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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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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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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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Costa Rica – Beaches, Sun and Smiles

Happy People of Costa Rica

Costa Rica Mammals