Fundraising and Grant Writing Volunteer

Hogar Fe Viva - San Jose, Costa Rica
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-948 Location: San Jose, Costa Rica Sector: Community Development Category: Organizational Support Min Duration: 3 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Intermediate
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Volunteer Job Description

This orphanage is seeking grant writing and fundraising volunteers to assist with writing grant proposals and coordinating their fundraising efforts. As these proposals are written in English and Spanish the director feels that they are more likely to be successful in their application with the assistance of someone fluent in Spanish. Currently the organization is dependant on funding from individuals and private companies. However, this funding is limited and often unreliable.

Fundraising volunteers would work at the centre gathering all the necessary information that is needed to prepare the proposals. They would be working with the Director to find sources for all the information required.

The volunteer can also help out with other general work at the centre. This may include playing with the kids, helping around the centre with cleaning, cooking and serving food to the kids. These activities are not required, but volunteer assistance with these tasks would be greatly appreciated.

They have 10 staff at the centre: 2 admin staff, 1 social worker, 2 cookers, 3 babysitters during the day and 3 during the night and they all split the task and care of the children like cooking, cleaning, bathing the children and playing with them. They need to have more funds because of limited funding sometimes they have a hard time paying rent or doing building improvements. It is their hope that a fundraising volunteer can help them find the funds to run operations and buy the house to have a permanent center.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Gather Information

The grant writing volunteer would first start by gathering information on all the projects that are taking place at the centre. They would then compile this information into an outline of the organization's key services.

Write Grants

The grant writing volunteer would start writing grants after researching the grant requirements. This would be done either at the centre if there is access to the internet and a computer, (this is not always guaranteed at the orphanage), or volunteers may do some of their work off site.

Organize Fundraising Initiatives

A grant writing volunteer may be asked to help organize and participate in different fundraising events for the orphanage. They may be asked to assist in the development of a web presence that would help the orphanage to raise funds internationally.

Grant Records

When the orphanage has been successful in obtaining funds for a project, a grant writing volunteer would be expected to help to outline the report required for the grant and work with the staff to ensure that they understand what information is required to be recorded and reported on a ongoing bases.

Host Organization Details

Hogar Fe Viva

All orphanages and day care facilities in Costa Rica are supervised by the PANI, a government institution that supervises childcare in Costa Rica.

Hogar Fe Viva is a non profit organization and home for children between 0 and 6 years old who are in social risk or vulnerability, children who were rescued from physical harassment, children trafficking, negligence or abandon. Hogar Fe Viva provides residency, care, food, clothing, health care, psychological support, education and recreational activities for children before the process of be adopted.

The describe their mission as: Provide integral attention to children who live at Hogar Fe Viva and promote through the staff behavior the value of obedience and importance of God in their lives.

Their vision is: Incentive the children at Hogar Fe Viva all values and morals that allow them to effective develop in the society and let them live each day with a lasting faith in God.

The organization is managed by the founder and the group of directors with the help of staff and volunteers

Does this organization have any religious affiliations?

The home has and practices the Christian faith.

When They Were Founded

The organization was founded on May 12, 2012 by Maria Mairena. She had a dream of helping kids who were living a poverty stricken life, because she has the need to give back to the Costa Rican society and she found the opportunity by providing love the the most needed population; children in abandon situations. It took her a while to complete all the requirements that the government request but official she got the permit on December 18th 2012. At the beginning she only had 1 dollar in her account.

How Are They Funded

The operational costs for the center are still primarily funded by donations from local companies and 45% from the government but unfortunately this funding is limited and will be exhausted in the near future. Hogar Fe Viva also receives funding from family friends, previous volunteers and random donations from citizens through their campaign on social media and website.

Donation Requests

The organization is in need of food, cleaning products, personal hygiene products.

Placement Location Information

San Jose, Costa Rica

The organization is renting a medium size house which they hope they can buy at a close future. The house is located in Barrio Escalante area known for their gastronomy festivals as there are a lot of restaurants and cafes around. Art galleries can be found on this areas as well and private universities and it is very close to the University of Costa Rica.

The house has a front garden with their logo. It has 2 bedroom for the children, a large common area where children are entertained and where they also receive early stimulation and education. A small kitchen and the office located in the garage. In the backyard, the organization has a small green area with a playground and a sand box where children can play only during dry season.

The house has been recently painted by the help of local donors.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From BaseCamp Center, volunteer will need to walk to the principal street in Los Yoses, this street is know as central avenue, which is 700 meters north. Once at the main street, cross the street in front of the gas station next to Automercado and continue walking through street 37. After the train rail, continue walking 2 extra blocks and turn to the left. It is the third house in the left hand side.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 1.4 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:15

Weather in the Area

City/Village Description

Nearest Medical Clinic

Hospital Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia
Streets 7 - 9
Avenues 17 - 19
San Jose
TEL 1: 22577922

Placement Address

Hogar Fe Viva
Between Street 35 & 37 Ave 11
Barrio Escalante
San Jose
Costa Rica

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Costa Rica at our BaseCamp Center in San Jose. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Costa Rica. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Costa Rica you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Costa Rica

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BaseCamp Costa Rica Address

Ave 16 St. 39&41
Los Yoses Sur
San Jose, Costa Rica

BaseCamp Costa Rica Contact Details

Tel: 506-8763-9595
Tel: 506-4030-1891
Mobile: 506-8763-9595

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Accommodation in Costa Rica

All volunteers on our program in Costa Rica start out at our BaseCamp Center. The center is located in the capital city San Jose, and is a fantastic place from which to start your adventure.

Once volunteers have finished their orientation, where they live depends largely on the location of their placement. If their placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minutecommute from BaseCamp, then the only accommodation option may be host families or volunteer lodges in the national parks. However, if the placement is within a 1 hour 15 minute commute, then volunteers can choose whether or not to stay with us at BaseCamp or live with a host family.

BaseCamp Costa Rica is located in the province of San Jose at Los Yoses area. This is a fantastic area closed to the University of Costa Rica, San Pedro Mall, banks, supermarkets, restaurants, embassies and stores. Walking distance to down town and only 30 minutes away from the Juan Santamaria Airport.

BaseCamp has four bedrooms and three wash-rooms. The beds are mainly bunk beds in dormitory style rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. There is a large common area where movies, books and games are available to our guests and there is a patio with a nice set up. This is an ideal setting for reading, studying Spanish or just some quiet relaxation.

BaseCamp is where volunteers first come when they arrive in Costa Rica and where they live for at least the duration of their orientation and training. The meal plan at the centre is based on a 14 day rotating schedule of a variety of traditional dishes from around the country. This meal plan allows volunteers to gain comfort and familiarity with both Costa Rican food and meal etiquette before making the transition to living with a host family.

Orientation and language training sessions take place in the BaseCamp Center. Each day of orientation blends some workshops and lessons with a mixture of outings to explore and become familiar with transportation and knowledge regarding the city.

Living With a Host Family in Costa Rica

Living with a host family in Costa Rica is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

In the case of a volunteer lodge or ranger station (which is often the only option for placements within a National Park), volunteers will be living in dormitory type accommodation and meals will be provided in a mess hall or dining area.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Costa Rica.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Costa Rica

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks

Costa Rica wildlife and conservation placements require an additional $7 USD per day fee to cover park fees and accommodation. All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022
Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022
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May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023
Aug 04, 2023 Sep 01, 2023 Oct 06, 2023
Nov 03, 2023 Dec 01, 2023 Jan 05, 2024


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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