New Hope Volunteers

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Women’s Project (Atenas)

volunteer in women project in Atenas, Costa Rica
  • Work with a local women’s cooperative
  • Empower the lives of the local women to lead better lives
  • Immerse in the Costa Rican way of life through safe, carefully-screened homestays
  • Explore lush landscapes, exotic wildlife and pristine beaches in your downtime

If you care about women empowerment, then this is the ideal project for you. New Hope works with AMASIA, a local women’s cooperative that facilitates greenhouse operations in the hills of San Isidro, about 20 minutes away from central Atenas. AMASIA offers orchids, organic fertilizer, cactus and ornamental plants for sale to the community. As a volunteer in Costa Rica, you’ll be supporting and assisting the organization, as well as work in the greenhouse. Volunteer in Costa Rica in the Women’s project, and shine the light to a better life for women, while taking in nature’s best in the spectacular country!

Volunteer’s Responsibilities

As a volunteer working with a women’s cooperative in Costa Rica, a majority of your time will be spent with the local women. Depending on the individual’s skills and expertise, and the needs of the local staff, your daily duties include but are not limited to:

  • Offer support via physical work in greenhouse
  • Teach women about gardening practices
  • Promote the cooperative and public relation efforts
  • Improve the image and concept of the women's cooperative
  • Teach the women basic business skills, entrepreneurial ideas and creative insight
  • Help the women with production and distribution methods
  • Assist AMASIA to apply for funding
  • Assist AMASIA with website development and maintenance
  • Promote advertising
  • Support AMASIA with administrative and organizational tasks
  • Share ideas on how to improve AMASIA
How You Can Make a Difference

By volunteering in Costa Rica, you’ll be working with a local cooperative that supports women and facilitates greenhouse operations. You role as a volunteer would help to inspire the women to move ahead in life, and motivate them grow economically, socially and emotionally. AMASIA also teaches valuable skills to the women such as sales and gardening and public relations, which can break the cycle of poverty for the women. While showing the women the way to a brighter and more successful future, you will have plenty of chances to get acquainted with the natural beauty of Costa Rica.

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join the project in Costa Rica beyond a preferred basic/intermediate fluency in Spanish. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish Language Studies program. It is essential that volunteers are aware of the issues women face, and having a green thumb and love for nature would greatly help the cause. If you have experience with websites, you can also help develop their website. Grant writing or advertising skills can also be useful to the project to increase support and to promote the project. A volunteer should be enthusiastic and a self-starter, yet able to follow directions well.

Project Location

The project is located in Atenas, just west of San José in the Province Alajuela. The little town of Atenas offers a slice of quintessential small town Costa Rican life with just 5,000 inhabitants (25,000 including the suburbs). Atenas is most popularly known as having the "best climate in the world". If you are in search of a tranquil, small town life, Atenas is just the place for you! This perfect-sized town is just big enough to provide the amenities you crave for but small enough to preserve a strong sense of community. Owing to the superb climate, this town is teeming with bio-diversity. From Atenas, you will be greeted by charming views of the surrounding coffee and sugarcane plantations as well as forested valleys. Cafes and restaurants located within the central park serve some of Costa Rica's delicious cuisine including the toronjas rellenas (stuffed grapefruits), which are a popular local dessert. Nearby shops and markets are very good places to purchase souvenirs such as handcrafted jewelery or traditional Costa Rican clothing. Located just east of Atenas, volunteers can also visit La Garita. It is to home to Zoo Ave, a wildlife rescue and breeding center, and also has a plant nursery nearby that sells exotic plants. On weekends, volunteers can travel to Pacific Coast or further away to visit National Parks and Caribbean Coast. A trip to San Jose, the largest city, is also recommended.

 

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