Grant Thornton has sent six employees to volunteer in Costa Rica to help build sustainable housing for local families as part of its corporate responsibility programme.
The staff were selected as a result of their demonstrated team-work skills and enthusiasm. Only those who had worked for the organisation for at least four years were eligible to apply.
Grant Thornton will cover the majority of the costs involved and give the volunteers half the leave required to take part in the project. The group was asked to fund their own flights and encouraged to raise money to meet this cost.
The two-week project is based in San Ramon, one hour away from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. The volunteers will work alongside local families and be involved in all aspects of the construction process. They will stay in local hotels and travel daily to the site on public transport.
Margaret Bowler, corporate responsibility partner, said: “As a firm, we are committed to investing our individual and collective time, skills and experience to make a difference to the wider community and we are delighted that this now extends to those beyond our local neighbourhoods.”