Community Work in Costa Rica

Community Work Costa Rica
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CR-VOL106
Costa Rica
Volunteer Work
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Booking No.

CR-VOL106

Program Type

Volunteer Work, Community Work

Place

El Silencio, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Volunteer Responsibilities

Palm oil production, agriculture, work in vegetable and fruit gardens, sowing and harvesting, milking cows, work in stables, maintenance of tourist trails, assisting tourists, guiding tours, community work, teaching and assistance of the teaching staff in local kindergarten/school, selling products in the shop, general maintenance tasks

Work Hours

5-7 hours/day, from Monday to Friday

Program Start Date

Year round, on any day of the week

Duration

Minimum 2 weeks

Minimum Age

17 years

Language

Elementary Spanish skills. Also book your Spanish course in Costa Rica with us.

Skills

No special skills required

Accommodation

Single room with host family

Food

Full-board

Location

About 20 minutes from Quepos and 30 minutes from the famous Manuel Antonio National Park at the Pacific Coast

Climate

Tropical climate with very pleasant weather conditions year round. Average daily temperature of 25 °C (77 °F) and 15 °C (59 °F) at night. Rainy season from June to October.

Vaccinations

No special vaccinations required. Please ask your doctor for additional advice.

Internet*

There is Internet on the computer in the administration building. The use is limited to certain times during the day.

In-country Support

Volunteer coordinator on project site, additional support by our partners in San José

24/7 Emergency No.

With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us around the clock in case of emergency.

Packing List

Rubber boots, sun and rain protection, flashlight with extra batteries. We also recommend to bring your own working gloves.

Application

Application possible at any time, with at least 2 weeks’ notice. (Download Registration Form)

Insurance

Travel Health Insurance for Costa Rica mandatory

*We would like to point out that in Central America, especially in remote areas where some of our volunteer work projects take place, Internet and/or cellular radio systems do not always work reliably.

This volunteer project takes place in a “Cooperativa”. This is an association made up of about 30 families who dedicate themselves to palm oil production, which is their main source of income. The Cooperativa strives for a self-sufficient lifestyle and produces much of their own food for the community, utilizing a small agricultural plot.

The community has dairy cows, a chicken production, pigs, and gardens. They also have horses, dogs, and other small animals. In the village, there is also a school and a kindergarten, which are used to educate around 80 children on a daily basis. In addition to maintaining a dairy farm and the palm oil production, the Cooperativa also runs a small grocery store.

Furthermore, the Cooperativa carries out a small ecotourism project where they offer "holidays in the countryside". They have created several hiking trails and built comfortable guest houses. Some guests are just day visitors, while others stay overnight.

The daily work for this project varies and requires that volunteers are very flexible. It takes a lot of work for the village to keep their organic agriculture production, tourism business, and school and kindergarten running. Although volunteers help in all areas, personal interests and work preferences can be discussed with the volunteer coordinator after arriving at the project site. Upon arrival, the participant will receive a short introduction with information regarding living and working in the community, as well as security and codes of conduct.

The tasks are divided into the following categories:
• Palm oil production (fruit harvest for oil production)
• Dairy Farm (general maintenance and herding cattle)
• Helping in the vegetable garden
• Working in the local Kindergarten and school
• Assisting the teaching staff
• Preparing class materials and recreational activities
• English lessons at school or in workshops for the community members
• Working in the grocery store (price merchandise, organization)
• Eco-tourism
• Maintaining the trails, bridges, installing new signs etc.

At the beginning of the volunteer project, all volunteers will be introduced to the various work areas and, together with the project coordinator, the week-by-week work schedule will be set. Volunteers don’t have to choose only one area to carry out their volunteer work because they can keep their program abroad exciting by helping in multiple. Depending on the program duration, tasks will vary. For short periods of two weeks, the volunteer may be used in just one area and not be exposed to the others. Volunteers that stay longer are more likely to have the opportunity to work in different areas.

During your volunteer project, you will live with a local host family directly in the community. The accommodation includes full board and a private room. Meals are shared with the host family, which gives you the opportunity to get to know each other, gain intercultural experiences, and improve your knowledge of the Spanish language.

In most cases, the families live in simple houses and it’s important that you are flexible. Do not except to find the same modern Western standards that you may be used to in your accommodation. Although you will live more simply, you will feel overjoyed with the warm hospitality you receive from your host family. Many of the volunteers are also impressed by the beautiful countryside that surrounds the project site, the peace and serenity of the residents, and the unique cultural experience.

Volunteering in Community Work in Costa Rica includes:
  Consultation of our experienced staff
  Translation of application documents
  Volunteer work Placement
  Orientation session on arrival
  Orientation kit
  English-speaking local support in San José
  24/7 Emergency Number
  Accommodation with local host family
  Full-board
  One overnight stay in San José upon arrival
  Airport pick-up San José
  Transfer in San José from the accommodation to the bus terminal for the journey to the project site
  Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation

What’s not included:
  International flight
  Travel health insurance
  Local travels

Prices:

Program / Duration

2
weeks

3
weeks

4
weeks

additional
week

Host Family
(full-board)

700 USD

890 USD

1,080 USD

190 USD

Application fee of 120 USD to be added. One week corresponds to 7 days and 6 nights.

 

Optional:

Travel Health   Insurance 

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