Community Internship

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High­lights

Contribute to UN SDG #4, Quality Education and #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Immerse in a new culture and work on community development projects at a grass roots level
Opportunity to complete an optional Community Development online course offered in partnership with University of Richmond in the United States
Learn Spanish and experience a new culture
Travel to Cimaronnes, Costa Rica to work on essential community development initiatives. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families

Experience the Costa Rican culture when you travel to the village of Cimaronnes to work on empowerment initiatives.


As a participant on this program you will contribute directly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6, Quality education. Join a team of international participants and work on various activities depending on the needs of the community at the time.


You could expect to get involved in:


  • Teaching health, wellness and sports at a high school
  • Teaching English and/or math at a high school
  • Teaching English at an Elementary School
  • Potential adult English classes
  • Working with a Women's Entrepreneur group (meetings biweekly)


Expect to be challenged and immersed in real projects, so you will need to be creative, agile, and resourceful, all the while mindful that you will be working with community members who have limited resources.


This program includes an optional Community Development online course which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States.


Get in touch for more information!


Typical day

Participants are expected to remain flexible as project work changes based on weather as well as needs of our project partners.

Estimated Schedule:
8-10am: Work with Community
12pm: Lunch
1pm - 4pm: Work with Community
6pm: Dinner
9pm: Bed Time

Free-time activities

You will be based in the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica and working in the region. Travelling around the local area is easy and can be done on the frequent public buses or by taxi. Quepos is small enough to walk most anywhere, and Manuel Antonio is less than a 10 minute bus ride. Street addresses are not really used in Costa Rica - landmarks are used instead.

In your down time you will be free to travel in the local area. Playa Hermosa and Jaco are one hour by bus and Playa Dominical is less than 40 minutes away. There will be plenty of time to try out surfing, kayaking, snorkelling, or hiking in the area. Zip lining, horseback riding, ATV and catamaran tours are also options for your free time. 

If you would like to travel to the other side of the Country or visit the beautiful North of Southern parts, we recommend you to take a few days before or after the program as you may not have enough time to do so just during the weekends. 
Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports

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
No specific skills required, all training is provided online 8 weeks prior to program start through self paced training materials.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by GVI

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff provided online 8 weeks prior to program:
    • PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION (1 hour)
    • PROGRAM SPECIFIC TRAINING (1 - 5 hours)
    • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COURSE (10 - 15 hours)
    • LEADERSHIP COURSE (10 - 15 hours)
    • CAREERS COURSE (10 - 15 hours)
  • Introduction to TEFL
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Airport pick ups are provided from Juan Santamaria Airport within a specified time period. 

Accommodation
Accommodation is in a group house with toilet facilities, running water (please note: no hot water on base), and basic amenities. There is a shared kitchen and living area where volunteers can plan lessons and enjoy free time. Rooms are shared with other volunteers and are mixed sex. This is a Central American country and the standard of living is different. Bearing this in mind, accommodations are quite comfortable. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Food will be cooked in traditional local style (lots of rice and beans) and vegetarians can be accommodated. Everyone makes their own breakfast with the products in the house provided by GVI and will be mainly porridge, bread or cereal with fresh fruit and coffee or tea. During project days, we eat lunch on project, which is usually rice and beans accompanied by salad or potatoes, plantain, or yucca, etc. Dinner will be cooked by the group, with rotating cooking responsibilities. A typical evening meal may include beans, rice, pasta, fresh fruit, and vegetables. Out of environmental considerations, we provide meat or chicken twice a week. There are many cafes and restaurants in the local area and you are free to go out for dinner at your own cost. 
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.
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


2021
  • 29 May 2021
  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 18 Sep 2021
  • 16 Oct 2021
  • 13 Nov 2021
  • 27 Nov 2021

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$3,396
6 weeks
$4,089
8 weeks
$4,719
10 weeks
$5,412
12 weeks (max. stay)
$6,105
Average fees
$1,103 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. GVI 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 GVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Community Internship

Travel to Cimaronnes, Costa Rica to work on essential community development initiatives.

$876/week

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