JONA-FAQ´s

Depending on your program, you will be brought to your hotel by one of our reliable JONA-Staff or a hostel staff member.

You also get

  • our program details
  • a sim card
  • and a map of San Jose for better guidance.
  • A detailed introduction to your JONA Abroad program will be provided by a JONA representative on the same evening or the next morning, depending on your arrival time.

    You will automatically receive a residence permit for 90 days when you arrive in Costa Rica. Use the 3 days minimum departure to get to know nearby natural paradises. So please note in your JONA-Project planning that you are leaving Costa Rica to another country after 90 days at the latest. For this we recommend the Caribbean Islands - Bocas del Toro - in Panama. On our website you can also book the bus ticket (including boat transfer and bus ticket) by clicking on it. This will also help you with your arrival in Costa Rica, as you need proof of your departure within 90 days.

    If you want to stay in Costa Rica for more than 3 months, you will NEED A BUS- or PLANE ticket on arrival. The ticket must be issued within the next 90 days from the date of entry into another country, e.g. Prove Panama. We at JONA Abroad are happy to book your bus ticket for travel to the nearby Caribbean Islands - Bocas del Toro - at no extra cost to make your trip easier. Click HERE for the link to the popular backpacker islands with white beaches for an impression.

    At the price of your program you have to budget the following costs.

  • flight ticket
  • international health insurance
  • Pocket money (about $ 250 a month)
  • Accommodation between the projects
  • Travel expenses in the projects. (see FAQ´s - transport)
    • For your stay a foreign health insurance is necessary.
    • Choose an insurance with travel cancellation protection for volunteers.
    • Always take the insurance letter with you on your trip.

    For direct entry to Costa Rica from Germany no vaccinations are required. However, we recommend standard immunizations such as tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella and influenza, as well as yellow fever, rabies, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and, for long-term stays, hepatitis B.

    DOCTOR AND TREATMENT COSTS

    The costs of medical treatment and medication must first be paid in cash (possibly also by credit card). Then you can submit the bills to your insurance company for reimbursement. When choosing your overseas health insurance, make sure that it includes repatriation in an emergency.

    TUBERCULOSIS TEST

    Participants in the animal project must undergo a so-called tuberculin test in advance in order to rule out a past or current tuberculosis disease. It is best to take the exam before you leave your country, but there is also the possibility that a caregiver accompanies you to the doctor in Costa Rica. Overall, the risk of infection with tuberculosis in Costa Rica is now very low. In the past year, just 11 cases of illness per 100,000 inhabitants were diagnosed.

    BECAUSE OF THE MOSQUITO-BORNE INFECTION RISKS,

    you should also wear body-covering clothing (long pants, long shirts) Apply insect repellent on all free parts of the body during the day and in the evenings and at night repeatedly under a mosquito net.

    Costa Rica is no longer a third world country. Nevertheless, you should always keep an eye out and be careful in certain situations and places. We have summarized a few examples for your safety. In addition, you should read the security information of the Foreign Office of your country, as they are always up to date.

    Pay attention to the following during your trip:

  • At the bus stations especially women are addressed and cheap trips with a taxi to the destination offered. Such taxis are called pirate taxis here and are not officially registered taxis. There have been some cases of serious incidents. So please ALWAYS take our recommended by JONA routes and transport!
  • Tourists immediately catch attention and make it easy for robbers to sift through new loot. So you should not carry more cash than necessary with you and do not get involved in unwanted conversations.
  • On the beaches are like robbers on the road, as tourists like to stay and especially at night on the beaches and watching stars or traveling with other people. There have been some incidents where women have been robbed, raped or even killed. So always give away your entire money and the attacker no reason for further action.
  • In general, the beaches in Costa Rica but safe. But in the center of San Jose, you should stay away from it all at night. We will give you a hostel in a safe neighborhood on your arrival but you should pay attention to our directions on arrival and avoid these neighborhoods.
  • Try not to talk unnecessarily on the street and not to take valuable things with you.
  • Due to the climate, many fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs are served in Costa Rica. The Ticos (Costa Ricans), however, grow mainly from rice and beans. This is the staple food for the population. Each of our projects has a different focus on the project and the other has a different one. Exact details can be found in our project descriptions. In general, you can choose between Vegan, Vegetarian and without restrictions.

    Costa Rica is a year-round destination

    • It is 9-10 degrees north of the equator.
    • Annual average temperature is 25º Celsius and nationwide average humidity is 80%.
    • On the Caribbean side, the humidity is significantly higher at 87%
    • In the dry North Pacific it is only 65%.
    • Therefore, Costa Rica is a holiday destination that can be visited year-round.
    • dry season

      The summer in the southern hemisphere of the earth extends over the months of December to April / May. However, dry season does not mean "rain-free", but only that the rainfall is much lower.

      Rainy season

      The rainy season (winter) is from May to October. Rainy season means it rains much more. However, there are still above-average hours of sunshine during this time, which makes Costa Rica the ideal travel destination. But the rainy season should never deter.

      Day long continuous raining is rather a rarity. In many areas, the rain is a welcome cooling off on hot days. Mostly in winter the first half of the day is sunny to hot and rainfall sets in only in the afternoon.

      If you want to cross rivers and streams in addition to your projects so adventurers with SUVs and rubber boots you can dare.

      An off-road vehicle is almost indispensable not only in the rainy season, but also in summer to overcome bumpy back roads. The rainy season is therefore not necessarily a major obstacle, if the necessary equipment is provided, and one or the other adventure is taken into account.

      Generally the land is divided into seven skin climates:

    • The Central Valley,
    • the drylands in the North Pacific,
    • the central and South Pacific
    • as well as the Caribbean (Southern and Northern Caribbean),
    • the wetter cloud forest areas in the north (Monteverde, Volcano Arenal)
    • and the central plateau with the highest peak in the country, Chirripó.

    In Costa Rica there are many telephone operators, and we recommend KÖLBI because of the good nationwide reception network, a daughter company of the national electricity company of the country ICE (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad). A SIM card with internet access (about US $ 2/1000 Colon) will be given to you upon your arrival. It's best to take an old phone with Whatapp apps.

    You will automatically receive a residence permit for 90 days when you arrive in Costa Rica. Use the 3 days minimum departure to get to know nearby natural paradises. So please note in your JONA project planning that you are leaving for another country after 90 days at the latest. For this we recommend the Caribbean Islands - Bocas del Toro - in Panama. On our website you can also book the bus ticket (including boat transfer and bus ticket) by clicking on it. This will also help you with your arrival in Costa Rica, as you need proof of your departure within 90 days.