Costa Rica

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

We were able to work with Casey for pre-travel with efficient time response and flexibilty! Hibiscus Travels was the absolute best! Genuine and pure customer service! All three service projects set up for us was well organized, extremely efficient, and we felt humbled and proud of the service we shared with Puntarenas. Hibiscus Travels also executed our meals and transportation very well! Unforgettable experience!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Hibiscus travel was amazing! It was the perfect way to get to know Costa Rica while making a difference in the community. They had great service options, each one was amazing. The coordinators always make sure you have a fabulous experience no matter the circumstance. It is very easy to get along with the Hibiscus staff and the house itself. It felt as if I was at home. The meals are great and a big money saver ! The people from each project site are wonderful are very caring. The service doesn't even feel like work. The people in charge of each site are always willing to teach more about Costa Rica so you can fit right in. Apart from service projects, Hibiscus offers great opportunities for adventure. I am definitely considering returning once again. Fell in love with the program as well as the city of Puntarenas itself. I recommend staying with Hibiscus Travels.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Lauren was amazing even before we left the States. She was able to take care of everything from the moment we landed until the moment we left Costa Rica. Hibiscus travels location is great way to experience the best of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. My group and I were able to work on cleaning the beach, soup kitchen and feeding homeless and helping at Hogar Cristiano. The entire experience was amazing and unforgettable. I will definently work again with Lauren and Hibiscus travels.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Very good!
Hibiscus travels was the best!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

This company is a scam. We overpaid for the room and board at the sanctuary. Other volunteers come directly and pay a fraction of the price. They say they have 24 hr customer service but they NEVER answer the phone NEVER. They took a couple days to answer my email. The sanctuary has 75+ volunteers and they make us starve. They gave us literally two pancakes for breakfast and some chips and beans for dinner. We are not allowed to ask for a second serving. Most people go snack on their own budget since we are all still hungry. Three of the four bathrooms are broken. I am still here at the moment and they haven't been been fixed for a week since I arrived. Keep in mind there are over 70 volunteers here. We try to find stuff to do but there is nothing to do for all of us. They keep getting mad if we just stand around. We work long days and are not allowed outside of the property to even go visit other places except on our day off once every seven days. I planned on being here for four weeks but am so disappointed that I am trying to leave asap. They will not respond to us or negotiate any sort of refund or credit for the three more weeks I have left. All I am asking at this point is to not make us starve. This is human rights abuse. Do not keep bringing in more volunteers and make us suffer. When I asked where does the $2000 I paid for the month go they say they are working on "research" projects that require the funds. Nothing but a SCAM. Would not reccomend it ever. There are tons of volunteer opportunities around the world where they treat you right and I am happy working for. Frontier is not one of them.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Mar 11, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on the Initiative for Children in Costa Rica last summer and I loved it! I had done lots of service before, but this was my first time going abroad for service. I wasn't disappointed. People warned me that a lot of times these programs are more for just having fun and not actually helping out people, but we had a total of 17 work days and 4 "play" days, which I think is a very healthy balance. It also felt much more like a community-helping-community experience than a foreigners-helping-under privileged because GLA so actively involved the entire community in our project. The community led out project and gathered the materials and supplies, and it was up to them after we left to maintain the park - we just helped build it. I met so many amazing people and I'm so glad I went with GLA because they made my summer of 2016 one that I can never forget.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Feb 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went to Costa Rica on the Beachside Service Adventure this past summer and have come back with new insight, views, values, and an abundance of incredible memories. I was able to volunteer at a local school by making and laying concrete for an outdoor basketball court. Not only do Global Leadership Adventure trips involve students giving back to those in need, but you also get to meet amazing people, experience and learn a new culture, and grow as an individual. GLA has given me a life-changing experience that I will never forget.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Feb 10, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sol Education Abroad

My experience in Costa Rica for 3 weeks this winter break with SOL Education Abroad was amazing. I would never trade the experience for anything. I learned so much Spanish in 3 weeks, I wish I could've stayed a full semester! I would imagine that students who do are close to fluent. We went white water rafting, zip-lining, and to the beach. We took a Costa Rican cooking class, a dance class, went to the wildlife rescue center closeby, and had free time to spare! I learned so much Spanish from taking classes 8-12 every day, and even more from long talks with my Mama Tica in Spanish after dinner each night. We brought in the New Year with our host family, and they were so welcoming that I didn't feel far from home at all. In fact, I adapted really well to the culture in Costa Rica, so much that I was barely homesick the whole time I was there. Everyone is so friendly. Like I said, I wish I could've stayed a full semester. I can't wait to go back! I have nothing but praise for SOL Education Abroad's program in Costa Rica.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jan 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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Projects Abroad

CHILDCARE VOLUNTEER PROJECT WITH PROJECTS ABROAD

Being a volunteer in Costa Rica with childhood is a rewarding experience and there is always so much to do, from spending time in the school or special needs center, to getting involved in the wider community. Placements can last from just a couple of weeks to lengthier stays to suit your and the project’s needs. Volunteers are accommodated in comfortable homes and when you volunteer in Costa Rica, you also can take time out to go at weekends and discover the most beautiful places like waterfalls, volcanos, beaches, etc.
To make this experience possible I chose the enterprise Projects Abroad because it was safe and reliable and the organization of the experience was very clear from the very beginning until the end.
Another aspect I really valued was staying at the host family. The host family that I stayed with was incredible! They treated me as if I had been one of them from the day that I got there. They were able to help me with any questions/concern that I had not only with my project, but also with the culture in general. My experience would not have been the same if I had not stayed at a host family’s home. This opportunity also gave me the chance to meet other volunteers that were staying near the family house with me. In the short time that I was there I was able to make some new friends.
I hope this little review might be helpful for you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 23, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Thank you for sharing! We are glad you had such a great experience with your placement and with your host family! We also believe that living with a friendly local family completely enriches the volunteering experience abroad! Combining your experience with the family, with your time helping our in the school/care center and getting to visit the beautiful scenery and activities that Costa Rica has to offer adds up to a wonderful experience abroad! Thank you for your trust!

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on the beachside service adventure program in Costa Rica this summer, and it was an amazing experience. I was assigned to a service project that involved helping a community build a bridge so the children's walk to school would be more than cut in half, as the river we helped build a bridge over swelled up in the rainy season. The trip changed my perspective, and I went without knowing anyone else, so it really pushed me out of my comfort zone. I got to play basketball with local teenagers, take dance lessons, go swimming in the ocean at sunset, make new friends, try to make costa Rican style art, visit an animal sanctuary, a natural hot springs, and so much more. Everyone on the staff was so kind, on one of the last nights they all shared personal stories about how they ended up volunteering abroad, and they were all so inspiring.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 22, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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