All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 24
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 2033
Country: Costa Rica
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Last Updated: March 17, 2020
Living with a Costarican family
Located south of Puriscal County, our small town of Mastatal borders La Cangreja National Park. Our farm, strives to build and produce necessities in harmony with the earth while helping both the local community and our visitors live in a sustainable manner.
Marcos and Jenny are the managers from Finca Siempre Verde. A young couple with a big knowledge and love for nature wil show you the real Pura Vida in our country .
Volunteers will participate in both construction and farming projects, and have the opportunity to help care for animals as well.
Previous building projects include a cob ovien, composting toilets, open air showers and tool shed renovation. Presently we are working on a new composting toilet and shower area next to the volunteer lodge.
We also have an art day every week for people to do creative projects and use some of the skills volunteers may have to produce beautiful art around the farm.
Farm work has included planting and harvesting corn, weeding pineapples and cutting yuca. We are in the process of planning for constructing a greenhouse. In the future we hope to produce enough food to sustain ourselves from what we grow on the farm. Here is a list of the things we grow and the typical time of year it is harvested:
-yuca (year round)
-starfruit (year round)
-bitter mandarins (year round)
-oranges (3 times a year)
-water apples (3 times a year)
-sweet lemons ( 3 times a year)
-sweet mandarins (December)
-Grapefruit ( December)
-Mangos (May/June )
-Bananas (year round)
-Pineapples (year round)
-Coffee (begin producing in 2 years)
-Many other vegetables and herbs
We also have dogs, cows, horses, pigs, turkeys and chickens, allowing us to enjoy fresh milk, cheese and eggs. Cheese making, cow milking, and poultry preparation demonstrations can all be arranged if desired.
We can teach you how to make local Costa Rican dishes, and we are always appreciative of additional culinary expertise in the kitchen. As a volunteer you will be expected to assist with meal preparation.
Volunteers work from 8 am to 12 pm, Monday thru Friday. They have afternoons and weekends free to explore and relax.
After work volunteers can hike in the nearby National Park, visit the hot springs or waterfalls (all within walking distance!), swim in the river, take horseback riding tours, or go bird watching. There is a library in town for internet access, as well as a small restaurant and a bar. You can play soccer with the locals during practice which is held every day or possibly even during the games (held every weekend). Of course relaxing and reading in the hammocks are encouraged, as well as yoga on our deck or zumba in townew.
Volunteers also have the option to take Spanish lessons from Marcos or Jenny
We accept Volunteers and guest all year round. Our doors are open!
For information about about Mastatal, our farm, requirements and pricing, please send your personal email and visit the our website as listed above.
Lodging and Meals offered:
Volunteers here will live our beautiful Lodge, which is our newest building. The lodge was designed and built by Marcos Garcia in 2012. The building is split into two floors. Each one contains 5 bunk beds and a private room with a double bed. It has a lot of room to host people, a library, a relaxing area, and a yoga platform that also functions as a classroom. It was built with local materials and teak wood, which was leftover wood from an old plantation. This makes our lodge one of the most sustainable buildings in the farm.
Meals are prepared at the main house. Volunteers are feed three meals from Monday to Saturday, Sundays we offers brunch and Dinner, with nutritious, delicious, and locally sourced food. Meals are typical Costa Rican food and volunteers are expected to help with meal preparation. Vegetarians and Vegans are welcome but please be sure to tell us about any dietary requirements you may have so we can accommodate your needs.
1: Marcos giving a lesson to volunteers about some of the plants grown on the farm
2: Sunrise yoga
3: Dinner time
4: Marcos and Jenny
5: Volunteers enjoying their free time at the river
6: View of La Cangreja National Park from the deck where we have meals