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...
The Solar Panel Workshop 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 the ‘Solar Panel’ Workshop is great for you. Quick Facts Age requirement: 18+ years Working Schedule: 2 week course, with some days off for activities Language requirement: It would be great if you...
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 Feb 8, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on The beauty of the Osa Peninsula
We are working a lot on the website, movies, new projects, handbooks and a lot more, but we also need some relax time. And our relax time was next week. Some friends or Carlies were in Costa Rica and we did a lot of things in the Osa Peninsula. We went to Matapalo, did a dolphin tour and we went to the Corcovado National Park.
Posted by Thyrza Moes on Jan 21, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Arboretum visit
Saturday 16 January we visited the Arboretum. Arboretum means a collection of trees, and now I have been there, I can confirm that it is a collection of trees. When we were there, we got a tour through the Arboretum by Juan. Juan told us a lot about the Arboretum and it was very interesting. It was in Spanish (and I do not speak Spanish very well), but on the way he told it, it kept my interest.
Posted by Carlies on Jan 18, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Business trip
Hi everyone! On the 28th of December all staff members of Green Life Volunteers went on a little business trip! We visited three new projects Green Life Volunteers will offer in the future. On the first day of business trip we visited a Biological Research Center in Ojochal. The research center offers projects with sea turtles, mammals, crocodiles and butterflies.
Posted by Thyrza Moes on Jan 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on CORCOVADO SCHOOL IS HIRING SCHOOL TEACHERS
Corcovado School is a small bilingual school in Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula.
We are hiring elementary school teachers and kindergarten teachers with former work experience in education. It is not necessary to speak Spanish – although it helps with your daily life in Costa Rica – the school is looking for English speaking teachers that can teach different subjects in English (including biology, math, and other subjects). All classes must be taught in…
Posted by Carlies on Dec 22, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Christmas Bird Counting Hike
Last Saturday we went to the Christmas Bird Counting Hike in Puerto Jimenez. The Bird Counting group we participated was at Osa Interactive Gardens. The hike started at 05.30 o’clock, which we find very early. First we got an introduction and an explanation about what we needed to do during the hike. We started in the Osa Interactive Gardens and saw already a lot of birds.
Posted by Thyrza Moes on Dec 16, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on New movie for the Environmental Education Project!
Hi everyone, I would like to inform you about the projects that I have been working on lately. The project that I have been working on is EducaOsa. EducaOsa is an organization which provide environmental education to the rural schools around Puerto Jimenez. I went with the volunteers for EducaOsa to the schools on Thursday the 3rd of December and Monday the
Posted by Thyrza Moes on Dec 16, 2015 in Reviews | Comments Off on Stephanie’s review – Dog & Cat Rescue Project
Stephanie – Age: 22 – Nationality: USA – Project: Dog & Cat Rescue project – Length: 3 months
Stephanie’s review taken from Abroad Reviews:
In Spring 2014, I knew I wanted to go to Costa Rica to volunteer for that summer. I didn’t know where to start, and some light research led me to Green Life Volunteers and Janina. I was able to spend 3 months taking care of animals through veterinary work and through animal rescue efforts. The country was beautiful. Every morning I would see macaws outside my house,
Posted by Carlies on Dec 7, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Help wanted for Dobby
Hi everyone, I will give you an update about the two rescued dogs Mila and Dobby which you maybe remember from the last blog. Mila and Dobby are both rescued by a project of Green Life Volunteers, the ‘Dog Rescue Project’. Mila has been transferred to a new loving foster family last week until she gets adopted. You can check Mila’s and others adoption post on the Facebook page of Adopciones Osa Peninsula. But Dobby, I just fell in love with this amazing dog and I want to bring her home to The Netherlands! Since a friend of my volunteered in a dog’s shelter in Spain, I wanted to adopt a street dog and give it a home she deserves. Unfortunately, the European Union has some strict rules about adopting a dog from outside Europe! And because of all these rules, it will be very expensive to adopt and transport Dobby to The Netherlands.
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.
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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