Grassroots Reforestation Project Near San Vito, Costa Rica.


Costa Rica


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  • Description


    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 one-month minimum. We are a small project that is just starting up at a grassroots level. 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 14 years and we are in the process of building structures and planting medicinal herbs.
    We offer guidance using Non-Violent Communication skills (NVC), which we are happy to train you in if you are interested, natural healing modalities with plant medicines and an opportunity to practice NVC to build up our project and community as we find that having healthy communication skills strengthens community and helps it move towards thriving.
    We offer mostly vegan and vegetarian meals and enjoy cooking and eating together.
    We have a comfortable camping/glamping space set up for our volunteers at this time. We have other structures that we are working on building using natural building methods.
    We enjoy bathing in the river and drinking fresh spring water, the conditions are a bit rustic at the moment but together we are making improvements all the time and we 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, reforestation experience, composting, cooking, art therapy, music, permaculture.
    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

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

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be given Non-Violent Communication training for free if you want since it is a practice that is a integral part of our community. 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 currently live in the community speak fluent Spanish and one speaks English and can help you improve your Spanish or English speaking skills if you ask them for assistance. 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 Tico 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, healthy meal sharing, Non-Violent Communication, organic gardening, bio-construction, mindfulness, meditation, permaculture, music, art, 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.
    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. 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.

  • 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 by data and an 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 dry composting bathroom and we bathe in the river. 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 a simple breakfast with fresh herbal tea 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 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.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

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

The river we swim in daily, very relaxing and healing!
Reforestation work in progress
Nearby trails lead to beautiful waterfalls in the area.
Banana and bamboo trees in our backyard
One of our young adults being silly! Having fun is really important to us.

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