Cartago Botanical Garden

Heliconias
Bambues
Bromelias
Orquideas
Heliconias
Bambues
Bromelias
Orquideas
Cartago Botanical Garden

Through this program, you’ll contribute to the maintenance and development of a botanical garden. Projects include:

  • General maintenance in the garden
  • Cleaning and trail building
  • Caring for the field and greenhouse collections

Volunteers with background experience in this program area can help with more specific tasks. You also can assist indoors with paperwork and archiving in cooperation with researchers from the University of Costa Rica.

  • Science students are recommended for the botanical garden to appreciate more of the experience, but it is not required

You'll volunteer with Volunteering Design, a local organization working on community-based projects in Costa Rica.

Location

This project is located in Cartago, about 45 minutes from San José. This is about 15 minutes by bus or five minutes by taxi from your homestay.

Schedule

Flexible! You will sit down and establish your individual schedule when you arrive and meet the director. Typically, volunteers work five to seven hours a day, four days a week.

Accommodations

All volunteers will be housed with a host family throughout their stay. Host families are vetted by Volunteering Design, with all houses including:

  • Hot, running water
  • Washer for laundry
  • Nearby internet cafe (if WiFi is not available in the house)

Private rooms are available upon request at no extra charge.

Click here to learn more about where you'll stay!

Cost Breakdown

This program may have a Reservation Fee, which is included in the total cost. Your Reservation Fee is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

1 week:     $481
2 weeks:     $850
3 weeks:     $1,034
1 month:     $1,256 Longer:     +$117 per week
6 months:     $3,593 Longer:     +$468 per month

Click here for full details about your program costs and how your Program Fee is used.

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Note: All listed prices are in US Dollars.

How To Sign Up

Signing up is a three-step process:

  • Fill out an Inquiry Form. Please note: submissions must be made at least 4 weeks prior to your prospective start date.
  • A member of the Volunteer Global team will get in touch with you to confirm program availability for your chosen dates, and schedule an interview if needed.
  • Once your interview is complete, you will be notified to submit your Reservation Fee to reserve your program and schedule. Your final Program Fee is due at least 4 weeks prior to in-country arrival in order to reserve your placement.

Important Note

This is a pilot program. As part of our program development process, we ask our first groups of participating volunteers to provide additional feedback to assist us in ensuring the most rewarding experience possible in cooperation with Volunteering Design for their associated programs.

Registration must be completed at least one month prior to your program start date, so...let's get started!

Requirements

  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • Must be willing to help with general chores with their host family,
    • And able to follow general guidelines, such as varying hours for when it's safe to go out at night.
    • Able to walk at least 1km per day.
    • Must be flexible, able to adapt to a culture that might be different from their own.
    • Science students or background recommended, but not required
Country: Costa Rica

Duration: 1 week or longer
Fee: From $481
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Your Program Fee Covers:

  • Registration and pre-departure interview
  • Volunteer handbook (when available)
  • 24/7 U.S.-based staff support
  • In-country housing and certain amenities
  • Training and guidance from host group
  • Host program needs, such as tools or supplies for your project
  • Post-trip thank-you packet
  • Monthly newsletters

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, it does not cover your flight, passport/visa, vaccinations, transportation while in country, exit fees, meals, or personal expenses. Click here for full details about your program costs!