BaseCamp Costa Rica is a family run program. Our Country Coordinator Luis and his mother Magaly manage the house and organization relations together. The result is a beautiful home with a fantastic Costa Rican host family feel.
Please feel free to reach out to the team at any time. Luis loves helping people learn more about his country.
Volunteer BaseCamp Costa Rica is also home to our Global Operations Manager, Luis Siles. As such, the Costa Rican team is well versed in the lessons learned not only during the course of their operations, but through Luis sharing the lessons learned in managing each of our centers with the rest of the team. The result is a fantastic group of people who run a great program!
Magaly was born in San Pedro, Costa Rica at a coffee plantation where she lived all her life until she was married. She has 8 sisters and 1 brother and she is mother of 2 sons and 2 daughters. One of her sons is Luis, our Country Coordinator!
Magaly is the hostess and house mother at BaseCamp Costa Rica. She enjoys managing our Costa Rican menu and loves teaching volunteers how to prepare local meals, baked goods and natural juices. While she very much enjoys helping volunteers to practice their Spanish, she also enjoys working with volunteers to improve her English.
She does not describe her position as a job. She says she sees it more as being a temporary mamma for volunteers. She prides herself on making volunteers feel welcome and at home and she is proud to be part of a program that seeks to provide so much benefit for those in her country in need of assistance.
Before joining BaseCamp I had worked in the hotel industry for around 10 years as the resident manager of a hotel in a nature reserve. During that time I learned a great deal about the importance of preserving our natural habitat and wildlife here in Costa Rica. Over time I found myself becoming more interested in not only hosting international travellers but in working with travellers who wanted to get involved and contribute.
In 2010, I discovered Volunteer BaseCamp Costa Rica and after doing some research I was impressed with their history. I discovered that the program has been helping in the conservation area for many years. I also learned that the program has been supporting organizations working in other areas such as education, medical care and social work.
I was quite aware that we need assistance in these areas as well and I was keen to get involved. I decided that this was a great opportunity to combine what I love; sharing my country, culture and history with foreign travellers while supporting and helping local organizations to make a difference.