Volunteer Now Costa Rica

Make our oceans plastic free

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Organized beach cleanups and education are key to bringing SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY standards closer to what the planet desperately needs. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

This program is about beach, ocean, and coastal cleaning expeditions. Retrieving plastic from our environment is our main purpose. Volunteer role at our camp is creating good team work while at our activities. Volunteer roles also include camp related chores, like cleaning equipment, classifying plastic for recycling and reusing. Also keeping personal space clean and maintaining general camp order. 

Because our program  is very exclusive, volunteers will be working directly with the founder Geronimo Ciuti and his local team.  This project has all the support from Hotel Punta and its Operations Manager, Joe Calderon, which also oversees the project and the productivity of our alliance. 

The volunteers can expect to be in contact with a beautiful resort, surrounded by nature, and three awesome beaches, while we do the beach cleaning activities. We expect that the volunteers have a positive attitude, and good team building and social skills. Team collaboration and respect among the team is always expected from the volunteers.

The volunteers can expect to mix an awesome , beach resort vacation with all its activities,  with giving back to the environment and helping clean the beaches. There are a lot of activities for the volunteers to do in their spare time.

Our Camp Director is always available for any of the volunteers needs. 

This volunteer camp is located inside the premises of Hotel Punta Leona, surrounded by natural beauty and in the heart of the central pacific coast of Costa Rica, near the international airport, and just a 1 hour drive.

This location allows us to be close to many beaches that desperately need our help. Contamination from some of our main rivers coming from the capital city, San Jose, are the mayor source of plastic accumulation in the coastlines.

Our camp has sleeping quarters for 8 volunteers at a time and serve all meals. In case we are on an expedition, we will serve lunch out on the water or on the beach.  Because of our exclusive “expeditions” approach, there are many types of volunteer jobs within the organization that cater to everyone’s interests and skill sets. In case we receive bigger groups and need more accommodations for volunteers, we use Punta Leona’s Hotel Rooms.

Hotel Punta Leona is known for its sustainable practices and Blue Flag Certification Program awards for its three beautiful beaches. The hotel is a private and secure property that consists of several thousand acres of pristine lush rainforest. Volunteers can feel safe in all the premises and enjoy all the activities the resort has to offer. Several swimming pools, restaurants and supermarket are within walking distance from our camp as well as many amazing mountain trails to walk and explore.


At this volunteer camp you can help us make a difference in our efforts to maintain our environment and have a great time doing it!!!

Typical day

Volunteer Schedules and Chores

-          Schedules

Volunteer work schedules are generally in the morning hours, 8am till noon 12:00am. Since walking the beach is sometimes tiring to do all day long. We divide our work day in morning or afternoon shifts. / 8am-12:00am or 1:00pm-5pm

 Weather is  better in the morning for the beach and coast clean ups. Walking the beach and coastlines and then separating the plastic retrievals for proper recycling, or reusing purposes. After each clean up, we generally clean and wash all the equipment (reusable bags) and uniforms.

-         Volunteer Camp Chores

If a specific day we do not do a beach clean up, we use our time productively doing chores in our camp volunteer camp. Cleaning uniforms, washing our equipment, painting for maintenance purposes, or simply helping out preparing meals.

 With volunteers we also help out in several ecological projects implemented by Hotel Punta Leona. We have a Butterfly farm, an Hidroponic garden, or helping out maintaining the trails for birdwatching like sign elaboration and painting.



Details on Arrival

Volunteers can arrive any day of the week in daily hours.

Free-time activities

On their free time, volunteers have plenty of activities. Since we are secure inside Punta Leona Resort, we don’t only count with our own activities, but can also participate in the Hotels activities without an additional cost.  The resort counts with three beautiful beaches, and three swimming pools, supermarket, and 3 restaurants.

All these activities include:

-          Snorkeling

-          Surfing lessons

-          Kayak tours

-          Paddleboard tours

-          Hiking and Trailrunning

-          Waterfall visits

-          Beach soccer

-          Dancing lessons

-          Waterpolo

-          Beach Volleyball

-          Fusball

-          Tennis court

-          Bingo nights

-          Table games

-          Bird watching

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Sightseeing
Diving/Snorkling
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 14 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 08:00 - 12:00

Included Services

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All program fees are charged directly by Volunteer Now Costa Rica.

Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Volunteer Now Costa Rica

The fees include three times of meals and accommodations in a bungalow inside Hotel Punta Leona.

We provide all the equipment needed for this project.
Airport pick up is not included.

Accommodation

Accommodation includes their own bathroom and comfortable beds as shown on pictures

Bungalow
Food & Beverages

This project gives breakfast, lunch and dinner

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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. 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
1 week (min. stay)
$ 315
2 weeks
$ 630
3 weeks
$ 945
4 weeks (max. stay)
$ 1,260
Average fees
$ 315 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Puntarenas/Costa Rica between 1 week and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteer Now Costa Rica 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 Volunteer Now Costa Rica during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America Costa Rica  Puntarenas, Playa Herradura

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