Hike for Humanity Team #CR3417H4H

COUNTRY: Costa Rica

ARRIVAL: March 18, 2017
DEPARTURE: March 26, 2017
DURATION: 9 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: San Jose
DEPARTURE CITY: San Jose
COST: $1895

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

The CR3417H4H team will be serving in Costa Rica. They will have opportunity to experience the beauty, culture, and cuisine while serving the poor and underserved.

Hike for Humanity Teams

A fusion of humanitarian fervor and outdoor enthusiasm, ISL’s Hike for Humanity program offers a unique adventure, sending volunteer teams to assist those in greatest need by reaching out to villages farthest from urban advantages. H4H teams bring essential global health, education, ecology, and community enrichment services to the rural underserved, while providing hikers with an incomparable outdoor experience and the personal satisfaction of being involved in meaningful service.

Regardless of background, volunteers are able to receive an invaluable opportunity to traverse the jungle, encounter amazing wildlife, learn about other cultures, and serve remote communities.


Costa Rica

Costa Rica (“rich coast” in Spanish) is a Central American country bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua and Panama. Costa Rica has become one of the most stable, democratic, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. It permanently abolished its army in 1949, becoming the first of a few sovereign nations without a standing army. While Costa Rica is known for its coffee and tropical fruit exports, tourism is now the largest industry. 25% of the country’s land area is protected—one of the largest percentages in the world. From tropical Cloud Forests to Volcanoes to Beaches, Costa Rica is truly rich in geographical and bio diversity.

Costa Rica’s poverty rate is lower than most Latin American countries, but it has stalled at around 20% for almost two decades. Even so, according to Habitat for Humanity, more than 52% of the population lives in substandard houses or settlements. Costa Rica also has a large number of poverty stricken immigrants, mostly Nicaraguans. These are the communities where ISL volunteers serve. Costa Rica is good first country to visit for those who have not been exposed to extreme poverty before.


What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, most meals, safe drinking water, professional project guidance, instruction, and supplies, cultural tours, dance class, and basic recreation.

What to Bring

Project supplies and donations of vitamins and oral health supplies welcomed. Volunteers will need to bring a sleeping bag and mat, backpack, mess kit, canteen, insect repellent, energy snacks, and biodegradable soap and shampoo for the hike and funds sufficient to cover approximately one meal per day, premium recreation, and personal spending for time in the city, as well as airport departure tax.

For the global health project, volunteers will also need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, and donations of medications and medical supplies (optional)

Meet the Staff

Leonardo Rodriguez Costa Rica Physical Therapist and Team Leader
Leonardo Rodriguez
Team Leader and PT

Leonardo is a bilingual Physical Therapist and Team Leader. His involvement with ISL brings him great satisfaction he says, “due to the ideals ISL stands for–Service and Learning”. He enjoys the mutual interaction that occurs with volunteers from different walks of life and the reciprocal exchange of cultures.

Abdi Acuna ISL-Costa Rica Team Leader
Abdi Acuna
Team Leader

Abdi has been with ISL-Costa Rica since 2010 and has a Master´s degree in Graphic Design. ISL volunteers love the fact that he is also certified in Massage Therapy! He enjoys traveling and playing guitar and soccer. He has always felt grateful to work with so many volunteers and to serve the underserved.

Marta Cabezas Costa Rica Team Leader
Marta Cabezas
Team Leader

Since 2006, Marta has been a Costa Rica Team Leader favorite with ISL volunteers. When she is not leading teams, she is a grandma, a hard core soccer fan, and a bilingual secretary. She has also collected over 170 Nativity sets!

Gabriela Perez
Gabriela Perez
Co-Country Coordinator

Gabriela is responsible for overseeing ISL-Costa Rica staff members and making sure everything runs smoothly for ISL teams in Costa Rica. She especially enjoys working with children and the elderly in her community. She is also pursuing a degree in Preschool Education. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, reading and spending time with her family.

Pouchi Chan
Pouchi Chan
Country Coordinator

Pouchi is responsible for overseeing ISL-Costa Rica staff members and making sure everything runs smoothly for ISL teams in Costa Rica. She graduated from the University of Costa Rica and enjoys traveling, getting to know people from different cultures and working with ISL volunteers.  Her favorite outdoor adventures include hiking and camping.

Activity Information

Project supplies and donations of vitamins and oral health supplies welcomed. Volunteers will need to bring a sleeping bag and mat, backpack, mess kit, canteen, insect repellent, energy snacks, and biodegradable soap and shampoo for the hike and funds sufficient to cover approximately one meal per day, premium recreation, and personal spending for time in the city, as well as airport departure tax.

For the global health project, volunteers will also need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, and donations of medications and medical supplies (optional)

Itinerary

Costa Rica

Sample Hike for Humanity Itinerary

8 Day Program

 

Important Program Note:  Teams will participate in some of the following Hike for Humanity/global health activities: home visits, institutional assignments, community clinics and work with professionals, class practice for taking vitals, suture and injection class, and school screenings/health education sessions. Therefore, time periods noted as “Global Health Activities” may refer to any of the above, to be determined based on volunteer expertise level and needs of our community at the time.

 

Optional Activities: Are available upon request.

 

Day 1:  Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica, travel to housing; settle into housing, dinner and rest. Practical and Medical Orientation

 

Day 2:  Travel to Indigenous region; Medical Spanish class.

 

Day 3:  Global Health Activities.

 

Day 4:  Global Health Activities.

 

Day 5:  Travel back.

 

Day 6:  Recreation.

 

Day 7:  Global Health Activities.

 

Day 8:  Departure.