Help out at our sustainable learning center in the mountains of Costa Rica

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Costa Rica

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    07/09/2022

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  2022 

 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

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  • Description

    Description

    ¡Hola! Hi! Salut !

    Welcome to our farm!
    We're a community of people co-creating a more sustainable lifestyle, in harmony with nature.
    More than half of the farm is protected secondary forest with 50+ year old trees - a breath of fresh air in the heart of Costa Rica's deforested agricultural region. Other areas on the property include a bamboo forest for construction needs, a food forest with over 100 fruit trees, extensive organic gardens for personal consumption, and several bioconstruction projects. The project serves as an sustainable model contrasting with the chemical-based farms nearby.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
    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

    We all learn through practice. One of the main goals of this project is Sustainability. And we love the different processes! Growing part of our own food, experiencing new recipes, creating structures from natural materials; but also learning how to cohabitate in a more conscious and holistic way, including non-violent communication, physical and spiritual wellness practices, like walking in the forest, dancing, meditating, collective massage sessions, tobacco prayers, etc. And for sure, everybody has always something to share from their own world, we really enjoy the cultural exchange that arises with people coming to our home.

  • Help

    Help

    -We get up early, around 6:00 a.m, and go to bed early, around 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

    -We make compost/vermicomposting/humanure. In the gardens we sometimes use forest soil, double dig everything and mulch garden beds for great results! Our techniques allow micro-organisms and worms to thrive and constantly improve the soil. We have a plant nursery and greenhouse which we use as microclimates to grow plants that are sensitive to the humidity in our region. In our farm laboratory, we prepare different biocontrollers such as trichoderma, lecanicillium and beauveria bassiana. We also prepare extracts from plants like gavilana (Neurolaena lobata), lemon grass, cinammon and madero negro (Gliricidia sepium). We shower our plants and trees with these products twice per week to keep them thriving. We plant biodiversity everywhere - flowers, veggies, root veggies, fruit trees, native trees, medicinal plants - which helps the balance of plagues with natural bio-controllers such as bees, wasps, lizards and birds.

    - We're constantly working on (bio) construction projects. There is a part of the farm where we harvest guadua bamboo that we cure and process in order to make different kind of structures like the green house, the composting center and the tepee. We could also be making smaller projects like furniture.

    -We rotate daily responsibilities such as cooking breakfast/lunch, cleaning common spaces, taking out the compost, organizing recycling, watering the plants, etc.

    - Much of the activities we do are physical in nature. The farm is in the mountains with steep slopes up and down.

    -Coexistence implies emotional and mental awareness. We hope you understand that EVERY RELATIONSHIP is important.

    - We bring the elements of the farm closer each day – the soil, the plants, the insects, the wildlife, the bamboo, the stones, the trees, the humans, the sun, the rain, the heat and the cold. There is a biodiversity of fauna throughout the country. On the farm, it is common for us to see spiders, scorpions, snakes, worms, lizards, butterflies, hummingbirds, birds and more. The farm is located at 1,200 meters above sea level and that is why there are cold days during the storms, fogs, rains and it is cold at night. Please take the time and reflect on your needs regarding these issues.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Shared bedroom with one other person. Common areas: kitchen, living room, gardens.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    During your time off, feel free to explore your creativity :)
    We encourage people to feel the rhythm of nature: take a walk in the forest or the town of La Flor and get to know the people around. You can read a book on your own or borrow one from our house library. Start a new journal, do some art craft, etc.
    You can also get the public bus in 10 min. walking distance from our farm. During the weekends, you might be interested in visiting amazing places around, like Irazu Volcano, Guayabo National Monument, Duran Sanatorium (“haunted” old building), Tapantí National Park, etc. Or if you want to go a little further away, consider taking a trip either to the Caribbean or the Pacific Coast… pura vida!

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


Host ref number: 216744191526