Guest Post by Rohit Agarwal.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a student on a gap year or retiree, volunteer in Costa Rica for a life-changing experience. Beauty and welcoming locals make Costa Rica one of the most popular volunteer vacations. Costa Rica is nestled between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean and is a land dotted with people who truly appreciate help from those who volunteer abroad.
Rio Agujitas, Costa Rica – Photo by Trish Hartmann, CC BY 2.0
uVolunteer began operations in Costa Rica in 2007 and provides personal, attentive service to its volunteers from the moment they arrive. Many of the volunteer placements are in or around the town of San Ramon, where there are museums, restaurants, juice bars and shops. Volunteers can walk or take a bus to their work placement. Choose from a variety of projects to volunteer in, including building homes, teaching English, sports education, orphanage, turtle conservation or environment conservation. The volunteer work schedule is four days a week and six hours per day. You’ll have plenty of time to explore popular landmarks, such as the Volcano Arenal, Monteverde’s Cloud Forest, Manual Antonio National Park and the beaches of Montezuma.
Each project is designed to be a rewarding experience. For example, the sea turtle conservation project offers the opportunity to assist research scientists and local experts with the preservation of sea turtles. Help in the nesting and hatching of baby sea turtles to ensure their survival. It’s a great fit for those who enjoy a hands-on approach and marine biology. Volunteer at an orphanage and make a difference in a child’s life. Help underprivileged children who are challenged emotionally and academically. Get involved in building homes in San Ramon with the construction project. You’ll be assisting the community with renovation, repairs and building of homes and community buildings. It’s the ideal fit for those who don’t mind getting dirty.
Here’s what Jeff Schuttler had to say about his construction project experience. “Coming to Costa Rica was one of the greatest times in my life. I did the Construction Project for three weeks. It was a really cool project because I was really able to see the impact that I had when the house started to come together. The great thing about these programs is that you have Fridays off which leads to a bigger weekend so you can travel longer. The weekends were a lot of fun, and I saw so many beautiful places and wildlife. The accommodations at the dorm are amazing and great food is prepared every day.”
Volunteers at uVolunteer get to stay in spacious dorms with equipped kitchens, living areas, modern bathrooms, Internet access and Wi-Fi access. Easily stay in touch with family and friends via computer or your cell phone. Breakfast and dinner are provided daily, and lunch is typically provided by the individual project staff.
The uVolunteer program caters to colleges, individuals, families and groups. Even combine projects for an all-around experience. Staff from uVolunteer welcome you at the airport and take you on a tour of the town. We also take the time to teach you basic works in the local language and give you a list of do’s and don’ts.