Rural Community Tourism

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founded in 1998
Corcovado Foundation
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Coordinator | Zoraida
Coordinator | Zoraida
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High­lights

Live an authentic experience and enjoy our rurality.
You can work with us in a sustainable and healthy way without damaging the natural processes supporting each resource used.
You´ll never forget the kindness and warmth of the people of these communities.
Collect memories, live this experience intensely and be part of a new adventure.
You could discover these rural places in Costa Rica where biodiversity is a paradise.
Support rural tourism projects that provide communities with economic alternatives without damaging the natural resources of the area. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Our rural tourism program allows you to live an authentic experience and to enjoy our rurality, to know the essence and identity of the Costa Rican, characterized by the quality offered by each of the companies in this program.

You can live the best experience of your life, combining nature and culture. You will discover the Pura Vida of the Costa Rican, by enjoying and sharing different atmospheres of peace, comfort, coexistence with customs and traditions, immersed in a splendid natural diversity.

It will deepen the knowledge of our culture; will delve into the rurality of our country through traditional gastronomy, the authenticity of the communities and the riches expressed in their way of life in a natural environment, where the sustainable practices promoted by the leaders prevail as part of this product.

As a volunteer you will be working with the local families in their daily activities such as the production of marmalades,  making artisanal cheese, harvesting vegetables, among others.

Typical day

7:00 a.m Breakfast

7:45 a.m – 12:00 p.m Work in forest nursery and trails for bird and amphibian observation.

12:00 p.m Lunch

13:00 p.m Activity with the children of the community school

3:00 – 6:00 p.m Preparation of jams or elaboration of crafts based on ceramics.

7:00 p.m Dinner

Free-time activities

As a volunteer you will have one free day each week, during which you may choose to:

·         Play community sports

·         Visit rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, and holistic farms.

·         Go for walks in the community.

·         Go horseback riding.

Swimming
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) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Aged 18 or over.
Good physical condition.
Basic knowledge of Spanish.
You must be friendly, communicative and able to work in extreme weather conditions for 4-6 hours per day.
You must have a medical travel insurance policy for the duration of your stay.
It is important that you like animals and children.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Corcovado Foundation

This costs includes lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Accommodation

The lodging is provided in homestays. They offer a private room with shared bathroom.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Our program itinerary includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have any dietary restriction such as: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or allergies please let us know. 
Internet Access
Limited 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.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The Rural Community Tourism Program is open to volunteers throughout the year and the minimum commitment is two weeks.

When you arrive to Costa Rica you have 2 ways to get to the project:


OPTION NUMBER 1

8:15 a.m Take the bus at the TRACOPA Company in San José. You should take the San José - San Vito´s route and ask the driver to let you know when you are arriving at Las Tablas, which is where you should get off the bus.

1:30 p.m Take the bus that goes from Las Tablas to Altamira de Biolley, where the project coordinator will wait for you to guide you and place you in your respective lodging place.

OPTION NUMBER 2

6:00 a.m Take the bus at the TRACOPA Company in San José. You should take San José - San Vito ´s route and ask the driver to let you know when you are arriving at Las Tablas, which is where you must get off the bus.

12:00 m.d You must advise in advance if you want to take this alternative to coordinate private transportation from Las Tablas to Altamira de Biolley, where it will take you to your respective accommodation place. Approximate transportation cost $ 30 U.S.D

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$980
5 weeks
$1,225
9 weeks
$2,205
17 weeks
$4,165
50 weeks (max. stay)
$12,250
Average fees
$245 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Corcovado Foundation 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 Corcovado Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Rural Community Tourism

Support rural tourism projects that provide communities with economic alternatives without damaging the natural resources of the area.

$245/week

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