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2 Weeks Special Volunteer Program in Costa Rica
2 Weeks Special Volunteer Program in Costa Rica

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2 Weeks Special Volunteer Program in Costa Rica

Trip Highlights

  • Amazing 2 Weeks Special Volunteering Program combining the best of work & travel
  • Get one of a kind opportunity to get closer to Mother Nature at Santa Barbara
  • Help in preparing local meals in ‘Barrio Jesús Soup Kitchen’ for kids
  • Work for Beach Conservation and Restoration Project
  • Enjoy a weekend excursion to Majestic Poás Volcano
  • Get set for some adrenaline pumping at Zipline Tour in the Tropical Rainforest
  • Get an amazing opportunity to hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon
  • Meet some enthusiastic travelers from different parts of the world

Overview

Overview

Be a volunteer for the amazing '2 Weeks Special Voluntour' in Costa Rica and experience the best that the 'Land of Ticos' has in store for you! Perfect for students looking for an experiential learning journey, as well as for backpackers and travelers who are keen on making a difference while exploring Costa Rica - this program would definitely be the best option for one and all.

Work at a community kitchen and help to prepare food, clean the place, wash dishes and share with the children and adults who go to this NGO to maybe have their only meal at the day. As a responsible traveler, engage yourself in beach cleaning work and protect the environment. Other than that, there will be ample time to explore and pump your adrenaline while looping through the canopy and soaking in the freshness!


Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 17 years or older at the time of joining the project. You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program and should be prepared to work outdoors and get their hands dirty. Participants in the program should have a keen interest and love for environment conservation work as well as for working with children. Participants should have no criminal convictions and should provide a clean criminal background check report.


Volunteer Work Schedule

Volunteer Work Schedule

  • Duration: 2 weeks 
  • Arrival: Sunday
  • Project: Intercultural & Ecological Projects
  • Working Days: Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 4-6 hours in a day
  • Weekends: Travel / Sightseeing included in Cost

 


Schedule

Itinerary

Day 1 Sunday: San José airport picks up and transfers to Volunteers’ House & Hostel to unpack and rest. 

Day 2 Monday: -Brief orientation, starting at Jesús Soup Kitchen Project and Walking Santa Bárbara City Tour in the afternoon.

Days 3 – 6: Barrio Jesús Soup Kitchen.  
Our Social projects seek to contribute to the development of the poorest families in our population, principally in poor rural areas and marginalized urban areas in order for them to attain integral human development, which translates into better living conditions in harmony with nature. Volunteers will be working in Barrio Jesús Soup Kitchen by helping to prepare food, clean the place, wash dishes and share with the children and adults which go to this NGO to maybe have their only meal at the day.  During this first week, you will be helping four hours daily from Monday to Friday. You will provide care, love, and attention for these children and parents as well as assisting staff at the projects. 

Days 9 – 13: Jacó Beach Environmental Program.  

  • Cleaning the beach and Recycling Campaign every Monday and Wednesday morning.
  • Volunteers will pick up garbage all along the beach and place it in special garbage containers. Please keep in mind that because of the ultraviolet rays you can’t spend the four hours working at the beach. Volunteers will separate and recycle the garbage they collected from the beach.  
  • Reforestation Program every Tuesday and Thursday morning.
  • Volunteers will look for, pick up and place in the “greenhouse” beach almond trees which are the main food for the Big Scarlet Macaws.
  • Helping community every Friday morning. Optional and if you didn't work 5 hours a day Monday to Thursday.
  • Volunteers will work in different projects at the community, such as painting murals, working in the playground or the soccer field, working in the local community buildings, etc.                                                                       

Day 14 Saturday: Goodbye Costa Rica.
You can spend your last day saying goodbye to Costa Rica and shopping or continues traveling around the country. This is your last morning at the Volunteers’ House & Hostel.

Weekend Tours

Day 7 Saturday: Poás Volcano Tour: As we ascend the mountain, we will see coffee plantations as well as fern, flower and strawberry farms along the way, creating a beautiful array of colors and visuals.

