pura vida = life is good, cool
sendero = trail
Gallo pinto (rice and black beans), plantains, tortillas
The Palmares Project is unique in that you’ll get to know different communities in your area through weekend workshops for AMIGOS students from the U.S. and Costa Rica. You’ll get to travel around the region as you plan and lead these events with your fellow volunteers.
*Itinerary may be subject to change.
First Day – Volunteers arrive. Project staff pick them up at the airport and the group travels to the briefing site in San Isidro.
Week 1 – Briefing. Project staff members lead all volunteers in a country-specific orientation to AMIGOS and the Palmares Project. On the last day of briefing, we will host a ‘bienvenida,’ where host families will pick you up and take you to your host community.
In Community – Lead fun sessions for local youth that focus on specific topics that relate to the environment. Start talking to local residents and your AMIGOS partner about your service project.
First Weekend Workshop – Travel to a town in the region to join in a weekend retreat with other AMIGOS volunteers and Costa Rican students. This gives you a chance to visit multiple communities in the area and expand your opportunity for cultural exchange.
In Community – Lead day camps for local kids and start putting your community service project into action.
Second Weekend Workshop – Get to know a different community during the second community service retreat.
In Community – Lead day camps and continue work on your community service project.
Final Week in Community – Despedida – host families and members of the community have a goodbye party for volunteers in San Isidro.
Last Week in Costa Rica – Debriefing. AMIGOS volunteers come together at the end of the program. Reflect on your experience, prepare for going home, and go on fun excursions with your group!
Last Day – Fly home!