About the local hosting organizationACI Costa Rica is a non-profit NGO that promotes and runs programs of intercultural learning and international volunteering with young people from all corners of the world, guiding them in their participation in social and ecological projects and helping them to gain new perspectives of the world. In Costa Rica we run several different volunteering programs: sending and receiving, short-term and long-term, for groups and for individuals. We are an active member of ICYE – International Cultural Youth Exchange – a federation of NGOs with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, and representation on five continents through its partner organizations and committees. ICYE has been declared an International Peace Messenger by the United Nations for its contributions to intercultural learning.
About the volunteer workCoopesilencio 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. Its mission is, “to promote the social and economical development of its families, through the use of profitable enterprises and the protection of the environment that surrounds them”. In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Costa Rica, Coopesilencio runs a Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center, where they develop rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction programs for confiscated, donated, or injured fauna. Tasks will be: · To help in any activity with maintaining, developing, and improving the Wildlife Rescue Center. · to help in any activity with maintaining, developing, and improving the ecotourism program that the cooperative runs: - Gardening, - making wood signs for the trails, - Maintaining and cleaning the trails of the forest and the water ducts of the community. - To 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.
Local accommodationVolunteers at the project stay with local families. A maximum of one volunteer stays with each family. Lodging, typical food, and laundry are provided by the host family. The center has an internal system to assign volunteers to each family, which means that every single volunteer will have a host family that is been selected by the project. Three meals per day are included.
About the project locationEl Silencio 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. Coopesilencio is locatet equally high as the sea level in a very humid tropical area. Dry season is from December to April and rainy season from May to November. The schedule depends on weather conditions but normally from 6:00 AM until the mid afternoon, with a long break at noon, 6 days per week.
RequirementsRequired 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 families, · to be willing to work with and handle wild animals. It is important for you as a volunteer to keep in mind the risks that come with this kind of work. The animals that they receive are partially tamed, but they remain wild and unpredictable. The project assumes no responsibility on the volunteer’s health expenses; this is why you are asked to come with personal health insurance, · to work on tasks such as: building cages and fences, digging ditches, raking, and others, · to adapt to outdoor work in a tropical climate with very modest living accommodations and insects, · to work with people from other countries and age groups, · to have the maturity to work in a foreign country for an extended time period, · to have the maturity to adapt to a different culture with different manners, · although it is not required, Spanish knowledge will benefit you, · to be eagered to learn Spanish and to share your life with Costa Rican farmers, · to get up early in the morning and work from early in the morning until the afternoon, six days a week, · Volunteer must be ready to livein a very rural and small community, with no clubs, bars, beaches, cinemas, restaurants, supermarkets nor internet access nearby. The volunteer will have the opportunity to go to the town of Quepos (1 and a half hours by bus), where you will find all type of services from post offices, banks and café internets to health facilities and a hospital. · Important: to be vaccinated againts Tetanus, Measles, Mumps and other eruptive diseases. Although it is not absolutely required, we suggest you getting a full set of Rabies vaccinations prior to come to the project. Please, bring your vaccination chart. What you should bring · Vaccination Chart (mandatory!). · Personal medical insurance (mandatory!). · Rubber boots (they can be purchased in Quepos). · Fast drying light clothes (at times they will get very dirty and wet). · Good hiking shoes. · Hat or cap. · Sun blocking. · Raincoat. · Mosquito net. · Mosquito spray. · After bite. · Gardening gloves. · First aid kit. · Flashlight.
Extra info about the projectThere doesn´t necessarily have to be two male and two female volunteers. It could also vary.