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Construction projects in Costa Rica

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Strengths

  • Contribution to sustainable development in Costa Rica
  • Meeting with volunteers from around the world
  • Discovery of a unique, tropical and wild place within the local communities
  • Experience Latin American culture

Program description

The local government and Educational Supervisor are fully behind our project, giving us access to many schools and community buildings in the area. Environmental projects are also eager for workers when their funds allow for projects to commence. We aim to be flexible in response to the needs of the community; painting and maintaining buildings, assisting with construction, maintaining green areas and helping with local agronomy and environmental projects. If you are staying for longer than a week, you can expect a varied workload.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

Your workload will vary depending on the project, and you may not be at the same site all day. You can expect to work for 3-6 hours as manual work in Costa Rica is demanding, due to the humidity. You will have lunch either on or near the site or at the centre, and can expect to be away from the centre between 07:00 in the morning until approximately 16:30, depending on your schedule, giving you plenty of time to immerse yourself in the project and to get to know other participants and local contributors.

 

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Where is your project

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Included in the price

  • Shared accommodation (max 4 people)
  • Meals during the project (3 on weekdays and 2 on weekends)
  • Transfer of the airport to the project
  • All equipment and material necessary for the project
  • Experienced staff and specific supervision for minors
  • 24-hour telephone emergency

Not included in the price

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visa
  • Drop-Off to airport

Your accommodation

The Accommodation

Your new home will be one of two newly built eco houses in our centre in Esparza: Jaguar House and Toucan House.

The two houses sleep up to 22 people. Most rooms have bunk beds and are shared on a single gender. One room in each house has a bunk bed with a double bed below, single above, suitable for couples or small families, if needed. (Private rooms can be obtained at additional cost; this must be arranged before arriving for your program).

All doors are lockable, but as rooms are shared, and we carry out regular cleaning, we recommend that you don't lock your rooms.

There is also a large dining hall/games room/communal area shared by both houses, with free WiFi, and table tennis, and a large garden of tropical plants, including coconut palm, papaya, banana, and citrus

Activities

Additional information

Food Arrangements

Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. The meals will mainly be a mix of traditional and modern Costa Rican food, so you may experience the Costa Rican take on foods you will be familiar with. Most meals will include either fish, chicken, pork or beef, but vegetarians can be catered for.

Mandatory Orientation Day

On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.

Schedule

- Introduction meeting, House rules, Setting Expectations, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents.

- Costa Rican Do's and Don'ts, Costa Rican Culture Lessons and Spanish Language Lessons.

-Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops, and arrange a sim-card if necessary

- Lunch

-Introduction to the Project, Project site and start participating on the project (if possible).

 

 

 

Conditions

 

- Minimum age : 18

- Level of English required: intermediate (at least B1).

- Vaccinations: Diphtheria, Typhus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Polio. Ask your doctor for advice on rabies vaccine and anti-malarial treatments.

To register you will be asked for

- A copy of your passport.

- A certificate of travel insurance.

- A medical certificate signed by your doctor.

- An extract CRB

Payment
A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 

Cancellation

A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.

Other

Our partner NGO offers a secure environment and a local team who takes care of the volunteers and manages all the logistics on their missions. 

 

Since 1998, they have been offering the opportunity to participate in solidarity programs from education to support and development of local communities, through wildlife and environmental conservation.

 

Their values: we are not passive viewers, we encourage a hands-on approach. The missions require active participation and a real engagement of the participants. 

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Construction projects in Costa Rica
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