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Coordinator | Hannah
Coordinator | Hannah
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Make a hands-on difference in the genuine Costa Rican community of Puerto Jiménez. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singoli
Coppie
Gruppi
50+

The program

Set in stunning Osa this program works within local communities to improve living standards for some of the country's poorest residents. Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of local communities by providing much needed assistance and a willing labour force on critical projects. 

Participants will spend their time working on essential projects, as determined by the community themselves, to create a better environment and facilities for local communities. Work will be varied and range from renovation and construction projects through to working to preserve the cultural heritage of indigenous tribes. Perfect for those wishing to be hands-on in Costa Rica!

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide free volunteer labor in under-resourced communities in Costa Rica
  • Improve the safety and morale of the local people through better infrastructure 
  • Expose locals to new and innovative ideas and a different way of doing things
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both students and international volunteers alike.

How you can help

Without adequate facilities, a community is unable to reach its full potential. It is as simple as that. This program enables communities to support the educational and care needs of its people through the provision of much-needed assistance in providing safe facilities. Volunteers play a major role in ensuring homes, schools, community areas and public buildings are safe and well maintained. Those volunteering on this program will see first-hand what a difference this help has made and the positive impacts on the local community.

Volunteers will need to be physically fit and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Building maintenance: painting, plastering, cleaning etc
  • Construction: mixing cement, carrying bricks etc
  • Landscaping: digging and moving dirt, planting etc
  • Conservation: beach clean-ups, preventing river erosion and replanting cortes and almond trees for scarlet macaws
  • Community and after school classes
  • Indigenous tribe cultural preservation activities
  • Networking with local program staff and other volunteers

Typical day

Volunteers on this valuable project will generally work for 3- 4 hours per day, Monday to Friday with weekends free to enjoy this incredible location. While we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

8:00am Breakfast at the accommodation

8:30am Bus to the project site

9:00am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:15am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

2:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

2:30pm Bus back to the accommodation

Afternoons and Evenings Free time to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the real Costa Rica!

Free-time activities

This project is based on stunning Osa Peninsula on Costa Rica's South Pacific coast. Off the beaten tourist track, Osa is a veritable paradise and Costa Rica at its very best! 

The Peninsula is dominated by the Corcovado National Park with its vast array of native wildlife including endangered species and Costa Rica's big cats. Guided jungle adventures can be arranged from Puerto Jiménez. Marine enthusiasts and beach lovers will enjoy the attractions of Drake Bay, Caño Island marine reserve and the surf beaches of Cabo Matapalo and Carate.

Puerto Jiménez is the peninsula's largest town and provides a great base for exploring the region, providing easy access to both the vast expanse of the Parque Nacional Corcovado for hiking and wildlife and the emerald waters of the Golfo Dulce for beaches and surf.  

Immersing volunteers into its unspoilt natural beauty and providing a genuine insight into the 'Tico' way of life; Osa peninsula is the genuine article!

See the Additional Info. section for examples of optional weekend excursions. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Requisiti

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Emergency contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
This 'hands-on' project is ideally suited to those volunteers with some knowledge and experience in construction or any of the building trades, however the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by your local project leader.

Spanish is preferred but not mandatory and lessons can be arranged in conjunction with the placement.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on lunedì, martedì, mercoledì, giovedì and venerdì from 09:30 - 14:00

Servizi inclusi

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion 
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Our local team will meet with volunteers in San Jose and arrange accommodation Saturday night for pick-up and transfer Puerto Jiménez by public bus on Sunday.  

Volunteers are met off the bus in Puerto Jiménez and taken to the accommodation to settle in. On Monday a full orientation session is provided to cover all aspects of the local area and placement. This is a great opportunity to meet the program coordinators and other volunteers and ask any last minute questions.  

  • Program Arrival Day: SATURDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • International Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose (code: SJO)

Accommodation

Volunteers on this program are accommodated in Volunteer House accommodation a short bike ride from the beach. Two houses are available and split by gender. Rooms are dormitory in style and shared by up to 4 volunteers. 

All of the basic amenities are provided including western bathroom facilities with cold water showers, electricity, ceiling fans and free wifi.  Bedding is provided so volunteers need only bring toiletries and towels.


Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided 2 meals per day (breakfast and lunch) throughout the placement. Dinner is not included but can be arranged with the hosts, prepared yourself or eaten out at one of the local cafes or restaurants where you can try cheap and tasty local food. The meals provided are local cuisine and predominantly vegetarian. 

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.

Date e Prezzi

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. 
Availability
gen feb mar apr maggio giu lug ago set ott nov dic
Duration
1 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$668
2 weeks
$928
3 weeks
$1.248
4 weeks (max. stay)
$1.408
Average fees
$510 /week

Si prega di notare che le tariffe sopra indicate sono stimate. Love Volunteers vi informerà sul prezzo finale durante il processo di candidatura.
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 Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Perché prenotare con Volunteer World

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Volunteer World è la piattaforma di confronto leader mondiale per le opportunità di volontariato internazionale. Vi guidiamo attraverso un processo di candidatura facile e sicuro - inclusi tutti i pagamenti necessari. Pianificare il vostro prossimo viaggio significativo con Volunteer World vi dà accesso gratuito al nostro:
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Opzione Flex
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Vi rimborsiamo le spese se Love Volunteers annulla il vostro viaggio
Supporto & Mediazione
Ti copriamo le spalle, qualunque cosa accada
I nostri servizi sono gratuiti!
Tutti i costi del programma sono addebitati direttamente da Love Volunteers.

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Support Local Communities

Make a hands-on difference in the genuine Costa Rican community of Puerto Jiménez.

$510/week

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