Costa Rica

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The pre medical program I was part of in Costa Rica was an awesome experience. I was lucky enough to volunteer at a hospital where I would help care for the babies or kids whose parents could not always be with them.
There are not enough nurses to care for all of the kids and the parents need to eat or sleep at some point and that is where the rest of the volunteers and I come in. We would help take care of the children. This could be as simple as sitting there and letting them play, or helping feed them. What was amazing to see was how happy many of the kids are even though they are in the hospital. Just playing with them for a few minutes is enough to see a big smile, which was great. It was so rewarding. Also, the family I was staying with was amazing.
Alice was the greatest cook, and she was so welcoming. She helped to show me around my first day in the country and was such a great help until my last day in Costa Rica. The weekends were also a great time to explore the country of Costa Rica. I was lucky enough to explore the Arenal area through zip lining and a trip to the hot springs. It is definitely something that everyone should do. Honestly, this program has been a blast and great in every area.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I did medical volunteering in Puntarenas. At first, It was not what I expected. The communication and clarity about the program before it started wasn't completely correct and some items weren't clear. Despite that, I had a great experience. The people in the clinic where I volunteered were so nice and I got to see interesting procedures. The clinic is very well provided and the people are well-off, so don't expect an underdeveloped area. The volunteerhouse and food are very nice. Although I think they're could've been smoother communication about activities etc. However, I really liked Costa Rica and I had a great experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 15, 2017
Overall:
7
Support:
5
Value:
6

Global Crossroad

I enjoyed my project teaching English, but I think there could've been more communication and clarity about the program before it started. Some information wasn't clear and other items overlapped. For example, there was much confusion and miscommunication about the Spanish classes offered. What was written in the paper versus what was received was not what was expected at all and that was unfortunate. However, I had an overall amazing experience with my project and I found it to be very rewarding as well as educational for myself.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 15, 2017
Overall:
6
Support:
4
Value:
5

Global Crossroad

After many days of research to find a reasonably priced volunteer abroad program, I stumbled upon global crossroads. The reviews that people left were both reasonable and unreasonable. The reviews all said that they are a company that rip people off but I was not aware of how much they rip people off. I decided to go through this company because it looked like the cheapest company to go through, but in the end I might as well have gone through any other company that was just a expensive. They sent me an invoice of about $3,000 which at that time I figured was a bit much for one month but they told me everything was paid for and that after this I wouldn't have to spend another dime. This company is so disorganized because they sent me this invoice 2 times because I had to call them to adjust it. When they claimed they sent me the right invoice I sent my cashiers check to them. I ended up overnighting the check because it was way too much money to not keep track of. So the next day I look at fed ex and they tell me that the address is undeliverable. As soon as I saw that I called global crossroads and they told me that they put the wrong address on the invoice. For a company that claims years of experience, they didn't have their things together. At this point I am furious because that's three thousand dollars just floating around. Thank goodness there was a guy on the team that I went to everything for, his name was Casey and I was notified later that he quit. I have no doubt it was because he worked for a horrible company. Casey told me he was going to take time out of his day to go and pick it up at the FedEx office for me and call me when he picks it up. I stayed with the company because Casey was so helpful and once I sent that check there was no going back. After I sent the check I got an invoice from the person they work with in Costa Rica with a bill for housing. At this point I am so unbelievably confused because when I spoke with global crossroads they told me that a host family was no longer an option for volunteers because they only had a volunteer house. So when I sent the 3 thousand dollars I expected my housing to be paid for because to my understanding there weren't any host families. So when I saw the invoice from her I called global crossroads and asked them to break the bill down for me and once I asked for that they told me that I didn't have to pay for the housing bill she sent me. Still till this day not exactly sure what I actually paid for with them. Casey decided to honor my word and call their connection and said that they won't charge me for the housing. That meant though that most likely their connecting person in Costa Rica most likely didn't get any money for Global crossroads mistakes. So with all that said, to those who are thinking about going through global crossroads please please be very careful when paying them. They are so disorganized and you need to stay on top of everything they do. If you want and honest and reliable company I wouldn't go through this organization. I wouldn't go through them ever again, I learned my lesson.

