Santacultura

Help Children in rural communities

Santa Cruz, Costa Rica show on map
Non-profit
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founded in 2015
Liza
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Coordinator | Liza
Coordinator | Liza
We support small schools located in rural areas where children come from low in come families.
This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

Highlights

  • Explore an indigenous culture in a town declared National Folk city of Costa Rica
  • Learn and practice spanish living with a Costarican family
  • Make a difference in the lives of the children from our rural community
  • Make memories you will never forget about Costa Rica beach and mountains
  • Visit our amazing National parks and most popular beaches in Guanacaste

Santacruz is a marked and divided city between the tourist population and rural communities in Guanacaste, which do not receive any help from the resources of the tourist industry.

 One of the many needs of this town is to strengthen the education of children and young people from low-income families who attend small local schools, that do not have the materials or resources to receive a proper education.

 We work with a school located in a rural town  10 minutes away from Santa cruz dowtown.  The school  is Unidocente, which is coordinated by only one teacher who is also the principal and she is in charge of 26 students. All kids are learning in the same classroom, while  they   are in different learning levels and ages (from the 1st to 6th grade). our volunteer program goal is to create didactic materiasl, art projects, educational games, and enviromental activities to improve the chidren's education

The students do not receive  music class, art, physical education and english class . This is the reason why we are trying to reinforce those subjects with the help of volunteers.

 Through this volunteer program participants help in the learning process of these children. It is also a way to integrate with the culture, practice the language and obtain personal enrichment through coexistence with another culture.

How can you help?

Priorities:

1.  The school really needs didactic materials, visual classroom materials, educational games, teaching resources, art projects , crafts and games. As a volunteer you could help us to make differents teaching materials. We provide materials.

2. Teacher support: helping the teacher with the differents groups and grades

 3. Teaching english  

​ 4. Spanish native speakers can help as a Spanish teacher support (grammar, reading)

 5.  Teaching art, music, physical education, yoga, theater, painting, sculpture, gardening.

  6. Environmental Education

 7.  Psychology and special needs (Speaking fluent spanish is mandatory)

​8.  If you have any skill and want to share with them


Projects 

  • Create a space for  Materials, supplies, art projects, toys and teaching materials.
  • Start a library ( the children don't have any books to read or study)
  • Start a Garden 
  • English Club

Typical day

Location and duration: The project is based in a rural community call it Bernabela, 10 minutes away from Santa Cruz downtown.

Volunteer schedule: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by Liza the coordinator, she will help you with anything you need.

During the week, you will work 3 to 4 hours. A typical morning schedule is as follows:

8.00 AM - Breakfast in Santacultura.

9.00 AM - Leave Santacultura and travel to your placement that is located only 10 minutes away.

9.00 to 12:30 – Volunteer Work  (school schedule it’s from 7:00 am to 12:30 ) Your role on the project is to assist at a local school where work could change, but generally includes teacher support, help students with class work, prepare didactic materials, make classroom posters, sports, plant trees activities, help in the kitchen preparing children’s lunch.

You are not required to have experience working with children to participate, Liza the coordinator will give you all the information and support you need to start your work.

Santacultura provide materials and supplies to work in the school projects.

 12.30 - Back to Santacultura house.

1.00 PM - Lunch at Santacultura.

Afternoon hours: you are free to enjoy our outdoor areas to rest, chill in the hammocks or enjoy the views in the look out, ride a bike,practice spanish or go to the beach. 

  • 3-4 hours per day usually in the mornings / school hours 7 am to 12:30
  • We can coordinate activities or a special program after school
  • During the volunteer program you are free to create your own projects to work with the children. 
  • You can choose your working hours according to your projects and in coordination with the teacher or the director.

Details on Arrival

This program start every monday and is available all year just observe Costa Rica National Holidays

  January 1st (New Year)

  April  (Easter week) 

  April 11th Juan Santamaria (Costa Rica National Hero)

  May 1st (Labor day)

 July 1st-12th Public schools vacations (we could have a holiday program)

 July 25th Guanacaste Anexation

 August 15th (Mother’s Day)

 September 15th (Independence Day)

 December 24-31st (Christmas Days)


    

Free-time activities

We are located in a quite rural town but only 45 minutes driving away you can find the most popular touristics beaches and attractions in Guanacaste like Playa Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Avellana, Marbella, San Juanillo, Ostional Wildlife Refuge...where you can spend your weekend or day practicing surfing, yoga, art events and more.

Water Sports
Sightseeing
Riding

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) and English (fluently)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
English,Spanish, Art, Enviromental education at High school degree level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Experience is a plus but not requiered
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 12:30

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Santacultura (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Santacultura

The price included:


1.Confortable room with private bathroom, Air Conditioner, WIFI

2. Two Meals and fruits (breakfast and lunch)

3. Transportation to the school where you will work (everyday at any time)

4. Airport pickup  (Liberia, Guanacaste)

Airport Pickup at Liberia Airport
Airport pick up is included 

Please notice that airport pick up is at Liberia International airport in Guanacaste ...Not at the airport in San Jose

(LIB) LIBERIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PICK UP!!!


Accommodation

Accommodation with us (host family)

We have 3 rooms availables for volunteers. All  rooms has private  bathroom/ air conditioner /wifi, and are located beside from our main house. 

Because we want our volunteers feel comfortable and keep their privacy we provide a private room with a single bed and private bathroom. It Is important for us to give an exclusive and personalized attention for your stay with us.

Also volunteers can enjoy the common areas, we have a full equipped  kitchen outdoor, grill, hammocks, a tiny lookout and little rancho.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

We provide breakfast and lunch  and also we have an outdoor kitchen that is free to use to prepare your own meals. We always have fruits and fresh water to share with volunteers.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Liberia Airport (LIR) in Liberia. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.
Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,180
5 weeks
$ 1,480
6 weeks
$ 1,775
7 weeks
$ 2,095
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,540
Average fees
$ 295 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Santa Cruz/Costa Rica between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Santacultura will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Santacultura during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America Costa Rica  Santa Cruz, 150 Bernabela santa cruz guanacaste
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