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Construction & Community Worker

San José, Costa Rica show on map

Agency | Love Volunteers

Provide low-cost, quality housing to impoverished families

The program

This essential construction program was created to help impoverished families into safe and sanitary homes. Housing is a fundamental human right under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and everyone should have a safe, secure, and habitable home. Unfortunately, in Costa Rica, many people are impoverished and do not have adequate housing. Volunteers on this program work with project staff and locals on every aspect of the building process, helping wherever it is needed.  Volunteers play a huge labor role, ensuring that there is enough people power to ensure the building work can be completed. Without unpaid volunteers in Costa Rica, providing these homes to marginalised families would be out of reach. 

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide low-cost, quality housing to impoverished families 
  • Provide safe, healthy homes to enable families to live happier, healthier lives
  • Improve the prospects of some of Costa Rica’s most impoverished people, and help them to break the poverty cycle
  • Expose volunteers and locals to new cultures

How you can help

This construction program is vital to the lives of many Costa Rican families. Supplying a warm, dry and healthy home gives impoverished families a chance to grow and thrive. Volunteers play an essential role in the ongoing viability of this program, supplying a willing workforce to help the benefiting family into a real home. Participants may be involved in every aspect of the building process on this amazing program, from the design phase to final construction and furniture making. Volunteers will gain wonderful experience with the construction process and with working in a foreign environment. This program will undoubtedly be hard work. Volunteers must be fit and able to work manually, and more importantly – be enthusiastic with a ‘can do’ attitude. The weather may be hot, and volunteers will need to be able to work in the sun. This program plays a major role in providing communities with safe housing, while also providing an amazing cross-cultural experience for everyone involved.

Volunteers will contribute in many ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Help design work plans
  • Help build the foundations for houses
  • Move earth to flatten out ground
  • Paint
  • Build houses
  • Move construction materials
  • Help build furniture and fixtures for houses

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast with hosts

8:00am Bus/walk to project site

8:15am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

8:30am 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.

4:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

4:30pm Bus/walk back to host family home

Evenings Free time to simply relax, hang out with your hosts, have dinner together, then relax some more!

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs typically start every 1st and 3rd SUNDAY of each month. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks.

Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.



Free-time activities

This project is available in various locations across Costa Rica. Given the nature of these projects, in most cases projects are fairly remote and therefore volunteers will spend the majority of their time (including free time) onsite as opportunities to travel offsite may be limited. Where possible though, volunteers can sometimes use free time to travel to a nearby town to explore shops and restaurants, or to explore further afield. Offsite travel options will be discussed with volunteers during their project orientation. This project is a wonderful option for those volunteers who wish to be fully immersed in the astounding nature and beauty that Costa Rica has to offer!

Sightseeing
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera

Program 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)
Health Declaration
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. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, be fit and active
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation (as specified above)
  • Food & Meals (as specified above)
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Registration fee included
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Upon your arrival in San Jose you will be collected at the airport and transported to your designated project location. Once settled in you will receive a full welcome orientation where you will find out about your volunteering placement, the local surroundings and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have. You will then be taken to your assigned project location, where you will be introduced to your project supervisor and the rest of the local project team. Easy!

  • Program Arrival Day: SUNDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica (Code: SJO)

Accommodation
Volunteers on this project are usually billeted with a local host family close by their assigned project site. In any case, volunteers will be provided with all the basic amenities, including a comfortable bedroom, a bathroom, electricity and hot water for a nice shower at the end of a good day’s work!
Food & Beverages
Three meals per day are provided by the host family and are included in the program fee - bringing a wonderful ‘family’ feel to this project! Nice!
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,008.00
3 weeks
$1,298.00
4 weeks
$1,588.00
5 weeks
$1,698.00
6 weeks
$1,808.00
7 weeks
$1,928.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,398.00
Average fees
$352.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in San José/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers 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 Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas Central America Costa Rica  San José, Calle Costa Rica

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