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Hello , my name is Michael. Along with my partner Korina, I have lived and worked in Costa Rica for 16 years after traveling to this beautiful country since the early 80’s kayaking and exploring. This Work Away project is located on a 15 acre mountain farm near the base of Mount Chirripo, the tallest peak in Costa Rica at over 12, 240 feet of elevation. The farm is located at 4500 ft which provides for sunny warm days ( mid 70’s ) and cooler nights at 65 degrees.
Our goal is to give back to the community that supports us culturally and economically. We have a small high altitude coffee plantation which is being converted to all organic. Also as part of the organic approach to cultivating food , we have planted many varieties of banana, plátano, citrus of all types, avocados as well as unique non commercial fruiting trees and have more to plant. We are reforesting the property as well returning the land to tropical rainforest to sequester more Carbon Dioxide and generate more oxygen. The air here is pure and various natural springs, creeks and waterfalls on the property maintain a strong negative ion atmosphere in the forested areas.
We currently have 35 mt2 of greenhouse to provide food for the farm and may be adding more greenhouse space.. We hope to expand this year into greater food production and medicinal herb cultivations. Another interesting aspect of the farm is the network of mountain trails we have created throughout the 15 acres. These trails are a joy to walk taking you into shaded forest jungle to waterfalls, cascades and various stream crossings along hillside vistas and to unique points of interests.
So if you are interested in hands on work building bridges, have experience with masonry work, let us know. If you have a talent for gardening, there is plenty to get your hands dirty. If you have a gift for teaching a particular modality or philosophy, there may be an outlet to share this knowledge with the local community. It is intended to be a place where we all learn together.
Regardless of your experience and skills, we look for everyone to assist in the cleaning and maintenance of the farm to include the sleeping areas, kitchens, bathrooms and common areas.
Ajuda em projetos ambientais
Projetos de construção/faça você mesmo
Ajuda com computadores/internet
There is much one can receive from this opportunity. We are looking for a 5 hour workday for 5 days per week. We provide along with safe accommodations an equipped kitchen area, clean rooms and bathing facilities. We also provide the Costa Rican staples of beans and rice for your stay along with all of the fruits and vegetables we grow here on the property. If you have other dietary preferences, the local villages sell other products in the stores and at the colourful farmers markets.
Culturally we are in a rural like area where nearly all our neighbors are Costa Ricans who grew up here. You will not find friendlier nor more generous people anywhere and as your Spanish improves, your enjoyment of these people and their stories and their lives can be life changing. The area here provides great Trail hiking to amazing places, big river experiences and swimming options galore. We have a local organic market every Wednesday which is a social gathering with amazing products to buy and enjoy. We are relatively close to the beaches of the Southern Zone and our “big town” of San Isidro is about 20 kms away and offers all the color and culture of a larger Costa Rican town. One can walk 15 minutes down to the closest village to a small grocery store that offers foods and items we don't have on the farm. About 30 minutes to walk back.
The assistance we are looking for is clearing the trails of leaves and fallen branches and hands on construction experience. Gardening and building up the organic potential of the land is a big part of our mission here. Pruning trees, working in the greenhouse and keeping the weeds down is a rewarding part of nearly every day. During the harvest ( mid November to mid January ), we pick coffee, bag it up and deliver it to the Fair Trade Coop or process the beans locally. We have a couple of planned projects to remodel the goat house and build a new sizeable chicken coop area. There is a place here for those who are willing to share what they already know. Physical tasks such as cleaning and maintaining shared areas of bathrooms, shower, and living spaces would make up some hours of each day.
These are the areas we are looking assistance with:
Construction & building experience, farm experiences and gardening & greenhouse growing systems are a plus. Many of the daily experiences will require to be working with the plants, painting and general cleaning and upkeep.. Some heavy lifting is common on the farm. Spreading organic fertilizers made locally, pruning fruit trees, weeding , raking and carrying materials about the farm. Having skills and interest in creating artistic effects on the property from natural materials or other mediums to support the natural beauty would be a valued gift we would welcome.
Este anfitrião oferece intercâmbio de idiomas
Language is the key that opens doors to the world of travel. We will provide you with daily lessons in Spanish if you wish.
We have one new cabin available for Workaways. ( 2 bdrm/1 bath ) and a studio loft with access to bath and show. These are modern constructions with amazing views.. Each bedroom allows for up to 2 people each if you are a pair of friends traveling or a couple. Bathrooms are in excellent condition with hot water and amenities. A community kitchen is also provided to prepare and share meals. Laundry facilities are provided on site for you to use.
Since we generally start each day early, most work days will end by 1:00 pm. You will have plenty of time to take hikes on the farm trails and do some birdwatching and exploring. Its a quiet area and if you have been waiting to catch up on any reading or studying you will have the time. There are also opportunities to volunteer for our local village of San Jose de Rivas.
If you have a vehicle or enjoy long walks it is easy to access a number of nice restaurants . There are local tours of other farms, cheese makers, and forest adventures. Often there will be events such as dance classes, meditation classes, energy work options and personal growth workshops. There is a warm springs nearby as well as some more rugged mountain trail systems for folks who want to have that big mountain climbing experience. I find I will often just walk the 15 acres of the farm and pick a little fruit along the way as I encounter new plants, birds and new sights. The best beaches are only about 30 miles from here but can take over an hour to drive as the roads are slow with curves. If you have your own car, its pretty easy to spend a day on the Pacific Ocean and still get home before dark. If you do not have a vehicle, we offer opportunities to get places as schedules allow. There is a lot here to discover.
Acesso à internet
Acesso à internet limitado
Pode hospedar famílias
Mais de 2
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week