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Volunteer in the jungle right next to Corcovado Park, Costa Rica

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  • Last activity: 19 Jun 2024



 Min stay requested: 1 month or more



  • Description



    We are looking for a volunteer for July 2024- Aug 2024 and from Jan- May 2025.
    In the guesthouse you will be helping with guests, welcoming them, cleaning rooms and making them up, keeping the restaurant area and guest kitchen clean, racking leaves, helping in the kitchen with diner and mainly breakfast, loving my dogs and cat ...
    You will be getting a list of chores to do for the 5 hour workday, some of which you are expected to do on your own… It is mainly general maintenance, cleaning rooms and restaurant area and gardening: weeding, racking, cleaning walls and painting, art work etc . We are there to help if you need it.

    You will be living in a cabin, surrounded by jungle, with a shared kitchen and shared bathroom, a small pool for you to use, if the pool house is not rented. If we have more then one volunteer and no space, you will be living in a four bed dorm.
    You will get a basic food package : rice, bean, sugar, coffee or tea, oil every week and will get dinner, when dinner has to be made for the guests, same for breakfast.
    You will also be able ,whenever possible, to go on tours with Channy, help him with translation and enjoy!

    We also have wifi now here, so that is a plus.

    The volunteers must be very honest and open minded , completely independent, responsible but fun and be able to cope on her own..
    You have to be independent and don’t mind roughing it a bit as we are far from anything.
    You will have to provide and cook your own food, but very often we share our food, especially if there are dinners to be made.

    You have to love nature, jungle, rivers and time on your own as there is not much else here.There are great hikes around here, lots of beautiful swimming holes in the rivers, nature at its best! Best birdwatching ever....! Watching the monkeys in the morning ...And now a brand new basketball court at the school and we have a small gym here.

    It is a great opportunity to spend some time in the Peninsula de Osa, enjoying nature while working a little bit.
    We are 20 min from the beach and I go once a week to Puerto Jimenez, I can take you with me.

    Now, if this is tempting you, or if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

    It is important that you speak some Spanish in order to communicate with Channy , my husband.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This a small village, it has a park entrance and is slowly growing to become a tourist destination. It used to be a gold mining town and our place was the famous ( or infamous ) gold miners bar,brothel and jail....the cabinas with private bathrooms are in,what used to be the brothel and the bathroom for the huts are in the ex jail.
    Right now it is still of the beaten track.
    It has two small shop, a place to buy fresh vegetables ,a cheviche and bread man comes on Thursday, a couple of sodas.
    You can hitch a ride with me when I go to town or get an express (5000 colones ) for getting your food in Jimenez.
    It is one of the best places for birdwatching, jungle/ river walks, swimming... within an hours drive you can go surfing, kayaking, beach, rivers...

    We are a twenty-minute drive from Puerto Jimenez. Puerto Jimenez is a beach town that has a hospital, grocery store, hardware store, fruit/veg shop, meat shop, restaurants, two banks, etc.

    There is a collective bus Mon- Sat,leaving Dos Brazos at 7am and 12 and coming back at 11am and 3pm or you can hitch a ride with me when I go to town.

  • Help


    You need to be very honest and easy going,fun to be around with.You have to be able to work completely on your own, take responsibility , make your own meals , don’t mind living on your own, have to clean rooms and restaurant from departing guests,racking leaves , garden work, helping fix up the place like painting walls , making art work etc .

    In case there are guests :
    Experience in working with tourists is not necessary as long as you can socialize and make guests feel at home.You will have to welcome guests and explain the area and our tours and just to be there for the guests, clean the rooms when they leave etc.
    English a must.

    If there are not many guests you can help make any handicrafts projects; DIY lamps, decorative objects for garden and house, making fun arty things from scratch or things you find in nature, lot of driftwood art. .. natural wood sculptures/ carvings , planting, trimming, path making ....
    Garden work might include moving some heavy rocks, making a path, planting and/or growing moss / ferns species .Looking for wild orchids and 'planting them '....

    We have a probationary period and we will communicate via email or WhatsApp so we should know if we can work together. When you write to us, take a little time to introduce yourself, who you are, why you would like to come.
    Once you commit we expect you to come.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Channy, my husband needs to learn English and you could have an English/Spanish exchange. He only needs conversational English.

  • Accommodation


    You will have a room on your own, just that sometimes you might need to change the room if it has been reserved and the guesthouse is full. When too many guests you will have to share a room with another volunteer.
    When the Little Pool house is not rented you can stay there and have a paradise living in full nature.

    I will provide the basics the volunteers can cook on their own . But normally , when dinner is provided to guests it is also provided to the volunteers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are living 50 m from the Dos Brazos entrance to Corcovado National Park. There are lots of trails and rivers around here.There are waterfalls and natural pools, great hikes, lots of birdwatching etc. We also have three dogs, one cat.
    We live 13km from Puerto Jimenez, so to get here you have to take a collective bus .
    If you take the 12 noon San Jose-Puerto Jimenez bus, it arrives around 7-8 pm ,you will have to take a taxi from there to the hotel, ,around15.000 colones or spend one night in Puerto Jimenez.
    The collective bus ( there are two right now ) schedule is Mon-Sat from PJ- Dos Brazos at 6am, 11am and 3pm. From Dos Brazos- PJ it leaves at 7am, 12noon and 4pm.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    If you camper is independent on water and electricity, you can park it on a piece of land and have your own space.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Your pet should get along fine with our 3 dogs and cat.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day 5 days a week

Host ref number: 162819748433

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