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Seit 2014 bietet die Organisation Asociación Cultural de Intercambio de Costa Rica (ACI Costa Rica)  internationale Workcamps an. Als Teil des internationalen Netzwerks ICYE hat ACI Costa Rica jahrzehntelange Erfahrung im Austausch von Freiwilligen im Bereich von Langzeitfreiwilligendiensten.

Die Workcamps von ACI Costa Rica beginnen am ersten Camptag mit einem "Orientation Process" in San José. Treffpunkt dafür ist um 8 Uhr morgens vor dem National Theatre, deswegen unbedingt rechtzeitig anreisen.

Wir empfehlen dringend Spanischkenntnisse! Für alle Projekte wird ein "Motivation Letter" zusätzlich zum Anmeldeformular verlangt!


Workcamp im biologischen Reservat FUDEBIOL
Costa Rica    ACIWC02-17     Community of Quebradas and Centro Biológica Las Quebradas FUDEBIOL    14.07.-29.07.2017    ENVI/CONS   15vols
PROJECT: El Centro Biológico Las Quebradas - FUDEBIOL - and its Biological Reserve, are protecting the water source, plus the flora and fauna of the area. For more than 10 years, ACI Costa Rica has cooperated with this placement, by sending international volunteers, young people who have shared with the locals and supported the Biological Centre and Natural Reserve of FUDEBIOL. The Reserve is located 3 km away from the centre of Quebradas (between 1000 y 2500 meters above the sea level). FUDEBIOL, a non-profit organization, created the reserve (on May 13th, 1989), as a real answer to the problems of deforestation in the area. The reserve has an environmental education centre, plus a lodge where the visitors (tourists, biologists and volunteers can stay).
The main objectives of the Reserve are:
-Conservation of the River Quebradas and the source of the water.
-Development of an Environmental Education (Conscience).
-Creation of several ways of Sustainable Development, giving economical options to the community.
-Finally, to be completely auto supported (financially), by eco tourist.
The reserve is very proud of the great biodiversity of birds and butterflies that you can see. The experts said that FUDEBIOL has more than 200 different species of birds.
WORK: The main tasks for Volunteers are:
1-Infra - structure project (to be confirmed a month before the starting date for the workcamp). It can be painting of different areas, building sidewalks and/or trails.
2-Maintenance of green areas and different facilities when it is needed.
ACCOMMODATION: During Orientation Process (first night in San José): ACI Costa Rica will place the group of international volunteers in a Hostel located in San José, very close from ACI Office. Lodging and food will be covered by ACI Costa Rica.
During the time in FUDEBIOL: Local Families will be more than happy to receive 15 international volunteers plus our ACI supervisor and leader of the group. Families will supply three meals a day, a private room and all their care to the volunteers. Families may be included in some of the activities as well.
LOCATION: The village of "Las Quebradas" is located very near to the middle size city of San Isidro del General, 6 kms away by a good road. Quebradas is located in the mountains, over 744 meters above the sea level, and it is part of the General´s Valley. This valley is surrounded by very high mountains, like El Cerro de la Muerte, to the north, with 3491 meters, and off course, we can find the highest peak of the whole country, El Cerro Chirripó, with more than 3820 meters. The weather of the region is very, very humid and it rains a lot during the rainy season (may to dec), however it could rain during the dry season too. (The rain in the area is about 3800 mm of precipitation per year). The temperatures are between 22C and 29C. The main economic activities are the agriculture (coffee, sugarcane, corn, beans, fruits & vegetables in general. Note: San Isidro is the place where the group will find the banks, internet cafes, super markets, hospitals and many other services.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A lot of maturity, willing to follow instructions and to work as a team, willing to do physical work. Volunteers must like to be in the nature and willing to live in simple conditions. A motivation letter is required!
EXTRA FEE: €180 required for administration costs of ACI Costa Rica and the workcamp.

Unterstuetze Kaffeebauern und Familien in Santa Maria de Dota
Costa Rica    ACIWC03-17    Community of Santa Maria de Dota. Coffee – Rural Experience     08.12.-23.12.2017    ENVI/AGRI/CONS   15vols
PROJECT: Sitting along the flank of the thundering Talamanca Mountain Range, Santa Maria de Dota is positioned in a gorgeous valley where birding, hiking, fishing and photography provide endless opportunities to explore this tranquil region. Its geography is suited to growing coffee, mostly because the slopes of the mountains face the morning light and the cloud cover protects the coffee trees in the afternoon. The red soil found in the valley is of volcanic origin. All this plus the altitude make ideal conditions to grow the coffees harvested by locals.
WORK: 1-Infrastructure project (to be confirmed a month before the starting date for the workcamp). It can be painting or building a facility for the local community.
2-Maintenance of green areas and different facilities when it is needed.
3-English Classes as Workshops for the workers of the Coop.
4-Support in the Coffee Process (Picking Coffee Beans) in local Families Farms – This part will be more as an experience for the international volunteers.
ACCOMMODATION: During Orientation Process (first night in San José): ACI Costa Rica will place the group of international volunteers in a Hostel located in San José, very close from ACI Office. Lodging and food will be covered by ACI Costa Rica.
During the time in Santa Maria: Local Families will be more than happy to receive 15 international volunteers plus our ACI supervisor and leader of the group. Families will supply three meals a day, a private room and all their care to the volunteers. Families may be included in some of the activities as well.
LOCATION: Santa Maria de Dota is positioned in a gorgeous valley where birding, hiking, fishing and photography provide endless opportunities to explore this tranquil region. Some 200 species of birds can be found in the area, including quetzals, tanagers, hummingbirds and wood peckers. Birders and hikers will also be glad to know that the Los Quetzales National Park is close by and provides an outstanding opportunity to witness resplendent quetzals as well as some small mammals. Also within a short driving distance are the eye-catching Naranjo Waterfalls. Santa Maria can be considered as a middle size town or a small city with all the facilities as: banks, supermarkets, hospital and many clinics, stores, cafeterias, etc.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A lot of maturity, willing to follow instructions and to work as a team, willing to do physical work, good social skills and willing to teach English if this is requested. Good level of English. No needed but better with: Spanish skills, experience in projects of construction of infrastructure. A motivation letter is required!
EXTRA FEE: €180 required for administration costs of ACI Costa Rica and the workcamp.