06.12. - 21.12.2019
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.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.Requirements for Volunteers:
-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.
-To fill up ACI ́s application form.
-Motivation Letter (to be sent before travelling).Meeting Point and Time (very important to be on time that day)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 06
, 2019 AT 8AM / IN FRONT OF NATIONAL THEATRE (TEATRO NACIONAL) IN SAN JOSÉ DOWN TOWN, BY THE MAIN ENTRANCE.How to get to Meeting Place:
1-From the nearest airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría, SJO)
a-take a bus of TUASA (on the way to San José, NOT to Alajuela, stop at the last station right in from of the Second Avenue, take a taxi from
this station and ask for National Theatre in San José downtown, it is only a couple of minutes away.
b-take a taxi and request National Theatre, it will take about 30 minutes depending traffic conditions, about US $ 25 or US $ 30.
2-From wherever else in San José
Just take a taxi and request National Theatre as well.
How to get to Santa Maria de Dota:
From Hostel to Bus Station in San José:
-Volunteers will share taxis to get to the Bus Station of MUSOC in San José. It will take 20 minutes as the most.
THEN, From Bus Station in San José to Santa Maria de Dota:
-Volunteers will take a bus from San José to Santa Maria de Dota, which costs about 3400 CR Colones or ( US $ 6 ). It will take around 2 hours.NOTE
Volunteers will be leaded by our ACI Supervisor during the entire trip.
Lodging and Food during the Workcamp:
During Orientation Process (first night in San José): ACI Costa Rica will place the group of international volunteers in a Hostel located in San
José, very closed from ACI Office. Lodging and food will be covered by ACI Costa Rica.
During the time in Santa Maria: Local Families will be more than happy to receive 15 international volunteers plus our ACI supervisor and
leader of the group. 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.Extra Fee:
€190 is required for administration costs of ACI Costa Rica and the workcamp, it includes
-Lodging and food during the workcamp.
-Official Activities during the schedule of the workcamp.
-Guidance by a Group Supervisor of ACI during the workcamp.
Local transportation, international insurance and airfare will be covered by the volunteer.NOTES
-Volunteers will be leaded by our ACI Supervisor during the entire trip.
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