About The Trip:
Join Team Leaders Joy Demsey and Tony Dufficy for a two week adventure to Costa Rica combining yoga, service work and culture. You’ll experience daily yoga, on site volunteer work to suit everyone’s ability, and weekend cultural excursions.
Your team will work with DWC’s 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.
The residents here will benefit greatly from the service of DWC volunteers. You’ll be making basic infrastructure improvements for this small community who are striving to become self sufficient as an eco tourism community on the El Camino trail network.
Within the village is a small school with 16 students, a medical clinic and church. The medical clinic serves 60 local and indigenous people in the area, including dentistry. Patients wait outside in the rain to see a practitioner. Over time, DWC volunteer work will include repairs to the buildings’ damaged roofs, construction of a covered waiting area with benches for the clinic, a greenhouse extension, a secure pumphouse for their water spring area, installing rainwater collection tanks, water lines, treatment systems and a compostable toilet.
Your work here will be building a future for people who live off of hope. You’ll work with the locals and alongside other like-minded volunteers who are passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.
It’s Not All Work:
A trip here will be both unique and rewarding with daily practice and 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 dense jungle of nearby National Park Barbilla. This is a 29,500 acre protected forest on the Carribean 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. December 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.
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Details will be finalized in the coming weeks but of high priority is making the medical facility fully usable. Multiple DWC Teams will travel to Las Brisas de Pacuarito to make these improvements a reality for this small Costa Rican community.
- Saturday, November 9 – Team arrives in San Jose and travels to Host Community
- Monday, November 11 to Friday, November 15 – PROJECT WORK at Las Brisas de Pacuarito.
- Saturday, November 16 to Sunday, November 17 – Leisure time.
- Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22 – PROJECT WORK at Las Brisas de Pacuarito.
- Saturday, November 23: Return to San Jose. Fly home or continue traveling.
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can fundraise part or all of your trip and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.
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.
DWC Team Leaders:
Leading this trip brings together two loves of my life: travel and yoga. Upon getting a Masters degree in ESL, I lived and worked overseas for 6 years and visited such countries as Japan, Moldova, India, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Honduras, the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan. I have not stopped local immersion traveling since. I have also been practicing yoga for 30 years and teaching yoga for 20 years.
I feel some of the transformative practices of yoga can be lost in coming and going from the studio to the comfort of our own home. Immersion in other places, helping others and serving others can be quite transformative for ourselves. Simultaneously while being lifted out of ourselves we provide a hand up to the families in developing communities. I am excited to represent a deeper understanding of yogic principles on this trip; there will also be opportunities to deepen your personal practice through yoga classes. Come join me on this potentially transformative and most definitely fun adventure!
Tony is a retired School Administrator who first participated in a DWC activity in 2004 where he accompanied a team to Sri Lanka following the 2003 tsunami and have been involved with the organization ever since. He has led teams as small as 3 in number to as large as 20 to numerous countries including Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Cambodia, Haiti, Peru and Guatemala. He considered himself to have been extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to experience so many varied cultures, participating in projects with others which for the most part clearly made such a difference in the lives of people he has had the privilege of meeting.
There are a couple of quotes that really resonate with Tony and his association with DWC.
The first is attributed to a little known British comedian Paul Shane Spear “I may not be able to change the world BUT I can certainly change some one’s world”
He also really loves the quote attributed to Mahatma Ghandi : “You may never know what results come of your actions, BUT if you do nothing there will be NO result”
Are You Ready To Go?
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