COOPESILENCIO RURAL TOURISM 2017
Extra fees to pay on arrival based on a 4weeks stay 710€ (camp fee 560$ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 140$ for each extra week. Open all year, arrival date is free.
- Code : ACI/CS2017
- Dispo : 3M / 2F (Total Part 5)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ESP
- Age : 18 - 99
This is a grass roots organization located in the rural community of El Silencio Coopesilencio. It is a self-managed farming, animal husbandry and rural tourism cooperative that has a strong commitment to protecting the environment and runs conservation and environmental education activities. The cooperative owns almost 1000 hectares of land that are being used for different activities such as: African Palm tree cultivation, reforestation, conservation of primary forest and ecotourism. Coopesilencio’s mission statement is “to promote the social and economic development of its families, through the use of profitable enterprises and the protection of the environment that surrounds them”. In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment of Costa Rica, Coopesilencio runs a Wildlife Rescue &Rehabilitation Center, where they develop rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction programs for confiscated, donated, or injured fauna. The village is surrounded by a tropical forest on the northeast side and by the Savegre River on the northwest side. El Rey beach is only one hour southwest from the community of El Silencio.
• To help in any activity with maintaining, developing, and improving the Wildlife Rescue Center • To help in any activity with maintaining, developing, and improving the ecotourism program that the cooperative runs: o Gardening o Making wood signs for the trails, o Maintaining and cleaning the trails of the forest and the water ducts of the community • To help with the other projects of the Cooperative, such as organic farming, animal husbandry as well as at the lodge and restaurant area for visitors. Operating hours of the project: From early in the morning until late at night as they run a small restaurant and lodge for the visitors. Schedule for the volunteer: It depends on their needs and on weather conditions but normally from 6:00 am until the mid-afternoon, with a long break at noon, 6 days per week.
Volunteers at the project stay with local families. A maximum of one volunteer stays with each family. Lodging, typical food, and laundry are provided by the host family. The center has an internal system to assign volunteers to each family, which means that every single volunteer will have a host family that has been selected by the project. Their main reason to do this is to achieve their social goals.
El Silencio community, Central Pacific of Costa Rica 45 minutes inland from the town of Quepos
• To work on tasks such as: building cages and fences, digging ditches, raking, and others • To adapt to outdoor work in a tropical climate with very modest living accommodations and insects • To work with people from other countries and age groups • To have the maturity to work in a foreign country for an extended time period • To have the maturity to adapt to a different culture with different manners • Although it is not required, Spanish knowledge will benefit you • To be eager to learn Spanish and to share your life with Costa Rican farmers • To get up early in the morning and work from early in the morning until the afternoon, six days a week • To be able to live in a rural small community with simple conditions • Important: To be vaccinated against Tetanus, Measles, Mumps and other eruptive diseases. Although it is not absolutely required, we suggest you getting a full set of Rabies vaccination prior to come to the project. Please, bring your vaccination chart. • Vaccination Chart (mandatory!) • Personal medical insurance (mandatory!) • Rubber boots (they can be purchased in Quepos) • Fast drying light clothes (at times they will get very dirty and wet) • Good hiking shoes • Hat or cap • Sun blocking • Raincoat • Mosquito net • Mosquito spray • Gardening gloves • First aid kit • Flashlight What you can expect from you stay: • To interact with the local people • To learn about the culture of the Central Pacific of Costa Rica • To learn and practice Spanish, as there are very few people who speak English • To be surrounded by a lush tropical rainforest, full of plants and animal life • To enjoy beautiful landscapes with several waterfalls within walking distance from the project • The opportunity to explore the forests • To take part in the cooperative’s activities • To play football with the local people, so don not forget your football shoes • To participate in Latin-American dancing parties in and out of the community • To see other farming communities, local and foreign tourism projects located in the area • To make new Costa Rican friends Additonal information: CoopeSilencio is on the sea level in a very humid tropical area. Dry season is from December to April and rainy season from May to November. On your days off you have the opportunity to do some recreational activities such as: • Visit Manuel Antonio National Park. • Horseback riding tours around the area. • Whitewater rafting &sea kayaking tours with local companies. *** PROGRAM FEE : Extra fees to pay on arrival based on a 4weeks stay 710€ (camp fee 560$ + adm. cost 150$ for ACI Costa Rica). 140$ 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 ï¿½International Messenger of Peaceï¿½ 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, ï¿½Weltwï¿½rtsï¿½ of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, British ï¿½Community Service Volunteersï¿½, the European Unionï¿½s ï¿½European Voluntary Serviceï¿½, ï¿½Canada World Youthï¿½, and ï¿½United Planetï¿½ from the USA.
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