Costa Rica in Spanish means Rich Coast. Just as its name suggests, the rich coast of Costa Rica would be a great place to spend your time as a volunteer as well as seeing the sights as you travel around this beautiful country. Your volunteer work will be in the city of San José. You will be working either as a recreational volunteer or at an elementary school. Costa Rica is a small country and you have every opportunity to travel to volcanoes, rainforests and stunning beaches while staying in the country.
Project fee from EUR 950
Your Role as a Volunteer
Examples of tasks at the school as a volunteer:
• Assist with the teaching of artistic subjects
• In some schools participate in physical education
If you want, you can combine your school work with jobs in an open recreational environment. The number of children varies but can go up to 80 – 100 children in one day. Schools are closed from Christmas to mid-February, two weeks around Easter and four – six weeks in July and August.
The Project’s Mission
In some parts of San José the unemployment is high and some families’ struggle with regards to opportunities for extra earnings. Even schools in these areas have scarce resources and you can be a great help. The project primarily aims at trying to better the conditions for the locals as best 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
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; however you would never share a room with one of the family members. You will eat all your meals with the family. Host families have a lot of experience with volunteers and they are familiar with the projects that volunteers participate in.
You will be picked up at the airport in San José. The program begins with a week’s worth of Spanish Lessons (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 receive more information and an overview 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 won’t be difficult as taxis are available and it would cost you approximately $24 from the city.
In your spare time you will have the chance to explore the surroundings on your own. You will be free during weekends; this is a great opportunity to travel around. The country has many attractions to offer and there is a well-developed network of buses that makes getting to either of the coasts easy. Our partner can help you to organize excursions such as white-water rafting, hiking and mountain biking. There trips will be an extra cost that you will have to cover yourself.
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.
Visitors do not need a visa to travel to Costa Rica. You will get an automatic 90-day tourist visas at the arrival. If you are planning to stay longer, you can secure new visas by making a weekend trip to Nicaragua. Our partner will help you to arrange such bus journey, but you will have to pay for it yourself.
If you are a minor (under 18 years) you have to have certified signatures of both of your parents that you can travel alone, which you have to show to the flight personal already before leaving Europe.
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. They will advise you on which vaccinations are necessary to have when travelling 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.