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Business Volunteer Projects in Costa Rica

Micro-finance in Costa Rica

Projects Abroad works in partnership with several associations and educational institutions to help small-scale entrepreneurs develop and strengthen their small businesses, as well as to identify individuals and groups who require training or assistance with their entrepreneurial ideas.

We work with diverse businesses, and no two projects are the same! Entrepreneurs with whom our volunteers have worked include artisans, restaurateurs and shopkeepers.

Many of the entrepreneurs are from low-income backgrounds and depend on the success of their business to support themselves and their families. You have the opportunity, as a volunteer, to share your knowledge, skills and experience with these entrepreneurs.

Business Opportunities with Projects Abroad in Costa Rica

As a volunteer you will work under the supervision of the Projects Abroad Business supervisor in Heredia, helping to ensure that the individuals and groups taking part are given a chance to make a future for themselves.

On a daily basis you will be involved in a wide variety of tasks, which may include the following:

  • writing, reading and updating business plans
  • developing marketing and advertising strategies
  • proving financial analysis
  • brand development
  • monitoring and mentoring the  entrepreneurs’ work
  • regular meetings with the entrepreneurs and Projects Abroad supervisor
  • providing general business guidance and support to the entrepreneurs

If there is an area in which you have particular skills or interests please let us know.

Your timetable will be flexible and you should expect to spend some time working independently. You should be self-motivated and enthusiastic about taking the initiative to get things done.

Through this project you will gain a unique insight into the process of developing small businesses in a foreign country and how the right support and guidance, can help people become self-supporting and independent. You will spend time in a completely new environment, learning about a different culture and way of life. It will be a rewarding as well as a challenging experience.

Volunteer in Costa Rica

The Business project runs throughout the year, except for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period, as well as during the Easter week. One years’ experience or training in the business or management field, and a strong interest in business and entrepreneurship, are required for this project. It is important that you are flexible, communicate well and are willing to learn.

As they will work closely with the entrepreneurs, volunteers on this project should have an advanced level of Spanish in order to communicate effectively with the local people and get the most out of this project.

All volunteers on Teaching, Care, Sports, Journalism, Micro-finance or Spanish placements in Costa Rica have the opportunity to add a 7-Day Conservation Project to the end of their main placement. For more information visit our 7-Day Costa Rica Conservation Project page.

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