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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
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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

My name is Rainy, and I am a volunteer from the States. The program I joined was working with orphans, and Michael as the coordinator in Sri Lanka has been very helpful to me. I made the decision to come 1 week ahead of the time, but Michael has been responding my email and arranging everything for me with a very effective time manner so I was able to make it. The orphanage program itself locates in a very beautiful seaside town, I would recommend the program for a lot of people.

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Posted: December 30, 2015
Overall:
9
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9
Value:
9
By: rainy
Age:
23

I'm Julia from Sweden. I've been working at the orphanage in Galle during 5 weeks and it's been a field study for me since I'm studying social work in Sweden. It's been a good experience even though it's been really emotionally frustrating at some times. The family I stayed with was amazing and that was like half of the experience, to stay with a Sri Lanka-family. At first I thought it was expensive but considering you get some place to stay and lovely food for every meal it's worth it! And to be with the kids is just worth it all!

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Posted: December 7, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Juliaholm
Age:
25

My experience volunteering in Sri Lanka has been amazing! I volunteered for 3 weeks in the Ruhunu orphanage in Galle and stayed with Michael and his family who were most welcoming and kind. The accommodation was good with 3 homemade tasty meals everyday. Going to the orphanage in the mornings was a very rewarding experience although hard work. I felt that I was contributing to the children's lives a little by making the smile, laugh and taking care of them. I got to know most of the kids very well, adored every single one and was amazed how much love they have to give and how happy they are. I will miss seeing them but will definitely be back to see how they have grown. Staying with Micheal was great because he was very helpful if I had any questions, always felt i could ask him any advice and solved any queries. I have made great friends with all the other volunteers and have met some lovely people. Staying in Galle was fantastic because there was always a beach to visit or something to see and definitely time to surf Unawatuna! I also went on a four day tour to see the highlights of Sri Lanka like Sigiriya and Kandy which was is a must do. I would say this journey has changed my life and I 100% encourage everyone to do some volunteering in Sri Lanka. Happy travels, Riley

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Posted: November 16, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
18

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