We offer personal and great service – We are a small organization, only run by a few 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...
There are several Reforestation efforts all around Costa Rica. We support currently two projects, and depending on season and availability we’ll send you to a project that needs volunteers the most at the time of your application. Our two reforestation & recycling projects in Costa Rica include: 1. Reforestation & Recycling on the Osa Peninsula. The task: To plant trees to help build a...
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 work at Green Life’s own Costa Rica dog rescue project on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Animal rescue in Costa Rica is a project based out of Puerto Jimenez, where you’d be staying during the time of your project. Check our amazing new video about what it’s like to be a Dog&Cat Rescue Project Volunteer...
As a volunteer on this project you will live and work on a parrot farm in the middle of 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, assist with exercising the birds (parrots need daily exercise outside of their cages), and...
Are you interested in solar Energy? Would you like to learn how to install Solar Panels and at the same time do something great for a small rural community in Costa Rica? Then this project is great for you. The goal of this project is to provide renewable electric power in rural communities in Costa Rica, where it would otherwise be absent. This reduces overall carbon emissions by offering solar as a...
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,...
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 become a Costa Rica turtle conservation volunteer with us! A turtle volunteer in Costa Rica will benefit from a once in a lifetime opportunity to help the turtles and enjoy the wonderful beaches of Costa Rica. Mainly four sea turtle species arrive at...
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.
Posted by Thyrza Moes on Nov 24, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Rescued dogs
Hi everyone, Last weekend, Janina had a big surprise for us. There were two dogs who where rescued, and we got the honor to take care of them. Saturday, on Thyrza’s birthday, we got Mila. She was rescued last Friday while we had a meeting for EducaOsa. We took her to the vet, because she looked pregnant. The vet told us, she had a miscarriage. It was really sad, she had to stay at the vet so he could operate her the next day. When Janina brought her that Saturday after the operation, she was very happy and she is a wonderful dog. The next day, Sunday, we got Ponki. Ponki was also rescued. She was once hit by a car, and therefore she walks crippled. She is a mixed dog breed with a Chihuahua. Because of her big ears, we call her Dobby (the house elf of the Harry Potter movies). Both dogs are spayed and are very sweet. We are very happy that the dog and cat rescue exist because a lot of animals will be rescued and will have a change of a better future.
Posted by Carlies on Nov 19, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Green Life Volunteers has a non-profit status in Costa Rica!
Perhaps you already saw it on Facebook but there is some news for Green Life Volunteers. After a long process, and a lot of waiting, Green Life Volunteers has officially a non-profit status in Costa Rica! According to the Costa Rican Registro Nacional an association stands for: “We protect registered rights, providing legal security with quality services, qualified human resources and suitable technology”. Green Life Volunteers thrives to offer the most secure and sustainable volunteer program in Costa Rica. Our association status insures that we are non-profit organization. Non-profit organizations also make a profit, but the fees you pay as a volunteer go toward our efforts to provide a great volunteer experience.
Posted by Thyrza Moes on Nov 17, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Two Dutchies arrived in Puerto Jimenez
Hi everyone, let us introduce ourselves. We are the new interns of Green Life Volunteers. Our names are Thyrza (the blonde one) and Carlies (the curly hair). We are both Dutch students who are currently studying Bachelor Business with a degree on Vitality and Tourism Management. We both wanted to do our internship abroad, because we think that going abroad will develop yourself more than in your comfort zone. We arrived this Tuesday in San Jose, and we just met the Costa Rican rainy season (this made us feel like home). The next day we started our road trip to Puerto Jimenez together with Janina, the founder and manager of Green Life Volunteers, and her friends. During this road trip we discovered the beautiful nature and culture of Costa Rica. We already fell in love with the country. However, the beautiful nature has his downside, because we are not used to the insects. But they say, you just have to get used of it so we will be fine.
Janina is a very helpful and passionate program coordinator. Upon my arrival to Puerto Jimenez, she took me around the town and helped me by supplies, even took me for a dip in the ocean with her dogs. I felt as though she treated me like a friend, and that was very nice welcoming day.
Project: GLV Internship. Length: 7 months. Age of Volunteer at the time of volunteering: 26.
I did my graduation internship at Green Life Volunteers in Costa Rica. Green Life Volunteers is a very nice non-profit volunteer organization. Green Life Volunteers is offering diverse volunteer projects to the volunteers with cheaper cost.
The owner is Janina Shan, she is a very nice person she always trying to help volunteers when they get some problems. She helped me a lot during my internship as well. For example, she helped me to find volunteers for the interview of my own research. She arranged accommodation for me during my internship in Costa Rica. I visited some volunteer projects which was very nice experience.
