The main tasks for Volunteers:
1-Maintenance of green areas and different facilities when it is needed.
2-Infra – structure project (to be confirmed a month before the starting date for the workcamp).
The work will depend on the needs at the moment, with this said, the project could be:
a-Painting or building a facility for the local community.
b-Local Recycling Project from the community.
3-Support in the Coffee Process (Picking Coffee Beans) in local Families Farms – This part will be more as an experience for the international volunteers.
During Orientation Process (first night in San José): ACI Costa Rica will place the group of international volunteers in a Hostel located in San José, very closed from ACI Office. Lodging and food will be covered by ACI Costa Rica.
During the time in Santa Maria: Local Families will be more than happy to receive 15 international volunteers plus our ACI supervisor and leader of the group. Families will supply three meals a day, a room and all their care to the volunteers. Families may be included in some of the activities as well. Vegetarian food will be available.
Santa Maria is located along the mountainous highlands of central and southern Costa Rica, and is about 40 kilometers south of San Jose. One of the biggest reasons why this community is famous, is to own Tarrazu shade coffee that grows in the volcanic soil of the area. Coopedota, a local cooperative, is the perfect day trip for any caffeine fan. Coopedota is one of the oldest and most successful names in the Costa Rican coffee industry – a fact that becomes evident during a tasting. Since 1865, unique blends have been considered worldwide as some of the best.
ACI Costa Rica is a non-profit organization founded in 1967, whose main goal is to promote programs of intercultural learning and international volunteer service (IVS) for people from all around of the world, facilitating their experience in social and ecological projects, developing global citizens.
ACI wants to contribute to solidarity and friendship between the different societies of our globalized world, to sustainable human development, and personal growth of our participants.
Our organization is an active full member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE), a federation of more than 40 intercultural and IVS organizations located in the five continents. ICYE Headquarters are placed in Berlin, Germany. The federation of ICYE has been recognized as International Peace Messenger by the United Nations.
ACI Costa Rica has developed partnerships with other networks and programs such as: The Committee of Coordination of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), associate to UNESCO, The Alliance of European Organizations (ALLIANCE), Volunteering Matters from United Kingdom (VM), VolontEUROPE, Weltwärs from the German government, and ERASMUS + from the European Union.
The experiences we promote are mainly focused on incoming and outgoing programs, involving long and short-term periods, for groups and individuals. These programs are managed in cooperation with our local Costa Rican networks, partner organizations and communities such as: The Federation of Social Organizations (FOS) and YO ME UNO from the private initiate, and others.
Requirements for Volunteers:
-English or Spanish knowledge may be very helpful to communicate.
-A lot of maturity.
-Willing to follow instructions and to work as a team.
-Willing to do physical work.
-Volunteers must like to be in the nature and willing to live in simple conditions, Wi-Fi access may be limited.
-To fill up ACI´s application form.
-Motivation Letter (to be sent before travelling).
€190 is required for administration costs of ACI Costa Rica and the workcamp, it includes
-Lodging and food during the workcamp.
-Official Activities during the schedule of the workcamp.
-Guidance by a Group Supervisor of ACI during the workcamp.
Local transportation, international insurance and airfare will be covered by the volunteer.
NOTES: -Volunteers will be leaded by our ACI Supervisor during the entire trip.
-Volunteers can stay longer (if wished) traveling in Costa Rica after the finishing or before the starting of the WorkCamp.
-We recommend volunteers to get the airfare to leave Costa Rica one day after the WorkCamp finishes, not the same day, to avoid losing the flight since the transfer of the community to the airport can last some hours.