There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing us for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest of the Poas Volcano.
The Poás Volcano is an active 2,708-metre (8,885 ft) stratovolcano. The crater of the volcano is over a mile across and 1050 feet deep.  It has erupted 40 times since 1828, including April 2017.

At the Volcano, we will have time to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, and hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as we learn about the different ecosystems in the park. Enjoy your day at the Worlds’ Biggest Active Geyser. 

Day 8 Sunday: Canopy Adventure Barva Volcano. Zip-lining in the morning and transfer to Jacó Beach in the late afternoon.
Our trip begins with an early pick up 8 am approx. at your place. From there you will be transported to our Operation Center in San Jose de la Montana, Heredia. After registering and using the restrooms, our guides will be gearing you up for the adventure with a professional climbing harness, pulley, leather gloves, and helmet. Once the gear is in place we will jump back in our transportation to do a short (1/2 mile) drive up the hill. During this last drive, we will be able to learn about the cypress plantation and the way that it is managed.
 
Once we get to the top of the hill our guides will be conducting a “safety talk” where all the doubts about how to properly use the gear, the right position to ride on the cables and the way the broken system works will be explained. On this adventure, all you have to do is enjoy the ride.
 
After the safety talk, we will be walking into the primary forest. As we make our way to the first platform we will stop along the way to learn more about the cloud forest. At the end of this nature hike, we will find ourselves at the foot of a staircase that will take us to the top of the forest, climbing along a gigantic oak tree. Once we get to the first platform we will start using gravity to travel.


Living

Living

Being an International Organization, we try to make sure that our volunteers are given the kind of comfort and flexibility they seek. In terms of airport pick up, stay, local travel or work and even city tour, we help our volunteers and facilitate everything for them.

Airport Transfer

Volunteers are picked up from the San Jose International Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Costa Rica will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand.

Accommodation

As a volunteer for the ‘2-week Special Program’, volunteers work in two different cities, Heredia in the first and Jacó in the second. Jaco is about a 100 kilometers from Heredia and all volunteers will be transferred after the first week accordingly. While in Heredia, participants are provided accommodation with a host family.In Jaco, accommodation is provided in a lodge or guest house.You will be having your own room or sharing it with other volunteers.

Orientation

All volunteers are given an Orientation beginning on their project start date. Orientation is conducted by the local staff and covers topics such as Costa Rican Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety and Introduction to your project and placement.

Meals

Volunteers are provided with two cooked meals a day at the host family house in Heredia as well as in Jaco. Local Costa Rican cuisine is a fusion of cuisines from different parts of the world. Common foods are Rice, Vegetables, Beans, Pork, Meat, Chicken etc. 

During your Free Time

Volunteers are free to visit and see places or do shopping during their free time. You can explore the local markets or travel to the beaches which can be visited on the weekends. The country offers unparalleled natural beauty, active volcanoes, rainforests, and a wide range of national parks and eco-tourism. In addition, Costa Rica has over 1,000 miles of gorgeous white-and-black sand beaches. Visit these things you can do in your leisure time.


Dates

Dates

2024

2025

January

14

28

February

04

18

March

04

18

April

01

15

May

06

20

June

03

17

July

01

15

August

05

19

September

02

16

October

06

20

November

04

18

December

02

January

12

26

February

02

16

March

02

16

30

April

06

20

May

04

18

June

01

15

July

06

20

August

03

17

September

07

21

October

05

19

November

02

16

December

07

21

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Costs

Costs

2 Weeks £807

Please Note: -An application fee of £179 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.

What are you Paying for?

  • Pickup from the airport
  • Orientation & Walking Santa Bárbara City Tour
  • Placements in the Volunteering Projects
  • Accommodations at Volunteers’ Houses in Santa Bárbara & Jacó, including two meals a day (Breakfast and lunch)
  • Tours to Poás Volcano and Zip-lining
  • Participation’s Certificate if desired
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  • Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)

What's NOT included?

  • Flights
  • Local transportation 
  • Towel & Toiletries
  • Insurance
  • Dinners
  • Pocket Money
  • Transportation back to the airport but we can help you to organize it

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