Caretaker and gardener- Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica


Costa Rica

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    My name is Josh (Josue), and I live in Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. As most of us I have been out of loop with COVID. I am back answering messages.

    I am looking for someone or a couple to help with various projects but primarily caretaking the property, cleaning and general maintenance. There is plenty of gardening/maintenance to do in our rainy season, (June-November). A single person, A couple, or friends traveling together would be the perfect situation, Staying by yourself can get a little boring and solitary after a couple weeks. I prefer experienced volunteers who understand the positives and negatives of volunteering. Unfortunately, first time volunteers have not always been successful.

    The property is located in Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Please research our town on the internet as we are off the between path and do not have all the conveniences of the modern world but are blessed with the nature that surrounds us.

    Dos Brazos borders the world renowned Corcovado National Park, the reason I came to Costa Rica 15 years ago. This is not your average little town. It is off the beaten path and a tight knit community with very little to offer as far as supplies. There is little to no cellular signal, no real store, restaurant or place to hang out. You need to be a very self sufficient to be interested in this position. Spanish and English are a necessity and 1month minimum stay.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are located on the border of one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, Corcovado National Park, in the Osa peninsula of Costa Rica. IF you like nature and being off the beating path you will be more than pleasantly surprised by unplugging from the hustle and bustle from city life and enjoying the simpler life.

  • Help


    Generally speaking Morning time for 2-3 hours and then in the afternoon for 1 hour

    General work is cleaning - Sweeping house, Maintaining kitchen, feeding dogs and chickens and water plants.

    Outside gardening a couple days of week is a little more intense.

    Gardener -
    Weeding (with your hands), Trimming, picking up debris, lots of fun with wheel-barrel disposing of debris, planting, caring for plants, getting dirty and having fun with the ants!

    We purchase the food and you are responsible for cooking your own meals if preparation is necessary.
    Unfortunately I have two full time jobs and do not always have a set schedule to eat, thus you need to be self-sufficient in preparing your own food. I purchase the food and all the basics that you would need.

    Typical breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Breakfast: Eggs, toast with jelly or peanut butter, and fresh fruits. Coffee or tea.
    Lunch - your on your own
    Dinner - Rice and Beans and whatever else we can find

    Please email with questions - I will try to get back to you within 48 hours.

    Thank you - Josh

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation



    In the garden we have an outdoor bunk house that accommodates 4 people, 4 bunkbeds. It is not luxurious but newly built and definitely more than adequate. You will be pleasantly surprised with your living area as there is a large multi-use octagonal building to rest and relaxing with bathrooms, showers and small kitchen. You would possibly share the bunkhouse with another volunteer.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The bus from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez is 8-10 hours, then the minivan (buseta) from Puerto Jimenez to Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre is a 30 minute drive. The bust in Puerto Jimenez leave the hardware store Grupos Materiales at 11am and 4pm (approximately $3). I am also often in Puerto Jimenez and my be available to pick you up.

    Please purchase all food items and supplies you will need prior to arriving. Drinking water is in Dos Brazos is very clean and safe.

    I highly advise you to research the Osa peninsula, Puerto Jimenez, Corcovado NP and specifically our town Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre.

    IF you are a person that needs to stay connected and uses your cell phone a lot this is not the place for you. We have limited internet and cell phone reception.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

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    Hours expected

    25hours a week max

Host ref number: 291162884314