Severin Stefan, Costa Rica
Hogar de Ancianos Carlos Maria Ulloa: The aim of these homes is to provide the elderly with a place for recreation and special attention. Some of these centers take care of the elderly during the day until the evening, while others provide the residents with a place to live during the whole year. Hogar de Ancianos Carlos Maria Ulloa is the most important home for elderly people in the central area of Costa Rica. It provides a home to elderly people who don’t have a family or if their relatives don’t want to take care of them. They provide and organize exercises and different activities like workshops: sewing, cooking, handcrafts and painting for the residents.
Location: San José
Volunteer tasks: To accompany the residents and to share with them. To take part in or to organize activities, such as exercises or workshops (sewing, cooking, handicraft, etc.). To help with the cleaning, cooking and during the meals. To assist in physiotherapy and medical care.
Volunteer requirements: intermediate Spanish level, patience, tolerance, independence and will to work with elderly
Jardín de Mariposas Spirogyra: The Jardin de Mariposas Spirogyra is located just 10 min. out of the center of San José, the capital of Costa Rica, and is the last bit of forest in the metropolitan area: a little tropical paradise in the city center. Our neighbor ship with the Zoo Simon Bolívar makes our project even more interesting since both of us are located on the shore of the Torres river, where there is still a little bit of forest which works as a natural air filter and produces oxygen. It is also a shelter for a large number of little mammals, reptiles, insects, birds, and, of course, butterflies. In fact, the Valle Central is known to be a place where different species of butterflies live together, even though they are found in different, specific parts of the country: This is why on our 350 m2 farm, visitors can see several of Costa Rica’s most beautiful species of butterflies and observe them in every state of their lives. http://www.butterflygardencr.com/
Location: San José
Volunteer tasks: Depending on the volunteer’s preferences, different tasks can be given, for example:
Volunteer requirements: Interest in nature and the environment. Bring appropriate clothing (boots, poncho, etc.).
Volunteer’s working time (both projects): Mostly from Monday to Friday. Working hours are between 20 and 40 hours a week.
Host situation, board and lodging (both projects): Host family