The main tasks for Volunteers:
1-Maintenance of green areas and different facilities when it is needed.
2-Infra - structure project (to be confirmed a month before the starting date for the workcamp).
The work will depend on the needs at the moment, with this said, the project could be:
a-Painting or building a facility for the local community.
b-Local Recycling Project from the community.
3-Support in the Coffee Process (Picking Coffee Beans) in local Families Farms – This part will be more as an experience for the international volunteers.
Unterkunft und Verpflegung
Local Families will be more than happy to receive the volunteer. Families will supply three meals a day, a room and all their care to the volunteers. Families may be included in some of
the activities as well. Vegetarian food will be available. Internet access is limited since not all families have this service.
Lage und Freizeit
Sitting along the flank of the thundering Talamanca Mountain Range, Santa Maria de Dota is positioned in a gorgeous valley where birding,
hiking, fishing and photography provide endless opportunities to explore this tranquil region. Some 200 species of birds can be found in the
area, including quetzals, tanagers, hummingbirds and wood peckers. Birders and hikers will also be glad to know that the Los Quetzales
National Park is close by and provides an outstanding opportunity to witness resplendent quetzals as well as some small mammals. Also within
a short driving distance are the eye-catching Naranjo Waterfalls.
Santa Maria de Dota is a rudimentary Tico town spread out around the church, plaza, and school. From this rural settlement, various lodging
options are available. Secluded hillside villas with breathtaking mountain views are scattered around the area and are a superb option for those
wishing to connect to the natural environment.
Cerro Calera (7,142 ft, 2.177 m), is the closest of several lofty peaks and is located to the southeast of Santa Maria de Dota. To the west are
the small towns of San Marcos and San Pablo. After a quiet drive through the country visitors will be able to experience the incredible flora and
fauna found here.
Its geography is suited to growing coffee, mostly because the slopes of the mountains face the morning light and the cloud cover protects the
coffee trees in the afternoon. The red soil found in the valley is of volcanic origin. All this plus the altitude make ideal conditions to grow the
coffees harvested by locals. Santa Maria can be considered as a middle size town or a small city with all the facilities as: banks, supermarkets,
hospital and many clinics, stores, cafeterias, etc.
Wer organisiert das Projekt?
ACI Costa Rica is a non-profit organization founded in 1967, whose main goal is to promote programs of intercultural learning and international
volunteer service (IVS) for people from all around of the world, facilitating their experience in social and ecological projects, developing global
ACI wants to contribute to solidarity and friendship between the different societies of our globalized world, to sustainable human development,
and personal growth of our participants.
Our organization is an active full member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE), a federation of more than 40 intercultural and
IVS organizations located in the five continents. ICYE Headquarters are placed in Berlin, Germany. The federation of ICYE has been
recognized as International Peace Messenger by the United Nations.
ACI Costa Rica has developed partnerships with other networks and programs such as: The Committee of Coordination of International
Voluntary Service (CCIVS), associate to UNESCO, The Alliance of European Organizations (ALLIANCE), Volunteering Matters from United
Kingdom (VM), VolontEUROPE, Weltwärs from the German government, and ERASMUS + from the European Union.
The experiences we promote are mainly focused on incoming and outgoing programs, involving long and short-term periods, for groups and
individuals. These programs are managed in cooperation with our local Costa Rican networks, partner organizations and communities such as:
The Federation of Social Organizations (FOS) and YO ME UNO from the private initiate, and others.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 07th, 2018 AT 8AM / IN FRONT OF NATIONAL THEATRE IN SAN JOSÉ DOWN TOWN, BY THE MAIN ENTRANCE.
Things to Bring to Santa Maria de Dota:
Mosquito repellent/ after bite cream
Rain coat and Umbrella
Extra shoes (tennis shoes, flip flops)
Walking boots/ hiking shoes
Work clothes (that you don´t mind getting dirty)
We recommend you to bring backpack instead of suitcase.
-English or Spanish knowledge may be very helpful to communicate.
-A lot of maturity.
-Willing to follow instructions and to work as a team.
-Willing to do physical work.
-Volunteers must like to be in the nature and willing to live in simple conditions, Wi-Fi access may be limited.