Projet Permanent
Perez zeledon , Costa rica


  • permanent
  • ENVI
  • ACI/FUDEB2017
Age minimum : 18
Frais d’inscription : 150.00 EUR
Frais supp : 237.50 USD


Extra fees to pay on arrival based on a 1 week stay 237.50 USD (camp fee 87.5 $ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 87.5 $ for each extra week. Open all year, arrival date is free.

  • Code : ACI/FUDEB2017
  • Dispo : 2M / 2F (Total Part 5)
  • Langue du Projet : ENG / ESP
  • Age : 18 - 99


ACI COSTA RICA This is a grass roots organization located in the small village Quebradas, which is located near to the town of San Isidro (744 meters above sea level) in El General Valley. This valley is surrounded by high mountains such as Cerro de la Muerte (3491 meters above sea level) and the highest mountain of Costa Rica, Chirripó at 3820 meters. The average temperature lies around 24 degrees Celsius, and the precipitation is 3800 mm a year. The weather in the region is humid and, although the rainy season lasts from May until December, there will probably be some showers during the dry season as well. Quebradas has some indigenous heritage from the pre-Columbian times, and some traces from those cultures can still be found in the community and the region. The town of Quebradas was founded by farmers. Today, many people work in the closest town, San Isidro. They also make a living from agricultural products such as coffee, sugar cane, fruits and vegetables. The Biological Center of Quebradas is managed by FUDEBIOL (Fundación para el Desarrollo del Centro Biológico Las Quebradas), which is a non-profit grass roots organization launched in 1989. Their mission is to stop the deforestation of the Quebradas River basin, which is the source of drinking water for the whole town of San Isidro and most of the region of Pérez Zeledón. In the Center, they have also built an educational hub. The project site is located 3km uphill from the community of Quebradas, between 1000 and 2500 meters above sea level. Today the main goals of Fudebiol are: • To preserve the basin of Las Quebradas River, • To develop environmental education for children and the community • To establish various sustainable systems in order to guarantee the conservation of flora, fauna and water resources in the area • To become financially independent through ecotourism • To do research and to promote the support on conservation The project is especially proud of the diversity of birds and butterflies that live in their forest. They have already constructed a butterfly farm to show all the different types of butterflies for the enjoyment of the visitors. Now, they also want to improve the birdwatching opportunities in the area. Experts suspect that there are about 200 different birds in the protected area. The Biological Center wants to observe the habits of these birds in order to create leaflets about the types of birds that can be found in the area during the different times of the year. You can also find white-face monkeys and other small mammals of the tropic. The Biological Center also has a garden with medical plants, and they produce organic compost. In addition, within the 36 hectares of the Reserve you can find a system of 4 trails from which 3 have signs for educational guided tours.


To maintain the garden of medical plants To maintain the Butterfly Garden To maintain the channel around the lagoon To maintain the trails inside the Reserve To clean and to maintain green areas To make new informative wooden signs for the trails To plant flowers and others on the access road To paint and to maintain the buildings at the entrance of the Reserve


There are several families in the community that are regularly hosting volunteers in town. They have a rotating system to host the volunteers, as the project wants to give the families equal opportunities and benefic from the volunteer program. This means that the host families of the volunteers are assigned by the community. All the houses have electricity, drinking water (as well as the biological center), telephones, and will provide the volunteer with three meals a day.


Las Quebradas, San Isidro de Pérez Zeledón (Southern Costa Rica)


• To have the maturity to work following the internal rules in a responsible way • To work on hard duties such as constructing and maintaining of trails • To live under simple conditions and be willing to eat the typical food, probably rice and beans with other local vegetables everyday (the volunteer will receive three meals a day) • To have the maturity to work in a foreign country and adapt to a different culture with different manners • To be ready to walk uphill for 45 minutes every morning in order to get to the project and walk back to the host family in town after finishing work every afternoon Extra fees to pay on arrival based on a 1 week stay (camp fee 87.5 $ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 87.5 $ for each extra week. Open all year, arrival date is free. Program open all year, arrival date is free. *** *** PROGRAM FEE : Extra fees to pay on arrival based on a 1 week stay 237.50 USD (camp fee 87.5 $ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 87.5 $ for each extra week. Administrative fee according to duration : 1 to 4 weeks 150$ ; 5 to 8 weeks 250$ ; 9 to 12 weeks 350$ : over 13 weeks 450$. Programme open all year, arrival date is free.

We are active affiliate of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation, with its main offices in Berlin, Germany and representation in the five continents through its Member Organizations and Committees. ICYE is recognized by the United Nations as �International Messenger of Peace� and forms part of the Co-Coordinating Committee for International Volunteer Services (CCIVS), associated to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In Costa Rica, we work in different areas, sending and receiving volunteers, for long and short terms, in groups or as independent persons. We also coordinate our work with other programs such as German Civil Service, Italian Civil Service, �Weltw�rts� of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, British �Community Service Volunteers�, the European Union�s �European Voluntary Service�, �Canada World Youth�, and �United Planet� from the USA.

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