Visiting the Casa Hogar Orphanage in Puerto Vallarta
Volunteer vacations have become a popular twist on the traditional R&R vacation. One popular volunteer activity for vacationers in Puerto Vallarta is visiting the Casa Hogar Orphanage near the airport.
While Casa Hogar is officially called an orphanage, it is actually a privately-run foster home. The children at Casa Hogar are not technically orphans but still do need your love and attention.
Casa Hogar generally houses 35-50 children between the ages of just a few months old through the upper teens. A favorite activity of many visitors to Casa Hogar is going to the baby and toddler area and simply playing with the children.
There are always babies that need to be held and love nothing better to be rocked in your arms. The toddlers love to play catch, be pulled in a wagon, tickle fights, piggy back rides, hide and seek, and playing any other game you can think of.
If you want to volunteer at Casa Hogar and spend some time teaching something new to the school-age children, playing or reading with them, the best time is between 10:00 AM and noon because the children go to school in the afternoon. You can best visit the toddlers and babies between 10:00 AM and noon or between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. They have lunch around noon or 1:00 and the little ones get baths in the late afternoon.
Remember that the children and staff do not speak really English, so it''s a great opportunity to practice your Spanish. You will be asked to sign a log book upon entering Casa Hogar also. Many orphanage visitors enjoy bringing toys and candy for the children each time they visit. Please remember that school supplies can only be provided by Casa Hogar and each child is only allowed one piece of candy per day.