- What is the accommodation like?
Montezuma: The accommodation at Montezuma is a basic house – actually two apartments joined together – that consist of a large common area and balconies, kitchen and eating area. There are three dorm rooms with bunk beds for the volunteers. There are showers and toilet facilities, running water and drinking water available.
Buena Vista, Sámara: The accommodation at Buena Vista is a rustic wooden structure that consists of a large common area, kitchen and eating area downstairs. There is one large dorm area upstairs with bunk beds for volunteers. There are showers and toilets facilities, running water and drinking water available. There is no electricity.
- Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?
It is possible to get placed with your friend, but it always depends on the current booking occupancy. Let us know if you want to get placed with a partner when applying.
- How is the food provided?
Volunteers will receive three meals a day at the project (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Food provided is according to a typical Costa Rica diet, and consist mainly of rice, beans, salads, pasta, vegetables and fruit.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
Vegetarians do need to bring supplements to add to their meals to ensure a balanced diet – the island does not cater well for vegetarians or vegans. Supplements could include nuts, snack bars or any other snacks which have high protein content or a protein shake.
- How are working hours and free time divided?
You will work 6 to 10 hours a day, hours depending on weather conditions and season. Usually you work from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every volunteer works six days and gets one day off (usually Sundays). Work always depends on how many volunteers are working at the site.
- How can I spend my free time?
During your free time you can just relax and enjoy the tropical rainforest. You can also go for a swim or visit the city. There are many beautiful places you can visit during your free time. One of those places is the National Wildlife Refuge where you can watch the national phenomenon called arricada. During this event thousands of Olive Ridley turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
On site you will be working with a team of volunteers and project leaders. The supervisors will be responsible for you and may help you with your problems.
- What expenses do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on site and do I have to pay in local currency?
In general you don’t need a lot of money during the project. You need money for your transfer from the airport to the city and the nights at the hostel. You might also spend money for additional snacks, beverages or free time activities as well as extra transfers outside of the project. You can exchange and withdraw money easily at the airport. There are ATMs in almost every city. Inform yourself about the current exchange rate before leaving your country.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
The cell phone signals are often very weak, but there is also a telephone for emergency calls. When you are in Buena Vista you can visit Sámara to use the internet. When in Montezuma you can find some internet cafés nearby. You may also try to get a Costa Rican prepaid card to connect with your family and friends.
- What’s the weather like?
Costa Rica has a subtropical to tropical typically hot and humid climate with raining season from May till November. The temperatures lie between 26 °C and 35 °C. The air humidity varies between 50 and 90 %.