adventures is for you!
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Host Family Option

Starting at just $1,115
If you're looking to volunteer with kids while being submerged in the local culture, Tropical Adventures is for you!
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Hostel / Budget Option

Starting at just $885
If you are looking for a fun and meaningful volunteer experience at an affordable price, Tropical Adventures is for you!
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In short

  • A perfect fit for those who love spending time with kids
  • Several package options available
  • Helping with general maintenance
  • Teaching music, arts, crafts, recreational activities and excursions
  • Individuals, groups and families are welcome

What others say

In January, we had the chance to do volunteering work at the orphanage in La Fortuna for 7 days. With the women working there, we took care of around 15 children between 2 months and 10 years old. We played with them, read with them, watched movies together and so on. It was an amazing experience, very rewarding.
Jonathan Villiard,