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Working in orphanages
Volunteer in Home of Joy (Public Babies daycare) project
Teaching English in Costa Rica
Healthcare or Medical projects in Costa Rica
Turtle conservation project
Work in Environmental, conservation & Tree planting project
Volunteer in an Organic Farm in Costa Rica
Work in Community & Catholic Church Food Bank Project

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Work in Environmental, conservation & Tree planting project

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Project Overview

Volunteering at conservation project in Costa Rica is the perfect choice for those who enjoy outdoors and have a passion to preserve the precious planet. We (GVS) place our volunteers in Atenas and in the National Parks of Costa Rica to help and support the local conservation efforts there. Costa Rica is famous for its extreme beauty, Splendor Mountains, beaches waterfalls and tropical rainforests. A country so beautiful like Costa Rica should never face any problem but unfortunately the continued commercial development, increasing tourism, illegal pet trade and other forces continue to take a heavy toll and bring much destruction to the area's natural resources. Increase in population promotes deforestation. Moreover increased cattle ranching, hunting, fishing, mining etc threaten already stressed ecosystems. Thus help is urgently needed here to protect the beautiful environment. Although many conservation efforts have been made, but despite the progressive approach towards conservation, many protected areas are still underfunded and understaffed. In Atenas office, you might be surprised to see that there is only one employee for all of the local conservation efforts. Therefore, your presence here will be of much importance and can give extra hands to the few available staff, to make them able to work on a larger and more significant project that have been designed to improve the conservation efforts. Your contribution in this project would be a great help and also an excellent way to gain experience. There are different projects looking for help from you. These projects include building educative trails, helping on fundraising, grant writing and tree planting project (i.e. to plant more and more trees around the town).

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

Our conservation project gives you the chance to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and make a direct difference to the environment of Costa Rica. As a volunteer in this project, some of your responsibilities and activities include maintaining trails, feeding animals, translating documents, watching and monitoring of birds and animals, answering phones, looking for grants, and assisting to build an education trail for school children. You can educate visitors or local communities. You can also participate in teaching or assisting in programs for environmental education and organic gardening in local schools. You may also be involved in assisting with the office works and with the projects specific to the sites. You will also guide and welcome tourists. You can also help in fundraising activities. You will also spend your time helping to preserve rapidly diminishing indigenous and exotic species of trees. You can do photographing, recording and cataloguing as many as possible of the native species of Flora and Fauna. You can also plant trees, build seed beds, maintain tree nursery, and help with the facilities maintenance. Besides this, if you like, you can also provide some financial support to the project. Thus your contribution as a volunteer helps to conserve and protect the environment, and at the same time you have the opportunity to undertake exciting, challenging and educational trips to exotic location.

PLEASE NOTE: During your stay you will receive your daily working schedule from project staff or coordinators. Normally working hours are between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday, although these are flexible. If you wish to do more or less work you simply need to consult project staff. They will arrange the working schedule for you according to your level of comfort. They will be available for you throughout the project to ensure you are doing well. Sometimes you may be asked to help out in weekends also but generally you can spend Saturdays and Sundays in exploring and traveling the beautiful areas of Costa Rica. In addition you also have the opportunity to make certain disruptions in the working schedule due to traditional, cultural festivals, your exams or other similar situations. During that period you are not allowed to work. However in your spare time, we recommend you to go for a short holiday trip.

Project Skills and Education Requirements:

For volunteering in this project, a keen interest in conservation or development issues is the main thing. Volunteers don't need to have any prior experience or training but we prefer them to have biology, ecology or environmental knowledge or studies. You should be 18 years old or above to join us. You should know medium level of English. If you have an open mind, flexible attitude, friendly personality, and you enjoy helping others then you already possess the most useful sills needed for the project. You should be hardworking and able to work as a part of team. We expect our volunteers to be patient, outgoing, reliable and physically fit. Basic knowledge of Spanish is also preferred but not required.

Project Factfile

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Costa Rica
Project Type: Work for elderly care home
The Locations:  
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – This project is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: this project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer's demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $ 220 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point:  
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children's. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Thailand). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.
Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates
Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

Language and cultural orientation program Fee: US $ 250

Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost
2 weeks volunteering     US$ 220 2 weeks Internship       US$ 255
3 weeks volunteering     US$ 295 3 weeks Internship       US$ 330
4 weeks volunteering     US$ 370 4 weeks Internship       US$ 405
5 weeks volunteering     US$ 445 5 weeks Internship       US$ 480
6 weeks volunteering     US$ 520 6 weeks Internship       US$ 555
7 weeks volunteering     US$ 595 7 weeks Internship       US$ 630
8 weeks volunteering     US$ 670 8 weeks Internship       US$ 705
9 weeks volunteering     US$ 745 9 weeks Internship       US$ 780
10 weeks volunteering     US$ 820 10 weeks Internship       US$ 855
11 weeks volunteering     US$ 895 11 weeks Internship       US$ 930
12 weeks volunteering     US$ 970 12 weeks Internship       US$ 1005
Cost of airport receive, transfer to host family/ hostel: US$ 95



General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What's the best time to apply for a Uganda volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Uganda program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Uganda?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Uganda?
03. Where is the Uganda programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Uganda?
05. How long does the Uganda volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Uganda?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Uganda?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Uganda is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Uganda?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Uganda?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don'ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Uganda?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Uganda?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Uganda?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Uganda?
02. What should I know about Uganda's religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Uganda's people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Uganda




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.