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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.

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Many New Volunteers for 2014

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

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.

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New Project Added – Large Parrot Breeding & Rescue Center

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

Check out our newest Project addition, a large Parrot Breeding and Rescue Facility on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.

We’re glad to help out Patrick and Ruby-Ann with their amazing project.

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Kathleen’s Review

Posted by on Nov 2, 2013 in Reviews | Comments Off

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.

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Katja’s Review

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Reviews | Comments Off

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.

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Miron’s Review

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Reviews | Comments Off

Miron – Spanish School, Organic Farming Volunteer & Teaching English Volunteer, March – April 2013

From: Sweden Age: 26


Miron’s Review Preparing 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.

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Katja – A new Turtle Intern

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

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.

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Dolphin Video – Project Location Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

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 :)

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Miron’s Half-Time Report

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

Teaching in Puerto Jimenez – A report by Miron

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!

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My Internship Experience with Green Life Volunteers

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Blog, Reviews | Comments Off

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!

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