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. There are a lot of mistreated and stray dogs and cats in the area of Puerto Jimenez and in other parts...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
If you'd like to read unbiased reviews from our past volunteers, please go to Abroad Reviews. You may also read our reviews on our website!. All of the reviews published are unbiased reviews of real people who did real projects in Costa Rica. You may also ask us to contact former volunteers directly via email and ask them any questions you may have.
Help Us to Fund Our Dog Rescue Project!
We need Dog Rescue Volunteers!
Volunteers are urgently needed for Dog and Cat Rescue Projects throughout Costa Rica. GLV has it's own Dog & Cat Rescue in Puerto Jimenez. Find out more here.
Why Choose GLV ?
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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