Make a positive difference within the developing world and protect our growing global community. At at uVolunteer, this process starts with you. For almost a decade, uVolunteer...
As a volunteer on this project, you will be doing work to help prevent the extinction of endangered sea turtles that live in the coasts of Costa Rica. Currently, 5 species...
The uVolunteer Teaching Sports and Physical Education program provides individuals passionate about sports with the opportunity to teach sports to children in public elementary...
Teach English and other subjects in rural elementary schools and orphanages in Ghana in a volunteering project from uVolunteer. English is the official language of Ghana
As a volunteer on this project you will be working in small Children’s Homes and Orphanages in and around the town of San Ramon. These institutions are sponsored by local...
As a volunteer on this project you will be assisting teachers to teach physical education in the elementary schools in and around San Ramon. uVolunteer works with several...
As a volunteer on this project, you will be helping to build homes for underprivileged families in San Ramon. The project is funded by a Costa Rica-Canadian organization....
As a volunteer on this project, you will be working in a protected reserve that is important to the towns of San Ramon and Palmares. The history behind this reserve is that...
The best way to find yourself is to loose yourself in the service of others!
Submitted by Rocio D. Santos - Spain | February 21, 2015
I couldn't help but to feel nervous and excited whilst waiting for my passport to be stamped at San Jose airport. I soon saw Gabi once I walked out with a huge smile and an also huge sign that said avic, my portal to an amazing experience I had yet to experience.
I was warmly welcomed in the house by the three who were already there and to my surprise and happiness two of them were Spanish. We soon got together and became a small family and very good friends. One of them had to be fare welled the day after my arrival and we said see you later with a great Spanish homemade lunch and an extremely fun night out.
The small town of San Ramon has an amazing beauty to it, small houses, beautiful church, warm people and big hearts. I soon managed my way around it after a brief introduction with Gabi and could not wait for my first day at the project.
Pure nature and back to basics would describe how every 'tico' lives in Costa Rica. There is an extremely powerful energy to this country that is spread around and within people.
I was escorted by Eric to my project through a bus ride and a small half hour hike up hill to a village up in the mountains of San Miguel area. I soon met Felipe, the dad and Maria Auxiliadora, the mom when I was hypnotized by the energy and beauty of Abril their soon to be 6 year old daughter.
I would have never hoped to find a better family. We rapidly connected and got comfortable with each other as the days went by. I was eager to help and for some reason enjoy digging trenches hahaha so I was in my own little world. After two weeks with them I learned about their situation, the reason behind they applied for this government funded house, the story behind their young lives, organized a birthday party for Abril, stayed for dinner couple days, helped taking their goats out to the field and fed their chickens...
I have again grounded my feet and broken a little piece of my heart to be forever kept here in Costa Rica with them. I have felt like a family member, laughed and cried with them. Have suffered through sun, wind and rain in the construction site and learned how simple it is to be happy.
The way I see it, you give a smile and you gain hope, love and kindness.
Aside from the project I really enjoyed the weekends In the country, I visited many sites and met the most beautiful and charming people, I had loads of fun along the way and made a very good friend for life whom I met in the dorm when I arrived, Carmen.
I can write adventures from Arenal volcano, Monteverde selvatura park with its sky bridges and tall zip lines, a focus tree I climbed from the inside, Playa Coco in Guanacaste, Tortuguero and it's quiet beauty. I am blessed with whom I have met along the way and whom will remain in my heart forever. Planning a trip back in September and happy to live the pura vida style ticos embrace.
Submitted by francy26 | August 12, 2014
I decided to come in Costa Rica for one month to work in an orphanage with one of my friend. I am very glad that we chose Costa Rica because this country is amazing and full of diversity. I really enjoyed my free time to travel around. It was nice to have 3 days free during the week end: I went to the beach, to the rain forest and I did a hike in Arenal volcano.
About the project in the orphanage, we were very well welcomed by "Las Tias" and I really enjoyed the mission. Our main role was to help "Las Tias" on the daily work. We did tasks as cleaning rooms, windows, preparing food and washing dish, doing the laundry, cleaning the offices... We also had time for stay with the children, playing with them, accompany them to school, assisting at stimulation lessons for the babies. We also share some really good moments with "Las Tias" during the coffee time.
We went to the project by bus, it was close for home. For the accommodation, I chose the house of volunteers. There was a good atmosphere and I spent a lot of time with the rest of the group, mainly during the week end. The house is located in the center of San Ramon, and we are 8 volunteers maximum. A local woman comes every day to prepare you some food. She is extremely nice, generous and will love to let you practice Spanish.
I really liked San Ramon. We have met some local people thanks to the English class organized by Uvolunteer and we had great discussion with them. Finally, I enjoyed my stay in Costa Rica and I would like to spend more time there!
The best of the best!
Submitted by be22nic | August 12, 2014
My name is Nicolas, I’m from Belgium and I’m 22 years old.
I stayed in Costa Rica during 4 weeks. Here is my story:
I arrived in San Jose Friday the 4th of July. At my arrival, I got picked up at the airport and was dropped off at the dorm. The next day when I woke up I had the chance to meet all the other volunteers during the orientation day. On Sunday we went to a beautiful place with waterfalls and some pools called Las Musas.
On Monday I took my first Spanish classes, the teacher was really amazing and I immediately had a good bond with her. I decided to take the Spanish classes project during my whole stay since they were so helpful and interesting.
