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Costa Rica

Get AMPED Abroad: Orphanage/Daycare Volunteer or Internship in Costa Rica

Some children are born with the odds stacked against them, and many of them have endured unimaginable experiences that have left indelible marks on them physically and psychologically....

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Costa Rica

Get AMPED Abroad: Community Center Volunteer or Internship in Costa Rica

The local community center in Atenas, Costa Rica, was created to offer a warm gathering place for residents. The services offered – enrichment classes, craft, workshops,...

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Ecuador

Get AMPED Abroad: Healthcare/Medicine Volunteer or Internship in Ecuador

Poor sanitation and lack of clean drinking water can lead to an infinite number of maladies some even life-threatening. Hospitals and clinics in Ecuador are for the most

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Ghana

Get AMPED Abroad: Volunteer Teaching in Ghana

A school system is only as strong as its teachers and classroom infrastructure. Both of these important resources are overburdened at AMPED Abroad's partner school in Ghana....

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Ghana

Get AMPED Abroad: Street/At-Risk Youth Sports Volunteer in Ghana

Pele, Yeboah, and Essien, we are guessing those names do not mean much to you unless you are a die-hard soccer fan. But toss out those names to almost any child in Ghana,...

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Ghana

Get AMPED Abroad: Information Technology Volunteer in Ghana

Technology is here to stay and it is evolving at a record pace. Knowledge of computers and commonly used software platforms is, therefore; a mandatory component for success...

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Ghana

Get AMPED Abroad: Healthcare Volunteer in Ghana

Being that it is a sub-saharan country, Ghana is a breeding ground for diseases like cholera, malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis and others that are too many to name. Approximately...

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Costa Rica

Get AMPED Abroad: Volunteer or Internship Teaching English in Costa Rica

Poor, rural children are falling behind their rich counterparts in the cities because the schools are in such bad physical condition. Overcrowding makes it difficult for

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Costa Rica

Get AMPED Abroad: Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer or Internship in Costa Rica

By culture, Costa Ricans are passionate conservationists. The country's mega diverse flora and fauna attracts globetrotting scientists and nature enthusiasts from all corners...

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Costa Rica

Get AMPED Abroad: Land and Freshwater Turtle Conservation Volunteer/Intern in Costa Rica

Frequently overlooked for the massive sea turtles, land and fresh water turtles have especially come under watchful protection. At a privately funded clinic, natural habitats...

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Costa Rica

Get AMPED Abroad: Healthcare/Medicine Volunteer or Internship in Costa Rica

When it comes to health and welness, the citizens of Costa Rica have it good. The hospitable tropical climate, fresh and healthy foods, and the enviable living pace help

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Costa Rica

Get AMPED Abroad: Environmental Conservation Volunteer or Internship in Costa Rica

As one of 20 countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world, Costa Rica is home to some of the most spectacular flora and fauna. Location and climate have contributed...

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Costa Rica

Get AMPED Abroad: Volunteer or Internship in Costa Rica

Volunteer or Internship opportunities in or near Atenas, Costa Rica, are available in the following areas: - Children's Orphanage/Daycare - Environmental Conservation -...

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Peru

Get AMPED Abroad: Volunteer in Peru

Volunteer in Cusco, Peru, with AMPED Abroad. Program participants will engage with locals to help develop better communities. Volunteers will also be involved in cultural...

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AMPED Abroad Reviews

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    9

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    6

  • Health and Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    7

Peru!

I had an amazing experience traveling in Peru. The program was well organized and I felt like I arrived with a support system already in place. For anyone doing this program, I recommend doing research ahead of time to find places you would like to visit in Cuzco, because you will have a lot of free time and having an idea of what I wanted to explore would have been good for me the first few days.

Program: Get AMPED Abroad: Volunteer in Peru

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The Best Experience

During my time in Costa Rica, I took Spanish lessons and helped with Christmas festivals at the community center, Su Espacio. This was one of my greatest experiences! I met the most wonderful people at Su Espacio, and worked closely with the owners, David and Corinna. The center offers language classes, dance and art classes and more. Everyone in Atenas was extremely warm and friendly. Working and learning at Su Espacio was one of my favorite parts of my volunteer experience. My Spanish classes were with David and he was extremely helpful. I highly recommend taking lessons from him if you are looking to improve your Spanish (or Italian) skills! No need to worry about your Spanish speaking skills initially, however, as many volunteers at the community center speak English as well (but it is definitely a great environment to practice your Spanish). I was living in Mexico prior to this opportunity and I found that learning and speaking Spanish in Costa Rica was much easier and enjoyable (the people seemed to be more patient). I highly recommend this program!

Program: Get AMPED Abroad: Community Center Volunteer or Internship in Costa Rica

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Orphanage in Costa Rica

My overal experience in Costa Rica was fantastic. The people were wonderful, and I had a well-rounded schedule. Working at the Orphanage was a very challenging but fun experience for me. I stayed in Atenas and volunteered in Palmares (about 50 minutes away by bus). Although the bus ride was a little lengthy, I enjoyed the time to myself, and the views of the Costa Rican mountain side. The ride is very windy, so if you get car sick easily, this isn't the ride for you. My experience was a little different than I imagined, however. I was instructed to come with daily lesson plans for the children, but I learned to come with several different activities each day because the children didn't hold interest in one thing for very long. It was also hard being the only volunteer with 15 children. It is important to think on your feet and be patient when the kids all want your attention at once. They loved crafts, ball games, jump rope, and music. It was a very rewarding experience, but it definitely took a lot of work!

Program: Get AMPED Abroad: Orphanage/Daycare Volunteer or Internship in Costa Rica

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Ecuador Experience

My AMPED Abroad experience was nothing shy of amazing. The staff organized the perfect experience to Ecuador. I was given the opportunity to intern at a physical therapy clinic and took Spanish classes.

Program: Get AMPED Abroad: Healthcare/Medicine Volunteer or Internship in Ecuador

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