VOLUNTEERING IN COSTA RICA
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A great example of a typical volunteer experience will be as follows.
Before arriving in Costa Rica, the volunteers will have to choose the project that fits with their best interests whether it's a social or ecological project. This is done for both the and the organization to be clear. We will then provide transportation from the airport to the host family residence, of which you will be living in during your stay. I have a group of local families that have renovated and dedicated their time and homes to our program. The families we have chosen as hosts will do everything in their power to help you with your personal journey as well you will be able to immerse and understand the way our day to day "tica" life style is lived.
This small country with just 19,5, is big for their people, population 3,014,000. Costa Ricans are usually referred to as "ticos" by themselves and persons of other Spanish-speaking countries, instead of using the more-formal costarricenses. It is located in Central America between Panama and Nicaragua. The country covers less than 0.03% of the earth's surface yet contains 5% of the planet's animal and plant species. Over 9000 plant species (including 1200 varieties of orchids), 2000 types of butterflies and 876 bird species are present in Costa Rica. Land of peace, Costa Rica is the oldest democracy in Latin America with more than 100 years of political stability.
Is a colonial town, Escazu is a premier suburb, situated just 7 km west of San Jose. Spread out over a hillside overlooking San Jose and Heredia. Escazu is made up of 3 adjoining neighborhoods; San Antonio de Escazu, Escazu Centro and San Rafael de Escazu.
This is an ideal tourist destination in Costa Rica. Its center is where the municipal government, that operates all the smaller towns around it. Escazú was an early colonial settlement that was operating long before the present capital, San Jose, existed. It was formed around a cross-ways in Indian trails through the area and it is said that the word 'escazu' in an early Indian language, means 'resting place', where weary Indian travelers stopped for a while and exchanged news from far regions of the country. Old Escazu has nowhere near the modern shopping facilities that San Rafael de Escazu has. It has simple stores, the Saturday morning farmers' market and many other facilities. The climate is most tropical, it is not unknown for Escazú to experience rainfall on a day in which San José is dry and sunny. November and December frequently bring high winds.
Guanacaste is a tropical respite whose natural beauty and favorable climate attract a large portion of Costa Rica's 2 million annual visitors. A trip to the province's less frequented areas allows a glimpse of everyday regional life far from generic resorts. Awe-inspiring nature blankets the province, from the Cordillera volcanoes and forests protecting birds, monkeys and jaguars to pristine Pacific beaches..
GEOGRAPHY: The northwestern Costa Rican province of Guanacaste is on the Pacific coast and borders Nicaragua to the north. To the east, the province is hemmed in by the Cordillera de Guanacaste and Cordillera de Tilaran, mist-covered volcanoes that are the start of the neighboring province of Alajuela.
Part of Guanacaste is saturated with tropical forest; other parts have flat, dry plains, intersected by the Rio Tempisque, where herds of cattle graze.
HISTORY: Guanacaste's storied past rivals that of nations. The first known people to enter Costa Rica did so by way of Guanacaste's Nicoya Peninsula, later forming the Chorotega Indian tribe. Starting in the late 1400s, the Spanish occupied the province, building cattle ranches and homes throughout the region.
Spanish settlers named the province after the guanacaste tree found throughout Nicoya Peninsula. When Central American territories gained independence from Spain in the early 1800s, Guanacaste became part of Nicaragua. On July 25, 1824, Guanacaste residents voted to separate and annex the province to Costa Rica.
WEATHER: Guanacaste's climate is something of an anomaly in Costa Rica due to its low-lying position, characterized by infrequent rain and dry heat from November to April. From late May to October, temperatures remain moderate and warmer than those of surrounding Costa Rican provinces despite daily rainfall. The only portion of Guanacaste that doesn't experience consistent mild to hot temperatures is the eastern highland area at the base of the volcanoes. This mountainous area is often covered in thick clouds that create a cool atmosphere, nourishing abundant forests on the slopes of the Cordillera.
TRANSPORTATIONT: There are a number of transport options for visitors making their way to Guanacaste. Many foreign tourists fly into Daniel Oduber International Airport just outside the provincial capital of Liberia. The airport serves frequent international flights to and from the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Other visitors fly into the Aeropuerto Juan Santamaria just outside San Jose, making their way to Guanacaste via car or bus along the scenic Pan-American Highway. Those traveling from Nicaragua can take a bus from the western town of Managua or take the Pan-American Highway into Guanacaste.
ATTRACTIONS: Guanacaste is a nature lover's paradise, with miles of pristine beaches, lush tropical forests and volcanoes crisscrossed by trails. Guanacaste National Park and adjoining Santa Rosa National Park boast stunning scenery, from the high-elevation volcanic forests to coastal dry forests that are home to rare sea turtle species. In Guanacaste Park, visitors traverse multiple eco-systems along the winding nature trail, starting in Pacific dry forests near Santa Rosa, to the dense cloud forests along the park's eastern volcano slopes. Birdwatching is a popular pastime in Guanacaste Park, where visitors may also spot resident capuchin monkeys, among other species. Meanwhile, many surfers head straight to Santa Rosa beaches, where some of Costa Rica's best waves are found.