On the other hand Costa Rica is absolutely amazing and beyond beautiful. The girl that actually manages HIBISCUS TRAVEL (their connection in Costa Rica). Had us in a beautiful beach house with a pool and an amazing cook. Once I got to Costa Rica my experience was unforgettable. I would highly recommend volunteering abroad just not through frontal crossroads I would go through the local volunteer program.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 3, 2017
Overall:
2
Support:
2
Value:
1

Sol Education Abroad

I really enjoyed my time in Costa Rica with Sol. I tried a bunch of new things (foods and activities, such as white water rafting), I spent some awesome time in nature (La Fortuna!), I met some really cool people, I lived with a kind host family, and I improved my Spanish. I really appreciated that the first several weekends had arranged travel, but then the weekends after that were open for us to travel as we pleased. This arrangement worked well because it gave us time to get acclimated to our surroundings before sending us off on our own. By the end of my time in Costa Rica, I felt that I had grown a lot in independence and courage. I was more willing explore new places on my own, and this is a skill that will serve me well in the rest of my life.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Walking Tree Travel

As a group leader with Walking Tree Travel and the Smithsonian Student Adventure, I can see the immense reward the students get from participating in our Service Adventure trips. The challenges build character and leadership skills, the beautiful landscapes instill gratitude and stewardship and the friendships create joy and confidence. Vacation is one thing and a student travel program with Smithsonian Student Adventure is a completely different type of nourishment.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: May 5, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

Program:
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: May 1, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Green Life Volunteers

This was the first volunteering project I worked on overseas and Green life volunteers proved to be a good choice. On arrival in Puerto Jimenez, I was met off the bus by Janina early in the morning. I had already been provided with a list of items I should bring with me to Costa Rica but should I have forgotten any items, Janina was there to show me where in town I could find things like medicines, footwear or banking services. After settling in with a host family and some orientation lessons about the local area, I met up with the project lead to discuss further the schedule for the coming weeks and discuss any concerns I may have. The activity schedule was clear and accurately reflected the program which had interested me on the Green Life Volunteers website. Working on the bird conservation project, some of my duties included social media support, bird surveys and plant nursery work. The diversity of avian species on the Osa peninsula is quite unique and was by far the richest in Costa Rica. Throughout my stay in Costa Rica, Green Life Volunteers were always providing support to enable the success of the project and to ensure a good work life balance where I could enjoy the many activities available on the Osa peninsula like surfing, fishing, kayaking and hiking in the Corcovado National Park. Costa Rica proved to be a safe destination with a friendly and helpful community who want to share in their ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle and I would recommend Green Life Volunteers to anyone who wishes to help protect the unique ecosystem of the Osa peninsula.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Apr 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Walking Tree Travel

I had an amazing experience with Walking Tree Travel in Costa Rica. We went to a variety of places including a national park, hot springs, small towns, beautiful beaches, and more!

One of my favorite things about traveling with Walking Tree Travel is how immersive they make the experience. We had the opportunity to go to places that average tourists wouldn’t. As a result of this I learned about a lot about the local culture and felt that I had a very unique experience. Also, the guides were incredibly well educated about the places we visited, which helped make each destination even more exciting. The people I met in Costa Rica were incredibly friendly and I felt safe the entire time I was there. I highly recommend Walking Tree Travel!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Apr 7, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

We were able to work with Casey for pre-travel with efficient time response and flexibilty! Hibiscus Travels was the absolute best! Genuine and pure customer service! All three service projects set up for us was well organized, extremely efficient, and we felt humbled and proud of the service we shared with Puntarenas. Hibiscus Travels also executed our meals and transportation very well! Unforgettable experience!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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