-Keep the emergency phone information with me at all times, a copy of my passport, including a copy of the page with the entry visa stamped upon arrival, as well as the personal identification document.
-Keep contact phone numbers and account numbers of credit cards, ATMs and traveler’s checks in a safe and separate place.
-Always keep money with a person (a money belt is recommended) instead of a backpack, purse or other bag that could be taken from you.
-Be very careful when crossing a street as pedestrians do NOT have the right of way. Cross the streets at the traffic lights and always wait until the cars stop completely.
-Avoid empty or dark streets in desolate areas. Never be alone at the bus stop after dark, it is recommended to go to the next bus stop or take a taxi instead.
-Mar especially careful near bus terminals, central markets and other busy places.
-Never trust people too friendly.
-Do not use ATMs when you are alone, at night (they do not operate from 22:00 to 06:00), or in unknown areas.
-Never walk at night, even with friends from your neighborhood.
-Stay close to others when in public.
-Cross the street, enter a store or seek help from others if you think someone may be following.
-Keep an eye open for your friends and friends who do the same for you.
-Avoid the deployment of money or take large bills (especially US dollars) in public places.
-Do not wear scarves or backpacks, as they can be easily opened or cut from behind.
-Keep small amounts of cash in different places (hidden inside clothing, such as a bra, socks or money belt, in shirt pockets, blouses, pants, skirts) to reduce the loss if it is actually stolen or stolen They check the pockets.
-Wear the bag in front or under the arm with your hand resting on it in the place of hanging on the shoulder or on the back, since the backpacks are carried behind the main objectives of theft and cut with a knife.
-Keep part of your body through the purse, backpack or purse strap at all times.
-Never place the bag, camera or other valuables in public places.
Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, watches and other things that can get attention.
-Avoid keeping a lot of things in your pockets, which could make others think you have a lot of money in them
-Do not take illegal drugs (may end up in jail).
-Make sure (to the best of my ability) that the driver of any vehicle you boarded is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol BEFORE entering the vehicle.
-Only take official taxis that have yellow triangles on the front doors, initials like TSJ and 3 or 4 digit numbers that indicate the license plates of the taxi.
-Always ask the price of a taxi before entering and make sure the meter is on.
-When going out with friends at night, always reserve at least 5000 colones, in case you need to take a taxi to return to the site. If possible, share the taxi with your Project partners.
-Always sit in the back seat of the taxi when alone. (Culturally, men alone will sit in front of the driver’s side, women should always sit in the back seat).
-Keep your eyes and ears open at all times.
-Avoid the excessive use of alcohol, which could harm your judgment and put you at great risk. If I already drink too much, call the emergency numbers for help.
-Keep valuables such as traveler’s checks, passports and airline tickets in safe places and use lockers or locks to certify your backpack bags.
-Always inform the Project Director about the plans for the night.
-Although we rely on our projects completely, sometimes outside people like cleaning ladies, laundry, gardeners, repairmen, maintenance people, etc. For this reason, we suggest that even within your room, use your common sense and apply the same precautions you would use in a hotel room. Keep your money locked in your suitcase or backpack with a lock. You can leave your money in the room but always make sure you put it in a safe place with a lock and not under your pillow, drawer or lying in your room.
When Travel Must:
-Inform your Project or Volunteer Xtreme of your travel plans, including emergency numbers where you can be contacted.
-When traveling during the days off, it will be good to carry a copy of your passport (first page and page where the entry visa is stamped), leaving the original passport in a safe and locked place.
– Watch your bags while waiting for buses, airplanes or other means of transport, never leave them on the ground while buying tickets, buying a snack, etc.
– Take only the cash you need (when going for a walk, eating out or whatever you like to do).
-Take as little luggage as possible. (Take a backpack or a small backpack and fix it at all times, never place bags on the head shelf, never place it under the seat, always carry it in your lap or between your legs). Even make sure that the people who offer to help you do so.
-Avoid beggars and just walk normal. Do not stop or open the backpack to give them money.
-Stay alert! Be aware of who is around you and what they are doing. (Thieves often work as a team, one or two will distract you while a third party comes out with your purse, camera or wallet).
-Don’t trust strangers and don’t accept help from people you don’t know.
-If you go out at night or drink alcohol, do not take much money with you and take into account all the above, if you are going to leave the project that is preferably accompanied by Volunteers from the same site or ask the Project Management for help.
Marcelo Coto R.
Cartago, Costa Rica.
María Jesús Mejía
San Jose, Costa Rica.
Yerick Salmerón S.
Diego Soto Blanco
Jonh Edward Lewis
Cartago, Costa Rica.
(+506) 8511 86 41
Infotmation of Costa Rica:
Currency: El Colón
Capital: San José
Territory: 51 100 km²
Telephone Code: +506