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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.

Most Recent Articles

GLV Intern: Adventure Around Every Corner

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Though my time here in Costa Rica is sadly coming to an end, I will do everything in my power to make sure every minute left counts!

Working during the week was very normal, playing with the puppies and kitties while at the same time trying to get the word out about Green Life Volunteers. A typical day would involve waking up around 8:30, heading to Janina’s, working for a few hours, lunch break that often involves a trip to the beach, returning for a little more work (mostly playing with the animals), then heading home or out to dinner.

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GLV Intern: You Don’t Come to Costa Rica Just to Volunteer!

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Saturday morning is when it all began. Waking up at the crack of dawn, my brother (who came to visit!) and I headed over to the center of PJ to meet our tour guide Steven and begin our journey to Corcovado! In case you don’t know, Corcovado national park is located on the Osa Peninsula, and its land boasts over 2.5% of the entire world’s biodiversity. Just in one park! For our 2 hour drive to carate all 6 of us rode in one big car, until it failed to go up some hills. Another taxi just happened to pass by, only problem is three people had to sit in the truck. Funnily, it was just us girls that decided to give it a go. And boy was that a good decision. From the truck bed we were able to see all of the nature and the ocean views more clearly. The weather was perfect and the breeze made me feel like I was in paradise. This just made me even more hyped for the adventure.

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GLV Intern: Veterinarian in Training

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

You know that moment when you suddenly look around at your surroundings, and have no idea how you got yourself into that situation? This happened to me at about 11 am yesterday, in the middle of a neutering procedure for a 1 year old dog. How, you might ask, did I find myself holding down a dog for the vet who was performing a surgery? I would have to say it was my ‘try everything once’ attitude. Sorry, let me back up and start with the beginning of the day to help you get a better understanding for the entire event.

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GLV Intern: You Never Know What To Expect

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

This is officially the beginning of my third week in Costa Rica! I have mixed feelings because while it feels like I just arrived, I feel as comfortable as if I’ve been here for months. Things have just been going by so fast and a lot has happened this past week! Green Life has had an influx of new potential volunteers, I’ve seen a lot more of the Osa, and I’ve been doing good work with GLV.

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GLV Intern: Avery’s First Week

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

I have officially been in Puerto Jimenez for a full week! It is unbelievable that I have been here for so long, especially because it still feels like I just arrived. Even though it has only been a week, so much has been happening in the Osa. Surprisingly, I never had to worry about being bored here in Puerto Jimenez.

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GLV Intern: Avery’s First Days in Puerto Jimenez

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Hola! My name is Avery and I’m a new intern for Green Life Volunteers! This is only my second day in Puerto Jimenez, yet I already feel extremely comfortable in this charming town. Coming from a big city in the United States (Chicago) I was excited to experience the tranquility and the ‘pura vida’ lifestyle of Costa Rica. The proximity of the beach didn’t hurt either!

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Kylie’s Review – Teaching English in Puerto Jimenez

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Reviews | Comments Off

Project: Teaching English in Puerto Jimenez. Volunteer: Kylie. Country – USA. Age: 19.

I would absolutely recommend Green Life Volunteers as a program to anyone looking to have a deeper and more fulfilled experience when traveling to Costa Rica. Janina Schan (GLV’s Owner and Manager) went above and beyond to help me get ready and feel comfortable for my trip and was a constant support during my time in Puerto Jimenez.

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July is here!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

July will be a busy month for Green Life Volunteers. We have many volunteers arriving during July, and much to do: We’re hoping to hold our Solar Panel Project in the end of July, as well as organize a visit for an Indian Volunteer group to do reforestation and turtle conservation.

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Update from Our Dog and Cat Rescue Project

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Green Life Volunteer’s Dog Rescue project has been in full swing since the beginning of 2014. We’ve already rescued and successfully adopted out several adult dogs and many litters of puppies and kittens. We are also helping to organize spaying and neutering clinics, and  on our last clinic on May 11th we spayed and neutered more than 35 animals (dogs and cats).

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Sara’s Review

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Reviews | Comments Off

Volunteer: Sara. Country: Finnland. Age: 29. Project: Dog Rescue in Puerto Jimenez. Duration: 4 weeks. I immediately felt welcomed by GLV, after my first email was answered within hours. This first impression proved right. From when I first began planning my trip to my last days in Costa Rica, I could count on Janina’s help and flexibility to make my stay enjoyable.

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NEW Video Review of Volunteering for Turtle Conservation

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

This video was made by volunteers who worked on the Turtle Conservation Internship Project. Watching this Video will give you a good idea of what to expect on your project as an Intern.

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