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CREAR offers volunteer opportunities through our internship program, and our group volunteer program. The opportunities we offer are customized and can cover a wide variety of projects such as teaching ESL and art, communications and digital arts, operations, finance, environmental conservation, public health, sports, science and more.
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GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
CREAR is reaching out to group volunteer and travel organizations in order to build lasting relationships, which will help our organization accomplish meaningful community projects.
The volunteer activities available differ depending on the group's demographics, size, age and expertise. Activities include working with children (e.g planning fun activities, sports clinics, science experiments), teaching English, helping with environmental conservation, refurbishing the health clinic and having nutrition or hygiene fairs.
Besides the volunteer activities, the group program also includes cultural activities (e.g salsa dance lessons, cooking lessons in a local home, Spanish classes, local barbecue) and, if desired, more adventurous activities such as zip lining, surf/stand up lessons, kayak tours, and Eco Hikes.
CREAR has hosted lacrosse teams who have volunteered together with
youth, adolescents, and adults. This is a very good way for teams to build relationships with one another as well as spread their passion for their sport. Athletics are a wonderful medium for cultural exchange.
Many groups have participated in volunteer activities focused on
environmental conservation and education. Some of the volunteer activities include tree planting, making a community garden, beach clean-ups and turtle conservation
efforts. CREAR recently contributed to earning Playa Samara the bandera azul (Blue Flag) which recognizes our town as clean and up to environmental standards set by
the Costa Rican government.
Our organization has developed a working relationship with the health
clinic in the community. We have had volunteers helping to refurbish the clinic as well as hold health fairs in which they provide information on nutrition, diabetes, general hygiene, and more. We are able to set up specific projects through the
health clinic based on a group’s area of expertise.
CREAR has consistently offered English courses through our after school programs as well as additional English Intensive learning initiatives. Learning English is very important in this community, due to the large economic reliance on tourism. Teaching English is a great way for groups to interact and leave a lasting impact on the youth in this community.
CREAR has been able to contribute many beneficial community spaces to Samara and the surrounding towns. We have built and refurbished parks, recreational fields, beach walkways, schools, and community centers. We also operate a public library. These activities are great because they
incorporate the volunteers and the people of the community, often working side by side.
CREAR welcomes university classes and student groups to volunteer at our organization. Our organization is ideal for students studying or interested in education, child development, non-profit management, Latin American issues, and international development. All of our programs can be tailored towards the needs and interests of each
individual group. Past universities who have volunteered include: Pace University, Delta
College, and Peru State University.
Hands on field experience in volunteering on a wide variety of projects
The opportunity to conduct ethnographic observations and interviews with
students, teachers, parents, and other members of the community
The ability to gain insights into the internal operations of a non-profit, through
extensive contact with the director and administrative team
Customized programs that have been optimized through feedback from hundreds of volunteers and interns
Arrangement of all airport transfers, accommodation, food, and activities during
your stay here -- no need to book anything but flights
The opportunities for volunteering and internships with CREAR are endless, and depending on your strengths, interests, experiences, and skill set we will find a place for you! Below are some ways you can become involved with us.
Depending on the position, you will be
expected to commit 20 to 35 hours per week. If you are interested in participating in an extended program, such as our Semester, or Full Year programs, contact us for more information on those opportunities.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM DATES
*Due to the unprecedented global situation, CREAR will not be offering internships for the remainder of 2020 or the Spring of 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will optimistically plan to keep our 2021 Summer and Fall internship programs open. Please inquire for dates and additional information.
For the most up to date information regarding international travel to Costa Rica and entry requirements, please visit the National Tourism Board's official website.
Summer Session I: May 24, 2021 – June 18, 2021
Summer Session II: June 21, 2021 – July 16, 2021
Summer Session III: July 19, 2021 – August 13, 2021
Application deadline: April 16, 2021
Decision and deposit due date: April 30, 2021
Cost: One Session = $1,160, Two Sessions = $1,900, Three Sessions = $2,640
Fall: September 6, 2021 – November 26, 2021
Application deadline: July 29, 2021
Decision and deposit due date: August 5, 2021
Cost: Fall 2021 = $2,640
CREAR allows flexibility for interns to select whichever session best suits their summer, encouraging them to participate in as many as two or three sessions. Start dates are not flexible, but end dates are flexible.
All costs include round-trip airport transportation (from the Liberia airport only), a weekend trip, homestay accommodations with a local family including two meals a day and weekly laundry service and operating costs. Costs do not include flight expense. Also, we ask that our volunteers and interns consider raising $500 for CREAR before arriving- This is not mandatory, but a financial contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated. However, we at CREAR are simply grateful for your time!
Please keep in mind that the cost of living in Samara is very similar to the cost of living in The United States or Europe. For this reason, it is important to budget accordingly for the prices of lunch and any additional expenditures.