RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

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Posted: March 19, 2016
Overall:
5
Support:
4
Value:
5
By: brute5
Age:
43

I volunteered for one month teaching English to young monks at a monastery in Galle and very much enjoyed the experience. My host Michael and his wife were very accommodating, and helped me in getting myself set up here. I enjoyed the meals, especially the hoppers and pumpkin curry and the wonderful fresh fruit. The young monks were absolutely lovely with a surprising technical proficiency. I was sad to leave them but I will always think fondly on my time with them.

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Posted: February 2, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Cody S.
Age:
28

I came with my daughter to volunteer at the orphanage in Punterenas. Before we left, we had several calls with our coordinator, Lauren to confirm costs and what we wanted to get out of the program. She set up an itinerary for us so we knew what we would be doing overall which included teaching English to the kids. We also wanted to get some fun activities in and she definitely delivered on this-from transportation to choosing safe but fun and unique experiences like waterfall repelling, horseback riding and zip lining. Then we had surf lessons. Absolutely amazing experiences with great people.
We experienced some culture shock especially the first two days with different expectations around sanitation and heat and the language difference. We wish we would have been better prepared with speaking and understanding Spanish. Overall it has been a fantastic experience and I would recommend it for those who are adventurous and independent.

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Posted: January 11, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: JodiRay
Age:
46

I participated in a volunteer project called environmental project in Costa Rica. it lasted about one week, but due to personal reasons, I only stayed there for 5 five days. My duties were to help clean and paint a small church in a village where I lived. The workload was acceptable, but it may depend. I lived in the coordiantor's home with other 5 volunteers in Manuel Mora. The housing condition was not so ideal, but considering the overall living conditions there, it was fairly good. As for food, we ate home-made food every lunch and dinner, and same as the housing conditions, the food was good comparing the local conditions. Finally, the coordinator was pretty easy-going and welcoming. She brought us to a beach to see the beautiful sunset and organized a boat tour to an island and try snorkeling there. Just one more point I would like to mention, the weather here is hot and humid sometimes and no AC. Luckily, I hardly bear it in the first day, but I found I managed to get used to it afterwards.

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Posted: January 3, 2016
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8
By: Haoyu
Age:
19

The Project of marine conservation that I made is good. I work at the marine park (Puntarenas) with the the fish (for the reproduction on them). The work is fine, I do a lot of things and I don't like every work that they make me do (like clean the tank of the fish) but in general is a good project beacause I learn to do a lot of different thing, and it is pertinent with my studies. I work from 8.00 am to 12:00, and it would be better to start later, like 8,30 am or 9,00 am, because I have to take the bus for go to work and I have to wake up at 6 am. That is the only thing that I recomend for the work.
The house where I live is comfortable and enough clean, the family is really kind with me and the host grandmother cook really well, and a lot, and also if I don't like something I can simply tell her and she cook for me another thing. The house is quite big, so I have my space, only the bathroom is too small, but I have all the basics. I live with the coordinator of my project and at first this is a little strange, but then I got used to the idea and now I thing that is a good thing, because I can talk directly to her if I have any problem, and usually she find the best way to solve them, even if sometimes this cost to me some money. I also take one week of Spanish classes, here at the house. It help me but I think that the best way to learn a new language is to speak and listen it, maybe with music or film, and staying with a local family helps a lot, so it is not really necessary the classes.
However at work the best moment is when I do some real research on the science field and when I collaborate with other students or with the boss for helping saving a fish or for collect the eggs, that's preatty good. Also Costa Rica has a lot to offer, unfortunately the trips usually cost a lot, especially for a student or for a young woman/guy that can't have a lot of money! The positive side is that the money is well spent, beacause here there is great and wonderful places, sports and trips to do or visit.

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Posted: January 3, 2016
Overall:
7
Support:
9
Value:
8
By: aivlis8
Age:
22

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