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My Name is Val, I'm from Canada, but have lived in Costa Rica for over 15 years. I am part owner of a hostel, located on a remote 60 hectare property, in the Osa peninsula. The hostel is surrounded by rainforest, and is 30 minutes by foot from the nearest neighbour. Our specialty is the extensive self-guided trail system that meanders through primary and secondary forest, and waterways, that lead to multiple waterfalls. All volunteers have unlimited access to the trails.
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
At the hostel itself, you'll meet travelers from all over the world. You'll also have a first hand experience of the rainforest and wildlife of the Osa Peninsula, one of the most bio-diverse places on earth. The Hostel is based in a small village of 300 local residents. You can mingle with the townspeople as much as you like in your off hours.
-Helping with guest questions and needs.
-There will be some work everyday that involves the upkeep of the hostel - cleaning, washrooms, rooms hauling linens to be washed etc... this is a total of about 2 - 4 hours of work for all the volunteers combined. We also have other projects:
-Painting our cabins with a natural clay paint that we make on site.
-Building and planting an herb garden.
-Trail maintenance - a small amount of digging, and raking.
-We are in the process of building another structure to house our dorm beds. When those are ready, we'll knock down the upper floor of the house, and make an open lounge / yoga deck. This will involve some deconstruction, then cleaning and oiling the existing floor, and painting the interior walls.
-Every other week or so, we also do deep cleaning of a specific area of the hostel (walls, roof etc..)
-Occasionally some digging.
We are open to suggestions from our volunteers. If there is some special skill or interest you have, that you think would benefit the hostel, we will consider it.
We have 12 dorm beds on a new outdoor platform. This is also the dorm area for guests. All beds have good mosquito nets, and a solid roof, but right next to nature! There are also two double dorm beds, where we will accommodate couples as much as possible. Plenty of hammocks for relaxing in your off time, and a well equipped kitchen where you'll prepare all your meals. The volunteers make the rice and beans (provided by us) together, and can either prepare any additional food individually, or as a group. as you like.
As well, there is a row of more private cabinas which is usually occupied by guests.
We're in a small village of 300 people, situated on the confluence of two rivers, and right beside Corcovado Park. The main economy of the village was based on gold mining and farming, both of which still exist to this day. Very slowly some of the inhabitants are getting into tourism, but you'll have a great chance to mingle with the local culture in a place that is still very traditionally tico in many ways. Besides the trails on our property, there is a great chance to hike in the local area.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-hours a day, 5 days a week
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