FCRlearning

Becauise FCRecolearning is a international volunteer program focused on ecological community development led by a arquitect woman from Costa Rica in a rural town, where we are developmen 3 projects during the week, two sustenaible model houses for the community with environmentally friendly principles in mind to minimize its environmental impact and maximize resource efficiency, teaching programs where we can improve the way people thing about this style of life and improve the english level in the community while you improve your Spanish. Resforestation program where we plant new trees arround the rivers, also we do recicling project arts for decoration.

In your time off you can go and take a bath in the river, 3 nigths during the week you can go and do exercises for free with the Horquetas community where the voluenters from FCRecolearning are werlome and Wednesday are with latino music.
The food is fresh and from the farm to the table and also I can share some recipes with you in a cooking class in Spanish.

Also you can ride a horse and learn about mexican food , do a canopy tour or see many frogs and birds all with our students discounts in the community.
The volunteer house is a nice place restored and designed for the volunteers with 2 rooms. 2 bathrooms and 5 beds, dinnning and living room, laundry room and shared kitchen.
Doing a volunteer program with FCRecolearning you are protecting the water and the tropical raing forest in the north caribean side of Costa Rica while you are improving your Spanish, I give extra help with vocabulary and grammar for all levels.

About me I am an architect and engineer professor, I teach on line to prepare future architects and engineers, also I teach spanish as second language and with me and the rest of the people who works with me the volunteers will have a guide and support during this experiences, also we have a program with schedule about the volunteer task and things to do for free in the town and what to visit. We have a community project for that reason you will have the experience to of collaborating on different ecological projects in the town, with the following activities the schedule are 4 hour per day Monday to Friday. Monday we have task to improve the volunteer house with paint and gardening because the goal is to get the certificate like a sustenaible house, Tuesday we have a reforestation program in a farm close to us for protect a river, Wednesday we help to the english student of the community to improve the english speaking with them during the english class with the professor, Thursday we work with a mandala gardening for food and Wednesday we work art projects with recycling material. The time off you can go to the river, visit another towns close to us, participate in excercises programs of the community for free. On weekends is possible to visit the waterfall, go to the Caribean beach Tortuguero or go to Arenal volcano or visit San Jose City and do cultural activities is just 1:30 min from here.


Reviews

4.0
(18 reviews)18

Staff & Host

4.5

Hours & Tasks

4.0

Hostel

4.5

Learning & Fun

4.0

Brazil

2

Christ is a nice person, but the project needs Better struture.

about 1 month ago


Christ replied

Thanks Luiz, I agree, that's why the project is about repairing and improving the 2 properties using circular architecture until they become self-sustaining houses. When it is ready I will no longer need volunteers and will be ready for clients who pay for services.
Programs with hotel accommodation and class packages are also available for students and profesionals , with a separate cost for each service.
The project is going quickly taking into account that the volunteers do not always have skills for the tasks in which I am reluctant to waste materials and time such as labeling. I think they have enjoyed the experience more, they have been the ones who have more foundations in design and are more adaptable to working by project.

Pura vida!
Seguimos cuidando el bosque tropical ya llevamos 180 arboles sembrados en reforestacion de un bosque tropical que esta en peligro.

France

4

I had a great time staying at Christ’s house! I stayed for 3 weeks but I think 10days or 2 weeks would be perfect to experiment local culture and what Christ’s has to learn you. Horquetas is a really small town and you can be bored if you stay for a too long time (even more if you are alone)
Christ is a nice host and a good cooker.
During my free days I traveled to Limòn and La Fortuna but you have to be aware about the fact that the travel can be long.
The house is comfy (but no hot water in the shower: we get used to it but it’s good to know 😉).
Tasks are easy.

about 1 month ago


Christ replied

Thanks Zoe, I am glad with your job like volunteer here with the basic pack program with introduction to the desing and the spanish for backpackers but now we have available standard pack with spanish intesive personalized course or permaculture course taught by an agricultural engineer.
The premiun program include different types of hosting and the pack of course that you prefer with a tour.
Every pack include basic volunteer program or we can offer the premiun HQ volunteer pack.
Thanks every volunteer for help this program with the basic program also are doing the difference. Profesionals are welcome to the HQ volunteer program too and work together for the change and you can do for longer while you learn spanish for profesionals with international certificate.

