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Incredible Volunteering in Costa Rica: Costs from USD 345
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Incredible Volunteering in Costa Rica: Costs from USD 345

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Teaching English in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

IVHQ does a wonderful job preparing their volunteers with online orientations, answering questions, and partnering with the local teams once in country. Not speaking Spanish put me at a disadvantage once in country, and I had to quickly learn bus schedules, money, and cultural norms. The Teaching English project in Manuel Antonio was less meaningful than I expected, as I was assigned to teach a local family. The only other project of its kind is in a church after-school program with one hour of children and one and a half hours of adult instruction. The homestay had great food, and within the family complex there were six volunteers housed in different area, so we could socialize and plan things after our shifts. There was a lot of walking, bus riding, and taxi riding around town and shuttles to weekend outings, which was an extra cost. The best part of the assignment for me was making friends from all over the world, and connections within the country. As an older volunteer, I was unsure if I would be welcomed into the younger circles, but age was not an issue at all; however, I should have done more cardio for those rainforest hikes!

  • International Volunteer HQ [IVHQ] responded to this review April 25, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Hi Lameece, thank you for sharing! It's amazing to hear how you connected with the families in Costa Rica and I'm sure you made a real impact. We hope to have you join us again soon! ^Rachel - IVHQ Costa Rica Program Manager