Library & Learning Center Assistance

Library & Learning Center Assistance
Library & Learning Center Assistance
Library & Learning Center Assistance

Volunteer for library & learning center assistance in Jacó, Costa Rica!

Volunteer activities with this program range from:

  • Receiving and cataloguing books
  • Teaching/assisting with learning center activities such as science experiments, art projects, and educational movie viewings
  • Assisting with the mobile library project to provide library services to children in nearby towns
  • Reading to children

These are the everyday activities we need help with; however, if you are experienced in other areas we are flexible and would love to put your skills to use! You'll volunteer with Biblioteca de Jacó, a local non-profit organization working on community-based projects in Costa Rica.

Location

Jacó is a beach community that has seen significant change in a short period of time. Twenty years ago, Jacó was a farming community only accessible by horseback. Now, it's a popular tourist destination as surfers and families enjoy the short commute from the country's capital, San José.

Schedule

Flexible! You can choose your start and end dates based on availability. You'll work between three to six hours per day, with an optional number of days per week depending on the activities the volunteer chooses to participate in.

Minimum stay: 1 week.

Accommodations

All of our accommodations are within a short walking distance or directly along the main beach road in Jacó. Volunteers have the option to stay with a homestay arrangement or at a hotel. Housing will be arranged on a case by case basis to ensure the comfort of each volunteer. Private rooms are available upon request. We can also recommend nearby hostels for volunteers who choose to find their own housing. If volunteers choose to arrange their own housing in one of the nearby communities they will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the library. Amenities include:

  • Access to clean, potable water at accommodations and the project site
  • Hot, running water is available at accommodations, and there are several options in town for volunteers to do their laundry
  • Internet is available and free at the project site; however, Internet service in Costa Rica can be unreliable. There are several Internet cafes in town with good rates and we can assist you with recommendations.

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 and is due once you commit to the program, with the remaining Program Fee balance due 30 days before your arrival date.

1 week:     $358 Longer:     +$185 per week
1 week:     $419 Longer:     +$246 per week

Prices listed above correspond to the following seasons, respectively:

Low Season (May-June & September-November)

High Season (December-April & July-August)

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 Biblioteca de Jacó 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
    • Physically capable of bending, lifting, and other light to moderate physical activity.
    • Flexible and able to adapt to a culture that may be different from their own.
    • Fluency in either English or Spanish is required
    • A basic to intermediate level of Spanish is helpful, but not required
Country: Costa Rica
Type of Trip:

Duration: 1 week or longer
Fee: From $358
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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!