Sustainable jungle life in Cahuita the Caribbean of Costa Rica


Costa Rica


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  • Description


    We are a family that's been turning the dream of living sustainably off-grid in the jungle into a reality. For over 10 years now. And it is time to share what we've learned with travelers while seeking help to grow our farm into a more productive self-sustaining operation and to grow into a diverse learning space to promote sustainability in all its facets in all the ways that we can.

    We currently have a lot of the main local agricultural crops - cacao and banana. We always need help maintaining those. Our cacao covers about 3ha and most of it is real mixed forest, an organic cacao jungle. Bananas cover about 1/2ha of land mixed in with the only cacao we have outside of the forest. These both need ongoing stewardship.
    We have a mix of lots of different herbs and medicinal plants in various spots throughout the property. We have local root crops, but need help getting other vegetables growing... The jungle can be a very challenging place to grow some things.

    For our family, days here are very busy and full of work, and there is always something to do. We like to build a LOT, and there are always a few construction projects on the go. We use primarily earth, building a lot of structures out of clay, but also work with wood from our own farm and steel.

    We are looking for helpers in a relaxed fashion. We know there's always a lot going on here, and we invite volunteers to jump in and help us where they can and want. We don't expect volunteers to follow our same routine, and so volunteers must be very independent here - to a point...

    We ask for volunteers to help out on the farm for 5 days a week, and only for about 5 hours of actual work on those days. About half the days will center around a group project where we will all work together on something for the property; this may be a building project, a new trail project, gardens development, slope erosion work, farm stewardship, harvesting, and so on. The other half of the days will center around a volunteer's own project; something that you are responsible for and will work on either on your own or with other helpers that day. On all or both types of days, volunteers will also be asked to partake in daily farm or property maintenance activities (raking, weeding, pruning, ...) and other stewardship activities that they will choose themselves from lists. Daily farm/property maintenance tasks need to be done by a certain time in the morning, and on those days when we do group projects we'll let you know the day before what time to be ready, but otherwise volunteers are on their own for timing and how you want to schedule your day.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    Learn what it is like to live completely sustainably in the jungle. We are completely off-grid, completely "unplugged", but connected to the natural cycles around us. There is occasional charging from the sun, but no regular lighting or other electric. Water all comes from the rain (filtered for drinking), and bathing takes place in our creek. We work as one with the nature around us, and strive to live not only carbon-neutral but in an ecologically-positive way.
    Learn what it has taken us to get to this point, our approaches, and the many different aspects to true sustainable living.

  • Help


    Forest tree planting.
    Fruit tree planting.
    Slope erosion control.
    Interpretive trail making.
    Earth construction.
    Alternative sustainable construction.
    New vegetable garden creation.
    Nurseries management.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers stay in a shared community home, one bunk-bed per person in a room with 1 to 3 other people.

    Volunteers get a kitchen/cooking space to prepare their meals as they like. You are free to harvest all that you like from the farm. Your schedule is your own, so the choice of when and how to nourish yourself is also yours, but we invite you to take full advantage of the fruits, root veggies, nursery veggies, greens,,, enjoy all the land has to offer!

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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