Some time ago, I worked as a volunteer in Costa Rica. In this blog I tell you more about my experiences as a volunteer in a day care center and my travel experiences along the Pacific coast, in the Central Plateau and Caribbean region. Read more about my stay in Costa Rica »
Volunteering in Costa Rica
Going abroad to do a volunteer job – that’s what I did a couple of years ago. I went to Costa Rica to work in a day care center for disadvantaged children. In my blog I write about my experience in the „Guardería Luz Divina“ and about my excursions and adventures in Costa Rica.
Christmas with the Ticos
Like almost every year, I tried to escape the Christmas rush. And like almost every year, I ended up right in the middle of it. Since in Costa Rica they also celebrate Christmas, which is actually no surprise. And since I live with a nice Tico family, I couldn’t avoid the merry Christmas.
Green, greener, Tortuguero
Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast has long been on my excursion wish list. As a great frog lover I want to see the poison dart frogs. And since it is raining constantly in the Caribbean anyway, it doesn’t matter when I go there. So I book my hostel and leave. Three busses and a boat later I am in Tortuguero. For the welcome it starts to pour immediately.
Bus, train, water taxi: Nothing for sissies
Costa Rica is only slightly larger than Lower Saxony. But if you want to travel from A to B here, you sometimes need strong nerves. During rush hour and on weekends nothing works and it often takes hours to cover a few kilometres. Or to put it another way: traffic is a disaster, especially in the greater San José, Heredia, Alajuela area. Therefore it is better to plan the excursions. Besides good timing, for example, bus trips also require scouting skills … because every bus leaves somewhere else.
Almost like paradise
Costa Rica has so much natural beauty to offer. It is difficult to set priorities in terms of excursions. On top of that, it is the high season and a lot going on. Since I don’t want to sit on a crowded beach, I decide to go to a remote little place in the southwest of the country. The journey there is not without its difficulties. But I’m already used to a lot of things and I’m not deterred by the cumbersome way to get there. And I will be rewarded for my efforts!
Costa Rica: Keeping an eye on costs
Costa Rica has a lot to offer, but is unfortunately not quite cheap: For food & lodging, entrance fees, restaurant visits, goods for daily needs and leisure time one has to pay a lot of money. In the following you get some tips how to keep the costs in check.
As a volunteer at the children’s home
Actually, this friendly place, where up to 150 children aged 0-12 years are cared for, is called „Guardería Luz Divino“ („Day Care Center Divine Light“). Whoever is accepted here is really lucky. The caregivers are very committed and dedicate themselves with much love to the children neglected at home.