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Spring Newsletter

Community Development (Construction)

Project Information

Travel to the rural southern zone of Osa, Costa Rica. We have beautiful jungle but lack some infrastructure. While the tourist areas and capital city of San Jose are beautiful and up-to-date, the poorer areas are often run down and falling far behind the capital city. This is especially true at schools in rural communities, where people do not have the skill sets or money to do basic repairs. Join our construction participant opportunities to improve local homes, schools, community areas, and public buildings. As a participant, you will work to repair, paint, remodel, or make improvements within the local communities to improve the village or town and overall morale. In the past, our participants have had a positive effect on the community, and the local citizens really appreciate the program.  We have numerous projects planned such as saving eroding rivers, planting Cortes trees and almond trees for the scarlet macaw population to live in, and much more with the local municipality.

Participants will participate in various constructions projects. Some of the projects range from repairing and building homes, public buildings, publically used areas such as jungle gyms, parks, etc. and schools in rural villages and towns. Some duties may include digging, removing dirt, carrying bricks, mixing cement, plastering, painting, cleaning and other various labor intensive needs. The work days are typically Monday through Friday, though the work schedule may vary based on project needs, the construction schedule and weather.

Additional Information

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Skills & Qualifications

No specific qualifications are required to join the construction in Costa Rica project, though the work will be physically demanding. Participants should be In decent physical condition. While beginner to intermediate knowledge of Spanish is preferred, it is not mandatory. If you cannot speak Spanish, we suggest you enroll in our Spanish language course to make your stay more rewarding – both for you and for the community you are helping. This is only available to groups with over 10 participants.

PROGRAM

FEES

Volunteer's Role

Where will WE stay?

Participants have the option to either stay with well-screened host families or at our headquarters depending mainly on availability and preference. Should participants have a preference, they should let our in-country coordinator know as soon as possible-in their application. We try to accommodate preferences. Host Families are well-screened and offer participants a shared bathroom, private bedroom, electricity, and running water. Headquarters housing offers participants shared bathrooms, hostel-style bedrooms, electricity, running water, and WiFi. Participants receive three light traditional meals per day at either accommodations.

What will we eat?

Participants will be given 3 meals per day. Keep in mind that food will be typical Costa Rican food, so participants may want to bring snacks like granola or protein bars with them to the project site.

What Will our Schedule Look like?

Participants volunteer Monday through Friday a minimum of 2 hours per day, weather permitting and task accommodating.

What can we do in our freetime?

Yes! Evenings and weekends are for you to spend either relaxing, or doing pre planned excursions and activities. We have partnerships with various tour groups to offer participants a number of fun things they can do in addition to their Spanish Immersion Service. Some of the activities we are happy to help plan for your group are: Zip Lining, ATV Tours, Surf Lessons, Beach Days, Tours and Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Boat Tours, Horseback Riding