Projet Permanent
Bijagua , Costa rica


  • permanent
  • ENVI
  • ACI/HL2017
Age minimum : 18
Frais d’inscription : 150.00 EUR
Frais supp : 255.00 USD


Extra fees to pay on arrival based on a 1week stay 255 USD (camp fee 105$ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 105$ for each extra week. Open all year, arrival date is free.

  • Code : ACI/HL2017
  • Dispo : 3M / 2F (Total Part 5)
  • Langue du Projet : ENG / ESP
  • Age : 18 - 99


ACI COSTA RICA The Lodge is located close to the little town of Bijagua. The community of Bijagua is very special and can be described as "in between" in many aspects. First of all, it is located between two volcanoes: the Tenorio and the Miravalles, with a view to the Nicaragua´s Lake. It also lies between two provinces of Costa Rica: Guanacaste and Alajuela, and the two different cultures of these regions can both be found in the community: the one from the mountains of Alajuela and the one of the lowlands of Guanacaste. In the mountains to the west of the community lies the Continental Division of Waters; which leads the rivers either into Pacific or Caribbean Sea. Being located very close to the border of Nicaragua, this can be seen as another “in between”, as the community is influenced by both Costa Rican and Nicaraguan culture as well. The project was launched in 1988 when 12 families decided to found the Bijagua Association of Agricultural Producers in order to improve the life quality of their families by creating new job opportunities. The association decided to protect some of the areas of the forest in the region of the Tenorio Volcano (which is where their farms are located) in order to start ecotourism projects. This gave them an alternative to the deforestation of land for farming. They also want to start an environmental education center to show more people the importance of preserving nature in the region. The total protected area is 73 hectares of land surrounding Tenorio Volcano National Park. Within the protected area, they have a system of hanging bridges through the rainforest, the longest being 105 meters long and 37 meters high. There are also trails and facilities for visitors at the lodge. They currently have a lot of plans on how to make the project more attractive for visitors.


To maintain the trails using natural materials that they find in the region; those trails have to be in good condition to allow the visitors’ access to the forest in a safe and comfortable way To maintain the gardens around the lodge To maintain the hanging bridges To repair old or broken signs along the trails or creation of new signs To help in reforestation the areas around the Reserve using local trees from their nursery Optional: to do communal work for the local people when required depending on activities To work in the restaurant helping with the cooking or the service to tourists as well as helping with the cleaning of the lodge Please note that you will work on whatever is most important at the moment. You are expected to assume any of the tasks if necessary.


You are going to live in the lodge where also the tourists are hosted, in the cabins for the volunteers are located besides the lodge. You will share a lot of time with the family who run the lodge, giving you a great opportunity to get to know Costa Rican culture. The water is drinkable; there is electricity, hot water in the showers and a nice view. You will eat in the restaurant of the lodge where the other workers eat. The food is delicious; still be prepared that it will be mostly rice and beans all the time. You will have access to a washing machine. The lodge offers tours to nearby waterfalls, horse riding excursions, and treks to tourists. The volunteers will benefit from these tours at cheaper price if they wish to go.


Bijagua, Alajuela Province (Northwest of Costa Rica).


Volunteers must stay at least two weeks in order to help the project in a palpable way To have the maturity to work following internal rules in a responsible way To work on tasks such as building trails, making wooden signs, etc. To work with people from other countries and age groups To have the maturity to work in a foreign country To have the maturity to adapt to a different culture with different manners To have no objections sharing a room with other volunteers Extra fees to pay on arrival based on a 1week stay (camp fee 105$ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 105$ for each extra week. Open all year, arrival date is free. Admission fees are based on the length of your stay: 1 to 4 weeks : $150, 5 to 8 weeks : $250, 9 to 12: $350, over 13 weeks :$450. Program 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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