Please note, for service work inside the clinic, a high level of Spanish and some experience working in healthcare is required. A maximum of five participants can choose this option. For all other options, the ideal group size is a maximum of 10-12 participants per site. If all participants opt for work in local schools, the entire group could be placed in one large school.

Work at local Schools

  • Teaching help: prepare lessons for English classes, art projects, Physical Education. For this kind of work it is good to bring materials like school supplies and art supplies or PE supplies to supplement the work. The rural schools in the area are always lacking access to these kinds of resources, so these donations are very much welcome and appreciated.
  • Maintenance and landscaping work: the local rural schools do not have any budget for this and due to climate, there are always things that need fixing, painting and improving. For this kind of work it is important to have a small budget for buying materials like paint, paintbrushes, etc. Please note, it is important to bring work gloves and proper clothing and shoes in order to participate in these activities.
  • Building projects: Volunteers have built classrooms, bathrooms, playrooms, and basketball courts. Please note, if participants choose the building project option, a minimum donation of $200 per participant is required to purchase supplies.

Work at local Health Clinics

  • Maintenance and landscaping work: like the schools, the local rural clinics do not have any budget for this and due to climate there are always things that need fixing, painting and improving. Please note, it is important to bring work gloves and proper clothing and shoes in order to participate in these activities.
  • Support for clinic staff: Work may include data entry, cleaning, and shadowing clinic staff. Please note, a high level of Spanish and medical training is required for this position. Available to a limited number of volunteers.

Work at Community Learning Center run by volunteers

  • Teaching help: support ESL teachers in lesson prep and lessons
  • Participate in afterschool program for a small number of local youth.
  • Please note, for this kind of work you will work together with other volunteers from the US. This option is for a limited number of students, as the afterschool program generally has a max of 10 local students and English classes also tend to be small and mostly in the afternoons.

Work at Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat

  • Trail maintenance in the reserve
  • Creating signage and positive messages: Chilamate Retreat encourages creating signs with positive educational messages to be put up around the Retreat and throughout the community. Please note, it is important to bring work gloves and proper clothing and shoes in order to participate in these activities.

Work on the sustainable, organic farm

  • Assist the President of the Organic Farmers’ Association with daily work on his family run farm. This may include activities such as assisting with the biodigestor, feeding/caring for the livestock, digging irrigation ditches, planting/caring for crops. Please note, it is important to bring work gloves and proper clothing and shoes in order to participate in these activities.