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Costa Rica Multiple Programs! (VO- 70)
What is the minimum stay? 2 weeks
What is the recommended stay? 4 weeks
Where exactly is it? San Ramon, Costa Rica
What exactly will I be doing? Multiple volunteering programs to choose from!
English Language Teacher & Cultural Assistant - Help kids and teenagers with their English language studies. You will be paired with a Costa Rican Spanish teacher and you will assist them in the execution of their lessons and even plan your own fun activities for the classes! This is a great way to equip kids with the tools needed to succeed in the future.
Caring for Orphans in Costa Rica! There is never enough help to go around at an orphanage, which is why volunteer help is so important. The help that is available is focused on the primary needs of the children and so the role of the volunteer is to provide the children companionship and support to help them through this tough time in their lives. There is nothing like getting to know the children, and making a positive impact on their lives.
Recycling Centre Volunteer - At a local recycling center volunteers give their time in order to help Costa Rica maintain its natural beauty. Despite all the attention Costa Rica garners for its natural beauty, it is still a developing country and continues to struggle with waste management, especially in big cities. At this center you will help sort and package incoming recyclable material. Other activities may include the collection of recyclables, and recycling awareness campaigns.
Wildlife Refuge Volunteer in a National Park - This wildlife refuge is one of the largest in Costa Rica and was started by donations from schools from around the world. Founded in 1986 this refuge has grown little by little and today consists of almost 20,000 hectares! The conservation of this refuge is crucial because rainforests give so much to the planet such as removing carbon dioxide from the air and providing many medicines to combat illnesses. This is a project for volunteers who area all about making a difference. Broaden your mind, as you help lay the roots for a great future in Costa Rica!
Teaching and sharing your culture with children and teenagers
Exploring Costa Rica
Being a positive influence for children in need of support and attention
Learning just as much Spanish and culture from the students as they learn English and culture from you.
Opportunities to make many new local and international friends
English Language Teacher & Cultural Assistant - Costa Rica despite having a high number of English speaking tourists and many jobs in the call center industry is still unable to fill all the open positions as the country’s English level is not good enough. Many students, especially in more rural areas, don’t see how English can help them advance and achieve a good paying job. Your main objective is to encourage the students to speak English and to increase their knowledge of English speaking cultures to help prepare them for future interactions with English speakers.
Caring for Orphans in Costa Rica! This is a great opportunity to work on your Spanish and to get to know the locals well. The children range in age from 2 months to 13 years old and come from difficult family situations. Their care-givers are overwhelmed and underfunded making their job ever more stressful. Your help is greatly appreciated whether teaching the children English, helping them with their homework, or playing games with them. Make a difference by being a role model and a positive influence in their lives.
Note: Sites only allow female volunteers.
Recycling Center Volunteer - This center started out as a Women’s organization which has since grown to keep up with the growing recycling needs in San Ramon. As a volunteer you will work with them to help them sort materials for further processing. This is a great opportunity to improve your Spanish. The work is not very strenuous and you will be surrounded by many workers interested in finding out more about you. So why not take the opportunity to find out more about them as well?
Wildlife Refuge Volunteer in a National Park -This rainforest is one of the few remaining tropical rainforests on the planet and is home to many unique species, some which are only found in this part of the world. Do your part by helping the park rangers in their daily tasks such as maintaining trails, making/repairing signage, and helping educate other park visitors about the importance of conserving the rainforest. Other projects involve working in the organic orchard and a nursery.
Volunteer should plan on arriving in Costa Rica on a Sunday. Recycling Center start dates are on Mondays year round, except during Christmas, New Years, and Holy week. Teaching English start dates are on Mondays from mid-February till November, except during holy week and the first two weeks of July when there are no classes. Enquire for more information to find out when you can start!
There is a local hostel where the volunteers stay. Here they can stay they can stay in a private or shared dorm room and have two meals daily and a weekly laundry service. There is also the option of staying with a local family if the volunteer would like (these are a great cultural experience!)
Wildlife Refuge Volunteer - Volunteers will have the option to stay at the biological station in the heart of the rainforest, or with host families. At the biological station you’ll be have three meals a day at the on-site cafeteria and there will be electricity from 6pm until 9pm in the evening via generator. Volunteers with a host family will have three meals a day and find it to be a unique cultural experience, only found in in Costa Rica! Note: Lodging options depend on project choice. Some projects only have host family option while others only have biological station option.
For all project volunteers must be aged 18 and older. Volunteers must come with the right attitude and enthusiasm for their work. You will need to be open and outgoing in order to get the most out of your experience!
Spanish is not required for most projects however the more you know before the better. There is also the option to take classes before and sometimes during your volunteer term.
The Orphanage only accepts female volunteers - Intermediate Spanish is recommended for the Recycling Center to ensure that you are able to have basic conversations with locals. If your Spanish is not strong you can always enroll in Spanish classes which are available either before your project start date or during your project as well!
When Can I Apply?
As processing times vary and our programs are quite popular and high in demand, it is recommended travelers apply as soon as possible to secure a placement!
Tasks as a Volunteer
English Language Teaching & Cultural Assistant
Help teachers prepare for classes
Guide students on pronunciation, listening, writing, and reading skills
Prepare cultural enrichment activities for classes when asked to do so
Serve as a cultural and lingual resource inside and outside of class, whether with students, teachers, or the community
Caring for Orphans in Costa Rica
Give support and companionship to children
Help care-givers with daily tasks (meal prep/cleanup)
Develop fun activities for children
Help locals in sorting recyclables
Participate in awareness campaigns
Help load and unload trucks as needed
Improve Spanish by engaging in conversation with other workers
Wildlife Refuge Volunteer in a National Park
Assist park rangers with their daily tasks
Maintain trails and making signage
Active participation in projects and initiatives as they arise/develop
Light infrastructure projects
Possible reforestation and environmental education projects – if available
Volunteer placement: Follow-up, assistance throughout the placement
Pre departure information pack – know more about just where exactly you are going
Donation to the project (this forms an important part of the contributions for projects)
In country orientation
Accommodation either family homestay (great for culture) or hostel
Airport pick up and drop off
Assistance 24/7 from local staff
Join the Global Volunteer & Travel community today, and on top of all the individual program inclusions, also receive an exclusive Global Traveller's Adventure Pack with the following:
4GB Global USB
Global Travel Wallet
Global Cap &
A Lonely Planet Guidebook on your destination!
Flights, visas, passports, and insurance are not included. However we are able to help in arranging flights, visa assistance (if required) and insurance to suit your travel needs!
- Spanish lessons before and/or during your placement
- Weekend excursions to volcanoes, national parks or the beach!
Read feedback from Tracey D. who participated in the Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Program 2013!
For more information please call us on the number above or click Request Info or Call Back on the right side of this page.