Volunteer Costa Rica: I had a fantastic experience all the way around with ABV. From the time I inquired about their programs, to almost the day before I left to come to Costa Rica, ABV was continually in touch with me making sure everything was arranged, taken care of, answered any questions I had. ABV is a very professional organization and one I would volunteer with again.
Volunteer Costa Rica
1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
My local ABV Coordinator, Jenny, was very helpful in every way possible. I was picked up on time at the airport, I had a nice city tour/introduction to Escazú, upon my arrival, she arranged all of my transportation to and from the Rescue program, was always available to converse with and ask questions and be of assistance.
Jenny coordinated my ‘weekend off’ visit to Mario Antonio National Park, and everything was just perfect. Jenny is very knowledgeable about her country, and she is always willing to share her knowledge. Her house is centrally located to everything, the accommodations were very comfortable, and the food was excellent.
2- What was the most positive surprise you experienced?
At the program: Everyone was so helpful, friendly and nice.
At the accommodation: Accommodations were very comfortable, very centrally located so you can walk everywhere.
About the country: People here are so happy, very willing to help you with anything, beautiful, just a lovely country with lovely people.
3- What was most difficult/cultural shock to experience?
At the program: The work at the rescue center, it can be difficult and tiring, but very rewarding.
At the accommodation: I’ve been to Costa Rica before so there was no difficult or cultural shock that I experienced.
The country: The noise is different than the U. S., traffic, horns, scooters, roosters, etc. But you get used to it!
4- Any tips for future volunteers, give as many details as possible…
Clothing: Just need warm weather clothing, and bring an umbrella for the rain.
Weather: Very warm, humid and rainy
4.1-Other things volunteers should know, about what to bring, what to do in country, what to eat, transportation, other:
a.- Bring an umbrella
b.- The coasts are beautiful so I would suggest trying to get to either the Pacific Ocean or Caribbean while you are here.
c.-Bring comfortable shoes, you walk a lot.
d.- Bring any snacks you prefer from home
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial), don’t leave blank:
I had a fantastic experience all the way around with ABV. From the time I inquired about their programs, to almost the day before I left to come to Costa Rica, ABV was continually in touch with me making sure everything was arranged, taken care of, answered any questions I had. ABV is a very professional organization and one I would volunteer with again.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security in detail:
Accommodations were very comfortable, had my own room, shared a bathroom, the food was excellent, Jenny accommodated my vegetarianism, and she continually made sure I was where I was supposed to be and safe. I loved my Spanish lessons also. The teacher was amazing. The class is about four blocks away from the host house.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: Working at the rescue center, quite an experience!
Country: Loved staying with a Costa Rican family and see how they live in this country..
Tours: I enjoyed going to Manuel Antonio National Park, what a grand experience it was, earthquake and all!
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat): Perfect, I always felt ABV was on top of everything. I liked the constant communication.
Website Information: Website has all the information you need, almost. If you need more, ABV will respond quickly to your email, chat, phone call.
9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?