Would you like to help on a Costa Rican farm? Are you interested in sustainability and organic food? Then our sustainable farming project is ideal for you.
Chemical pesticides and fertilizers are still used in extremely high amounts in Costa Rica. There is not really a market for organic produce, and only very few independent farmers try to go more sustainable and organic. Those who do, don’t really receive any extra benefits or support, so Green Life Volunteers’ is trying to support them with man-power and your eagerness to work!
Green Life Volunteers works with several amazing local farms in Costa Rica, in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor and the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Both of those regions are extremely rich in biodiversity, and are thus even more vulnerable to environmental hazards, such as pesticides. A lot of farms in the area area trying to go the sustainable and organic route, and they’re already using good practices. Some farms may grow mainly vegetables and fruits, others coffee and sugar cane, and some farms are producing dairy products.
Farmer milking cows
As a volunteer on the project, you will learn about the Costa Rican farming processes and help with planting, maintaining and harvesting crops. Depending on the farm you’ll also help with milking cows, making cheese, and helping with horses and other farm animals.
On the Osa Peninsula farm there is the option to work on a medicinal herb garden, and also to help and learn how to make chocolate!
We need flexible and proactive volunteers who don’t mind to get their hands dirty and put their own ideas into practice.We hope that this and similar projects will engage more and more farmers to switch to organic and sustainable practices in Costa Rica.
Volunteer’s Responsibilities may include:
– Learn about farming practices in Costa Rica
– Help to plant, maintain, and harvest crops (depending on the season)
– Help milk cows / make cheese
– Harvest and produce chocolate
– Help with meal preparations together with your farmer family
– Be proactive and contribute your own ideas to make agricultural processes more sustainable and organic
Red-eyed tree frog near an organic sustainable farm on the Osa Peninsula
An ideal volunteer on this project has a passion for the environment and agriculture, and enjoys physical labor and being outdoors! You don’t need a degree for this project. You can volunteer on this project if you’re 16 years of age or older (under 18 year old volunteers need to send us a signed parental authorization form).
Basic to intermediate level of Spanish would be an advantage. You will be spending time with local Costa Rican farmers – who may not speak English. If you would like to improve your Spanish before you can sign up for group or private Spanish classes! Click here to find out more.
Accommodation and Food
One of the volunteer accommodations at the organic farm
You’ll be staying at a host family at the organic farming project. You’ll be receiving your meals from them (usually 3 a day) and a clean bed ! You may share your accommodation with other volunteers, or have your own Cabin / Room if you’re the only volunteer at the time. There are several volunteer accommodations at the farm. You’ll receive bed sheets – no need to bring them. Food is usually typical Costa Rican food, and at the farm they try to eat most of their meals from their own produce and crops!! So you’ll receive amazingly prepared organic meals throughout your stay.
At the organic farming project you’ll be working 5-6 days a week for around 6 hours per day. Depending on your needs and physical condition you may work more or less – you may discuss the exact schedule with your farm family. You’ll have days off too and you may go and explore the Osa Peninsula. Just discuss your days away with your host family so they’re informed.
Typical plate of food at the organic farm
Your project will be directly supervised by the farmer family who you will be working with. Your host mum and dad will be interacting with you on a daily basis.
The project is a GLV Third Party project – meaning that GLV staff does not directly supervise the project and is not present on the project site. However, the organic farming project is a verified project and they’ve received various volunteers throughout the years. We have no doubt that the projects we offer are excellent – and we help them receive volunteers !
GLV is in the nearest town Puerto Jimenez, around 40km away from your project site. We’re always available to meet with you in person in case of emergency, and talk to you over the phone, and answer any questions you may have.
Farmer family Osa Peninsula – Host dad and host mum
The organic farm is located right in the middle of jungle, bordering Corcovado National Park, one of the largest and most primary forests in Costa Rica. The Osa Peninsula also boats 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity, and 25% of Costa Rica’s biodiversity.
The Osa Peninsula consists of 260 hectares private forest reserves, 200 hectares of primary topical rainforest, and the remaining 60 hectares are secondary forests, grasslands and forest plantations.
Send us an email using our Contact Us Form, or go to Apply and send us your application and a photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you like you can also send a resume along with your application.
Once we received your application and your photograph, we will contact the project and check for availability, and finally enroll you on the project. We will confirm your enrollment a few days after you submitted your application to us.
Capuchin Monkey stealing some Bananas at one of the sustainable farms
Age requirement: 16+
Working Schedule: 5-6 days a wekk for about 6-8 hours a day.
Language Requirement: It would be great if you speak some basic Spanish. Farmers on the project don’t speak or understand English. If you’d like we can organize group or private Spanish classes for you before you begin your project! Click here for more info on Spanish classes.
Costs: A one week experience starts from $399, for each additional week add on another $169 per week.
Farmer wife making traditional Costa Rican art
Accommodation - Host family / Farmer family
Food - 3 Meals daily
Location – Perez Zeledon or Osa Peninsula
Welcome, Orientation, and Introduction
24/ 7 emergency telephone support
Optional: A letter of recommendation and certificate at the end of your volunteer time
Optional: Air-port pick-up. It is an additional $90 If you’d like us to pick you up from the airport and provide transport to your project.
Groups are welcome to volunteer on the sea turtle conservation project!
Not included in our costs are:
National and International flights, travel insurance, visa costs, in-country transportation during program and for traveling the country, additional food or snacks, food for the first day of your arrival and first morning until you arrive at your host family, and any other personal expenses.
View the Organic Farming Project Handbook with detailed info here
Beautiful view of the area in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor
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