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Volunteer in an Organic Farm in Costa Rica

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Project Overview

Have you ever wished to visit distinctive Costa Rican villages in rural areas to help local farmers in the farms and to experience various kinds of activities? If yes, then you need to volunteer with us in our organic farm project that allows you to live and work on an organic farm in Costa Rica and get a full understanding of this country. Our project also gives you a wonderful chance to experience cuisine typical of the areas, and to work alongside the local community members in the farm of Atenas and some other rural areas of Costa Rica. Costa Rica is one of the rich countries in Latin America but not all is going well there. The drastic fall in coffee prices three years ago has severely affected Costa Rica. Sadly, Millions of farmers have gone bankrupt, lost their farms and livelihood. Moreover Costa Rica is a country where rate of stomach cancer is on peak just because of the heavy use of farming chemicals. However farmers in Costa Rica are now realizing the importance of organic and sustainable farming and are trying to use fewer chemicals than their conventional counterparts use. Many NGOs in Costa Rica are also working in the areas of organic farming to promote the use of local resources and non-chemical inputs and to advise farmers' organizations on marketing techniques. GVS also work in partnership with these NGOs to give our volunteers an opportunity to work side-by-side with the farmers to assist them and to learn about organic agriculture, tropical biodiversity, medicinal plants, reforestation, the agricultural history of Costa Rica, methods and techniques to collect and identify Flora in the field and many more.

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

The main aim of this project is to maximize the farm production in highly sustainable and ecologically friendly way. This project is very rewarding for those hearts that want to help others as well as environment. While volunteering in this project, you will be working on the farms to help the local farmers, conduct appropriate training for them, and assist them in the marketing of their products. You can organize awareness program on environmental issues and also possibly conduct interviews, surveys and seminars with stakeholders. You can also engage yourself in digging, collecting seeds, sowing seeds, weeding, trimming, filling plastic bags, watering, cultivating, fertilizing, and planting. You can also be involved in sharing information and cultural values, picking coffee, and preparing organic compost. You can also learn and share information on organic practices. You can also get involved in any current community education program. You also need to help in raising funds for this program. Thus, this will be a great experience as you are doing something for a good cause while learning a lot of things about organic farming.

PLEASE NOTE: You can rotate or just work in one area in which you want to get more experience. You can either arrange an independent project or can work with the local experts on the farm. In whichever project you work, we ask you to work closely with the local experts and employees to get more experience in this field. You can get the work schedule from these staff. Normally you are required to work for 3 to 4 hours per day and 5 to 6 days per week, but if you want to do more work, then contact the local staff in the farm. They will arrange the schedule for you according to your choice. Besides this we allow you to manage short holiday trip during national holidays, cultural and traditional festivals or other similar situations.

Project Skills and Education Requirements:

There is no specific qualification or prior experience required for joining our organic farm project in Costa Rica. However, you should be ready for physically demanding work. You must be at least 18 years of age or above. You should know medium level of English. You are expected to be hardworking, friendly, kind and patient. You must have an open mind, flexible attitude and enthusiasm to face the everyday challenges during volunteering. You must enjoy outdoors and should have a genuine interest in organic farming. Basic knowledge of Spanish, experience in organic farming, knowledge or education in biology, ecology and environmental studies is advantageous and helpful but not required.

Project Factfile

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Costa Rica
Project Type: Work for elderly care home
The Locations:  
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – This project is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: this project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer's demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $ 220 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point:  
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children's. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Thailand). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.
Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates
Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

Language and cultural orientation program Fee: US $ 250

Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost
2 weeks volunteering     US$ 220 2 weeks Internship       US$ 255
3 weeks volunteering     US$ 295 3 weeks Internship       US$ 330
4 weeks volunteering     US$ 370 4 weeks Internship       US$ 405
5 weeks volunteering     US$ 445 5 weeks Internship       US$ 480
6 weeks volunteering     US$ 520 6 weeks Internship       US$ 555
7 weeks volunteering     US$ 595 7 weeks Internship       US$ 630
8 weeks volunteering     US$ 670 8 weeks Internship       US$ 705
9 weeks volunteering     US$ 745 9 weeks Internship       US$ 780
10 weeks volunteering     US$ 820 10 weeks Internship       US$ 855
11 weeks volunteering     US$ 895 11 weeks Internship       US$ 930
12 weeks volunteering     US$ 970 12 weeks Internship       US$ 1005
Cost of airport receive, transfer to host family/ hostel: US$ 95



General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What's the best time to apply for a Uganda volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Uganda program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Uganda?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Uganda?
03. Where is the Uganda programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Uganda?
05. How long does the Uganda volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Uganda?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Uganda?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Uganda is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Uganda?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Uganda?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don'ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Uganda?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Uganda?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Uganda?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Uganda?
02. What should I know about Uganda's religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Uganda's people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Uganda




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.