I AM TRAVELING AND WILL TRY TO REPLY TO ALL INQUIRIES WITHIN ONE WEEK
WE HAVE OPENINGS FOR 2018 AND 2019 SARCHI, ALAJUELA, COSTA RICA
welcome to our home and a paradise we have found
We love to travel and enjoy discovering new places and the history and culture of the people who live there.
when we are at home we like to share our paradise with other world travelers. our goal is to create a memorable experience and make new friends. the work we do is a vehicle to express ourselves as we get to know one another
FOUR WEEK MINIMUM STAY. ONE MONTH PREFERRED.
We are a Non-profit Foundation practicing conventional farming in a tropical environment. Growing a variety of tropical plants. We are interested in personal growth and meaningful relationships.
We want you to communicate clearly during your visit and allow us to respond to your input and questions. We do not use profanity .
most importantly we have fun!! Live in a country not be just a tourist!! We do yoga and eat a healthy diet mostly vegetarian with attention to our impact on the environment.
NOTE:use of ALCOHOL or controlled substances will diminish your experience here and may pose a danger to yourself and others and therefore is not permitted. Occasional wine with dinner after the work week at a celebration is acceptable.
QUOTED FROM THE BOOK " GAVIOTAS" APRIL 2017
( they are) People surviving as considerate sharing beings . no one demands anything of anybody except to get along with each other and work hard in cooperation. We do this simply because we love to!
here we are driven by something different than competition . And we're content here.We try to exemplify dynamic humane coexistence.END QUOTE
"A hundred times a day I remind myself that my life depends on the labors of other men, both living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give , in measure,as I have received and am still receiving." ALBERT EINSTEIN
What can i say to top that. We come together and we do our best with what we have and live by the Golden Rule.
We are a working avocado, citrus and coffee farm with one full time employee. There is no charge to stay and we will provide food from the farm and local markets for a plant based diet, we cook the breakfast on workdays and if needed a food allowance for long term stays when we are not here to purchase the food .
WE ARE PRODUCING AVOCADOS, CITRUS, PLANTAINS BANANAS AND SOME SQUASH . WE PRODUCE LIMITED COFFEE.YOU MIGHT NOT WORK WITH ALL OF THESE PLANTS.
We accept volunteers of all skill levels but you need to be able to work outdoors for about 5 hours with breaks as needed.Right now in April the weather can be hot at midday so be prepared with hat and long sleeve shirt. The work is sometimes strenuous however each individual will be asked to work within their comfort level.
Help with Eco project
LIVE IN ANOTHER CULTURE , DEVELOP RESPECT FOR NATURE IN SOLITUDE , LIVE IN COMMUNITY WITH OTHERS
Cultivate a deeper understanding of farming , care of trees,interaction with the local families
develop personal skills related to sharing, farming, building, Spanish language and Costa Rican culture
We accept mature volunteers of all ages to stay at the farm and work on daily projects such as planting, weeding, maintaining the farm, watering, processing worm compost.
We are a farm where respect for nature is paramount. It is daylight at 5:30am and dark by 6pm and we should be in our own cabin by 6 :30 pm ( this respects the schedule of all the residents..At about 8:30 we lock the main gate each night volunteers can have a key if they need). The workday starts at 6am, break at 9am to eat and return from 10 to noon. You have the remainder of the day open but we invite everyone to invest some time to clean the common area ,to clean the main workaway kitchen and your own room. . We enjoy community and creativity and that is why we invite volunteers. Several volunteers have stayed for 6 months and some for a year.
From now through JUNE we are pruning and painting avocado trees, cutting back young coffee plants, care of citrus , planting vegetable gardens. Working on the houses and cabin. Cleaning the trails around the lake and along the river, planting bananas....
There will always be a member of the staff on site but often you may work independently.
English, Spanish are spoken , want to improve our French and German
Safe, clean houses, breakfast and fresh food grown on the farm.
Securing accommodations. take your time read everything TWICE OR MORE...... make sure this is where you want to be.................... ASK QUESTIONS.
Often we receive requests to live in our farm and volunteers fail to stay in contact. We ask that you update your travel plans to visit every two weeks. When you have a confirmed airline flight schedule we will hold a secure place for you. This may mean that we turn away other interested volunteers so please respect this system.
The living quarters are separate from the main house and a shared private space. You will be responsible for all personal hygiene items and for keeping your private and common space clean . Because you are sharing a kitchen and bathroom with others it is essential that you keep your area tidy and organized.You must be willing to dedicate some time EACH DAY to keeping your living area clean.
We do not enter without permission unless an emergency or to fix something.
When you arrive the cabin will be ready for occupancy. We ask that you agree to leave the cabin as clean as you found it.
Two cabins are available both have hot water showers; one is small with bedroom and bath, which accommodates a couple very nicely, the other has the common kitchen and two bedrooms with double beds. Bedrooms have doors but the ceiling is open. We have a radio available.
The main cabin ( LIMITED ACCESS TO COMMON COOKING IF NEEDED PLEASE DEVELOP WITH YOUR FELLOW VOLUNTEERS ) has a new refrigerator, a toaster oven, pressure cooker, serviceable cookware and a coffeemaker. We think microwave may not be healthy but if you need this we have one in storage.
Costa Rica is a peaceful country with no army and we are a peaceful people living on a fertile farm with springs , a lake and a river.
We are located in the mountains with a comfortable climate( no air conditioning or heater needed)
We love to cook and eat and can show you how to prepare the various foods that are growing in Costa Rica.
When in season we share all of the food growing on the farm however most of what you will eat comes from outside the farm from the local vegetable vendors. We provide oats,and some mixed nuts and raisins for the breakfast, and some locally grown fruit usually from the farm.We provide dry beans and rice for you to cook in the cabin. If needed we can provide a weekly food allowance of $25 for long term stays of greater than one month when we are not here to buy the food. Please be prepared to cook lunch and dinner in your kitchen. We have pot luck dinners some nights. On most Friday mornings we travel to the local growers market to purchase food from the farmers and vendors.
There are herbs and medicinal plants growing on the property which we will show you how to use.
Seasonally there are avocados, citrus( both these trees require use of chemical sprays),and year-round bananas and plantains( no spraying these) being produced.
SARCHI is three kilometers accessible by taxi and by Bus ,however with inconsistent schedules.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours, 5 days a week