This flagship project in Costa Rica aims to improve the economic prospects of a remote indigenous village by making infrastructure improvements that will support their vision of sharing their culture with travellers. The project will offer an exclusive and remote volunteer experience in a way that very, very few have ever done. Tsinikicha borders the Barbilla National Park which recently allowed the use of some of its trails for hikers. There is great potential to appeal to visiting hikers and the community has plans to offer a comprehensive traditional experience that would bring valuable new sources of income.
Six villages in the territory are involved in this initiative. A new ceremonial hut has been built. Near here is the site for a hikers’ camp and small soda (restaurant). DWC volunteers will assist in developing camping facilities for hiking visitors of the El Camino Trail as well as facilities for sustainable small business that supports tourist experiences. This will increase village commerce and offer improvements for residents.
DWC teams will work with our in-country partner Mar a Mar serving Las Brisas de Pacuarito, a remote, small settlement about four hours east of San Jose and 17km from the picturesque, small town of Siquirres.
In general, expect to work 6-8 hours per day. Volunteers usually wake up early, around 6:00 or 7:00 am for breakfast. After breakfast, the team is transported to the project site (usually by private bus) and the workday begins, usually somewhere between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. There will be lunch in the middle of the day, which is either provided by your workplace, host family, or purchased by you. Your workday will usually end around 4:00 pm.
A trip here is both unique and rewarding with many options for your free time. You can absorb the environment around your host community during the week before spending your days off relaxing or adventuring.
Catch views towards Turrialba Volcano, the Atlantic sea and the Talamanca mountains with guided hiking to help you navigate through the dense jungle of nearby National Park Barbilla. This is a 29,500 acre protected forest on the Caribbean side of the Talamanca Mountains. The park is the home of the second-largest indigenous group in Costa Rica, the Cabécar. This area is ecologically rich and important as a water source for rare (and even endangered) species including three-toed sloths, jaguars, ocelots, pumas, tapirs, toucans and countless other bird species. The ranger station for the National Park is located in Las Brisas de Pacuarito.
Easily fill up your time with Banana, Vanilla or Chocolate Tours and get involved in fun evening activities with local families including crafting souvenir walking poles, salsa dancing, dice games, Settlers of Catan (game) and soccer.
The climate is tropical, warm and humid, all year round. January is part of the dry season on the pacific coast characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures of 30°C. While this equatorial region is characterized by low temperature variations, frequent showers and thunderstorms are common so packing a light raincoat is a good idea.
Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a local hotel that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The cost of each trip varies for each country, and the approximate cost of this trip is displayed at the top of the page. All costs will be finalized closer to the departure date. This cost is the in-country cost, including accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to our Host Partner in their respective country. It does not include airfare. The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet. You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.
I discovered DWC in 2017 when it was suggested I take my at-risk step-grandson to Guatemala on a volunteer trip. Not only was the trip life-changing for me but I know it changed my grandson’s life forever. To see others in much needier conditions and for him to be able to effect change was powerful! Another trip to Nepal and I am hooked! I am thrilled to be able to now be a team leader. To me shaking hands with our human brothers and sisters is how we change the world.
In my past life, I purchased and operated a 13-room rooming house for 10 years. The 88 at-risk of homelessness souls I came to love over those years gave me a perspective and empathy for all those that have been handed challenges in life and struggle with physical and mental illness, generational trauma and just plain bad luck.
Feeling empathy for others seems to be in my makeup and in one way or the other I have been lending a hand whenever possible. I also volunteered for mentally challenged adults for 25 years as a member of a network for the Planned Lifetime Advocacy. My “charge” went from sitting watching tv in his room all day to living in his own apartment, being surrounded by a loving network of friends and family and although he passed away in 2011, I know his life was made more by our involvement.
I have travelled extensively in the last few years. I always try to see the lesser-known areas affected by poverty. Meeting the impoverished in Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Cuba, northern Australia, Fiji and Vanuatu created a real desire to see what I can do to help. DWC is an incredible vehicle to continue this interest.
My life has been made ‘more’ by all these opportunities to reach out to others in the world. I cannot wait to lead each DWC trip and help others go to their ‘more’.
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