ACI Costa Rica is a non-profit organization founded in 1967, whose main goal is to promote programs of intercultural learning and international volunteer service (IVS) for people from all around of the world, facilitating their experience in social and ecological projects, developing global citizens.
ACI wants to contribute to solidarity and friendship between the different societies of our globalized world, to sustainable human development, and personal growth of our participants.
Our organization is an active full member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE), a federation of more than 40 intercultural and IVS organizations located in the five continents. ICYE Headquarters are placed in Berlin, Germany. The federation of ICYE has been recognized as International Peace Messenger by the United Nations.
ACI Costa Rica has developed partnerships with other networks and programs such as: The Committee of Coordination of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), associate to UNESCO, The Alliance of European Organizations (ALLIANCE), Volunteering Matters from United Kingdom (VM), VolontEUROPE, Weltwärs from the German government, and ERASMUS + from the European Union.
The experiences we promote are mainly focused on incoming and outgoing programs, involving long and short-term periods, for groups and individuals. These programs are managed in cooperation with our local Costa Rican networks, partner organizations and communities such as: The Federation of Social Organizations (FOS) and YO ME UNO from the private initiate, and others.
Hogar Sol is a non-profit organization (NGO) in charge of taking care and protecting children in social risk and vulnerability.
They are working in cooperation with the Costa Rican government and it was founded in 1990. In the institution, they protect children in abandonment, which suffered physical, psychological or sexual abuse. They give to them everything they need, such as social and educative attention, love and care.
This institution works with children from 0 until 12 years old and is located in Higuito, a poor area of Desamparados, San José.
Possible tasks for the volunteer:
• Taking care and playing with the children
• Helping the children with their homework.
• Assisting teachers giving classes
• Organizing workshops for the children: sports, art and culture.
• Helping the staff with cooking, cleaning and organizing
• Go with the staff and children to doctors’ offices etc.
Schedule for the volunteer:
From Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 4:00pm
The volunteers stay in a host family. The host family could not be in the area of the project.
3 meals per day are provided by the family.
Higuito, Desamparados, San José Province
The languages of the workcamp are English and Spanish.
Required skills and interests of the volunteer:
• Awareness that you will work with traumatized children
• Respecting the instructions and rules of the institution
• No drugs, no smoking
• Dress appropriately and comfortable (wear always long pants)
Minimum stay of 4 weeks.Please arrive to Costa Rica 3 days before you start the project. The third day you will start in the Project. Hogar Sol receives volunteers just Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Social projects require volunteers to either have a basic level of Spanish or to book classes upon arrival (Optional).
As a complement of our Short-Term Program, Spanish language classes are offered by ACI-CR to the participants and can be arranged with our private teacher starting from one week or more. Whether the volunteer receives his/her Spanish classes with our private teacher depends on the availability of the private teacher.
Before applying, please make sure you read our page "Projets en pays du Sud" : https://www.concordia.fr/pays-sud
Price for 4 weeks: $300
Apart from the Project Fee per month, there is a Fee charged by ACI:
Weeks Socio Camps
1 to 4 $250
5 to 8 $350
9 to 12 $450
13 + $550
SPANISH CLASSES FEE:
In case you book Spanish lessons, they will take place at the ACI office before the volunteer work starts. We hire experienced teachers who will help our participants to develop the vocabulary, speaking and comprehension skills necessary for a successful experience at the volunteer project(s) of their choice. The prices include the stay with a host family and three meals a day.
Price for 1 week : $ 300
Price for 2 weeks: $ 600
Price for 3 weeks: $ 900
Price for 4 weeks: $ 1200
The total cost of your volunteer program with ACI will be:
The cost of your volunteer project(s) + Spanish Classes (if applicable) + the administrative ACI Fee depending on the total amount of weeks that you would like to participate.
Local transportation, international insurance and airfare will be covered by the volunteer.
Things you need to Bring to Hogar Sol:
• Sun protector
• Dress appropriately
• Jeans or Leggings
• Rain coat
• Extra shoes (tennis shoes)
• Work clothes (that you don´t mind getting dirty)
• Materials to use with the children
• You can bring backpack or suitcase