Sustainable Agriculture Project and Mountain Retreat


Costa Rica

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    Hello! Pura Vida! My name is Jason and I have been a land and business owner in Costa Rica since 2011.

    The house is a 5 min drive, 10 min bike ride or 25 min walk to the center of Hojancha, Guanacaste, where you will find all of the ameninities of a modern small Costa Rican town. The house is equipped with many amenities / comforts not commonly found in Costa Rica. Washer / Dryer, hot water throughout, a private well with professional filtration and purification system installed.

    A community pool is a 5 min walk away with wifi, restaurant, and $4 to use the pool per day.

    We are looking for individuals interested in living in a peaceful mountain town, enjoying an immersive cultural and language experience.

    Currently our main focus is developing a sustainable, eco friendly gardening project with our in house expert, Jose Mario. See photos for what he’s been doing lately.
    We are looking for gardeners, farmers, landscapers, painters, artists and people who can help us maintain the property. Hojancha is centrally located in the mountains of Guanacaste. Close to the larger city of Nicoya and to beaches Playa Samara and Playa Carillo. There is no violent crime in Hojancha and it is a very welcoming community. The beach is about 45 min drive in car and there are also buses from town that will take you anywhere you want to be. A bicycle, car or dirtbike is recommended for this project. We can help arrange those types of accomodations.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects

  • 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

    Hojancha is an amazing town and the place that initially made me make the permanent move to Costa Rica. Most notably it is the place I perfected my Spanish and became bilingual. I also met my wife here. Travelers will benefit immensely by immersing themselves in this beautiful culture. Hojancha has a population of around 2600 people with an abundance of stores, bars, cultural centers, schools, churches. Most families live off of livestock or agriculture. There are very few English speakers and it is by no means a town dedicated to tourism. Being surrounded by Spanish and Costa Rican culture is the fasted way to quickly assimilate to the relaxed and wonderful way of life. Having little to no English speakers around really pushes you to step out of your comfort zone and learn so much about your new neighbors and also about yourself.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are looking for hardworkers that want an enriching cultural experience.

    We have a few small gardens going and are always looking to expand. These require constant work everyday. You will have the oppurtunity to learn about sustainable agriculture while helping a developing small local business and providing local residents with healthy, pesticide and agro-chemical free foods!

    We have a large property to maintain in constant need of maintainence. Things we need help with include:

    Mowing grass
    Planting, cleaning trees
    Raking leaves
    Cleaning roof and gutters
    Cleaning inside and outside

    We are also open to entertain projects proposed by artists, builders, and eco minded adventurers!

    In the near future we are hoping to expand the vegetable farms and develop more sophisticaded educational and recreational activities.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have 2 beds available in our loft upstairs! These may or may not be available for all or part of your stay. You are always welcome to set up a matress on the floor or setup a tent anywhere on the property. Electric and water available on exterior of house as well. Please condisder bringing a tent or sleeping bag! Inside the house : Hot water shower, laundry machines, full kitchen with oven.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On your time off enjoy swimming in the rivers, local beaches and pool only 5 mins away. Get your groove on at local dance, go on a hike to the beautiful Salto del Calvo waterfall, explore or volunteer at Monte Alto national park right up the road, or have a cold beer with your new friends at one of the many bars!

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    15 hours/week-no food, 25 hours/week-food

Host ref number: 341218799879