Teaching a kid and taking care of nature go together in our project in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costa Rica

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  • Description


    I am a biologist working in the Osa Peninsula to protect monkeys and its forest!

    We are a family (me + husband + kid 5 y.o) and 3 dogs.

    Our property is near Corcovado National Park and 50 metres to the beach

    We are ideally looking for a couple or 2 friends:

    Someone experienced in education that can home-school our 5-year-old son, in Spanish

    And someone who has any of the following skills/experience:

    Fundraising experience to help raise funds for our NGO

    Writing and analysis skills to help write NGO project documents

    Artists to paint murals around the property

    Videographers to help make a documentary about the primates here and how our NGO is trying to protect them

    Builders, plumbers, electricians, decorators to help maintain our property

    Our preference is to find someone wanting to stay for the medium to long term, for example 3-6 months, but we are happy to consider those wanting to stay for just one month. If you are looking for a long term and have the skills, please write to us ... we are waiting for you!

    Please check the Workaway guidelines below for working with children.
    As our son lives at the property, we take his safety seriously.

    - Please take care to exhibit appropriate behaviour if interacting physically with children
    - Please ask for permission before displaying photos of children on social media or the internet
    - Please don’t smoke, use drugs, or consume alcohol on our grounds
    - Never have children in your bedroom
    - Please don’t take children outside the house grounds without permission
    - Please interact with children only in public spaces
    - Please don’t show favouritism to any individual child or give excessive gifts to the children
    - Please don’t give money to children
    - Always inform us if you witness or suspect inappropriate behaviour by other person or children
    - Do not use any physical force (such as slapping) with the children

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    Our house is on the beach front, and nestled in the forest. It is also off grid. We mostly use solar panels for electricity and we use bottled drinking water.

    There is a scattered community but we reunite sometimes to see the sunset and take care of our safety in these difficult times.

    I am also a French speaker as I travelled with my parents when I was little while they studied for their grad school in Geneva, Switzerland.

    You will definitely learn rural life as several farms are around and Spanish is the main language you will hear every day. We also live near many foreigners so you will get to know other travelers.

    I love to share my knowledge about nature and Spanish.

  • Help


    We would like help with teaching our son some English and playing with him and sometimes other kids that come to play with him (max 2-3) kids!

    I am a leader in my community, so I also need help writing projects in English for the different projects I lead.

    Volunteers are expected to help in making lunch and keep the space they use clean and tidy.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We have a nice casita with its own bathroom and small kitchen. It is surrounded by forest, so you will see and hear monkeys, birds and butterflies all around you. There are also lots of bugs! Some of them make it into the casita but there is a good mosquito net to protect you. The casita is 100 metres from our family home, so you will have all the privacy you need, and you will of course be welcome to join our family for lunch, swimming, chats, etc.

    We normally accept one helper but if someone with very nice skills writes at the same time or a couple and if helpers are fine with sharing a room, we will love to have 2 people at the same time

    We provide lunch and we could share some dinners but normally they are very light. We encourage our helpers to buy some extra food to make their own breakfast and dinner. If you stay around on your free days, we welcome you to use our food for lunch. If you go out, please take your own food or buy a lunch elsewhere where you can support our local economy.

    We love to cook and hopefully you will learn lots about our culture.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are right next to Corcovado ... local lodges offer tours which we could help you organise with an excellent discount

    As I grew my organization, I had the help of several volunteers and always loved sharing time with them. They were always respectful of our house and values.

    As we have a very active kid around, we wake up early and bedtime is early as well

    There is no internet access in the casita, but full access is available during daylight hours when close to our family home.

  • 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 possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    if you have 1 small size dog no cats allowed

  • 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

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