Costa Rica in Spanish means rich coast. This is just the right place for those of you who want to volunteer as well as see this beautiful country as its name suggests. You would either work at a recreational centre or a day-care centre. Costa Rica is a small country and you have every opportunity to travel to volcanoes, rainforests and enjoy the lovely tropical beaches while staying in the country.
San Jose Day-Care
Project fee from EUR 950
Your Roles as a Volunteer
There are several nurseries in San José which are run by local enthusiasts. You would be working with children who are aged 1-6 years
Examples of tasks in a day-care centre:
- Assist with the general care for the youngest children like feeding etc
- Create a playful environment and encourage the children’s creativity through educational games, singing, drawing and more.
Any form of help is appreciated; you can develop new methods to make the work more productive all your suggestions will be received with open arms. You have the choice to combine your day care work with many recreational activities or you could assist in the soup kitchen.
The Project’s Mission
In some parts of San José unemployment is very high and opportunities for extra earnings are low for families. Schools in these areas have scarce resources and you can be a great help. The project primarily aims for trying to better the conditions of the locals as far as possible.
Costa Rica projects are conducted in collaboration with the Spanish Logos, a local NGO. Thanks to this cooperation, Volunteer travels offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer. It’s a guaranteed meaningful stay for those who volunteer for the local population.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected]. When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
Your Everyday Life
You will be picked up at the airport in San José. The program begins with a week’s Spanish teaching (for those traveling for 4 weeks or more) or a shorter introduction to San José (for those traveling for 2 weeks). During these days, you will learn more about the Costa Rican culture and to get more information on how it is to work as a volunteer on your project. You will have to make your own arrangements for the Airport transfer on your return journey. It would not be difficult as taxis are available and it would cost you approximately $24 from the city.
Accommodation and Food
Your accommodation will be arranged with a local host family. It may happen that volunteers have to share the room with other volunteers. You will eat all your meals with the family. You can also carry pack lunch if you are not coming home for lunch. Host families are chosen carefully and usually have a long experience with hosting volunteers.
About Costa Rica
‘Central America’s jewel’ is how Costa Rica is usually referred to. With coast lines on both sides of the country it offers endless possibilities for everyone. If you are interested in ecotourism, bird watching adventures or long white tropical beaches, you will find all of that in this small country. Amazingly 6% of the world’s species can be found here and much has been invested to protect all this incredible wildlife and the enormous natural treasure that can be found here.
Costa Rica is usually also referred to as Latin America’s oldest democracy. It is actually stated in its constitution, unusually but firmly, that the country shall never possess any armed forces. Former president Oscar Arias Sánchez was rewarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution in bringing peace to Central America in the 1980s. Costa Rica is a relatively rich and developed country. Social welfare reaches the Western European standard in many respects. Despite this, it is estimated that every fifth person in Costa Rica still lives in poverty.
Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You can book your flight tickets from any travel agency of your choice. You need to arrive in San Jose on Saturday or Sunday before the project starts. Your last day is on Friday, after the number of weeks that you have chosen to work as a volunteer. If you want to go home right after the end of the project, you should book a trip home for the next day, i.e., Saturday, or Sunday. Be sure to check the arrival and departure on your tickets.
Note: While leaving Costa Rica, you must pay an airport tax currently at $ 26, not included in the tour price.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
You are responsible for your own insurance which should cover you for illness, injury and theft while working as a volunteer. Majority of travel agencies sell travel insurance which you can buy as a supplement to your home insurance. Included in your tour price is a liability insurance, which Volunteer Travels provides in case you unintentionally injure someone or damage someone else’s property while volunteering.
You should contact your nearest vaccination centre for any questions regarding vaccinations for traveling to Costa Rica. Circumstances can change quickly, but it is always you, who makes the final decision about which vaccinations to get. Vaccinating against Hepatitis A and B is recommended always when travelling abroad.