Volunteer to Protect the Environment in Costa Rica

San Ramón, Costa Rica Wildlife & Environmental Conservation

Program

Description

Conservation projects have been established to slow down environmental degradation in protected areas, municipal nature reserves, and other areas where natural resources are particularly threatened (especially rain-forests and cloud-forests). Volunteers who are physically fit and enjoy the outdoors are needed to assist in many of these conservation projects. Projects might include working in a butterfly garden, in an ecological park, in wildlife rescue center or in a botanical garden. Volunteers work on maintaining trails, educational guides, painting signs, feeding animals, etc.

Requirements : Basic Spanish. Reasonably fit

Impact

This is a great volunteer opportunity for people who want to experience life in a rustic environment, and who love nature and want to work hands-on with environmental conservation initiatives. As a volunteer, you will be able to experience Costa Rica’s lush rainforests and rich biodiversity, all while working toward preserving protected areas, parks, and foundations.

Field conditions

As a volunteer on INLEX/CA’s Costa Rica environmental conservation program, you will have the chance to work with various projects aimed at preserving the country’s fragile ecosystem. A few of your activities will include:

– Organic gardening

– Cataloguing plant and insect species

– Performing field research of plant and insect species

– Maintaining trails

– Educating the community about sustainable ecological practices

– Taking care of butterfly farms and medicinal gardens

You’re also invited to take Spanish classes as part of your trip to Costa Rica, which will help to give you a truly immersive experience.

Arrival and orientation

Orientation is held the day after your arrival with all the volunteers that have arrived on the same day as you and it is followed by a walking tour of San Ramon de Alajuela. We will discuss topics like:

– Who we are

– The country

– Your program

– Health and safety precautions

– Living with a host family

– Transportation

– Expectations

– Responsibilities

– Exchanging currency

– Communication

– Information on Spanish lessons

– Do's and don'ts

The orientation takes most of the day and is vital to understanding the country, the program, and to ensure you have a great experience. This will be the time to ask questions, learn about your time here and meet staff and other participants. You will be informed of the time of orientation upon arrival.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Your host family is eager to welcome you and integrate you into their family, traditions and day-to-day life. Living with a host family is different from staying in a hostel or guest house as you will be given the opportunity to integrate into an authentic cultural experience as well as improve your Spanish while sharing your culture as well. In a way, you will become a part of the family, so please remember to respect the house rules, help in the house and treat each other with respect. The host family will give you 2 meals per day (unless specified otherwise), usually breakfast and dinner and for lunch you will cover the cost of by either buying food for yourself, eat outside or pay the host family a little extra for lunch. Laundry is not included in the program. You can ask your host family to use their washing facilities to wash your own laundry or sometimes, host families are willing to do the laundry for an extra charge. This varies from family to family, so we leave this decision up to you.

Location

Volunteers will be staying with a host family for an authentic cultural experience.

Cost

from $362 USDper week

from $362 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Coffee, tea and wi-fi in our office

  • Thorough orientation of the program and walking tour in san ramon de alajuela

  • Transportation to the language school and volunteer project site

  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Participation in cultural activities

  • Introduction to your project placement

  • Accommodation with a host family with two meals per day

  • Pick up at the airport

What’s not included

  • Visa renewal and related costs (if staying more than 90 days)

  • Transportation upon finishing your program

  • Personal expenses

  • Travel or medical insurance

  • Airport/exit taxes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

Start dates

Projects start every other Sunday and run all year, except for the winter holidays.

INLEXCA´s mission is to strengthen human resources in Central America through volunteer programs, educational tours and internships. In addition to this, INLEXCA provides opportunities to students, professionals, and interested persons from countries outside the Central American region, to better understand the reality and challenges faced by the countries in the region. We work towards : -Sustainability in the projects and communities that we work in. -Programs that promote cultural exchange. -Safe and affordable programs. -Strengthening and empowering communities. -Authentic experiences for our volunteers. -Facilitating education. Our office was set up by former Peace Corps staff in Guatemala in 2005, who wanted to provide flexible programs that would allow prospective volunteers to choose how long they wanted to volunteer for and in what area they wanted to focus on. This flexibility allows our participants the option to commit for as long as they want, unlike other programs that required one or two year commitments. We do this because we believe in the principle that every volunteer can make a difference, no matter how long they volunteer for, together, we can help communities grow and become stronger. Many years and happy volunteers later, we work with key partner projects to develop communities in each of our destinations. INLEXCA is member of the Federation in International Living and abides by their standard of quality.

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