International Volunteer HQhttp://www.volunteerhq.org/volunteer-in-co...
Level 6 62 Gill Street New Plymouth, Taranaki 4342 New Zealand
Costa Rica: San Jose
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 3-6 months (includes high school academic semester abroad), 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks
Typical Duration of Program
Starts on any Monday of each month
The IVHQ Eco-Agriculture Conservation project is based in the central highlands of Costa Rica where volunteers assist local communities through strengthening the entire coffee production operations. Volunteers provide assistance on this project not only through their help with coffee production and marketing, but also through reforestation and caring for their community.
Your program begins with 1-2 days in San Jose where you will receive orientation and we will organize your bus trip to the project site. Once you arrive at the farm and settle into the home stay accommodation, you can familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Project tasks will be determined by the time of year that you are on location but volunteers will always be providing support to the families that live on the farms in this community. Tasks such as coffee-picking in the fields, roasting of beans and packaging of the final product will be part of your duties. Other activities include: cropping of fruits, vegetables and reforestation efforts.
The high coffee harvesting season is from December until early February, but there is plenty of work all year round in the process. Coffee harvest season runs from November through March, and during this time you will spend at least some of the days actually picking coffee cherries from the plants. From November through to approximately May, volunteers will assist in processing the coffee. This means passing it through machinery to get the pulp of the coffee cherry off, washing the beans, and then drying the beans on drying patios that need to be raked and moved around on a regular basis to assist the drying process.
All year round volunteers will be roasting and packaging the beans, and working on improving marketing and distribution to get the beans out there to the world stage. In the non-harvest season, farming activities will include: Planting, caring for and harvesting of fruits and vegetables for local consumption, Coffee tree nursery: germination and care for baby plants, planting in the ground, Care for current trees pruning, seeking out damaged or diseased trees to get rid of them, Reforestation of depleted areas. Volunteers can also supplement their volunteer time by teaching English in a local school.
You will be working 4-6 hours a day depending on the amount of work the family has at the time, and it is important to note that this work is seasonal and tasks will vary depending on the time of the year you are on location.
Spanish lessons are not available in this location and are only available on San Jose based programs, and please note that a surcharge of USD 5 per day is added to the program fees to cover extra costs associated with running this program.
10 Great Reasons to choose IVHQ for your volunteering experiences:
* Affordability - Low program fees which focus on getting more and more people to volunteer abroad and help those in need!
* Flexibility - We work with you to arrange your trip!
* Quality - High quality programs and great feedback from past volunteers! 5000 volunteers annually cannot be wrong!
* Support - Dedicated IVHQ volunteer abroad program coordinator to help your arrange your trip!
* Safety - All locations and accommodation, vetted by IVHQ staff!
* Friendship - Over 5000 volunteers annually meaning you will meet lots of volunteers to volunteer and socialize with!
* Need - Hundreds of projects around the world that need volunteers!
* Loyalty - Long term partnerships with communities meaning real change!
* Experience - Over 15000 volunteers placed around the world making us one of the world's most experienced organizations!
* Enjoyment - "The best experience of my life!" Thousands of volunteers say this to us every year - we are sure you will too!
From USD 300!
Volunteers pay a registration fee of USD 249 which covers 24/7 support from IVHQ staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.
They then pay a program fee, dependent on the duration of their volunteer program, which covers accommodation and meals during volunteer placement period, airport pick up, orientation, program supervision, In-country 24/7 volunteer support and In-country administration costs. Volunteers are responsible for their own flights, visas, travel insurance and vaccinations (where required).
The majority of our volunteers are aged between 18 and 30, but we do have many older volunteers participate on our programs (including 82 year olds!) and we welcome all volunteers regardless of their age.
18 and over
American, European, Canadian, Australian, South African, Kiwi, Worldwide and Asian Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.
Independently or in Groups
Independently or in Groups of between 2 and 20
International Volunteer HQ aims to provide volunteers with quality, flexible, safe and highly affordable volunteering placements in developing countries. In addition to providing aid and assistance to these countries, International Volunteer HQ endeavors to increase education and heighten awareness through not only the skills and expertise taken by volunteers to their host communities and institutions, but also through the experiences and lessons volunteers will in turn take back to their own countries and cultures.
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