France

5

My stay at FCRLearning was a great experience to discover the nature of Costa Rica. Christ is really careful, wants to help around her, but maybe it would be even greater if we have more link with her ! (A little shame that we don’t eat with her for exemple for the meals…) But when you get to know her, she’s so interesting !!
About the tasks, it’s really not that difficult, maybe the worst is the warm when you work outside, but very nice to know more about permaculture.
I stayed for 2 weeks, and was happy to have others volunteers with me, maybe if you are alone it would be a bit more long

about 1 month ago


Christ replied

Hi! Coline I have to change about eat with the volunteers because I have a different diet for help reason and also I have my schedule for teach on line is hard for me to keep the diet eating with a group because I love eat. Thanls a lots for your help the complete desing is a big process and every part ia great advance, the permaculture start with circular economy for buy materials and the work for the desinf of the FCRStore willbe a huge step, I have a video with that part finished, also with permaculture we needed to prepare the plants for the big mandala will be like 1000 plants 10 difrentes tipes and you helpme with the firts. 2 weeks is few time to see a proces in advance we need normally 6 months in landscaping to see the diference I hope every body can comeback later and see the other part. In permaculture we need patient because the desing is with plants and they need time to grow up, for that reasosn like architect I create like 5 diferent progets in 1 weeks in 6 months I will have 6 diferents projects working while another plants start to grow up. This is the life in the farm I enjoyed spent time with you at least the the time during the projects.

Spain

3

I would really like to write a positive review like the others but my experience wasn’t the best! I was there for one week and the first five days I was the only volunteer (she told me before going we would be more ) and we didn’t do any work at all. When I arrived the house was pretty dirty and she told me we would clean it together, so I waited, and we didn’t do it until the last day. I just felt like she had much more others things to do and didn’t care much about me. She is nice and nothing is extremely bad but just be careful if you go by yourself, be secure there are other volunteers :)

2 months ago


Christ replied

I am a latinoamerican woman triying to do the change and sorry Gina I don't control the world for that reason I am asking for help, you know what happened with the other volunteers and their flights. Is sad another woman and from Spain talking about problems and not about solutions. Is sad that nothing was enough for you I did my best in this cirscuntances, like I did with the other volunteers. I am happy anyway with all the trees and good things that the volunters are doing in this town and for the forest. The person who want to help this costarrican woman trying to do the change is welcome. Also remember that Gina was here just 1 week during the holly week when all costarrican are in vacation time and everything works different. Remember this is a ecocomunnity project in a rural town, is not tourist and is not a city but we have the most beautiful animals and the idea is to keep them save. Also you can see the videos created for the volunteers about the experience. Also I recive only peopple more that 18 years old in the volunteer house who can clean their own room and bathroon and do their own laundry because food and dishes I am encharged in the other house and also I work like arquitecture professor and I don´t have time to be encharge of other adult for that reason I have videos how to do your own laundry with the machine that is in the volunteer house, the idea is work together to do the change because the latinoamercans woman we can do more than clean houses. Anyway thanks for help to organize spaces before to do the new desing of FCRstore with products from another artisans from the town, also thaks for help planting the trees, thanks for help to put the protection for the bees, now we have a new and safe area for volunteers, thanks for participate in the latinos dance class all this in only 5 days. The only activity that not was possible was the english class in the community because during that week was vacation time. Pura vida!!!

Mexico

5

Gran experiencia! Christ es una gran host, tiene muchas historias que contar y es muy amable y servicial. La gente de la comunidad es súper acogedora y te hacen sentir bien recibido. El proyecto tiene una gran visión y el impacto es real en la comunidad. Muy recomendable la experiencia. PURA VIDA :)

2 months ago


Christ replied

Gracias el pueblo de Horquetas y yo estamos muy agradecidos con tu aporte y disfrute mucho compartir contigo.


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