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Costa Rica voluntary work

Description

Costa Rica is recognized as an ecotourism paradise. This country is also characterized by the impressive beauty of its landscapes, its already consolidated system of protected areas, the social and political stability, a high educational level, the efficiency and the quality of its services.

Ticos or Costa Ricans have developed community organizations to ensure the sustainable development of their protected areas. It is in the area of ​​Quebrada Grande and Santa Elena about 90 minutes north of San José that we invite you to discover these community organizations. The main areas of intervention are: forest protection, ecological reconstruction, mixed gardens, promotion of cultural ecotourism and environmental education.

Participants will be given a few hours of (informal) Spanish classes to better understand the guidelines during community involvement. The host families are middle class and offer standard quality accommodation. A Costa Rican tour leader is also available during the trip.

Sample package

Costa Rica : Voluntary Work – 8 days / 7 nights

DAY 1 : CANADA – COSTA RICA

Departure flight.

Arrival in San José and meet with your guide and your driver.

San José, capital of Costa Rica, is located in the heart of the Central Valley where half of Costa Rica’s population lives. High in color, San José is the commercial and cultural crossroads of the country. The climate is always spring because of the situation and the altitude.

Transfer to the hotel and information meeting with the guide to settle the last details.

END OF THE MOTOR COACH SERVICES FOR THE DAY

Dinner and overnight in San José.

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DAY 2 : SAN JOSÉ – SANTA ELENA

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit the Catarata de La Paz, called “Waterfall Peace Gardens” in English (falls) (about 2 hours drive).

Buffet lunch included on site.

Transfer to the host community of Santa Elena or Quebrada Grande or Garabito de Aguas Zarcas. The communities are constituted by groups of farmers organized in associations of producers. These groups focus on forest protection, ecological reconstruction, ecotourism promotion and environmental education (about 2 hours drive).

Installation at the host families with a small welcome party.

Dinner and overnight in families.


DAY 3 : SANTA ELENA

Breakfast.

Community work activities – examples (to be confirmed according to your interests and needs on site).

  • maintenance of trails in the biological reserve;
  • sidewalk construction for multi-purpose sports field and community kitchen;
  • construction of a reservoir for the collection of drinking water;
  • field work with families; family time for a cultural exchange (discussions, card games, etc.);
  • fun group activities (soccer, dance, crafts, etc.)

Lunch included.

Continuation of community work.

Dinner and overnight in families.

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DAY 4 : SANTA ELENA – LA FORTUNA – SANTA ELENA

Breakfast.

Transfer to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Visit the Catarata de La Fortuna (Chutes). 5.5 km from La Fortuna is the Catarata de La Fortuna. The fall falls in tiers along the walls. By taking a small path, you will find yourself at his feet. It is possible to swim there!

Lunch included.

Canopy Tour (zip line) in La Fortuna. This activity allows the budding “Tarzan” to swing from tree top to tree, securely attached to a shorts and pulley system. You must first climb on a platform perched on the top of a huge tree, then slide along cables from one tree to another.

Visit the Arenal Volcano National Park. The Arenal volcano represents the perfect image of an erupting volcano. At an altitude of 1633 meters, the volcano is easily identifiable from all directions, especially on the west side, where Lake Arenal is located. This volcano is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Back in the community.

Dinner and night with the family.

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DAY 5 : SANTA ELENA

Breakfast

Community work activities (to be confirmed according to your interests and needs on site).

Lunch included.

Continuation of community work.

Dinner and night with the family.

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DAY 6 : SANTA ELENA

Breakfast.

Transfer to Termales del Bosque.

Arrival and relaxation to bathe in the different pools of thermal waters.

Lunch included.

Horseback riding.

Back in the community.

Free time with your family.

Dinner and overnight in families.

Spanish courses


DAY 7 : SANTA ELENA – SAN JOSÉ

Breakfast.

Departure to San José.

Visit Poas Volcano National Park. It is the most visited park in Costa Rica because of the excellent paved road that climbs to the top of the volcano. With its craters, lakes, small trails and interpretive center, Poas Volcano has a lot to offer.

Transfer to Britt coffee plantation.

Visit the Britt coffee plantation. Tour telling the story of the coffee, followed by a tour of the facilities and a coffee tasting.

Buffet lunch at Prospero (Café Britt) included.

Continue to your hotel in San José.

Dinner and overnight in San José.

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DAY 8 : COSTA RICA – CANADA

Breakfast.

Transfer to San José airport.

Return flight.

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