Would you like to work on a Costa Rican farm? And are you interested in sustainability and organic food? Then you should volunteer on our ‘Organic Farming’ project!
- Age requirement: 16+ years
- Dates: This project is available year around.
- Working Schedule: 5-6 days a week for 6-8 hours a day
- Language requirement: Basic to intermediate level of Spanish would be an advantage because the local Costa Rican farmers may not speak English.
- Costs: A one week experience starts from 499 USD, for each additional week add on another 179 USD per week
- Accommodation: Host family / family of the farm
- Food: Three fresh organic meals daily
- Location: Osa Peninsula, Southern Costa Rica
- We offer: 24/7 emergency telephone support
- Optional: A letter of recommendation and certificate at the end of your volunteer time
As a volunteer on the project, you will learn about the organic farming processes the farm uses, and help with planting, maintaining and harvesting crops. You’ll also closely work with the farm’s horses, and be able to ride them frequently. The farm also has other animals: cows and pigs. You’ll learn how to prepare healthy meals with produce from the farm. You will also learn how to make cacao and cheese from scratch! The “host mum” Teresa is a specialist in medicinal plant medicine – and she has a garden full of important plants. If you’re interested and speak a little Spanish you can learn a lot from her about the medicinal plants and their uses.
- Help to plant, maintain and harvest crops (depending on the season)
- Help to maintain the farm, cleaning, and attending to the animals
- Help milk cows and make cheese
- Help to move wood/ trees
- Helping with the horses and other farm animals
- Work on the medicinal herb garden
- Help with meal preparations together with you farmer family
- Be proactive and contribute your own ideas to make agricultural processes more sustainable and organic.
An ideal volunteer on this project has a passion for the environment and agriculture. Also, the volunteer has to enjoy physical labor and being outside. Volunteers need to be flexible and proactive who do not mind to get their hands dirty and put their own ideas into practice. You should be 18 years of age or older to participate. You should speak some Spanish (at least beginner level) as the family does not speak English.
Our organic farm that we support is located in the pure jungle of the Osa Peninsula, around 40km South from Puerto Jimenez, before Carate (which is the entrance to Corcovado National Park). Puerto Jimenez has all amenities such as supermarkets, banks, ATMs, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, bars and restaurants. You will be starting from Puerto Jimenez before you head to the farm – so you can get anything you need then.
While you’re at the farm however, you’re cut off from society and live very remote and rural! Note there is very little cell phone signal and no internet available. Electricity is available through solar energy.
The farm is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you would never have stayed in such a pristine and remote jungle. Pumas, jaguars, monkeys, tapirs, and many other animals live right around the farm.
You’ll live in the farm house together with the family. You’ll have your own private room, or potentially share a room with another volunteer. The family will prepare 3 meals for you a day, and often there is “tea-coffee” times throughout the day too. You won’t be hungry! Meals are prepared with fresh produce and meat / cheese from the farm. Only a very small portion comes from the supermarket. You’ll usually eat breakfast at around 6am, lunch around 12pm, and dinner around 6pm.
The costs for this project are:
- First week’s fee: $ 499
- Every Additional Week: $179 (It does not matter many weeks you choose, this fee stays the same)
FEES EXPLAINED: Our organizational fee of around $ 249 is included in the first week’s fee and covers the “behind the scenes costs”, such as staff salaries, office space rental, transaction and bank fees, and more. Our weekly fee for additional weeks covers the costs of your host family or project accommodation and food, the local staff on your project, and a donation to help with the daily running costs of the program you will help on.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE: First and last night in San Jose in a hostel, travel to and from the international airport (airport shuttles are around 30$ each way to San Jose – We can set this up for you, just ask us during sign-up), travel to the project site (usually by public buses, which are from around 10-16$ one way), national/ International flights, travel insurance, visa costs, any additional food or snacks besides the host family meals, extra-curricular activities.
This is the GLV Handbook for the Organic Farming Project. This will give you DETAILED info on everything you would need and want to know regarding the project. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
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Organic Farming Reviews
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...