Help Youth At Risk Thrive & Work With A Grassroots Reforestation Project Near San Vito, Costa Rica.


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    Hello Wonderful Workaway Volunteers,
    We are really interested in finding a long term volunteer and want to mention this right away in case you might be looking for a long term opportunity! We also accept people for a stay of a one-month minimum. We are a small project that is just starting up at a grassroots level which looks forward to offering young adults and teens from the ages of 18 to 24 the opportunity to live in a guided atmosphere to learn healthy and constructive ways of living, as some of the young men may have had troubles at home with addiction or mental health issues and are looking for better ways to learn to live well and thrive. We are based about an hour from San Vito, Costa Rica, in a small town in the mountains.
    We have just moved onto some land where there has been a reforestation project happening for the past 7 years and are in the process of fixing up the place and combining working on the land and helping the youth who have been or are at risk. We are looking for volunteers to come to spend time with our first two young adults who are both 21 years old. We can use your help to facilitate mentoring and offering guidance using Non-Violent Communication skills, which we are happy to train you in if you are interested, natural healing modalities with plant medicines and an opportunity to practice dragon dreaming to build our project and community.
    We offer mostly vegan and vegetarian meals and enjoy cooking and eating together, along with offering genuine heartfelt friendship and guidance.
    We have a room in a house that has just been built that sleeps two volunteers and has Wifi. We have other structures that we are working on building using natural building methods.
    We enjoy bathing in the river and drink fresh spring water, the conditions are a bit rustic at the moment but together we are making improvements all the time and are working in unison in our small community to make the living conditions better and build the project up, as we have a clear vision on the land.
    There are good vibes, music and camp fires, we enjoy working but like a a light-hearted enviorment and of course to have fun too!
    Skills that could be helpful are bio-construction, composting, cooking, art therapy, music, mental health experience, permaculture, but not to worry if you dont have any of these skills, we are here to empower one another and share the gifts we have and often it is the young people that we are there to help guide with simply being present that we will find are helping us out and offering us many unexpected gifts in return!
    If you want to know more about this amazing opportunity to make a BIG difference in the life of a couple of young people who are in need, please contact us right away!
    For those that like to help others out and offer service, and dont mind living simply in nature then this is a heart-based project that welcomes you.
    We would really like to find a long term volunteer for our project, so let us know if you might want to stay long term.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be given Non-Violent Communication training for free if you want and meet with a coordinator for ongoing training. If you want to learn Spanish this is a great way to get immersed in daily practice, we are not able to teach you Spanish but by just being here you can improve your Spanish speaking skills if you apply yourself. The young adults that we are currently working with speak fluent Spanish and one speaks English and can help you improve your Spanish or English speaking skills if you ask them questions. You will have access to healthy food that is vegan or vegetarian. We have a nice waterfall nearby within an hours hike, and many trails if you like to hike. Local buses are within walking distance of 15 minutes from the house. We are located in a local neighborhood near a small town about an hour by bus from San Vito.

  • Help


    Skills that you may have to offer would be, a positive attitude, counseling for young adults, past work with youth at risk, mental health experience for autism or PTSD, hiking, nature walks, surfing, healthy meal sharing, reiki, yoga, martial arts, Non-Violent Communication basics, Dragon Dreaming, organic gardening, building, bio-construction, mindfulness, meditation, music, singing, laughter, etc, bring the skills that you have and will share ours with you!
    We ask for 4 or 5 hours a day 6 days a week, and the hours can be flexible. You will have a room in a house that you will share with one other volunteer or it may be private, it will depend on if we have two volunteers at the time or not, you would be working as a mentor, guide-big brother-sister type situation and working on the land guiding the young adults that are living at the project.
    There is an opportunity for a long-term stay if the situation is working out well, but a minimum of a month to start is helpful. Although some of the young men may be trying to quit smoking and are smoking in a designated area, we prefer volunteers that are free from smoking cigarettes or using alcohol or drugs while staying at our place, we are a 420 friendly atmosphere. The emphasis is on healing for all involved in the house.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Spanish, Portuguese & English

  • Accommodation


    We are located within 15 minutes of a small town, it is located in a safe and peaceful location. There is Wifi access and a large rustic type outdoor kitchen, we take turns cooking and cleaning the kitchen and common spaces. You will be given lots of freedom to create a flexible schedule that works well for you and the others at our place. We offer a simple outdoor composting bathroom and we bathe in the river, there is no shower set up yet. There is a lot that can be learned about reforestation and living off the land in a sustainable way.
    If you have a pioneering spirit and enjoy living close to nature our project could work well for you.
    We provide breakfast and a large lunch with leftovers for dinner, our main meal is lunch but there is always food if someone is hungry.
    On Saturdays, there is a local farmers market where we go to buy our food for the week, which is located an hour from our place, so we take a bus into town.
    It is the beginning of the rainy season in our area, so bringing mosquito repellent and an umbrella can be helpful, we have a list of items to bring that we can send you that may be helpful for your stay at our place.
    We don't have many mosquitos but there are some.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a great farmer's market on Saturdays in the nearby town of San Vito. You will have access to, hiking, waterfalls, lots of sunshine, fresh air and pure spring water, cacao ceremonies and other types of sacred ceremonies are offered in the area, healing work, massage, all offered in nearby towns that you can explore on your days off.
    We are located about an hour and a half from the Panama border by bus.
    We aspire to build community at our place and we are a growing community.
    You can learn about reforestation and help us build structures to grow our project.
    We will offer you training on how to manage youth at risk, using healing modalities in a relaxed environment.
    Generally, you will be sharing your presence-friendship and help guide and counsel-mentor, share meals, clean the house together, work on the reforestation project, there is a lot of flexibility with a schedule and activities.
    The emphasis is on using the practice of Non-Violent Communication and offering empathy, we can help train you in this if you do not have experience and would like to know more about the practice.

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    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5-6 days a week (max 25 hours/week)

Nearby trails lead to beautiful waterfalls in the area.
Lush jungle views from our house where toucans and parrots visit daily.
Banana and bamboo trees in our backyard
The front room of the house, one of 4 bedrooms.
One of our young adults being silly! Having fun is really important to us.

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