Valentina’s Review: I have spent four months in Costa Rica and got to know five different volunteer jobs. My longest stay was with the organization GreenLifeVolunteers. I have first spent a few weeks at a Turtle Conservation Project from Green Life Volunteers. Then I have worked six weeks in the Dog & Cat Rescue Project and this time was literally the very best time I have had in Costa Rica! I loved the project work with the animals and I have had the best supervisor, Janina. She was always there for me and gave me the best support I could get, not like a boss but like a friend.
Project Name: GLV Internship. Project Length: 7 months. Age of volunteer at time of volunteer project: 25.
My name is Kaho Leung and I did my graduation internship at Green Life Volunteers. Janina Schan is the owner, a very helpful young woman who has a clear vision on the idea of volunteering. All of her projects are handpicked by herself to see if these projects are really sustainable by giving back to the locals & environment.
We are NOW offering special short term volunteer projects or “excursion” options to our volunteers. Normally the minimum amount of time that the projects would like to receive volunteers is around one week. But NOW we can offer 2, 3, 4 or 5 day volunteering projects for some of our projects! You may choose to visit those projects on a weekend in between your other projects, or in between your vacation in Costa Rica!
Posted by Kaho on May 20, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Final days in Puerto Jimenez.
My time has almost finished in Costa Rica so this would be my last blog story. The last two months I have been working on my research because this is also very important next to the work I have been doing for Green Life Volunteers. Transcribing and analyzing the interviews was a lot of time consuming but it was worth it because I saw clear patterns in the motivation behavior of students who volunteer abroad. I have also send a draft version to my supervisor in the Netherlands so I had some time left for doing some activities with friends. I wanted to go surfing so I asked my boss her friend if he wants to go surfing, he said yes and off we went with his friends. Though, they were quite advanced surfers and the waves were very strong so I only managed to ride one wave haha, the rest were wipeouts but I still enjoyed it.
Posted by Kaho on Mar 20, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on The international migratory bird day festival
The international migratory bird day festival is a yearly festival organized by different conservation parties and local partners. This festival is one of many Environment for the Americas annually throughout the Americas. This year it was held on the 7th of March 2015 in Puerto Jimenez and usually in springtime in North America with the focus on the autumn months in the Caribbean in celebration of Neotropical migratory birds return for the winter. In this time of the season all birds are active and busy breeding and migratory birds are busy feeding and flocking up for the long journey north. The Osa festival is therefore held as a ‘’good bye’’ for these birds on their way back to breed.
Volunteers needed for Work at Ranger Stations in Corcovado National Park over Easter!
The National Park “Corcovado” on the Osa Peninsula needs volunteers over the Easter holidays. This project is managed by the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment (MINAET). The supervisors on the project are workers from MINAET.
Posted by Guanhao on Mar 3, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on My experience in Costa Rica
Hey everyone, I have stayed in Costa Rica almost 4 moths, I am still doing my internship in Puerto Jimenez. I have experienced a lot about culture, volunteer, Costa Rican life and somewhere of landscape. I had a nice holiday in Costa Rica during charismas and New Year, I went to a local Costa Rican family for celebrating charismas and New Year. I ate typical Costa Rican food and met a lot of friend. I had a road trip with Janina, we traveled to San Jose for finishing my internship visa process. I saw somewhere has good view, I saw the crocodile in the river and I went to the downtown in San Jose. Furthermore I ate local Costa Rican food and bought some souvenirs in San Jose. Sometimes I hand out with some friends to the party. They have different style of music, and different dancing style. It was fun for join the local Costa Rican party. Last week I went to Osa Peninsula volunteer organization, it is another volunteering organization, I did 3 interviews with the volunteers, I got some reflection from volunteers which I realized some problems of the project could be improved. It is really helpful for my research. I am going to do more interviews with volunteers.
Posted by Kaho on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Holiday in Paradise!
Hey guys it has been a while since my last blog entree so I thought let’s share a new one. Actually I have been working a lot on completing my competences in order to start with my research about student volunteers. Things I have been working on are: making a handbook for future interns about what they could work on during their internship and other relevant details, a new update of the FAQ list and the Terms & Conditions because they were pretty outdated since the start of the company, new collaborations with tour operators which will help us providing more volunteers, a sustainability content related to students because they might be unaware of the importance of it and what Green Life Volunteers are doing regarding sustainability, a fundraising content for students because we believe that volunteering abroad should be made possible for everyone and a Facebook contest for students to promote Green Life Volunteers more. As you can see a lot of progress has been made so it was time for a little holiday with my dear friend Dylan and his friends to Drakes Bay. Moreover, we went by bus at 6:00 AM in the morning and
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.
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