We have lived in many places around the world and have settled in beautiful Costa Rica - mainly as the people here are so wonderful with a good attitude
We have built this retreat with the intention to make it as close to the magical feeling we had while living in Bali as possible, with in fact, a house shipped from Bali and assembled on the property.
This 5 acre property is located close to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and is beautifully landscaped with 3 traveler/guest casitas, a volunteer's house, a yoga pavilion and a spa house. We cater to travelers from around the world.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Our groundskeeper speaks only Spanish and welcomes exchanging language practice with travelers. Guests staying in the casitas also bring a cultural exchange - from wherever in the world they come . We strive to teach and also to learn from our volunteers how to bring balance of nature to this slice of paradise.
We welcome you !
We are looking for people with a good/tranquilo attitude, a positive work ethic and those who can contribute with enthusiasm their skills and ideas. General knowledge of gardening and housekeeping/maintenance/ is helpful. Other skills are needed at different times of the year (craftspeople, artists, builders, etc.) . We welcome all teachers with special skills to share their knowledge with others in whatever capacity. As we have a Yoga Pavilion and Spa House, those with training in yoga and body work/massage may have opportunities there. We are located in a beautiful area of Costa Rica, close to the beach and jungle. Accommodations are comfortable and solo travelers or couples are welcome.
One of the things that make us so special is the number of fragrant trees and plants on the property. For this reason, we request NO SMOKING on the premises. If you are a smoker, please do not request a position unless you are flexible and can wait to smoke until you are off the property.
Long term, at least a one month commitment is what we prefer, though sometimes there is a short term gap available - so ask. Also looking for longer term commitment for person or couple to live on property.
Please know that though this property is easily accessible (10+ minute walk) to the bus stop which connects country wide, it is also off the beaten track. Those looking for a party spot would be better off looking elsewhere.
We have goals of continuing to develop our place to be a peaceful, Eco-friendly place on this earth. We have been working to plant and condition the landscape using organic methods to provide a sustainable source of healthy food, minimizing consumption of power and water to create a more harmonious environment.
Welcome to those who would like to participate!
English and Spanish
Varied accommodations available first come/first served :
Our volunteer house is where you will sleep in a shared accommodation bunk bed room or a private room upon availability. House includes a shared bathroom and indoor/outdoor kitchen, a covered porch overlooking the jungle with a hammock and eating area. We have a washer and laundry lines to hang your clothes.
We supply basic food items; rice and beans and whatever seasonal fruits and veggies are growing on the property. There are 2 food stores in town for shopping. Volunteers are responsible for their own meals/preparations.
The closest beach is Playa Tortuga which is a beautiful free wild place and is within walking distance, approx 20 min by foot.
We're located minutes from the beach - good surfing, waterfalls, and many other attractions.
These directions from one of the volunteers:
Directions; If arriving from Nicaragua by bus:
*️️️️️️️️️️We recommend Tica Bus from Nicaragua to the Tica Bus Terminal/Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica. If required, pre-book a night at the small 9 room hotel in the terminal (the hotel is attached) and catch a connector bus the next morning from the Tracopa Ltda Bus Terminal to Uvita.
*️️️️️️️️️️You will need to take a taxi from the Tica Bus Terminal/Hotel to Tracopa Ltda Bus Terminal which is approximately 15min by taxi.
*️️️️️️️️️️Check with the ticket clerk at each bus terminal to verify bus departure times as the websites are not always accurate.
There are 2 buses that leave in the early morning. One is a 4 hour ride for $20, the other is a 5-6 other ride for $10.
*️️️️️️️️️️When you arrive to Uvita the bus stops in front of an outdoor restaurant. This is the hub of main shops in Uvita with a cafe, grocery store, information center and so on. You can walk to the information center to get a map of the area.
*️️️️️️️️️️From Uvita you can take a taxi or local bus to Ojochal which is a 15minute ride. We are a 15 minute walk from the main entrance of Ojochal to our property or we can make arrangements to meet. We will give detailed instruction to property during our Skype phone call. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
approx 25 hrs/week