The second weekend in Costa Rica we decided to go doing some water rafting and afterwards travelling to the beach (Puerto Viejo). The water rafting was awesome!! So much adrenaline and fun! Afterwards we went to Puerto Viejo. We arrived there pretty late. We had a great meal at a beautiful restaurant and afterwards we decided to go out and check out some of the bars.
My second week of Spanish classes project was really amazing. I felt that my Spanish was progressing and I could easily start a conversation with a ‘Tico’. During that week I also met a really cool local guy which whom I did a lot of cool things. He invited me to a football game (mejenga) on Wednesday. I really enjoyed it and I continued going there every Wednesday. The next weekend we went to Arenal. We did a 10-hour walk in the rain-forest, which was amazing! We even swam in a crater of a volcano, saw some waterfalls and last but not least we relaxed with a cocktail in a hot spring! In the evening we went to some bars and we had a blast! All the other volunteers were really cool and we had such a nice time! The day after we traveled to Monteverde. On Sunday we did a canopy tour, which was amazing as well!!
On Monday my actual volunteering project was going to start, more precisely the Sports Teaching Project. I had to teach sports with another volunteer in the Sport Education project in primary school in San Pedro, a little town just out of San Ramon. This was a great experience! The children were really friendly and all the staff of the school was kind as well and they took great care of us. I would definitely recommend this program to people who love doing sports and working with children. Even though the combination of the sports teaching and Spanish classes was quite exhausting it was definitely worth it and it was the best possible combination for me! I didn't regret it a second.
My third weekend I went to Liberia to go party and meet some locals. On Friday there was a big local event: there was a parade of more then 2000 horses during 4 hours; this was really cool! I had never seen something like that before so it was a great experience for me. In the evening we went seeing some bull riding and we went to a fun park. Saturday there was a big party (Espinar). The music was awesome and the people were, as usual, really friendly, warm and open minded.
My last week in Costa Rica was a cool experience as well. Everything was falling on its place and I had the impression the puzzle was completed. I was really sad to leave but I hope I’ll have the chance to visit Costa Rica again next year to see all those friendly people again!
It was the first time I did some volunteering and I would recommend everyone to try it at least once. This experience was enriching for me. I learned a lot of new things and met so many nice people.
Costa Rica - uVolunteer
Submitted by reshusa28 - OC | August 08, 2014
After having spent a little over two weeks in Costa Rica volunteering with uVolunteer, I can confidently say it has been successful trip. My brother first took part in the program a few years ago and he recommended it to me. After a quick Google search, it proved to be the most efficient volunteering program for me. The time and money commitment was not overwhelming. Having a full time job in the States makes it difficult to find a program that allows volunteering for short periods of time.
All the things mentioned in the pamphlet were taken care of accordingly. My pick up from the airport was waiting for me on arrival. My orientation day was a great way to get a crash course on how things are done in the country. We consistently had food in the morning and at night. Since I was doing the sports program at a school, they were kind enough to give us lunch as well. The program is spread out in such a way that each individual is able to take advantage of as much as they choose.
I chose to change things slight upon my arrival. I decided to do a half day of sports volunteering and half day of Spanish classes. UVolunteer was quick to make the adjustment and find a great Spanish teaching class for me.
The Sports program was everything I had hoped it would be. Myself and another volunteer, Nick, were in complete control and were able to do as we pleased. I was able to connect with the kids in the one way I know best, and that is sports. The kids were very accepting and I actually ended up learning a lot from them. It was eye opening to see how similar things are around the world. I look forward to returning one day and visiting the little school in San Pedro, San Ramon.
As I mentioned before, the program allowed for plenty of time to explore and do your own thing. I spent my first weekend doing adventurous things like zip lining and waterfall canyoning. I spend my second weekend in a little city call Liberia in the North West. They had their yearly holiday parade and I really loved being a part of that. I spend my last weekend at Playa Jaco. Playa Jaco was extremely relaxing and fun. I did a little bit of surfing and met plenty of new people.
Before arriving in Costa Rica I had three goals in mind. I wanted to make a difference volunteering, meet new people and have fun. I can confidently say that I accomplished all three of those things on this trip. I highly recommend uVolunteer to any and all future volunteers.
Submitted by Fontem19 - Europe | August 08, 2014
I really enjoyed my stay in Costa Rica and my volunteer experience. I have been working in an orphanage where 12 children from few months to 10 years olds are living.
The structure is really friendly and I hope I have achieved my goal to be helpful with both children and staff of the orphanage. The main purpose is to give them support, which can be either cleaning the house, washing dishes, drop children to school or play with them. During the project from 8 to 4, Most of the time, we contribute to cleaning tasks or we play with children During the project from 8 Concerning the accomodation, all volunteers (8 maximum) are living in a 2 bedrooms house in the heart of San Ramon.
A nice lady comes everyday to cook us breakfast and dinner, either traditional or occidental food. 4 days working week is really profitable, it let 3 days week end to travel and discover culture and beauty all around the country. Costa Rica offers many exciting acivities in amazing natural places such as water rafting, hike to te top of the volcano or ziplining in the rain forest.
It will be an unforgettable experience for sure. I really appreciated Costa Rican life style. The people are relaxed friendly and smiley but never forget to use your common sense!!