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.
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.
A supplementary fee of €200 applies to participants under 18 years old. For more information, go to the youth section.
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
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.
– 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
-Introduction to the Project, Project site and start participating on the project (if possible).
– 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