Volunteer Work, Farm Stay
Paraíso de Cartago, Province of Cartago
year round, start and end dates are flexible
If you aspire to live a sustainable lifestyle in harmony with nature, then this volunteer project in Costa Rica on an organic Finca is perfect for you. Located on a hill overlooking the Orosi valley near Paraíso, this non-profit association works towards the goal of educating visitors and local communities to live sustainably and develop responsible habits regarding their natural resources. The founder’s vision is to practice organic agriculture, use medicinal plants, and maintain a diverse ecosystem for the benefit of all residents and visitors.
The international team offers various projects, which encourage a lifestyle and subsistence strategy that preserves the natural resources and establishes a new mindset towards nature.
Some of the projects are:
- Reforestation of agricultural land
- Ecological plant cultivation
- Cultivation of medical plants
- Goat grazing
- Organic food production
- Yoga and meditation
- Bio construction
- Holistic lifestyle
- Dance projects
The projects all come down to the same four principles:
- Natural resources (own cultivation, composting, etc.)
- Sustainability (solar cooking, recycling, woodworking, utilizing energy efficiently, etc.)
- Health (vegetarian diet from herbal and vegetable garden, balance of body, mind and spirit through yoga, tai chi, etc.)
- Culture and education (cultural exchange and learning from each other)
The project can accommodate up to 35 visitors at a time. During their free time, volunteers have the chance to explore the beautiful surroundings, such as Costa Rica’s highest volcano, the Tapanti national park, and hot springs. Volunteers can even take a day trip to the country’s capital, San José.
The project also offers some excursions in the surrounding area where you can participate for a reduced price. This includes, among others, white water rafting and hiking tours to waterfalls or archaeological sites.
As a volunteer at the organic farm, you will be able to support the team in several different working areas.
Some of your tasks may include:
- Organic agriculture
- Botanical garden and forest
- Taking care of domestic animals (goats, horses, chicken)
- Working in the medical garden
- Environmental education
- Assisting in the kitchen
Many volunteers are well integrated into this project and play an important role on the team. If you would like, you are welcome to make suggestions and utilize your talents during the project. The team is always open to new ideas for improvement.
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.
During your stay abroad in Costa Rica, you will live in a volunteer house at the finca. You will share a dormitory and bathroom with other volunteers (single rooms might be available as well). Furthermore, you will share three vegetarian meals a day.
A 45-minute bus ride brings you to the next biggest city, Cartago, where you can enjoy shopping and entertainment. Furthermore, you can visit the nearby botanical garden of Lankester or natural hot springs. You can also go horse-back riding, rafting, and enjoy other guided tours.
Note: In Latin America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer projects take place, the cellular or internet connection is not always reliable and fast.
The volunteer project is located in La Flor near the town of Paraiso de Cartago. San José, the country’s capital, is about 2 hours by bus. At Paraiso de Cartago, the word “paraíso” literally applies. This heavenly city lies in the southeast of the province of Cartago and is known for its idyllic landscape and dream beaches. In the Cartago region, you can find more than just beaches, the hinterland amazes visitors with lush nature and perfectly formed volcanoes. There are many ways to explore this beautiful area such as hiking, outdoor sports or cultural activities.
There is a subtropical climate and due to the higher altitude of the project site, the temperatures are pleasantly warm throughout the year with an average of 25 °C a day. At night it cools down. The rainiest months are March, April and May.
Spanish at communication level. For optimal preparation for your volunteer work in Costa Rica, we advise you to take a Spanish course before the program starts. This gives you the opportunity to slowly get used to the language, culture and mentality.
Pre-departure and in-country support
Before arrival, our experienced team will be at your disposal to assist you throughout the booking process and travel planning. With the booking confirmation you will receive our 24-hour emergency number, so that you can reach us in case of emergency on 7 days a week around the clock.
In addition to the assistance given by our office staff you will be supported by the volunteer coordinator on-site.
Costs & Services
Our volunteer project at an Ecological Finca in Costa Rica includes:
- Shared room in Volunteer House
- Full board
- Professional English-speaking advice
- Translation of your application documents
- Volunteer Work Placement in Costa Rica
- English-speaking in-country support
- Handbook Costa Rica
- Intercultural guideline
- 24/7 emergency number
- Information about suitable travel insurance
- Certificate of participation
Application fee: US$ 150
Program fee: US$ 635 (minimum stay 2 weeks)
Each additional week: US$ 220
Additionally, you can book:
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