Do I need to bring sheets or a mosquito net to the homestay? The homestays offer sheets and mosquito nets to the volunteers.
Is there internet and phone signal in the village? Yes and yes! Main camp also has Wi-Fi for the volunteers, although the connection is not incredibly fast or reliable. Remember, we are in the jungle.
Are there any close supermarkets? In Progreso, there are three small family run pulperias that sell basically anything you might need. You can find most of the basic supplies from these stores. In Drake Bay there are few bigger, cheaper markets also.
What kind of clothes, equipment etc. should I bring with me? Please check out the “What to Bring?” page!
How many hours per week volunteers are required to work? Volunteers are expected to work about 4-6 hours a day. Every week volunteers have at least one day off.
What is the condition of the home stay accommodation? Families offering the home stay accommodation are very friendly and accommodating. They have previous experience of hosting volunteers. All volunteers will receive three home-cooked meals a day. Volunteers live with the families and in some houses volunteers share a room. All rooms will have a locking door and access to an indoor bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities. While the houses here might differ a lot from the accommodations they have at home volunteers will live safely, comfortably, and like a traditional Tico family, an unforgettable experience. For further information please check out the Home Stay Network.
In what kind of circumstances should I be prepared of before attending as a volunteer? Progreso is located in Osa Peninsula near the Corcovado national park. Progreso is a small community and located far away from the main cities. Most of the members of the community get their living from tourism, fishing and agriculture. Progreso is a rustic community and most of the families hosting volunteers have pets and livestock. Projects must keep going despite the weather. This means volunteers should be prepared to work rain or shine. After the rainy season of May-November, the climate is hot and most of the time humidity is incredibly high. Because of the tropical climate, volunteers will be also introduced to the different kinds of animals of tropics; including various species of insects, monkeys, sloths, and birds, sometimes right in front of camp. The work here includes lots of walking and lifting, and a lot of working during the night. While we work in the rain, safety still is our priority, so work will be canceled for extreme weather.
Do I need some special vaccinations? Before travelling it is recommended to check out the medical recommendations with your doctor, but for the most part there are not any special vaccinations needed for this area or project.
What kind of work are we going to do? Please refer to the “Projects” section.
What kind of things there are to do during the days off? Members of the community offer different kind of tours for the volunteers. These range from bird-watching trips to tours of local “Fincas” or farms with gorgeous views and waterfalls. Drake Bay offers some activities to backpackers also. For longer breaks there are boats leaving daily from Drake Bay to Sierpe, from Sierpe there are busses to different parts of Costa Rica. In Progreso, there is also a small airport where planes leave daily to San Jose.
Do people speak any English in Progreso? All of the locals speak Spanish. A couple of the leaders of ACOTPRO have learned some conversational English. Almost all of the volunteers speak at least a small amount of English as well. It is highly recommended for volunteers to learn a little Spanish before arriving to help ease into life here in Costa Rica. With a little help from a Spanish-to-English dictionary and with some courage to learn a new language, volunteers will be surprised how much they can learn from this incredible experience.