March 18, 2015
At Manos Abiertas, as a FrancisCorps Volunteer you will organize activities for the youth, provide care in the hospital and depending on your background and education, you could work in the pharmacy, physiotherapy, or with nursing assistance. As you care for these children in need and enter into relationship with them, their stories and personalities will truly shape and impact how you see the world. This site is open to all applicants but would be of special interest to individuals with an interest in health care and social work.
Manos Abiertas is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit organization run by a community of sisters. The agency is headed by a very dynamic sister, Hermana Marlene, who is like the Mother Teresa of Costa Rica. Manos Abiertas serves disabled children who have been abandoned including terminally-ill children. This center is composed of a small hospital and various residential groups according to the ages and capacities of the youth. For many of the residents, Manos Abiertas becomes their permanent home.