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Provide free volunteer labor to maintain school facilities in under-resourced schools in Costa Rica.

The program

To learn children need a safe and solid environment with the right facilities and resources to help them learn. Schools in Costa Rica are severely under - resourced and volunteers are desperately sought to help maintain existing facilities and to build additional ones. This program allows volunteers to work in the beautiful seaside town of Jaco Beach, on Costa Rica's stunning Pacific coast. The area faces major issues with schools that urgently require work to their facilities. This program offers true assistance to schools by supplying them with an international volunteer labor force that allows them to repair and maintain school facilities that they would otherwise be unable to afford. 

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide free volunteer labor to maintain school facilities in under-resourced schools in Costa Rica
  • Improve the future prospects of the children by supplying them with safe spaces to learn and play
  • Expose the 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 school is unable to teach their students effectively. It is as simple as that. This program allows schools to continue to support children’s educational needs by providing them with much-needed assistance in providing safe facilities. Volunteers play a major role in ensuring safe classrooms, facilities and playgrounds are supplied to students. Those volunteering on this program will see first-hand what a difference this help has made and how the children will benefit.

Volunteers will spend their time working on essential projects, as determined by the school themselves, to create a better environment and facilities for the children. This program begins each Monday so volunteers need to arrive on the Sunday prior. An understanding of the Spanish language is not required for this project.

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

  • Building maintenance
  • Construction
  • Painting
  • Gardening
  • Networking with local program staff and other volunteers
  • Interacting with children.

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:

8:00am Breakfast at the accommodation

8:30am Walk/bus to your project site

9:00am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor

9:30am 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.

2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

2:15pm Debrief with project supervisor

2:30pm Walk/bus back to the accommodation

Evenings Free time to relax and have dinner or go out and explore the sights and sounds of Playa Jaco – a cool and vibrant surf town!

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SATURDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

This hugely beneficial program is dedicated to helping the children of Jaco Beach (Playa Jaco), a small town beside a beautiful beach on Costa Rica’s south Pacific coast, set near lush green rain forest and mountains with an active tourism market and buzzing night life scene. Jaco Beach is one of Costa Rica’s top surfing hot spots and the town, with its bustling main street of shops and cafes, has a vibrant, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. This is a truly wonderful place to volunteer and give back to the local community!
Water Sports
Swimming
Hiking

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)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
Emergency contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
his '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.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:30 - 14:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Upon your arrival in San Jose you will be collected at the airport and taken to the volunteer house accommodation in Santa Barbara de Heredia (just outside San Jose) - which also serves as the local team’s office. The following day (Sunday), you will be collected and taken to the local office where you will receive a welcome orientation to help you settle in and find out about your volunteering placement. 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 and ask any last questions you may have.

You will then be taken to the bus station and placed on the bus to Jaco Beach. A representative from the local project team will meet you on arrival in Jaco and will take you to the accommodations to settle in. On Monday morning, you will be taken to your project site and introduced to the project leader so that you can start volunteering. Easy!

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

Accommodation
Volunteers on this amazing program will primarily be accommodated within one of our local volunteer apartments, located just a few kilometres from the sandy beach of Playa Jaco (a regular bus services runs to/from the town/beach from a bus stop 300m down the road). Rooms are usually shared with one other volunteer. All standard amenities are available in the volunteer apartment, including hot showers and modern ‘western’ bathrooms, and there is even free Wi-Fi! This is a perfect home away from home and a wonderful base for your stay in Costa Rica!

For those who prefer, home-stay options are also available with one of our friendly local host families, where breakfast and dinner are also provided. For more details see Additional Info section below.

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages
Volunteers are provided 2 meals per day (breakfast and lunch) at the volunteer house throughout the week. Dinner is generally not included and volunteers tend to eat out at one of the local cafes or restaurants where you can try cheap and tasty local food. You are also free to buy bread and other snacks. The meals provided are mostly vegetarian, local cuisine. Conveniently, there is also a fridge and basic cooking facilities if volunteers would occasionally like to prepare their own meals. Easy!
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)
1 week (min. stay)
$828.00
2 weeks
$1,159.00
3 weeks
$1,493.00
4 weeks
$1,826.00
5 weeks
$1,953.00
6 weeks
$2,079.00
7 weeks
$2,217.00
8 weeks (max. stay)
$2,654.00
Average fees
$580.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Playa Jaco/Costa Rica between 1 week and 8 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  Playa Jaco,  Pastor Diaz Ave

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