RE: [CostaRicaLiving] Costa Rica's National Parks Need Volunteers
- View SourceDear Bob,
Program fees pay for food, lodging, transportation, some recreational travel
and Immersion Spanish classes. It all works out to about $50.00 per day. The
Costa Rica National Parks are in need of volunteer support because they lack
funding to hire additional personnel. If you were to volunteer for a
community organization in your home town you probably would not be required
to pay a fee but the local organization would not be required to provide
food, lodging, Spanish Classes and other services either. Participants who
enroll in these programs I believe receive a great value for the money they
spend. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have more questions.
212 208 2522 voice/fax
- View SourceEDITED TO REMOVE PIGGY BACKED MATERIAL
I assure you that the Rainforest Conservation Corps is a legitimate
organization. Please see the March 26th issue of the Tico Times on the
community connections page for an example our work.
- View SourceCosta Rica's National Park system is in crisis.
The following excerpt was taken from the March 26th issue of the Tico
As the battle to protect Costa Rica's national parks continues,
Environment and Energy Minister Carlos Manuel Rodríguez this week
said the Environment Ministry is considering emergency measures to
combat the problem on a national level. "We are in a state of
emergency," Rodríguez told The Tico Times. Rodríguez said
problems facing the parks are "very, very serious." he
warned, "several parks may have to close as early as June."
Community Collaborations is reaching out to volunteers in the US and
Canada to respond to this urgent situation. If you are interested in
making a dfference in the world's most diverse ecosystem please see
the Rainforest Conservation Corps web site at
212 208 2522 fax/voice
- View SourceSteve,
I must admit I'm very new to this group and to
living and adventure in general. So educate me if you
must or tell me to go away and do more research, but
are you asking me to spend between $2,000 and $3,000
of my money to "volunteer" my services? Admittedly,
I'm ignorant of much of this, but is this typically
how volunteer work is conducted?
Thanks for your patience,
- View SourceActually, Bob, this is frequently how it works. For example, my wife is
associated with a wildlife refuge between Dominical and Quepos. They have a
program of international volunteers coming to work there for a minimum of
two weeks at a time. The volunteers pay $400 per week, though that includes
a home stay (very modest accommodations) at the refuge. And I know of scores
of other organizations who depend on volunteers for their contributions of
both work and money.
- View SourceI don't know about CR's programs but in the US and most other places I have been, this would be called a scam. I have never heard of having to pay to volunteer. Hummm, a very interesting concept.
- View SourceAs I read the daily comments from the CRL'rs I've begun to see an incredible pattern here. The expat / foreigner community has become a tremendous source of volunteers and donors that have been giving of themselves to causes and projects all over the country.
I think you are all a great bunch of folks. You make my day!
I'm also hoping that the government (and the people) of Costa Rica see this and realize that not all of the "Gringos" (Canadians and Europeans too) are hanging out at the bars and redlight district growing more social problems with their vices ...
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- View SourceWhen someone joins a group and their first post is an
appeal for something and is based on last weeks
newspaper headlines, it is bound to raise a few
eyebrows, at the very least.
I would certainly advise anyone interested in this
sort of thing to thoroughly check it out, in person if
possible. Putting together an internet site is not all
I don't know anything about the most recent one of
these to come to our attention, but I do know that
even in the US, where there is considerably more
policing of this sort of thing, a new scam is born
I showed the most recent one to my son. He snickered
and said: "It sounds like Philip". When I asked for an
explanation he told me that an acquaintance of his by
the name of Philip, makes some of his money by
collecting money from volunteers and then
disappearing. I happen to know Philip also. Everytime
I have ran into him he had a new way to make money
without working for it. I don't know that he has ever
held a legitimate job.
There are a lot of worthy causes out there that
deserve our help, but it is always worth a close look
if much money is involved.
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- View SourceThe fees are high, but you often get what you pay for. The more
expensive volunteer programs provide one with a full time person
back stopping the volunteer as well as language training and other
types of support.
However, if you want to deal more directly with the National Parks
in Costa Rica without a professional gringo intermediary, there are
local organizations who will place volunteers in the national parks
(ASVO and another one) who will charge about $12 a day to cover
room, board and support for the parks (minimum stay 1-2 weeks).
These local organizations actually are often the sub-contractors for
more expensive volunteer organizations. You will do exactly the
same kind of work as you would do with more expensive programs, but
you will be largely on your own. You will have to get to the parks
using public transport and deal with people entirely in Spanish. If
you want to learn Spanish, you will have to hook yourself up with a
Spanish school (not too difficult). Language schools are around $320
a week including room and board.
Nonetheless, if you are mature enough to put up with such
conditions. If you would like details, I can put you in contact
with these Costa Rican organizations.
- View SourceAt about $12 per day, that sounds pretty fair to me. If you are
volunteering for something, then you are expected not to be a
burden. At 12 per day, if it includes food, no one is making a
profit, or not much of one.
On Finca Leola, we are not currently using volunteer labor, I have
thought about it before because we are doing reforestation, but the
locals need work and it doesn't cost a lot for farm labor. I have
always found it is easier to instruct someone on how to do something
when it is their job and you are paying them. Sometimes volunteers
can be wonderful, but at other times...