IT Programmer Volunteer

San José | Costa Rica

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is seeking an energetic, proactive individual to volunteer at our regional office for Latin America / Caribbean in the role of IT Programmer Volunteer.


Currently, we have an information system that records the progress of proposals and projects at different stages of management; however, we need to expand it to provide the proposed services. To do this, we need to map the processes of this system and then, as a second stage, modify the current database. The work consists of two phases:

  • Mapping the process of the Project Information System - The purpose of mapping is,to be able to match the project information system, including the information tool with the modification that is needed, according to the new strategies.
  • To visualize the links the tool can manage with other information systems that already exist in the Area Office.
  • Make modifications to extend the current database, including updates on each registered project, add spaces to categorize the information on each project and add filters for choosing the information users want to see.
  • Options to create tendencies, according to the information registered.
  • Tool kit with resources for project management, including tools for the design, planning, development, monitoring, and evaluation of projects.
  • Predesigned narratives
  • Formats for project design, proposal
  • Monitoring, evaluation and systematization reports.

Capacity for:

  • Confirming project requirements by reviewing program objective, input data, and output requirements with analyst, supervisor, and client.
  • Arranging project requirements in programming sequence by analyzing requirements; preparing a work flow chart and diagram using knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, programming language, and logic.


The office is located in the north-western perimeter of metro San José (the neighborhood of La Uruca) near the Best Western Irazú Hotel. Bus transportation is readily available, and very reasonably priced, and while taxis are abundant they are more costly. The volunteer should anticipate pursuing a furnished apartment in/around the city (or suburbs), and that the commute could be anywhere between one-half to one-full hour. "Home Stays" are possibly available (whereby the volunteer would occupy one room in a family's house - generally with his/her own bathroom), and can decrease the amount of money needed during the posting. Office attire is "business casual," so shorts are not permitted - but comfortable clothing is the norm.


Costa Rica (Spanish for “rich coast” - officially the Republic of Costa Rica), is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south-southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica was the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army. The weather is spectacular. Costa Rica has the greatest variety of plants, trees, birds, and animals of any country on the planet. The dry season is from December through May and is practically perfect - warm during the day, and cool at night. So light-weight clothing is recommended, but a sweater or light jacket might be needed later in the evening. However the volunteer should be well prepared for the frequent rains during the other months. San Jose is the capital and largest city in Costa Rica. San Jose’s elevation gives it a mild climate. The temperature ranges between 15 degrees C and 26 degrees C. The rainy season is from May to late November, but cloudiness and rainfall can occur during the dry season. Relative humidity tends to range between 60 and 90 percent. Crime is more a question of "opportunity." If some individuals are given the chance to make an easy mark, they will take that opportunity. The same can be said for traveling around the country: so long as proper security precautions are adhered to (and one is conscious of not flaunting "relative wealth"), then visitors to the country should feel comfortable. Credit cards are readily accepted at most stores, restaurants, and grocery stores. However, International cards are not accepted on all "platforms," so doing something as simple as trying to add more minutes to a pre-paid phone can be challenging. However, ATM machines are everywhere, and the cost per transaction is reasonable. Costa Rica is recognized as having excellent medical facilities, and many come here for the quality of the dental care and plastic surgery. Lastly, Costa Rica is an outdoor-enthusiasts paradise. There are volcanoes everywhere (several active, most dormant, some lake-filled), and the hills are excellent for hiking and biking. Eco-tourism, zip-lining, nature trails, adventure sports - all these and more are possible during your time here.


  • $400 monthly stipend
  • Laptop provided for use during work hours

Monthly estimate for a single individual is given below. (All figures are in USD.)

For a rental apartment:

  • Housing: $400
  • Utilities: $40
  • Food: $100
  • Transportation to and from office: $45
  • Language study: $50
  • Other (recreation and personal expenses) :$150
  • Estimated Monthly Total: $785


General Programming Skills:

  • Ability to analyze Information
  • Software Design
  • Software Debugging
  • Software Development Fundamentals
  • Software Documentation
  • Software Testing


  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Knowledge of Computer Software Programs
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Detailed-oriented


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 4+ years of experience
  • Cross-cultural experience

To be considered for this opportunity please apply directly at :

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Habitat for Humanity
  • Location: San José | Costa Rica
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2016-11-30

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