- What is the accommodation like?
The accommodation in Pacuare is very basic and simple. Located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica the station is located in a quiet and remote area. You will share a cabin with other volunteers or interns and use a communal bathroom. In general there are seven cabins; one cabin for up to four interns and six cabins for six to eight volunteers each. Clean pillows, blankets and sheets will be provided and there will also be small lockers that you can use. The electricity in the station is provided by solar panels, so availability depends on the time of the day and the weather. Moreover, water for the bathroom will not be heated. You can wash your clothes by hand during your stay.
- Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?
In general it is possible to be placed in a cabin with your partner, but it always depends on the current booking occupancy. Let us know if you want to be placed with a partner when applying.
- How is the food provided?
Volunteers and interns will receive food for three meals a day at the project (breakfast, lunch, dinner). At times a cook will prepare the meals for the staff but occasionally also voluntary helpers will need to assist with cooking. Food is provided according to a typical Costa Rica diet, and consist mainly of rice, beans, chickpeas, lentils, salads, pasta, tortillas, soups, vegetables and fruit.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
In general there will be very little meat as the electricity supply depends on the weather and might not be sufficient to guarantee reliable cooling. Therefore vegetarian meals are no problem and also special dietary needs or allergies can be attended. Please contact us in advance so the staff in Pacuare can prepare for it accordingly.
- How are working hours and free time divided?
Volunteering: The shifts you are working will be rotated so that you will have three night shifts and three hatchery shifts per week. During the day you will also do some additional work for two to three hours that might include some work around the station, recycling, maintenance or beach cleaning. In total you will work six to ten hours a day, depending on weather conditions and season.
Internship: As an intern you are part of the staff and will have more responsibilities than volunteers. You will be responsible for volunteers and lead four to five night patrols à four hours every week. Additionally, you will work for about two to three hours in the morning and in the evening. Your working times depend on the position you are assigned to and therefore they may also depend on the number of volunteers you are responsible for, the time of the year and how busy the hatchery is. In general, your daily working time may vary between six to ten hours. Every month you will have four days off.
- How can I spend my free time?
As Pacuare is located in a very remote area there are no shops and it will also take a while to get around for sightseeing. During the project you can therefore use your free time to relax and enjoy the tropical rainforest and the beach at Pacuare. There are many beautiful places in nature you can explore around the station. Moreover, you can enjoy some social as well as private time, refresh a little, read a good book or e.g. engage in some volleyball with other volunteers and interns. To get to know other places and see more of Costa Rica you might consider adding some extra time for travelling before or after the project. Furthermore, a wildlife tour through the canals can be arranged and you can also see how coconut oil is made.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
On site you will be living and working in a team of volunteers, interns and project leaders. The supervisors will be responsible for you and 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 do not need a lot of money during the project as there will be no possibility to spend it in shops. Also ATMs are not available in this remote area, so you should bring sufficient funds (e.g. for your way back) as well as everything else you might need during your stay. Moreover you should bring some money in case you are planning some further travelling before or after the project. In Costa Rica you usually pay in the local currency Colones but also US-Dollars are widely accepted. Both can normally be withdrawn at ATMs that you can find in almost every city. Moreover you can exchange and withdraw money easily at the airport. Inform yourself about the current exchange rate before leaving your country.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
There is no internet access at the project site and the cell phone signal is often quite weak in Pacuare as it is located in a remote area. Therefore, you and your family and friends should be prepared to go without regularly communicating. You might consider buying a Costa Rican prepaid card as the reception is generally better. Especially the service of ICE Kölbi/KOLBI can be recommended as it usually works on the beach in Pacuare. In towns and cities communicating should not be a problem and there usually are internet cafés and also cafés or bars that offer WiFi for customers.
- What’s the weather/climate 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 95%.
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