Recycling - Upcycling

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gegründet 2006
first hand Costa Rica
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Koordinator | Frank
Koordinator | Frank
If you have ideas for waste processing, if you are skilled in (art) crafts and / or if you have ideas for workshops on waste prevention, then we need you! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+
About the Program
An estimated 3.5 million tons of garbage are produced by the world's population every day - with the urban population producing about two to four times as much garbage as the rural population. Costa Rica and the beaches in particular are also affected by this global problem. A central aspect to get the problem under control for future generations is to raise awareness and avoid as much garbage as possible.

In order to make good use of the waste that has already been created, there are many ideas to use old materials in such a way that new products are created. If materials are processed in such a way that a comparable product of slightly lower quality is produced, this is referred to as recycling or downcycling - e.g. when recycled paper is made from paper.

If the processing results in a product of higher quality, then this is called upcycling. Here, there are no limits for imagination and creativity: Bags made of old sheets or T-shirts or chip bags or umbrellas, candleholders made of cans, belt made of bicycle tires, table decoration or planters made of bottles, sculptures made of flip flops, flower tubs made of tires, figurines made of yoghurt cups, detergent bottles, plastic utensils etc., (wall) Carpets made of old fishing nets and ropes, walls or benches made of "ecobricks" (plastic bottles stuffed with plastic bags) and and and ...

About your work / your skills
You should bring creativity, talent for improvisation, (manual) skill, crafting talent, Willingness to organize the materials, the hand tools,  willingness to communicate, openness, ability to approach people, enjoy working independently, sense of responsibility if you are working with children (6-12 years) and maybe (depending on what you want to do!) crafting material.

About the locations
You will be in one of the small towns on the pacific coast between Sámara and Nosara. This is where our school programs are located and you probably will be close to the school volunteers. So, if you can plan together some events for the kids or the community.


Depending on your own ideas and wishes, your typical day can change a lot! You can work in a variety of different areas - such as waste prevention or waste upcycling - and you can work with different groups - children, adolescents, adults - or maybe you have your own art project that you want to do and show. Therefore, the following list is only a suggestion of what you could (!) do!

  • Information on the extent of the garbage problem worldwide
  • Workshops on waste prevention and waste separation for different groups
  • Actions for collecting rubbish and cleaning the beaches
  • Sort, clean and prepare the collected material for further processing
  • Making 'new' products ... in the photo gallery you can find some suggestions and in www. there are endless ideas!
  • Conducting events to collect donations for the realization of further projects or for charitable purposes


After work you can go to the beach, swim, surf or snorkel. The next village with leisure time possibilities is not far: there are tours for watching dolphins, kayaking, canopy, fishing and others. Go out in the evenings to listen to music and dance.

On the weekends you can go on tours in and around this area and there are a lot of places to visit in Costa Rica: National Park Monteverde, National Park Manuel Antonio, Volcano Arenal, visit the caribbean coast, visit our rainforest lodge, go on a trip to Nicaragua or Panamá …
Water Sports


Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Spanisch (Grundkenntnisse) oder Englisch (Fortgeschritten)
Polizeiliches Führungszeugnis
Benötigte Unterlagen
Criminal background check IF you want to work with children!
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag


Dienstleistungen von first hand Costa Rica

The fees are used to pay the families and for our coordination services. We organize the journey to the project and we also do hostel reservations in San José if needed (mostly it is needed!) - and, if you will combine projects, we will also organize the transportation between the projects. You will have to pay the cost for the pickup and the transport.

Further we will introduce you to your family and to the community; we will help you to get the first steps done ... And we are 24/7 available in case you need help - please contact us via email or WhatsApp or Phone.

Abholung vom Flughafen Juan Santamaria International Airport

We provide airport pickup, we organize the journey to the project and we also do hostel reservations in San José if needed (mostly it is needed!) - and, if you will combine projects, we will also organize the transportation between the projects. You will have to pay the cost for the pickup and the transport - about 60 US$ including the bus ticket to the project .


You will be living with a family in the village and you will have your own room.

The rooms of our guest families are pretty different - just as different as individual tastes and economic possibilities are! So, please don't expect your room to be exactly like the one you find in the photos (we will have to update some photos soon) ... maybe your room is completely different! Our philosophy is not to choose a project because of its accommodation - it will be definitely be a lot more rustic than you are used to and you will experience that life in Costa Rica doesn't take part inside the houses, but outside. 

We have many many years of experience with our volunteers in our guest families and we haven't had one single case in which a volunteer couldn't get along with the room ... so, wether your room is very nice or not, doesn't say anything about the heartiness of your family and the wonderful experiences you make in the project! ;-) 


You'll enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with the family based on the tipical Costarican diet, for example rice, beans, vegetables, meat and fruit.

Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Costa Rica zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Costa Rica bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Costa Rica antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Costa Rica überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

The projects start every Monday and it is recommended to arrive in San José latest on Sunday before your project starts. You can arrive earlier - and you can already be in your guest family from Friday before  project start.
Whenever you arrive - you will be picked up at the airport by our driver with a sign with your name. He will drive you to the reserved hostel (if necessary), give you the bus ticket (he will buy a ticket in advance to reserve you a seat in the bus), pick you up at the hostel the day of your journey to the project and bring you to the bus.
The cost will be around 60 US$ plus the hostel night (between 10-12 US$ (dorm) and 30 US$ (single/double room).
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
4 - 24 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
4 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
$ 1.220
8 Wochen
$ 1.940
12 Wochen
$ 2.660
24 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
$ 4.820
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$ 253 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben aufgeführten Programmgebühren aktuellen Wechselkursschwankungen unterliegen können. first hand Costa Rica wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Die Zahlungen werden von PayPal, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter, abgewickelt. Wenn du kein PayPal-Konto hast, kannst du auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit first hand Costa Rica während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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Recycling - Upcycling

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