COOPESILENCIO (RURAL TOURISM)
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.
This is a grass roots organization located in the rural community of El Silencio Coopesilencio, around 1,5 hours inland from Quepos. It is a self-managed farming, animal husbandry and rural tourism cooperative that has a strong commitment to protecting the environment and runs conservation and environmental education activities. The cooperative owns almost 1000 hectares of land that are being used for different activities such as: African Palm tree cultivation, reforestation, conservation of primary forest and ecotourism. Coopesilencio’s mission statement is “to promote the social and economic development of its families, through the use of profitable enterprises and the protection of the environment that surrounds them”.
The village is surrounded by a tropical forest on the northeast side and by the Savegre River on the northwest side. El Rey beach is only one hour southwest from the community of El Silencio.
Possible tasks for the volunteer:
• To help in any activity with maintaining, developing, and improving the ecotourism program that the cooperative runs:
Making wood signs for the trails
Maintaining and cleaning the trails of the forest and the water ducts of the community
Help with the other projects of the Cooperative, such as organic farming, animal husbandry as well as at the lodge and restaurant area for visitors
The volunteers stay in a host family, in the community of El Silencio.
3 meals per day are provided by the family.
El Silencio is located around 27 km from the center of Quepos, 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:
• To have the maturity to work following the rules in a responsible way. The
project has internal rules that apply to the project, the community and the host
• To work on tasks such as building cages and fences, digging ditches, raking, etc.
• To adapt to outdoor work in a tropical climate with very modest living
accommodations and insects
• Basic Spanish Level
Minimum stay of 4 weeks.Please arrive to Costa Rica 3 days before you start the project. The third day you will travel to the project. Coopesilencio 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: 4 weeks 600$
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 Coopesilencio:
• Rain coat
• Mosquito repellent/after bite cream
• Sun block
• Hat or cap
• Rubber boots (they can be purchased in Quepos)
• Fast drying light clothes (at times they will get very dirty and wet)
• Good hiking shoes
• Gardening gloves
• You can bring suitcase or backpack