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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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The international migratory bird day festival

Posted by 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.

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My experience in Costa Rica

Posted by 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.

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Holiday in Paradise!

Posted by 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

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The integration process continues…

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on The integration process continues…


Hey guys here is another story from paradise so of course you have to read it. One thing which really surprised me of Puerto Jimenez was that there was actually something happening in this small village. The whole town celebrated an event around a decorated tree. It kind of surprised me because the decorated tree and some singing children were the only things present. Though, it was quite fun and interesting to see how these people make fun. In addition, I experienced two earth quakes already and I really felt a strong vibration on the walls but nevertheless not that scary as I thought for now!

A few days later I went to the primary school to assist the English teacher. I have to say it can be really fun to educate children. The teacher explained me what the assignment was for the children, which mainly consisted of learning them new words and how to count. Eventually in  the break we all played tag or football which was very amusing because these children were all very active. The only difficulty I encountered were children who did not listen what I was explaining and then I didn’t know how to handle as a teacher. However, the overall experience was really nice and very interesting to see it from a different perspective.

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Volunteering at Corcovado School

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Volunteering at Corcovado School

30th– 6th,DEC. weekly diary


This week I went to Corcovado School as a volunteer for 2 days. Corcovado school is a private school located in Puerto Jimenez, it is a one of volunteering project (teach English) of Green Life Volunteers.


The Corcovado school is kind of small, which has 4 classrooms, they are divided by different age groups, first class is the children from 9-12 years old, second class is 7-8 years old, third class is 5-6 years old, and the fourth class is the kids only 4 years old. All children are taught bilingually, which are English and Spanish. There has some American teachers to teach them English. Only first class and second class have all day school lessons, are included morning and afternoon. The third class and fourth class only have morning lesson. Second class has English lesson in the morning and afternoon is Spanish lesson, the first class is oppositely. The children are taught math mathematics and science by English.

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My experience in Costa Rica sofar!

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on My experience in Costa Rica sofar!

Hey everyone, my name is Kaho from the Netherlands and I am doing my graduation internship for Green Life Volunteers for 7 months to complete my university’s requirements during my Bachelor degree in “Vitality and Tourism Management”. I’ve been here now for a week and already getting used to the environment. The people are friendly, the temperature is perfect, one minute away from the beach, the work office is nice and the general manager Janina is also very friendly. At home I was already imagining to experience new adventures and immerse myself in a new culture. The winter in the Netherlands really wants to make you travel to a warmer country. The only problem for me is to speak Spanish but fortunately I already met some locals whereas they taught me some words every now and then. Maybe I will take a Spanish course on the Costa Rican way, a bit slow haha!

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My first week in Costa Rica

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on My first week in Costa Rica

16.-22. weekly diary

Hi my name is Guanhao I am from Nanjing, China, but I study currently in my Bachelor degree in Vitality and Tourism Management in the Netherlands. This is my first week I have been living in Costa Rica to do my Internship to complete my final requirements for my school work.

The first impression for me is it is a natural country and that the landscapes are very beautiful and it is warm here! Actually I am living in a jungle of Puerto Jimenez and close to the beach as well. Unfortunately, it still rains very often right now since it’s rainy season in Costa Rica.

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GLV Intern: Adventure Around Every Corner

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on GLV Intern: Adventure Around Every Corner

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

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 on GLV Intern: Veterinarian in Training

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 on GLV Intern: You Never Know What To Expect

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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Costa Rica – Beaches, Sun and Smiles

Happy People of Costa Rica

Costa Rica Mammals