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Volunteering and other quest.

Volunteering and spanish courses for CHEAP
12 years ago, March 25th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #67028  
I'm intersted in volunteering and/or learning spanish in the Guanecaste region (preferably in or around tamarindo) the problem is all the volunteering programs cost 2000 bucks and above, and the spanish courses seem quite expensive.

The reason iw ant that region is having been there and want to be in close proximity to surfing.

If anyone has any suggestions or tips, It would be greatly appreciated.


Shaun Dallas
LA, Ca Reply to this

12 years ago, March 26th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #67172  
Hello Shaun 😊

You could look in the Travel Classifieds forum. Sometimes volunteer organisations which charge little or no money advertise in there.

Mel Reply to this

11 years ago, July 15th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #79520  
You should look up the community outreach program of The place teachers in local public schools mostly teaching English. Another option in the Tamarindo Area is working for Cepia. They work with kids and teenagers: http://www.cepiacostarica.org/EN/index.php

Hope this helps!
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11 years ago, July 15th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #79521  
thanks! Tamarindo is actually the area I was most interested in volunteering. Thanks for your input. Reply to this

11 years ago, January 15th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #99792  
Hi Shawn
Goolge They have a whole list of volunteering groups that are free to volunteer at. There are a few there for Costa Rica as well.

The outfits that charge you big bucks are scams. They are business' disguised as charities. The money they collect, well most goes into admin costs and their CEO's wages, with less than 9 percent going to to grass roots aide groups that need the cash. I did some research into this as well as I am going to be doing some REAL volunteer work as well.
Also some spanish schools have links to the real volunteer groups as well.
Good luck
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11 years ago, January 19th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #100246  
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I'm planning to go to Guatemala in April, they have a volunteer program that includes spanish lessons. There is a cost included, but from what i can tell this goes directly back into the community. Its 150 bucks a week, and i am planning on doing a month there, to learn spanish and then continue south, volunteering for free and improving my Spanish that way. I used volunteersouthamerica.net, was really helpful. Reply to this

11 years ago, January 19th 2010 No: 7 Msg: #100248  
Hi Phil
Which group is that, because I am going to a Spanish Immersion shool where all the profits go into the community as well. Reply to this

11 years ago, January 19th 2010 No: 8 Msg: #100250  
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I've applied to http://www.languageselnahual.com/ does it l ook familiar? Reply to this

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