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  • Description

    Description

    We are a young couple in the process of making our own agroecological project. The farm is located in a southern mountain, only 13 km away from downtown San Jose, it is a rural area with a dry climate where we have 1 hectare (10,000 square meters) of land, the proyect is still in an initial phase but quite organised and well structured already.

    Projects

    Worm compost
    Fermented compost
    Medicinal graden
    Organic agriculture on raised beds (association, rotation, diversification)
    Rescue of ancient varieties of chickens
    Ecological dry toilet
    Conservation areas with informative trails
    Botanical extracts & mineral broths
    Biodigestor & biomechanical machines
    Seed conservation
    Seedlings
    Educational tours
    Courses

    We sell our crops in organic markets on weekends and directly to the house or work place of our customers. We are constantly making the farm as beautiful as possible cause its an educational, turistic integrated farm as well where we recieve groups of students and visitors in general.

    We are growing a variety of vegetables including: lettuce, spinach, coriander, parsley, kale, mustard, spring onion, carrots, corn, beans, pumpkins and many others, we are also growing traditional indigenous crops, domesticated from precolonial times and planting native species of trees and ornamentals that have important cultural and nutritional value.

    We produce different kinds of fermented compost, there´s a small greenhouse for seedlings as well. We have many projects and activities going on but basically volunteers will help us out doing the same daily jobs we do: making compost, preparing the soil, weeding, planting, spraying the crops with organic fertilizers and other preventive methods, irrigating, harvesting, building, planting and taking care of trees and ornamentals, helping out with groups of students, looking after the farm, amongst many other tasks.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists

  • Help

    Help

    Mainly its organic agricultural tasks, but that means a lot of different things. Usually we keep very busy and volunteers help us with simple routine jobs in the morning and also looking after the farm when we are not there.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    spanish & english

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We can pick up volunteers at Plaza del Sol, Curridabat, 8km away from downtown San José.

    With no exceptions, we accept only couples due to the dynamics, it works better for us! Currently our financial situation is limited as we are constantly investing to make the project grow, also Costa Rica is an expensive country to live and travel, thats why we recieve volunteers that are willing to share equally the expenses for food, we dont gain any profits from this at all. We share all food equally and divide the cooking and washing chores everyday.

    In exchange we give volunteers a private room with internet service and they work a minimum of 3 hours per day. The minimum and maximum stay is 2 weeks

  • What else ...

    What else …

    On their time off, volunteers usually take hikes up the mountain, 15 min away there are great viewpoints of the whole central valley. There are many places to relax, read, enjoy and excercise in the farm or in the surroundings. On saturdays a neighbour opens his buisness where you can have food and drinks with a calm family atmosphere. We are always open to help volunteers out with what they need!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We need responsible and organized people. We also have very good knowledge about the geography of Costa Rica so if they want to travel we can recommend different places for alternative rural tourism and other great volunteer programs. Our main benefit for volunteers would be if they are really interested in getting to learn about agroecology and integrated systems, we are very open in sharing all our experiences, if you are travelling costa rica this is a good place to start cause its in the central valley, it can be a rural/urban journey.

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    Volunteering hours expected

    3 hours a day 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    sharing food costs (no more than US$5 per day)

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