SANTA ELENA CLOUD FOREST BIOLOGICAL RESERVE
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 Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, located in Monteverde, is a project that combines conservation, ecotourism and education. This project is an example of a protected area that is administered by a small community which directly benefits from it.
Thanks to the help of national and international volunteers, people from the community, and students, the Reserve has developed a good infrastructure of trails, a visitors' center, a store and a small restaurant. Many volunteers with technical and professional experience also help with environmental education and sustainable- development projects.
Possible tasks for the volunteer:
• Most work is done along with the crew of the Reserve on:
• To maintain and to create trails
• To repair infrastructure
• To help with the reforestation project of the local high school
• To assist at the main office in town with reservations and translations
• If you stay for a longer period and have specific skills you may also help with
research going on at the Reserve.
Schedule for the volunteer:
From Monday to Friday 5-8 hours a day (depending on tasks and weather)
The volunteers stay in a host family of the community, in Santa Elena
3 meals per day are provided by the family.
Santa Elena of Monteverde (Province Puntarenas).
The languages of the workcamp are English and Spanish.
Required skills and interests of the volunteer:
• Be in good physical conditions
• To work on hard duties such as maintaining of trails
• Willing to work on one side in the natures and to get wet and dirty and on the
other side to work in the office
• Be able to work in a foreign country and adapt to a different culture
• To have the maturity to work following the internal rules in a responsible way
A minimum stay of 2 weeks at the project is required.Please arrive to Costa Rica 3 days before you start the project. The third day you will travel to the community (host family). Santa Elena receives volunteers mostly on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Before applying, please make sure you read our page "Projets en pays du Sud" : https://www.concordia.fr/pays-sud
Project Fee: $87,50 per week + $15 per transportation per week
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 Santa Elena:
• Mosquito repellent
• Sun block
• Rain coat
• Closed shoes (hiking shoes)
• Extra shoes (tennis shoes, flip flops)
• Work clothes (that you don´t mind getting dirty)
• All in a backpack instead or suitcase