COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (students of school, college  and others)

VIDA and its volunteering program organize and prepare groups conformed by 10 and 30 people (students of school and college students), in periods that go of 2 weeks and until a month. The volunteers realize coordinated specific projects with leaders of the communal organizations and member of the volunteering program.

Some experiences of projects are: improvement of communal infrastructure (communal schools, churches, and halls), construction of culverts and maintenance of footpaths in natural reserves. Of the same form educative visits and outside the communities are developed, as National visits to thermal waters or Parks.

The volunteers stay in houses of families of the community, having a direct bonding with their social and cultural reality. VIDA’s staff leads each group, to favor a total experience for the group and the community. Clear goal of our Association is to improve the human quality of the settlers and the possibility of creating brings back to consciousness cradle in a sustainable development of direct benefit for the society Activities organized between volunteers and members of the communities, cause an integral improvement of the communitarian surroundings, where the voluntary one happens through highly educative experiences and the community benefits from the concluded project, besides the friendship bond that is created during this relation of international cooperation.

VIDA develops his projects on the rural communities of Santa Elena Pital San Carlos (Alajuela), El Humo Turrialba (Cartago), Llano Bonito, San Ignacio de Acosta (San José), Chira Island, Santa Elena de Monteverde, Coopesilencio and Boruca (indigenous community) (Puntarenas).

Community’s General information

Services

  • Communities have basic services as clinics/ hospital in the community or close from them. Banks are load close or in the community. All have public telephone, Internet access (low velocity), taxis services and public transportation and emergency assistance as Red Cross.

Basics

  • Groups should attend with a coordinator or teacher responsible for the group.
  • Once groups arrives to the country will receive orientation (rules of the program, emergency actions, projects, families and, country).
  • All groups will stay on hostels, staying could be on San Jose or another province close from the community or the main international airport.
  • A bilingual Vida’s supervisor will be stay with the group during the visit of the group. Vida’s staff will be available 24 hours a day.
  • Budget and itinerary will be made it once VIDA knows numbers of participants, dates for the trip and educational/alternative visits choose.
  • Groups are considering from 15-25
  • Once they arrive participants will get a brochure with basic information from Costa Rica, rules of the program and tips.
  • Groups will respect a rules & safety guidelines

Transportation

  • Local transportation is provided by VIDA with a private service bus. But in some cases and as part of the experience, the group will use local buses and taxi services.
  • On Chira Island it is necessary to take a boat.
  • Covers food and lodging during the project, educational visit and outside of the community, local transportation, taxes Costa Rica,
  • Entrance to parks or museums,
  • Bilingual Vida’s staff 24 hours throughout the project, contribution to the community,
  • First aid kit and orientation session upon arrival to the country.
  • Fee depends of the community and parallel activities requested as visiting specific national parks or interesting spots and length of the staying. Fee: between $750-$1000 per person, groups of 15-25 participants.
  • This fee does not include the following:
  • Medical insurance coverage (should be get it by participants previously)
  • International plane ticket costs
  • The cost of recommended vaccinations and immunizations
  • Passport application fee, Pocket money for snacks, souvenirs

Board and lodging:(Families)

  • The volunteers will be staying with local families.
  • Volunteers will have their own room, unless families ask to pair up with another volunteer. Volunteers will have access to electricity and running water.
  • Some host families will have TV, electrical appliances at home and laundry equipment.
  • Volunteers will live under families’ rules and their style of life.
  • Special dietary requirements can be arrange with some families in cases of vegetarians, gluten allergic, etc.

For more information please contact us at: volunteering@vida.org