As a volunteer in Jacó you will get the chance to teach English in a school or at one of the local libraries. The children at the school are between 7 and 12 years old, and you will assist as their teacher during classes. Both teachers and the students will appreciate your help and your contribution will be a great benefit for all. At the library you will teach a mix of students all together in various age groups.
The school you will volunteer at is located in Jacó but many of the children come from the suburbs outside the city. You will be assisting in teaching English but also help with other classes. You can also play games with the children during breaks and be involved in their physical education. You will also get the chance to work at a library in Jacó, with the vision that everyone in Jacó, no matter how old they are, is welcome to get education. We want to encourage more students to graduate from school, to keep their studies on a higher level to ensure them a better future. You will be teaching your own English classes, supporting and encouraging the students to keep their studies on a high level. These classes usually consist of 1-3 students and are much appreciated.
The children have holiday twice a year, during Christmas from December to February and in the summer. It is possible to teach at the library during this period as it is open during the whole year.
The purpose of the project
Many people in Jacó want to learn English, your work as a volunteer will be much appreciated. With your knowledge in English you will contribute to a better comprehension of the language for the local residents and help with the development of Jacó.
Costa Rica projects are conducted in collaboration with a local NGO that has several years of experience with volunteering. Volunteer travels offer you a well-organized and safe experience as a volunteer. It's a guaranteed meaningful stay for those who volunteer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
You will be picked up at the airport in San José and you will stay at a Bed & Breakfast in San José the first night. The day after you will go by bus to Jacó, it will take about 2 hours. Your host family will meet you at the bus station in Jacó when you arrive.
Accommodation and food
Your accommodation will be arranged with a local host family. These homes are located about 10-20 minutes from the city centre of Jacó. You will have your own room which will be cleaned a couple of times a week. There is opportunity to wash your clothes at your host family. Your host family could help you to learn some Spanish and you could help them learn more English. You will get a deeper understanding about the culture in Costa Rica by staying with a host family. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during your stay as a volunteer at Jacó.
In your spare time you will have the chance to enjoy Jacó Beach; the beach is one of the most visited beaches in Costa Rica. There are a lot of activities you can try. Why not go surfing, paragliding or drive a quad bike at the beach? Maybe one of your biggest dreams is to do a bungee jump, take a cableway through the jungle or kayaking in the Pacific Ocean. In Jacó there is something for everyone to do.
If you want to explore something more than just the beach there is a lot of different national parks you can visit. Reserva Biological Carara is located a couple of kilometers from Jacó. Reserva Biological Carara is a good place to see the Scarlet Macaw in their natural environment; you can also see animals like white-headed capuchin, peccary, South American coati and a lot of different birds. If you feel adventurous you can try rafting, horseback riding or why not a crocodile safari?
‘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 the 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 that it is estimated that every fifth person in Costa Rica still lives in poverty.
It is your responsibility to make sure that your insurance covers illness, injury and theft whilst you are volunteering. Most travel agency’s sell a travel insurance that is valid for volunteer work, so be sure to enquire about it when booking your flight tickets. Volunteer Travels does however, supply liability insurance and is included in the price. Liability insurance applies to instances when compensation for damages is demanded of you, as a private person, for unintentionally injuring someone or for unintentionally damaging someone else’s property.
Visitors do not need 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.
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 $ 29, not included in the tour price.
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.