We are a family of 4, living in Seattle, and have a beautiful cabin which we are refurbishing with a local builder; the last step is to paint it. This is the property where my wife grew up, and my mother in law currently lives in the cottage; there is a guest room (with A/C) available for one or two volunteers.
We are for an enthusiastic volunteer willing to spend 4 hours per day painting our cabin located in the Osa Peninsula (see website).
Length of stay is 1-2 weeks. We would provide accommodations, but not food, other than fresh milk, cheese and eggs from the farm. There is a mini-market 1km away and we can drive you there.
The house has electricity, A/C, landline phone, Wi-Fi and several ceiling fans. With a thick ceiling and a tall roof, and its closeness to the mountain, the temperature is very pleasant. There is a terrace with a view of the mountain which is very pleasant, and from which you can watch birds and listen to wildlife as the day unfolds. Early in the morning, at about 4:30AM, you see the bats returning from the mountain to their colonies in the palm and banana trees. Then you hear the howling monkeys shouting, and soon after the sloth crying. Different types of birds start cruising across, including sea-loving "tijeretas" (the ocean is about 20km away as the crow flies), macaws and parrots, toucans, and raptors.
There is room for 2 people on individual beds.
There are a couple of dogs, some cats and a few chickens in the property, but none go inside the house.
The kitchen is fully equipped, with stove and microwave, and you can use the fridge as well.
Water comes directly from a mountain spring and is potable.
Insects are under control for we have no-standing water, as the terrain is mildly sloped and highly absorbent; this, coupled with the bat colonies living nearby, means that there are no mosquitoes. There are other biting insects, but it is possible to have bite-free experience so long as you follow a couple of tips, namely:
1. Turn on the terrace ceiling fans as dusk arrives, for at that time (and only then) some sand-fly-like insects (called "purrujas") arrive. Alternatively, go inside at that time.
2. Avoid walking on tall grass without insect repellent, for there are red mites (called "coloradillas") waiting to jump on you. They are not a problem when you go into the jungle, only near cattle and farm animals.
Snakes are not a problem in the property but it is important to be careful when crossing streams. We recommend using tall rubber boots (which we can provide) when walking in the jungle.
We expect guests to follow our house rules:
1. No smoking or drugs
2. Keep house, room and bathroom clean
3. Turn A/C off when room is not in use
4. Help clean the floors daily with a broom
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Travellers can learn how a family lives in a working farm in the countryside on the edge of a natural preserve.
We will provide the paint, brush, tape, ladder and general instruction; we expect the volunteer(s) to paint the interior and exterior of the house with two coats.
Cabin with beds and air conditioning, bathroom, kitchen, laundry room. Internet via WiFi.
To get here from San Jose, take the bus to Puerto Jimenez and ask to be dropped off at the Rincon bridge ("Puente Rincón"), which is 35km before Puerto Jimenez. There is a restaurant/bar called "Montaña Rio" where we can pick you up, for we are less than 10 mins away by car.
During their time off, helpers can visit the Fundacion Neotropica, which a couple of hundred yards away, and visit other neighbors living in the area, one of whom works with handi-crafts, and others keep working farms. There are jungle paths where you can see miniature frogs and other species; you can also bathe in a nearby waterfall. Nearby tours we can help arrange include kayaking in the Golfo Dulce, or horse-back riding along the river banks.
Further afield is Bahia Drake, which can be reached by a daily van that passes 1km from the property, and is one hour away. From there, tours can be arranged by boat to Corcovado National Park, or to Isla del Caño, or to the Sierpe river.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week