What is the Teen Community Volunteering in Costa Rica all about?
Want to do something amazing with your free time this year? Join us in a teen-focused volunteering placement in this rural community of Costa Rica and contribute to the local community farming and construction initiatives. Depending on your interests and skills, you could find yourself:
- Assisting local farmers with their livestock (mainly horses, cattle, fowl) and crops (mainly coffee, avocado, cacao). You will be based on one farm, but may spend time at others to experience different aspects of rural life, such as cheese or honey production. Many farms have a wide variety of livestock and crops, and several projects on the go at any given time, so volunteers must be ready to get stuck in!
- Building and working on construction projects in the local community. You will assist the team with building and maintaining various local school and community buildings.
Support one of these community development initiatives while developing your own language skills and immersing yourself in a new culture to further your own horizons.
Why choose this community volunteering project for teenagers in Costa Rica?
- Provide an extra pair of hands to help the local community with their development initiatives and make new friends along the way!
- Spend your free time doing some meaningful work within a rural community while learning about their traditions and cultures.
- Practice and improve your Spanish skills, all while having fun!
Role of the teen community volunteer
Your role as a volunteer will vary depending on your project choice.
- Building and construction volunteers will get involved depending on the needs of the community at the time. Activities can range from painting, to maintaining buildings, green areas or helping with local construction or environmental projects.
- Farming volunteers should be ready to get their hands dirty as they immerse themselves in rural life assisting with bio garden projects, horse training, fish farming, or attending to cattle with the local farmers. What a better way to gain a unique insight into traditional and more modern, green, farming methods.
Tasks vary depending on the time and duration of your placement and the needs of the project. You should be prepared to volunteer between 3 and 6 hours a day depending on the time of the year, and the type of placement you choose.
What skills do I need to be a teen community volunteer in Costa Rica?
This project is open to all. Spanish is not required for this placement, but it is helpful. Flexibility, enthusiasm and willingness to join in are a must! All volunteers will be asked to attend a telephone interview and obtain parental consent forms for acceptance onto the projects.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Where will I work in Costa Rica?
About the location
Your project is located in Esparza, which is a medium-sized agricultural town nestled amongst the mountains above Rio Barranca, in the Central Pacific Coast area of Costa Rica. The Spanish town is the second oldest in the country, and it has a rich history including legends of hidden pirate gold. The town is off the tourist trail, and very relaxed. The nearest beach to surf and relax is only 20 minutes away, and within 25 kilometers of the town, you can find canopy tours as well as the world-famous attractions of Puntarenas. The closest national park of Carara is only an hour’s drive, giving you plenty of optional activities to do during your downtime.
The accommodation consists of newly built eco houses where you will share your meals, and find plenty of communal areas to relax and enjoy with other like-minded individuals. The accommodation offers a large garden of tropical plants including coconut palm, papaya, banana and citrus making it an idyllic lodge.
What to do in your spare time
Esparza and Puntarenas have plenty to offer for weekend activities, including horse riding, water sports (surf is huge!), game fishing, canopy tours, and some of the best scenery in the world. Puntarenas is also ideally located where you can take a scenic ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula and its many secluded beaches.
Esparza is on the Panamerican Highway, so access to the rest of Costa Rica and the rest of the Latin American continent is at your doorstep.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2-12 weeks
- Cost: £1087 / $1696 for 2 weeks
see drop-down menu for each additional weeks
- Requirements: Age 16+
- Location: Esparza, Costa Rica
- Working hours: Monday-Friday: 3-6 hours daily depending on projects
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday or Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in an eco-lodge with other volunteers
- Meals: 3 meals a day Mondays through Fridays, and 2 meals on Saturdays and Sundays
- Airport: pick up from San Jose International Airport
- Training: Pre-departure preparation pack, fundraising guide, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: On-site coordinator providing 24 hours support
- Excursion Planning: staff helps organize weekend activities (activity prices may be extra)
What is not included
- Airport Drop Off to San Jose International
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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