JARDIN BOTANICO LANKESTER (CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS)
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.
The Jardín Botánico Lankester is an ecological project and is a part of UCR (Universidad de Costa Rica). The mission of the Lankester Botanical Garden is to promote conservation, enjoyment and sustainable use of native flora of Costa Rica threatened with extinction, especially epiphytes, through programs of scientific research, horticulture and environmental education. As a botanical institution it´s a leader in the study and conservation of epiphytic plants of the Mesoamerican region. It consists of 11 hectares with field collections, collections in greenhouses and secondary forests in the garden house and is habitat for more than 3,000 species of plants.
Possible tasks for the volunteer:
• General garden maintenance
• Care of the collections of plants in field and greenhouse
• Cleaning of trails
• Volunteers with training in fields related to botany also contribute to the
implementation of specific tasks and activities
Schedule for the volunteer:
From Monday to Friday from around 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
The volunteers stay in a host family, in Cartago Center.
3 meals per day are provided by the family.
LOCATION: Paraíso de Cartago, Cartago (Costa Rican “Central Valley”)
Paraiso is located around 6 km from the center of Cartago, in which you can find all the basic services (Banks, Supermarkts, Restaurants, Gyms).
The languages of the workcamp are English and Spanish.
Required skills and interests of the volunteer
• Basic level of Spanish
• Must enjoy working outside
• Able to do physical work
• To be in good physical conditions
• Botanical interest
• Sense for nature and ecosystems
Minimum stay of 4 weeks.Please arrive to Costa Rica 2 days before you start the project. The second day you will travel to your host family. Lankester Botanical Garden receives volunteers all the week.
Before applying, please make sure you read our page "Projets en pays du Sud" : https://www.concordia.fr/pays-sud
Project Fee: $300
Apart from the Project Fee per month, there is a Fee charged by ACI:
Weeks Eco Camps
1 to 4 $150
5 to 8 $250
9 to 12 $350
13 + $450
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 Botanical Garden:
• Sun block
• Rain coat
• Closed shoes
• Work clothes (that you don´t mind getting dirty)
• You can bring suitcase or backpack.