The Association of International Volunteers of Costa Rica, also known as AVIC, is a local Non-Profit Association whose mission is to Manage and Host International Volunteers in their placements in Costa Rica.
AVIC is registered in San Ramon, in the Central Valley province of Alajuela. San Ramon is a medium sized traditional coffee growing town, only 45 minutes from the capital of San Jose. The town is located right in the center of Costa Rica, making it a great base to volunteer and explore the country.
AVIC was originally set up in 2009 to host volunteers sent to Costa Rica through the uVolunteer program, an International Volunteer Recruitment & Sending Agency. As uVolunteer's local partner, AVIC’s responsibilities was to arrange, coordinate and manage all volunteers and their placements once they arrived in Costa Rica.
As of 2012, AVIC’s mission has been expanded to allow it to:
- Receive volunteers from other International Volunteer Recruitment Organizations
- To enroll participants online and locally via: http://www.volunteercostarica.net
- To work with local Industry Partners and Associations
With these changes, AVIC has now become a Premium Volunteer Hosting Provider in Costa Rica. We are your local specialist when it comes to Hosting volunteers in Costa Rica – simply because this is our core business and we don’t have to worry about anything else. Pura Vida !
And we have a great team in Costa Rica that is highly experienced in taking care of visitors. We proudly claim to offer services not available through any other organization in Costa Rica. Just ask our volunteers!
Our method of working lets us focus on the most important part of your trip, your volunteer placement and taking care of you once you arrive to Costa Rica.
This setup also allows us to partner with other International Volunteer Recruitment Agencies to receive more volunteers, and, to recruit volunteers directly online and also from travellers already in Costa Rica.
AVIC operates on a very transparent fees system. The fees we receive from our volunteers go directly towards managing your placement and we try to be as clear as possible by breaking down our fees in the documentation we provide you.
Our fees may also be tax-deductible depending on your country of residence. Please contact our Enrollment Officer for more information about this.