Testimonials

 Lyndsay and her Daughters


Overall care and consideration for our welfare was brilliant. Jenny was the project co-ordinator for Volunteer Now and from initial communication through to the end of our trip, she could not have been more helpful. I was travelling with my 2 daughters and Jenny made sure we had all the relevant information and help along the way. If you have any concerns about travelling in a new country, I would very much recommend using Volunteer Now with knowing Jenny is on hand to guide you! The work with the turtles was amazing. We worked aprox 7 hours per day broken into roughly 2 hour tasks, starting with morning patrol at 6:15am and finishing with night patrol at 8-10pm. Expect to work as you also have am/pm work in the maintenance of the project as well. Food was great - 3 meals a day prepared by Laura, all local and fresh and very filling which was needed! I would recommend Costa Rica as a wonderful destination and using Volunteer Now as a project base as the level of care you get is very reassuring and you feel safe and secure.
January 2022: Beach Clean-Up and Save the Turtles

Yusi C


The project itself is great! I really feel how everyone cares about the animals and the place in the rescue center. Lots of food to the animals came from locals donation. The stuff maintains the enclosures with whatever material they can find. The story with the animals and are heartwarming. On top of that, my host Jenny is super nice! She welcomed me into her home and really took care of me during my visit. Visiting the local bar and hanging out with her family was one of my best memories. Wish to be back!
Volunteered in 2021, Project: LOCAL ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER ESCAZU.

Federico S


What a great time! The staff were super cool, I met a lot of nice people I can now call friends. Every day was an adventure and I couldn't imagine how much we need to protect our envoronment. Don't be afraid, join to this project, you will have an amazing experience and you'll never forget Costa Rica. The world needs you.
Volunteered in 2021, Project: OCEAN PLASTIC FREE.

Isabel P


Simplemente una experiencia extraordinaria. He estado en el centro de rescate una semana conviviendo con voluntarios, veterinarios y trabajadores. En un ambiente superamigable, inclusivo y muy interesante. El centro cuenta con unas instalaciones envidiables, todo el personal es encantador y diligente, y el trabajo con los animales muy entretenido e interesante. La implicacion de todos es impresionante y el trato.
Volunteered in 2021, Proyect: ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER - ALAJUELA.

Veronika S


I’ve decided to find some really good volunteering program and organization. So there was Volunteer now Costa Rica with Jenny. I could not choose better. She has helped me with everything, with every question. They would pick me up at the airport and since i came late in the evening i could sleep in her Escazú program just to get ready for my program with turtles. And that was amazing! It was my dream and the volunteering program in Ostional was amazing. I’ve decided to volunteer 2 weeks, but during those 2 weeks i’ve met amazing people, i’ve done turtle tagging, night patrols, beach clean ups and i would do it again. I’m so glad that i could be part of the team for a while. Thank you for everything.
Volunteered in 2021, Project SAVING THE TURTLES.

Franchesca


La atención es muy buena, tenemos las 3 comidas del día siempre que son buenas cantidades, igual si es que no nos gusta alguna cosa o preferimos algo más, lo podemos comentar y nos cambian. Las 2 chicas que ayudan en la casa son muy amable, siempre nos ayudan si les pedimos algo, tenemos toda la libertad de salir si queremos ir a comprar algo o a dar una puerta y los cuartos son cómodos, y los baños igual siempre están limpios. Jenny nos pregunta como estamos o si necesitamos alguna cosa asi que eso es bueno
Project: LOCAL ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER ESCAZU TOWN
from Ecuador. January 03 - January 31st. 2022

SARA GARMENDIA


Hola! Soy Sara, del Pais Vasco, y he estado en Costa Rica de voluntariado. Siempre he pensado que minimo una vez en la vida hay que tener una experiencia como esta y aunque al principio el viajar sola y tan lejos me daba un poco de respeto, he de decir que no me arrepiento de haber tomado esa decision. He podido participar en dos proyectos y los dos han sido muy diferentes, pero a la vez muy enriquecedoras. He conocido mucha gente, gente que ha hecho que esta esperiencia sea unica e irrepetible, gente que me ha dado muchisimos buenos momentos, que me ha dado todo el cariño y amor que uno puede dar...con lo cual he de darles las gracias por cruzarse en este camino. Personalmente, creo que este viaje me ha hecho reflexionar mucho, tomar conciencia de muchas cosas y sobre todo, conocerme a mi misma y arreglarmelas sin la ayuda tanto de los familiares como las amigas. Por lo tanto, animo a toda la gente que quiera vivir algo distinto, que quiera conocer gente y paises nuevos y sobre todo quiera conocerse a uno mismo y madurar, a que participen en estos proyectos. Muchas gracias a todos y a disfrutar!

