Solar Power Project - A Hands On Workshop
Are you interested in Solar Energy? Would you like to learn how to make and install Solar Panels and at the same time do something great for a small rural community in Costa Rica? Then the Solar Power Workshop is great for you.
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- Age requirement: 18+ years
- Working Schedule: 2 week course, with some days off for activities
- NEXT DATES:
June 17th – July 1st 2017 (2 weeks)
- Language requirement: It would be great if you speak some basic Spanish – but staff on the project also speak and understand English
- 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
The goal of the Solar Power Workshop is to provide renewable electric power in rural communities in Osa Peninsula, where it would otherwise be absent. With the project we donate solar systems to rural schools that are located off-grid and educate the local community about solar power, system maintenance, and we teach them how to make solar panels themselves by hand!
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.
You as a participant in our Solar Power Project will gain an understanding of the basic engineering principles of photovoltaic 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).
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.
Volunteer’s Responsibilities Include:
- Participate in the ‘Solar Panel’ Workshop
- Learn how Solar Panels are installed and maintained
- Help assemble all the Solar Panel parts
- Help install Solar Panels
- Educate the community
An ideal volunteer on this project has a passion for environmental conservation, renewable energy, and helping communities. You will be spending time with local Costa Ricans – who may not speak English that well – but the coordinator and the teacher on site speak English.
If you would like to improve your Spanish before the project begins, you can sign up for group or private Spanish classes!
The costs for this project are:
In June our regular 2-week course is $1200, including around 10 full days of course work and activities (4 days in total in the end and beginning are travel / arrival days).
We include in our project fees:
- First night at the hostel near the airport San Jose SJO (last night in hostel not included)
- 12 nights at the host family
- 3 meals a day at the host family
- The course and teaching
- All course / workshop materials
- An expedition to an off-grid house / farm
- Transportation to the installation sites throughout the workshop
Not included in our costs:
- Extra-curricular activities in your free time (Kayak, surfing, horseback riding, hiking etc)
- National and International flights
- Travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Any additional food or snacks besides the host family meals
- Transport from the airport to the hostel (usually via a short and cheap taxi ride – we will help you and explain how this works)
- Transport to Puerto Jimenez (by air or bus) the next day
- Meals on your arrival and departure days outside of the host family
- Other personal expenses
This is the GLV Handbook for the Solar Power Project – A Hands On Workshop. This will give you DETAILED info on everything you would need and want to know regarding the project. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
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DATES for our Course 2017
June 17th – July 1st 2017 – 2 week course
|Arrival day. Everyone has to book their flights to arrive in San Jose, SJO, Juan Santamaria Airport, on this day.
We will arrange a hostel stay for you for this night. You’ll get from the airport to the hostel via taxi (this cost is not included, but it’s usually around 5-6$).
|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
|2nd course day – Theory|
|3rd course day – Hands-On Workshop|
|4th course day – Hands on Workshop|
|5th Course Day – Theory|
| Day 8
|6th Course Day – Day off for activities. Saturday and Sunday are usually days off during the project.|
| Day 9
|7th Course Day – Day off for activities|
| 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 – Visit to an off-grid location/ farm and overnight stay there. Possibility of a hike and jungle experience.|
| Day 13
| 11th Course Day – Arrival back from off-grid location / farm
Afternoon free for activities and last night celebration together with the group.
| Day 14
|12th Course Day – 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.|
| Day 15
|Flight out of SJO, Juan Santamaria Airport – OR free to do your own activities/ continue your travels.|
Volunteer Reviews for this Project
Jake, 30 years old, participated in the Solar Power Project in 2016. He wrote his review on Abroad Reviews and GO Abroad. Here is his review: "An absolutely fantastic experience. Amazingly informative on the practical aspects of solar, while at the same time extremely...read more
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