Solar Power Project - A Hands On Workshop. Next Workshop Dates are: July 14th - July 28th 2018
Are you passionate about renewable energy? Would you like to learn more about solar energy? Would you be interested in helping to get power to off-grid remote elementary schools in Costa Rica? Then you should participate in our Hands-on Solar Power Workshop on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.
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- Age requirement: 18+ years
- NEXT PROJECT DATES: 14th of July 2018 – 28th of July 2018
- Language requirement: English. No Spanish required.
- Costs: 2 weeks – $1200
- Accommodation: Host family (shared with other volunteers)
- Food: 3 meals daily in your host family
- Location: Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
- Support: Coordination and instructors on site
- Optional: A letter of recommendation and certificate at the end of your workshop
You as a participant in our Solar Power Project will gain an understanding of the basic engineering principles of photo-voltaic power and solar panels. You will receive theory and practical lessons on how solar panels work. We will make panels from scratch and install basic systems. We will also install solar systems on one or two of the places we will donate the solar system to (varying locations throughout the Osa Peninsula).
The workshop aims at installing solar systems free of charge for chosen elementary schools or organizations in small remote communities with no access to grid-electricity. We also try to educate the local communities (and you as a participant) about Solar energy, and show them how to install, maintain, and build their own solar system!
An important aspect of the project is that we involve the local community in the workshop and provide knowledge and expertise to locals on solar power systems. The locals are the ones managing and running the systems later on, so they’ll have to know how they work. You will help to educate the community about renewable energies and solar systems.
We are also including educational events for kids and adults throughout the workshop – usually we do a visit to our local high schools and show them how to make panels from scratch and teach them about solar energy.
We ask of our participants to actively take part in the theory and practical lessons, and help us with the installations of the solar system. We also include a visit to the local high school and we ask from our participants to actively help plan the high school visit and teach high school kids about solar energy. We also include locals into our daily practical and theory classes, and we would appreciate that participants help us to teach locals about solar energy.
An ideal volunteer on this project has a passion for environmental conservation, renewable energy, and helping communities. As a participant you should be flexible, pro-active, creative, and a team-player! The workshop is held in English for our foreign participants.
However, Spanish knowledge is always of advantage since you’ll be speaking with locals throughout the workshop and also communicate with your host family – who may not speak English!
DATES 2018 *Note that this schedule is subject to vary depending on our activities and course participants
|Arrival day. Everyone has to book their flights to arrive in San Jose, SJO, Juan Santamaria Airport, on this day.
Everyone will stay in a hostal that night. The hostal fee needs to be carried by you as the participants.
|Travel day to Puerto Jimenez, the project site.
You’ll travel together as a group on the public bus to Puerto Jimenez. You can also choose to arrive this day by air through Sansa and Nature Air. This cost is not included in the project fee, since people choose to arrive in different ways.
Arrival and check in at your host family in the late afternoon. First night and dinner at your host family.
|First official course day and introductions
Theory and Practical parts.
|2nd course day – Theory and practical parts|
|3rd course day – Hands-On Workshop|
|4th course day – Hands on Workshop|
|5th Course Day – Theory|
| Day 8
|6th Course Day – Visit of off-grid solar location|
| Day 9
|7th Course Day – Visit of off-grid solar location|
| Day 10
|8th Course Day – First day of installation of solar system and visit to the school|
| Day 11
|9th Course Day – Second day of school visit and solar installations|
| Day 12
|10th course day – Last day of the course, wrapping up!|
| Day 13
|Day free for activities.|
| Day 14
|Leaving day from Puerto Jimenez. You’re on your own for transport to get back to San Jose, since some course participants choose to stay longer, or travel elsewhere, we don’t do this as a group. You can fly back to San Jose via Sansa or Nature Air, or take the bus back to San Jose. Usually a small group forms that takes the bus together, back to a hostel, to stay a night before flying out the next day. The participant carries the cost of the travel back to San Jose, and the last night at the hostel.|
| Day 15
|Flight out of SJO, Juan Santamaria Airport – OR free to do your own activities/ continue your travels.|
The Project will be in Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. The installations will happen around the Osa Peninsula, in small rural schools.
While you’re on this project you’ll live with local host families, together with other Solar Project Participants. Usually we have the participants split up in 2 – 3 different families.
You may share a room with one of the participants. Food is Costa Rican typical food cooked for you and prepared by your host family. You’ll all eat together in a common space at certain hours.
Usually breakfast will be around 7am, lunch around 12:30pm, and dinner around 6pm.
The costs for this project are:
The two week course is 1200$. You are normally asked to pay 50% upon sign up, and the other 50% of the fee around 8 weeks before project begin. We can also accept installments of 25% upon sign up, and paying the other 75% later on.
We include in our project fees:
- 12 nights at the host family in Puerto Jimenez (from the 15th of July until the 27th of July)
- 3 meals a day at the host family during your stay in Puerto Jimenez
- The course and teaching
- All course / workshop materials
- An expedition to an off-grid solar location
- Transportation to the installation sites throughout the workshop
Not included in our costs:
- The travel costs from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez by bus (the bus is 16$ one way, flying is from 80$ one way)
- Transport from the international airport to the hostel in Alajuela (short taxi ride of 5-6$ each way)
- The first night and last night at the hostel (the costs are 15$ each night)
- Food expenses on your first day, night and morning in San Jose, and on your last day before flying out
- Extra-curricular activities in your free time (Kayak, surfing, horseback riding, hiking etc)
- National and International flights
- Travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Any additional food or snacks besides the host family meals
- Other personal expenses
This is the GLV Handbook for the Solar Power Project – A Hands On Workshop. This will give you DETAILED info on everything you would need and want to know regarding the project. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
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