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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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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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Valentina’s Review – Turtle Conservation & Dog Rescue Project

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Reviews | Comments Off on Valentina’s Review – Turtle Conservation & Dog Rescue Project

Projects: Turtle Conservation & Dog/Cat Rescue. Age: 19. Country: Germany

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.

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Kaho’s Review – GLV Internship

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Reviews | Comments Off on Kaho’s Review – GLV Internship

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.

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Special Short-Term Volunteer Projects

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in All Projects, Blog, Group Projects, Special Projects | Comments Off on Special Short-Term Volunteer Projects

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!

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Final days in Puerto Jimenez.

Posted by 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.

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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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Volunteering Corcovado national park

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Special Projects | Comments Off on Volunteering Corcovado national park

Press release

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.

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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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Celebrating Christmas!

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Celebrating Christmas!

10309499_10205453521168107_6537940013671324757_nMy 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.

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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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Costa Rica – Beaches, Sun and Smiles

Happy People of Costa Rica

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