Costa Rica

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Hi
I volunteered for 1 week in Costa Rica with CCS. We were painting a mural for an underprivledged school. Although we did make a different to the school with our presence it wasn't worth the cost nor the effort to visit Costa Rica to only actually work for 3-3.5 hours a day. The accommodation & food was great, the staff were really nice. I would definitely not recommend CCS, it is overpriced and more suited to people that don't want a "hardcore" volunteering experience. Also I felt that 1 week is not enough, don't volunteer for any less than 2 weeks. I did have a nice time but couldn't get pass the cost, non of which goes directly to the community.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 4, 2008
Overall:
4
Support:
9
Value:
2

Comments

I had no problem parting with the money....but it was not worth it at all!!
It is for people who feel uneasy about travelling to a foreign country where no one speaks the same language. The money pays for room, board, and the staff. They are trying to make people feel comfortable in a place that is strange to them.
You paid the price no gun to the head, it was your mistake, its 90% always the volunteers fault.

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I stayed in Puriscal, Costa Rica for 3 weeks and it was absolutely amazing. The staff at the house were incredibly helpful,working at my volunteer placement was very rewarding (and fun!), and I met some great people along the way. I would really recommend it to anyone who is looking to volunteer internationally as well as learn about other cultures.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Oct 13, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Don't go to Cartago either!!
Don't go to Puriscal!
Hi, I am planning on going to Costa Rica, Puriscal =) I went with CCS to Morocco and Peru and absolutly loved loved loved it. I can't want to go to Costa Rica. Any tips?

Amistad Institute

I thought I signed up to ELI abroad but I guess they were just the middleman. The people were somewhat nice but all I heard was complaints from the other students about their volunteer placement. We were supposed to be volunteering in a clinic, but there was practically no work for us to do. I switch to work in a kids daycamp which was more fun. The whole experience wasn't terrible for me, but they just seem like they really over-promise and under-deliver. If you just want to do something fun in Costa Rica, this is for you. If you are really serious about volunteering, you should probably look elsewhere.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 24, 2008
Overall:
6
Support:
3
Value:
8

ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

I didn't know it at the time I signed up and paid for the trip, but I guess ELI was simply a middleman to a separate entity in Costa Rica. They basically just sent me to "Amistad Institute" who handled everything. I was a little upset that there would be no representatives of ELI there, but it turned out not to be that bad. I guess this was the first year ELI worked with Amistad, and from what I heard from other students, this might also be the last. It would have been nice not to be part of the "test group" lol.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 24, 2008
Overall:
6
Support:
3
Value:
8

Comments

im in the ELI program in Costa Rica. My email is merrilymary@gmail. I can tell you a little more about the program if you email me.
my son is also hoping to go on a trip organized by ELI, and I"m worried about whether or not he will have support once there. What particular problems did you encounter?
Hi, I am also considering volunteering volunteering with ELI this summer in a medical internship and have some concerns about the reliability of the company. Just wondering if you would be able to share your experience with me regarding this...Did they take care of you while you were there? Thanks in advance, Jennie (jenn.ie@hotmail.com)
I'm applying to ELI and wondering if I could speak to you regarding your experience. Please email me at shalayne.pillar@asu.edu if interested. I would love to hear your experience- I have concerns that they will not take care of me which sounds like you experienced. Thanks!

Amistad Institute

I was pretty satisfied with the homestay environment, the location, etc. However, the volunteer placement did not provide me with very valuable experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 23, 2008
Overall:
5
Support:
7
Value:
8

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