Volunteer in Sustainable Farming
Are you interested in sustainability and organic food? If so, this volunteer opportunity might be right for you. Living and working on an organic farm is a fantastic way to learn the ins and outs of sustainable agriculture. You’ll help with planting, watering, and harvesting; you’ll get your hands dirty and be close to some of the freshest food in the country.
- Duration: 168 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 7:00 AM
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- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Agriculture makes up a significant portion of Costa Rica’s gross domestic product (GDP). Unfortunately, pesticide use and genetically modified crops are still in use. For this reason, it’s important to promote organic farming in Costa Rica. By volunteering with this project you can be part of the change! You’re guaranteed to have an amazing experience while living and working in the Costa Rican outdoors.
Our organic farming locations are spread throughout Costa Rica, but most are located in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor area (the south Pacific of Costa Rica) and along the Osa Peninsula. These areas are rich in agricultural production, but low in tourism.
Your tasks may include harvesting coffee, sugar cane, veggies and fruit, or assisting with the processing and delivery of harvested food. Most farms grow vegetables, fruit, coffee, or sugarcane. Some farms also produce dairy products.
Costa Rican farmers often have the land and facilities to go organic, but often lack the knowledge necessary to do so. For this reason, volunteers with a background in organic agriculture, farming or sustainability are encouraged to share their input and experience. The farmers are open to new ideas and welcome suggestions.
Food & Lodging
You’ll stay with a host family and receive three meals a day. Your project will be close to your host family’s home, and you may be able to walk or take public transit to your project site.
You should speak a basic level of Spanish to be able to communicate with your family and the farmers (most don’t speak any English). The minimum age is 16.
We encourage families, couples, and groups to volunteer for these projects. You can volunteer on several farms during your project—volunteers usually rotate and experience 2 - 3 different farms. You may volunteer for a few days or for several weeks or months at a time.
The application process is simple. Supply your basic information (name, age, address, medical history, etc.) then choose a project and select the dates that you would like to work. Next, write a brief background and describe any relatable experiences (volunteering or employment). Finally, explain why you want to volunteer and what you can contribute.
After submitting your online application, you will receive a response within a week. Once your enrollment is confirmed, you’ll be given additional information to help you prepare for the project.
What to Bring
Homestay, 3 meals a day
Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.