Getting to Know Cartago, Costa RicaW EBINARSWednesday, May 16th4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT www.crossculturalsolutions.org
Introductions Summer Wick Program Advisor Alumna of CCS Costa Rica, Ghana, South Africa, and Thailand Molly HamptonProgram Site Specialist for Cartago, Costa Rica Alumna of CCS Costa Rica, South Africa, and Tanzania Amanda Rosen Program Advisor Alumna of CCS Thailand
Agenda• Introductions• Review of the Agenda• About CCS• About Costa Rica• Fun Facts About Cartago• Volunteer Work• CCS Home-Base• CCS Cartago Staff• Cultural & Learning Activities• Free Time• Questions & Answers• Next Steps
About CCS Our Approach Respecting Local Expertise in Community Development• Volunteer Placements • Placement Process • Partner Programs • In-Country Staff• Cultural Immersion • Home-Base located in a residential community • Cultural & Learning Activities Our Mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in • Fostering Relationships partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing• Flexibility perspectives and fostering cultural • 4 Programs, 12 Countries, and Year- understanding. We are an international not-for-profit organization with no Round Start Dates political or religious affiliations.
About Costa Rica CCS Costa Rica Pura Vida Our Two Costa Rica Program Sites: • San Carlos • Based in Ciudad Quesada • Over 2,100 volunteers sent since 2002 • Cartago • Historic Former Capital City of Costa Rica • Over 1,700 volunteers sent since 2004
Fun FactsAbout Cartago• In close proximity to San Jose• Third largest city in Costa Rica• Nearly 4,800 feet above sea level• Home of the famous Basilica• Sits at the base of Irazu Volcano• Small but busy city
Volunteer Work Volunteer Placements in Cartago Ensuring our Volunteers Impact on the Community Remains Positive • Caregiving • Healthcare • Teaching • Community Development • Insight Abroad program volunteer work
CCS Home-Base Your Home Away From Home Living arrangements, meals & more• Lodging: Safe, cozy & colorful living environment• Location: Short walk from the city center• Resource Center• Meals: Three delicious authentic meals a day by CCS staff cooks & safe drinking water provided• Transportation: Airport pick-up and drop-off, and safe transportation to & from volunteer placement• Communication: Wi-fi & phone access
CCS Cartago Staff In-Country Support Providing Expert Support for our Volunteers and Partners in the Community• Year-round CCS Staff & members of the local community• Director & Program Managers • Jose Hernandez, Country Director• Cooks• Housekeepers• Licensed Drivers• 24-hour Security
Cultural & Learning Activities Cultural Immersion Getting the Insider’s Perspective • Spanish lessons • Excursions to archeology sites & museums • Dance lessons for all levels • Cooking lessons • Guest speakers
Free Time Exploring Costa RicaA Chance to Explore the Community On Your Own• Irazu Volcano, National Park• La Basilica de Cartago• Hiking• Horseback riding trails• Botanical gardens
Enrollment & Pre-departure Support Support From Start to Finish • CCS HQ Staff were all volunteers before they were staff • We work closely with local organizations to match volunteer skills with the needs of the communityProgram Advisors In-Country SupportOur Program Advisors are here All our in-country staff members areto help decide which country, from the communities where we work,date & duration is best for you. living and working there year-round. Program Site Specialists Alumni Action Network Program Site Specialists will prepare Become a life-long learner you for your CCS experience & about international issues. answer your questions along the way.
w w w. c r o s s c u l t u r a l s o l u t i o n s . o r g Determine where, when, & for how long you want to volunteer:Next www.crossculturalsolutions.org/enroll/enroll-checklist Contact a Program Advisor 1-800-380-4777, Monday-Friday 9am-6pm EDTSteps Summer: firstname.lastname@example.org Amanda: email@example.com Next Webinar: “A Closer Look at Tanzania” (May 24th) www.crossculturalsolutions.org/webinars Stay In Touch Upcoming Info Sessions facebook.com/crossculturalsolutions • Philadelphia, PA (May 30th) • Houston, TX (May 31st) twitter.com/volunteerabroad • Santa Fe, NM (June 2nd) • Newtown, CT (June 26th) youtube.com/ccsvolunteerabroad • Charlottesville, VA (July 22nd) ccscommunity.com Find more events near you: pinterest.com/volunteerabroad www.crossculturalsolutions.org/events