Join us on our beautiful five acre property in Ojochal, Costa Rica

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello Volunteers ~

    Thank you for checking us out!

    We are currently looking for LONG TERM (and occasionally short term) VOLUNTEERS, though we will consider less than a month, depending on our ongoing projects.
    We are seeking volunteers to help with the evolving vision for our 5 acre vacation property. We are in a time of transition and considering different options for what this beautiful land can be. For the past 10 years we have been a short term vacation rental property, and are now becoming a long-term rental with a conscious community minded approach. The ideal volunteers would have a wide range of skill sets, to assist with day to day projects. Knowledge of maintenance, carpentry and such are much appreciated, as is the love of gardening. We are very thankful for those who are attentive to details and keeping the surroundings clean! As we are not catering to vacationers as we have in the past, receptionists, tour guiding and such skills are not needed. Also we do not have a restaurant and so bartending or waitressing skills are also not necessary.
    Currently, knowledge of and tending to the surrounding plant life, maintaining our nature trails, helping to finish a new meditation platform in the jungle, as well as tending to the vegetable gardens (which you are welcome to enjoy the harvest) keep us busy. We also welcome wellness teachers of all sorts and artists who would enjoy enhancing the beauty of our world.
    If you'd like to offer your skills in these domains and are available for long term exchange, we would love to hear from you! We prefer at least a month long stay.

    We have lived in a number of places around the world and have settled in beautiful Costa Rica - mainly as the people here are so wonderful with the Pura Vida attitude and the incredible beauty of nature here.
    Our place has evolved with the intention to make it as close to the magical feeling we had while living on the island of Bali as possible, with in fact, a house shipped from Bali and assembled here on the property.

    This 5 acre property is located close to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and is beautifully landscaped with 4 traveler/guest casitas, our volunteer's house, a yoga pavilion, meditation labyrinth, nature trails, seasonal creek and a Spa House. We’ve catered to travelers from around the world and look forward to hosting more.

    We have been holding classes for our guests and local community including Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation and weekly Dharma classes for over 8 years. We welcome all teachers with interesting subject matter to share. Our volunteers are always welcome to participate in classes. We strive to have our guests find peace and solitude while staying here.

  • 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
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    During your time here, you will have the opportunity to get creative and share your artistic talents around the property. To help move along our vision and be part of our conscious community. You can enjoy the gentle pace of living here surrounded by serene plant and animal life, who live in the surrounding jungle. Your weekends are free to travel and enjoy the surrounding areas of Costa Rica.
    Enjoy your yoga and meditation practice in our peaceful pavilion as well as walks on the property's nature trails and labyrinth. If you're into birdwatching, you will love getting to know all of the different species who inhabit the surrounding jungle. Explore the village of Ojochal with it's numerous amenities, beautiful beaches, lookout points and numerous restaurants.

    We welcome you !

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for people with a good/tranquilo attitude, a positive work ethic and those who can contribute with enthusiasm their skills and ideas. Currently, our priority is offering a positive experience to our guests, continuing to dream up new possibilities for offerings and direction for this land, as well as miscellaneous building projects. General knowledge of gardening and housekeeping/maintenance is helpful. Other skills are needed at different times of the year (craftspeople, artists, builders, etc.). We welcome all teachers with special skills to share their knowledge with others in whatever capacity. We are located in a beautiful area of Costa Rica, close to the beach and jungle. Accommodations are comfortable and we enjoy welcoming solo travelers and couples alike.

    Long term is what we prefer at this time. You will have comfortable accommodations in the main flat with your own bathroom with hot water and kitchen. If you have a skill that you can offer to the community (teachers, yoga, bodywork, carpentry, etc., etc.) it is possible to develop a way to make some extra monies while staying here.

    Our Bali Rica property is easily accessible (15 minute walk) to the bus stop which connects country wide. Ojochal is in a beautiful, safe and quiet part of the country. In addition to our ideal location, we are, 10+ minutes walk to all amenities such as grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, rivers, and a pleasant 25 minute walk to playa Tortuga.

    We have goals of continuing to develop our place to be a peaceful, Eco-friendly place on this earth. We have been working to plant and condition the landscape using organic methods to provide a sustainable source of healthy food, minimizing consumption of power and water to create a more harmonious environment.

    Welcome to those who would like to contribute to this vision!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Varied accommodations available first come/first served : 

    In addition to the above-mentioned flat which we reserve for longer-term volunteers, there are also 2 other volunteer rooms available. These two additional rooms share an indoor/outdoor kitchen, covered porch overlooking the jungle with hammock and eating area, and a bathroom with hot shower. We have a washer and laundry lines to hang your clothes.
    We supply basic food items; rice and beans and whatever seasonal fruits and veggies are growing on the property. There are 2 food stores within 15 minutes walking distance for shopping and a farmer's market in town on Wednesdays with organic produce. Volunteers are responsible for their own meals/preparations.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please Note: We request no check ins after dark (5:00ish)

    The gardens are fragrant - NO SMOKING ON THE PROPERTY PLEASE!

    Directions from San Jose airport:

    When exiting the airport head to the front of the airport where you'll find the bus stop. Take the bus to downtown San Jose (ask if bus is heading there as some busses don't). Another option is Uber or taxi from the airport.
    The bus will stop at the center; get off and look for red taxis, ask to take you to the Tracopa bus station. At the station, ask for a ticket to Uvita. When you are on your way, the bus makes its second rest stop at Uvita, ask the driver then to drop you off at Ojochal (which is approx 15 minutes more south). When arriving in Ojochal, cross the street and head down the road to Pancito Cafe, where there is wifi.
    Keep us posted on your arrival time and we will pick you up at the bus stop/or Cafe.
    When in doubt, ask!


    Directions; If arriving from Nicaragua by bus: (as said by a traveler)

    *️️️️️️️️️We recommend Tica Bus from Nicaragua to the Tica Bus Terminal/Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica. If required, pre-book a night at the small 9 room hotel in the terminal (the hotel is attached) and catch a connector bus the next morning from the Tracopa Ltda Bus Terminal to Uvita.

    *️️️️️️️️️You will need to take a taxi from the Tica Bus Terminal/Hotel to Tracopa Ltda Bus Terminal which is approximately 15min by taxi.

    *️️️️️️️️️Check with the ticket clerk at each bus terminal to verify bus departure times as the websites are not always accurate.
    There are 2 buses that leave in the early morning. One is a 4 hour ride for $20, the other is a 5-6 other ride for $10.


    *️️️️️️️️️When you arrive to Uvita the bus stops in front of an outdoor restaurant. This is the hub of main shops in Uvita with a cafe, grocery store, information center and so on. You can walk to the information center to get a map of the area.

    *️️️️️️️️️From Uvita you can take a taxi or local bus to Ojochal which is a 15minute ride. We are a 15 minute walk from the main entrance of Ojochal to our property or we can make arrangements to meet for a ride from the bus stop. We will give detailed instruction to property during our Whatsapp or Skype phone call. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • 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

    Yes, we are digital nomad friendly with WIFI throughout the property, though the Yoga Pavilion has the best signal. Please know that SOMETIMES the internet can go out area wide, though it is not a common occurrence.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We are open to possibilities with those travelling on wheels.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    approx 25 hrs/week

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