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Costa Rica
Amérique Latine
Guadalupe, San Jose, Costa Rica


Volontariat Moyen/Long terme
Personnes âgées

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 aim of this home is to provide the elderly with a place for recreation and special attention. The center organizes games, handicraft, and many other activities. It also provides the residents with a place to live during the whole year. This center tries to offer different activities to the elderly, such as: handicraft, exercises, cooking classes etc.
Possible tasks for the volunteer:

Volunteer tasks are mainly related to accompanying and sharing with the residents:
• Take part in activities with them such as exercises or workshops (sewing,
cooking, handicraft, etc.)
• The volunteer could also organize new activities for them or Help with cleaning
or cooking at the center
• Helping during the meals
• The volunteer could assist with medical cares or Playing with the elderly people
• Assisting the physiotherapist

Schedule for the volunteer:
From Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Hébergement et nourriture: 

The volunteers stay in a host family. The host family will be in the area of the project.
3 meals per day are provided by the family.

Situation et loisirs: 

25 meter south of the “Centro Comercial de Guadalupe”, Guadalupe, San Jose

San José is the capital of the Republic of Costa Rica and the capital of the province of the same name. Located in the center of the country, specifically on the intervolcanic plateau called Central Valley, and contained entirely by the canton of the same name. Its metropolitan area with approximately 3 million inhabitants makes San José the most important political, economic and social center of Costa Rican territory, as well as the main hub for transport and telecommunications. Culturally it can be considered almost in its totality with European influence that gave it Spanish and Italian immigration from its colonization, an influence also imported from France and Belgium, where it generally studied the privileged class of the country in the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. This can be seen in the distribution of the city that grew around the current cathedral and later in the architecture of it.

Conditions préalables: 

The languages of the workcamp are English and Spanish.

Required skills and interests of the volunteer:
• Intermediate Spanish level
• Patience and tolerance
• Be creative
• Be willing to work with elderly people
• Be independent, have initiative and be prepared to do many different things
• Respect the rules of the Institution

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 Carlos Maria 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" :


Project Fee:
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

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 Carlos Maria:
• Dress appropriately, no skirts or blouses with pronounced necklines
• Jeans or Leggings
• Extra shoes (tennis shoes)
• Work clothes (that you don´t mind getting dirty).
• You can bring backpack or suitcase

01/02/2019 - 21/03/2022

Adhésion et Frais d’inscription à régler à Concordia : cliquez ici

Frais de participation à régler auprès du partenaire: 
300 USD
Age minimum: 
20 ans
Age maximum: 
70 ans
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