We offer personal and great service - We are a small organization, only run by a view dedicated individuals and volunteers, but we offer the same services and projects as the “big organizations” in Costa Rica. The difference is for us you’re not just a number - Every volunteer is unique and different, and we work hard to create “your” perfect project… We are flexible -...
You may ask yourself, why should I choose Costa Rica as my volunteering destination? Below you’ll find some info on what Costa Rica has to offer, and why we think you should come and volunteer in this beautiful country.
Green Life Volunteers is looking for an enthusiastic individual who would like to help establish a new dog and cat rescue project for the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. The project is based out of Puerto Jimenez, where you’d be staying during the time of your project. There are a lot of mistreated and stray dogs and cats in the area of Puerto Jimenez and in other parts of the Osa Peninsula. There is...
As a volunteer on this project you will be taking care of large parrots. You will live and work in the jungle in one of Costa Rica’s most remote locations, on the Osa Peninsula. The region is also the most biodiverse of Costa Rica, with 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity found just here. You will help to clean cages, feed the birds and animals, assist with exercising the birds (parrots need...
Would you like to work with children and adults and make a positive contribution to their future? Then you should volunteer on our teaching English project! As a volunteer on this project you will teach kids in a school, help teachers to teach kids, and teach adults on weekends and evenings. We ask you to help out with lesson planning, and you likely teach your own classes. You should be creative,...
Our Project Locations We have project locations all over Costa Rica! See the map below for our project locations, and read our descriptions below. Costa Rica Volunteer Project Locations Our main project location is Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula . The Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park are one of the most biodiverse places on earth – most of Costa Rica’s tropical species can be...
Are you interested in wildlife conservation? Would you like to live and work on a beautiful Costa Rican beach and meet lots of like-minded volunteers? Then volunteer on the Turtle Conservation project! You’ll volunteer on beautiful Costa Rican beaches located all over Costa Rica. Mainly four sea turtle species arrive at the beaches of Costa Rica: Leather Back Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea),...
Are you interested in learning about snakes and other reptiles? Do you want to help maintain populations of endangered snakes and reptiles? Then the Serpentarium project is ideal for you! The Serpentarium project started in 1994 in the tropical country of Costa Rica. It was opened by two Austrian snake specialists. Since then it has grown to one of biggest and species-richest projects of this kind...
Green Life Volunteers is a local Costa Rican Volunteer Service Organization. We place volunteers in different projects throughout Costa Rica. Almost all of these projects are run by Costa Rican non-profit organizations – who are in actual need of “man-power” and know-how.
We particularly try to focus on conservation, sustainability, and development projects. For example we place volunteers on projects which focus on research and protection of endangered species, such as sea turtles and snakes. Furthermore, we hope to improve sustainable development in communities of Costa Rica, by helping kids and adults to learn English (and other languages), and by helping out at organic farms and reforestation projects.
Hello everyone… Happy New Year 2014. We’ve signed up many new volunteers for our projects for the next few months… Turtle conservation, teaching English, and dog and animal rescue projects are amongst the most popular. We’re pleased to have such great volunteers and be able to help out amazing non-profit projects around Costa Rica. Our small organization makes it possible that we don’t treat you as just a number… you’re an important volunteer to us that makes a difference.
Kathleen – Volunteer at the Veterinary Clinic and the Local Private School in Puerto Jimenez Age: 61 From: United States
The following text is an excerpt of Kathleen’s daily journal she kept while in Costa Rica: I flew in cloudy weather to Puerto Jimenez. Janina and Lucy, who will be helping act as the volunteer coordinator while Janina is in the U.S., picked me up from the airport and brought me to the Tica family where I will be staying. I met Madais and Pamela, who I will be staying with for the next week. Then I spent time discussing the upcoming week with Janina.
Katja – Intern at the Turtle Conservation Project in Ostional From: New Zealand Age: 26
My time in Ostional was a fantastic and highly rewarding experience. In search for a location for my Master’s research I skimmed the internet for volunteering opportunities. Janina’s home page and communication were crucial in my decision to join the project. Her support from pre-departure up until way after I have left the project have been extremely helpful, I can hardly imagine that other organizations would put that much heart blood into their work.
Miron – Spanish School, Organic Farming Volunteer & Teaching English Volunteer, March – April 2013
From: Sweden Age: 26
Miron’s ReviewPreparing for the journey For many years I had planned for going on a volunteering trip after I finished my geography studies at the university, in order to get some much needed practical experience to complement all the theoretical knowledge acquired during those years. I searched around for quite some time for a “good country” to go to and b), a trustworthy and serious organisation.
Katja arrived a week and a half ago, and is volunteering as a turtle intern in Ostional on the Nicoya Peninsula. She’ll be there for around 6 weeks. Coordinator Janina visited Katja and had a great couple of days with her – during a turtle arribada! That is when hundreds of sea turtles (mainly Olive Ridley Turtles) arrive at Ostional beach.
A couple of weekends ago, Owner of Green Life Volunteers, Janina Schan, went on a trip out to the Golfo Dulce to swim with Dolphins… and it worked out great .. We saw a big group of spotted Pantropical Dolphins and a small group of bottle nosed Dolphins. The Golfo Dulce is located just off the coast from the Osa Peninsula, and is the third deepest Gulf in the world! You can see whale sharks, humpback whales, and dolphins in the Gulf frequently.. ! The Osa Peninsula is one of our main project locations now, where you can teach English, assist establishing a dog and cat rescue project, work on organic farms, help in a vet clinic, and work on a Parrot breeding and conservation facility…! The Osa Peninsula is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, with 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity, and 50% of Costa Rica’s biodiversity. Enjoy the video
This being my first experience as a teacher in any sort of environment or subject matter, I was both exited and a little bit nervous. I knew that everything would be completely new to me, so I carefully read through the descriptions and suggestions that Annelies, the previous volunteer from the year before, had written down after she had finished her work. To put it mildly, she hinted at a “chaotic” situation with many classes that were cancelled, a lack of books and long term planning, little advancement between different grades and a lot of time spent on drawing pictures. All this information was very helpful to me and allowed me to create some mental image before starting my own three week period!
Having spent a few months in Costa Rica traveling and studying Spanish, I had fallen in love with the land that they justifiably call the ‘Rich Coast’. The beauty, the climate, the friendly people and the culture had all lured me in and contributed to my devastation at the prospect of leaving and thus influenced my quest -to find an excuse to stay!
We offer VERY LOW FEES to volunteer on our projects. Many volunteer companies ask for 1000 USD or more for just 1 – 2 weeks of volunteering. That is NOT volunteering, that is a vacation where you’re asked to do (mainly boring and unnecessary) work. Green Life Volunteers’ mission is to offer your real projects in which you only pay what is really needed for food and accommodation costs. A small part of your fee goes to GLV’s staff and services of setting up the volunteer project for you.
We need Dog Rescue Volunteers
Volunteers are urgently needed for Dog and Cat Rescue Projects. Dogs and Cats suffer greatly in Costa Rica - there are still many stray and homeless domestic animals which cause all types of problems.
Anywhere Costa Rica
We work closely with one of the biggest Travel Agents in Costa Rica - Anywhere Costa Rica.