A coffee farm in the mountains of the Alexander Skutch biological Corridor
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.
Coffee plant on one of the organic farms that produces shade grown and organic coffee
Farmers in Costa Rica have the land and the facilities to go organic – but they often lack the know-how and the physical labor to do so.
An organic dairy farm on the Osa Peninsula
Therefore we appreciate your input – we’d love to hear from you if you know a bit about organic farming or more sustainable farming practices.
As a volunteer on the project, you will learn about the Costa Rican farming processes and help with planting, maintaining and harvesting crops. We need flexible and proactive volunteers who don’t mind to get their hands dirty and put their own ideas into practice.Farmers are eager and interested to listen to your ideas and to incorporate them. 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:
- Help to construct and run an organic soil producer
- Learn about farming practices in Costa Rica, such as the production of organic pest control
- Help to plant, maintain, and harvest crops (depending on the season)
- Participate on delivery trips of vegetables and fruits
- 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).
Language - 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
You’ll be staying with a host family in a beautiful village near Grecia. Your project will be close to your host family, and you may be able to walk or take public transit to your project site. You’ll receive 3 local Costa Rican meals a day.
One of the sustainabe farms where volunteers stay in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor
At Green Life Volunteer we believe that you should have a balanced work schedule – and allow you time off to explore Costa Rica! Therefore you will only be required to work Monday to Thursday, for about 4 – 6 hours a day. You can spend the rest of your time traveling Costa Rica, lying on the beach, or just hang out with your host family and new Tico amigos!
Farmer at a sustainable farm in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor
Your project will be directly supervised by the farmer, who you will be working with. Green Life Volunteer staff will introduce you to your farmer and the project on your first day – and we are always available to meet with you in person and talk to you over the phone, and answer any questions you may have.
One of our project locations is Grecia – nestled in rolling coffee hills overlooking the Central Valley. Grecia is know to be the cleanest city in Central America. The city is located only 45 minutes from San Jose, and about 30 minutes from the airport. If you volunteer on one of the Grecia projects, you will live with a host family. You will have an orientation the morning after your arrival.
What you need to do to sign up
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: 15+
Working Schedule: Monday to Friday for about 4 – 6 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 $379, for each additional week add on another $129 per week.
Accommodation - Host 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 $70 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.
Beautiful view of the area in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor