Reforestation and Community Development

Non-profit
WeVOL
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Coordinator | Kerri
Coordinator | Kerri
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High­lights

Experience local beach town life while working hand-in-hand with community members in Matapalo, Costa Rica.
Learn about flora and fauna in meaningful ways and share your time and energy productively.
Gain hands-on international work experience while working directly with community leaders.
Make lifelong memories as you explore the area, see secret waterfalls, surf amazing waves, meet memorable locals, and watch breathtaking sunsets.
Enjoy local cuisine while living at our modern yet rustic lodge located one minute from the waves.
Be part of and spearhead a variety of community and reforestation projects in a tropical beach town. Join the fun & make a difference in beautiful Matapalo, Costa Rica! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

As our quaint beach town becomes more noticed and receives more tourists, we need your support to take action now and protect the local flora and fauna. WeVOL´s Reforestation and Community Development volunteer program empowers volunteers to gain professional and personal experience while also helping a low-income community.  To achieve this mission, volunteers participate in long-term reforestation, beautification, and conservation projects. Year-round projects include native tree reforestation, plus designing, building, and maintaining protected areas for future reforestation efforts. In addition, volunteers are encouraged to spearhead innovative programs based on their skills and expertise.

Our volunteers also experience a meaningful exchange of giving and learning with our local staff, team, and community members. You will get to know the local municipality team and their efforts as you work on public service programs. Furthermore, you will truly impact future generations of many species in positive ways. 

Known for its beautiful beaches, lush jungles, and laid back culture, Costa Rica is consistently a top choice for eager globetrotters.  WeVOL is located on the pristine Matapalo beach just fifteen minutes north of Dominical and thirty minutes south of Quepos. Upon arrival, you will join Orientation & Training. During this meeting, you will clearly understand the current projects' needs and your roles. Plus, you will have time to share your ideas for short-term projects, so you can share your skills and experiences. Our staff will teach you about the feeding habits and plant species that the local fauna feed on, so you can work effectively and confidently.

Your tasks will include physical labor hours, structured time for designing and planning to ensure success, and teamwork and goal setting sessions. All participants will be working directly with the professional, bilingual, and expert WeVOL team. WeVOL accepts volunteers who are traveling solo, partners, groups, and families. Volunteers receive a certificate of completion for service hours worked. 
 

Typical day


  • 7:30: Delicious Breakfast
  • 8:00 - 10:30: Working on the beach planting and caring for flora and fauna
  • 10:30 - 11:00: Break with Snack
  • 11:00 - 12:30: Working in the field planting native trees
  • 12: 30: Fresh Lunch served at work site
  • 13:00 - 14:00: Cleaning up, preparing materials, organizing for the next day
  • 14:00 - 15:30: Free time 
  • 15:30 - 17:30: Beach time - sunset, beach walks, surf
  • 17:30 - 19:00: Shower, call home, internet time
  • 19:00:  Hearty and Healthy Dinner
  • 19:30: Planned Activity (movie night, game night, bioluminescence hunt)


Free-time activities

Participants will have free time to enjoy sunsets daily and maximize their weekend fun. Located in between Domincal and Manuel Antonio National Park, our town is full of options during your free time. In addition to the stunning beach, Matapalo also has a great skate park, paved roads for cycling, and a well-maintained soccer field. Participants can shop at the thriving local artisan market in Dominical, head to Quepos to find unique souvenirs, and experience the local farmers´ market which is a sensory overload of smells, colors, and beautiful people. The free time activities here are endless and the only challenge will be fitting them all in before you head home or continue your travels. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports
Riding

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 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 and Friday from 08:00 - 14:30

What's Included

Services by WeVOL

All Programs Include:

  • Arrival Transportation

  • Shared Room Accommodation

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily

  • Orientation

  • Transportation to Volunteering Locations

  • Waterfall Tour

  • Surfboards (with Surf School programs)

  • Early morning, mid-afternoon or late evening snack daily

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

All participants fly into SJO International Airport and the shuttle driver will be there to greet you. The shuttle service takes all participants directly to WeVOL's lodge. Your airport pickup will be confirm prior to your departure from home and we will be in contact with you as you travel to Costa Rica. 

Accommodation
Matapalo is a small beach town on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast that thrives on a new tourism industry. Matapalo reminds travelers of the Costa Rica of yesteryear. Restaurant owners and tour operators alike depend on the hundreds of tourists from around the world who come to Matapalo every year for its sandy beaches, picturesque waterfalls, and lush mountainous jungles. Our rooms are comfortable, unique, and perfect to experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica while relaxing in between work shifts and exploring. All rooms have a private bathroom and air conditioning is available. Rooms are comfortable with double, twin, and bunk beds and include all basic features needed to ensure a comfortable stay and total privacy during your down time. Our accommodations are designed to fit and blend in to our natural surroundings and tropical gardens. Relax and unwind as you hear the sounds of waves and wildlife. We spend every afternoon enjoying the blazing sunsets and often share time with evening bonfires as the moon rises over the ocean. WeVOL participants live in a tropical, coastal environment, it’s recommended that you bring plenty of sunscreen and bug spray. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp. Don’t forget your swim suit and a rash guard. The weather is very hot, so pack light summer clothes.
Hotel
Food & Beverages
We are known for our great food! Enjoy healthy, locally sourced meals with the freshest ingredients along with caring, friendly service. We are proud to serve fresh and local produce whenever possible in all of our dishes. Our extensive menu caters to all types of lifestyles and dietary requirements or preferences. 

Sample Menu:

Breakfast:

Pinto, huevo rancheros, toast and fried plantains
Vegetarian: Pinto, sauteed squash, toast, fried plantains

Lunch:
Chicken Salad Sandwich with provolone on wheat roll with vegetables
Vegetarian: Eggplant sandwich on wheat roll with vegetables

Dinner:
Pasta Salad with ham
Vegetarian: Pasta Salad with garlic mushrooms

All dietary requirements are catered for (food allergies, vegan, vegetarian, no seafood, dairy free, etc). 
 Our chef enjoys meeting the needs of our volunteers. All meals, drinking water, juices, and coffee are provided.

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 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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

All participants join Orientation upon arrival and programs start on Monday of each week. Your arrival shuttle is included in the program fee and the driver will be waiting for you at SJO airport and bring you straight to our project site. Participants stay at Guava Lodge located in Matapalo, Costa Rica. Guava Lodge is a five-room modern lodge with a restaurant on-site. Guava Lodge is located 200 meters from the ocean and has a lovely tropical garden with lush flora and fascinating fauna - imagine monkeys, scarlet macaws, avocado trees and hibiscus flowers! Each room has a private bathroom. Towels and linens are provided. Our staff will make sure that you will feel at home as soon as you arrive.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$450
2 weeks
$850
3 weeks
$1,275
4 weeks
$1,700
5 weeks
$2,125
6 weeks
$2,550
7 weeks
$2,975
8 weeks
$3,400
12 weeks (max. stay)
$5,100
Average fees
$438 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. WeVOL will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 WeVOL during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Reforestation and Community Development

Be part of and spearhead a variety of community and reforestation projects in a tropical beach town. Join the fun & make a difference in beautiful Matapalo, Costa Rica!

$438/week

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