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.
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
Posted by Kaho 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.
My second project was to the turtle conservation in Matapalo and we were staying there for three days. Every volunteer had a time schedule to go to the hatchery and check if turtles were born. Guanhao and I had to be there at 3:00 AM till 6:00 AM. We had to wear red lights because the turtles cannot handle white light. Unfortunately, the first day was actually also the only time I’ve seen a turtle but on the other hand at least better to encounter one than none. In addition, I had to walk along the nests and check if new turtles came out and weight, measure and write down the exact time and then release them again in the wild. The hatchery was quite fun but the rest of the day we were free and to think about it, only working for 3 hours and spending much money to volunteer was not really satisfying in my opinion. Though, it was another experience and the beach was looking really nice, it was only a 2 minute walk to the beach. The 24th December my friend of the Netherlands arrived in Puerto Jimenez. He had already travelled for about a month in Costa Rica. I was very happy to see him and showed the little town where I am living in.
Posted by Guanhao 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.
Posted by Kaho 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!
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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