Help with carpentry, repairs and small building projects on our beautiful retreat property in Costa Rica


Costa Rica


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    UPDATE** For Spring 2020, we are seeking an experienced carpenter to help with repairs around the property and construction projects such as building a carport. If you'd like to offer your skills in this domain and are available for long term exchange (1 month or longer), we would love to hear from you.

    We have lived in many places around the world and have settled in beautiful Costa Rica - mainly as the people here are so wonderful with a good attitude
    We have built this retreat with the intention to make it as close to the magical feeling we had while living in Bali as possible, with in fact, a house shipped from Bali and assembled on the property.
    This 5 acre property is located close to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and is beautifully landscaped with 3 traveler/guest casitas, a volunteer's house, a yoga pavilion and a spa house. We cater to travelers from around the world.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    During your time here, you will have the opportunity to practice yoga and meditation in our peaceful pavillion as well as enjoy walks on the property's numerous 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 lovely town of Ojochal and all of its charm, with its beautiful beaches, lookout points and numerous restaurants

    We welcome you !

  • 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, we are specifically seeking someone with experience in carpentry. 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 solo travelers or couples are welcome.

    One of the things that make us so special is the number of fragrant trees and plants on the property. For this reason, we request NO SMOKING on the premises. If you are a smoker, please do not request a position unless you are flexible and can wait to smoke until you are off the property.

    Long term, at least a one month commitment is what we prefer, though sometimes there is a short term gap available - so ask. Also looking for longer term commitment for person or couple to live on property.

    Please know that though this property is easily accessible (10+ minute walk) to the bus stop which connects country wide, it is also off the beaten track. Those looking for a party spot would be better off looking elsewhere.

    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 participate!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Varied accommodations available first come/first served : 

    Our volunteer "harmony house" is where you will stay. The house has 3 separate bedrooms and includes a shared bathroom and indoor/outdoor kitchen, a covered porch overlooking the jungle with a hammock and eating area. 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. Volunteers are responsible for their own meals/preparations.
    The closest beach is Playa Tortuga which is a beautiful free wild place and is approx 20 min by foot.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We're located minutes from the beach - good surfing, waterfalls, and many other attractions.

    These directions from one of the volunteers:

    Directions; If arriving from Nicaragua by bus:

    *️️️️️️️️️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. We will give detailed instruction to property during our Skype phone call. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    approx 25 hrs/week

Walking trail from the property to the creek bed within the property.
Playa Tortuga - 20-30minutes walking from property!
Playa Tortuga! 20-30 minutes walking distance!
Local beach in the area near Dominical. An hour bus ride away!

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