Traveling in a group is always interesting. There are endless conversations, and no matter how hard the journey may be, you are never tired. Of course, the perfect vacation would be about exploring a new destination, but how about adding the element of purpose? Well, you can make your traveling more meaningful with volunteering work. This works even better when you have a group along. This post will guide you through the simple steps of seeing Costa Rica with a difference.
The options in Costa Rica
Costa Rica offers quite a good range of volunteering work options for travelers, including groups, which makes it a great choice for any budget. You can choose to volunteer Costa Rica construction, or there are other projects like turtle conservation, teaching English, community work, animal conservation, and even Spanish teaching. Groups can work for these local causes in a great way, and there are many organizations that can help you in planning the trip. Make sure that you pick an interest that can be common to all the people traveling with you.
First things first, you have to understand that volunteering isn’t free. Most of the projects and organizations associated with them are dealing with budget constraints, and therefore, volunteers have to pay for their stay and food, along with other expenses. Some organizations work with the local bodies in a closed way, and as mentioned, they can help you in getting cheap accommodation and good food. Keep in mind that such programs can extend to months, depending on the interests of the volunteers, and therefore, you have to be well prepared.
Making the most
There are packages available for all groups, where you have to pay for all the local and on-site arrangements, and these costs are very basic and affordable. However, if you plan an extended stay for more than a month, it is wise to discuss and find details of group traveling. If possible, you can also ask to reduce the prices to some extent, although that can be tough as the arrangements are usually very basic. Also, you can check if you can get some of the western facilities and if internet will be made available during your stay. Even when all aspects are taken care of, it is a good idea to keep some amount aside, keeping possible contingencies and medical emergencies in mind.
Volunteering work is all about trying for cause, and therefore, it wouldn’t be a hunky dory story, at all. There is a lot of ground work to be done, and therefore, you have to pledge to the cause to actually enjoy the entire trip. Make sure that you have group discussions about the project, and in case there are any doubts on your stay or safety, consult the concerned company to clear all the aspects. It is best to spend at least two weeks at a destination to actually understand the basic aspects and contribute in a more productive way. Check for options now!
Nat Amponsah is a traveler and author, who likes to write stories, blogs and more to inspire others. He has a passionate sense of living, where he hopes to make the world a better place.