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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 beauty of the Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on The beauty of the Osa Peninsula

Hi everyone,

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.

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Arboretum visit

Posted by 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.

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Business trip

Posted by 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.

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Posted by 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…

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Christmas Bird Counting Hike

Posted by 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.

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New movie for the Environmental Education Project!

Posted by 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

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Stephanie’s review – Dog & Cat Rescue Project

Posted by 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,

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Help wanted for Dobby

Posted by 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.

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Rescued dogs

Posted by 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.

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Green Life Volunteers has a non-profit status in Costa Rica!

Posted by 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.

GLV Non-profit

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Two Dutchies arrived in Puerto Jimenez

Posted by 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.

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Review – Hailie – Organic Farming & Turtle Conservation

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Reviews | Comments Off on Review – Hailie – Organic Farming & Turtle Conservation

Hailie – Age: 28, Nationality: USA, Projects: Organic Farming & Turtle Conservation

Hailie’s Review (taken from Abroad Reviews):

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.

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Guanhao – GLV Internship

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Reviews | Comments Off on Guanhao – GLV Internship

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.

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Costa Rica – Beaches, Sun and Smiles

Happy People of Costa Rica

Costa Rica Mammals