SARA DISIMONI


On Tuesday, July 5, 2016 9:23 AM, Sara DiSimoni wrote: I just spent two weeks living with a host family and volunteer teaching in Escazú, Costa Rica. Volunteering abroad is something I've always wanted to do but have been hesitant for a variety of reasons; money, commitment, and simply the fear of the unknown. As soon as I found the company, I had a good feeling. I decided to apply and when my application was accepted in under 12 hours, I couldn't believe it. I called they immediately with a huge list of questions and they pleasantly talked me through each and every concern that I had. After we spoke, I emailed her several times with more questions, and she always responded to my emails within hours. I was sold and decided to go for it! Upon arrival I was greeted by my coordinator. She showed me all around the town before bringing me to see the school that I would be working at and finally to meet my family. My host family was nothing short of amazing. I was told before leaving the states to brush up on my Spanish but that really knowing the language wasn't necessary, and wow do I wish I had prepared myself more! My family barely spoke English but were so awesome about being patient and trying to communicate with me. I think we developed our own sign language! Whatever happened, it worked. Knowing the language better would have made things much easier though. Take advantage of your free time/weekends and travel!   Have fun! Stay positive and you will have a great experience

BARBARA VÀZQUEZ


Hace dos días ya que regresé del maravilloso país que es Costa Rica y recuerdo como si fuera ayer todas y cada una de las lindas experiencias vividas durante casi un mes que allí permanecí. Fui a Costa Rica con el objetivo de realizar un voluntariado social en una de las guarderías de la provincia de Guanacaste, más concretamente en la población de Potrero, un bellísimo lugar de costa con temperaturas muy cálidas que al combinarse con sus preciosas playas hacen de él una mezcla increíble donde poder disfrutar de la manera mas relajante y bonita todo lo que nos ofrece la zona norte del pacífico, abundante vegetación, fauna ….. donde está situado. Como en todos los viajes, en este caso algo mas largo de lo habitual ya que eran aproximadamente unas 11 horas de vuelo, te surgen temores y dudas a lo desconocido. Semanas antes de partir a Costa Rica, había contactado con mi coordinadora del proyecto allí, con quién conviviría durante casi el mes en Costa Rica, Jenny  Patterson. Ella fue muy amable conmigo ofreciéndome todas las indicaciones que debía poner en marcha para el viaje y resolviéndome todas las dudas que me habían surgido

HANNA LUKE


Hospedaje Escazu y en particular, Jenny, me ha dado la oportunidad de realizar un sueño que he tenido desde muy joven. Supe que un día llegaría a un país lejano al mío, sola, nerviosa y un poco confundida, y fue así, pero tuve la suerte de conocer a Jenny y superó todas mis expectativas. La casa es perfecta y muy bonita, tiene bastante privacidad y a la vez esta central. El proyecto es muy bonito y los niños son tan cariñosos que al irme me dio muchísima pena. He aprendido tanto de los niños, de Costa Rica y en especial de Jenny y su gran Corazón. Un placer y volveré muy pronto al Projecto y la casa. Hanna Luque – Espana.

SILVIA DÍAS


Voluntariado en Costa Rica. Algunas de las actividades realizadas en una escuela en Escazú y en una asociación de personas con enfermedades especiales. Una experiencia maravillosa y muy recomendable. Muchas gracias a Volunteer Now Costa Rica y  a Jenny y a su familia por darnos la oportunidad de vivir esta experiencia, por el cariño recibido y por acogernos en su casa como si fuera la nuestra, nos sentimos muy cómodas en todo momento. Deseando volver pronto.

LEAH WHITE


Volunteer Now is spectacular program, connects others with once in a lifetime opportunity. The coordinator always goes above and beyond. She helped me with all aspects of planning, travel, and has opened me up to so many exciting adventures I would have never thought of. My stay was very pleasant with a beautiful view, amazing food, and surrounded by such caring people. I choose the Local Animal Rescue Center in Escazu Town option and my time volunteering with animals opened my eyes. Never would I have thought I would get to hold a baby sloth, feed toucans as they rest on my arm, or meet such amazing people during my time here. This shelter is really devoted to the animals, giving the best to the animals and at the same time, they also educating people too. In just a short time I got to make a difference however small and got to explore and see such a beautiful landscape.  This is such an incredible program helping our world and bettering our communities for future generations.  March 2019
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