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Area (ha): 24
Persons: 15
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 7114
Country: Costa Rica

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Last Updated: March 5, 2020

We are a local Costa Rican family living on a small organic farm. We are in the process of creating a sustainable living susituation by utilizing permaculture techniques, protecting the forrest that surrounds us, and participating in our local economy.

10 acres are dedicated to chemical-free agriculture demonstrating functioning agroforestry and permaculture. Water is plentiful here, thanks to abundant rainfall and the waterfalls of the property. The soil is diverse while rich in minerals is also fairly acidic.
Over the past several years, we are recovering this soil by regularly hand tilling the earth and fertilizing with rich compost produced onsite, including companion plants, and a mixture we make from microorganisms gathered in the forest. We are beyond organic; we are chemical free.Our dedication to chemical-free agriculture extends to our fruits and vegetables.The seeds give birth to a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, spices and medicinal plants. and more.

Villasmastatal is a family ranch on sustainable and regenerative operation of living. In addition to providing a peaceful place that facilitates connection with nature,by the proximity to the national park La Cangreja 5.000 acres of natural flora and fauna .villasmastatal strives to inspire each volunteers to relax, enjoy and explore ways in which they can incorporate the concept of sustainability into their own lives.

The Volunteer Work Exchange Program at villasmastatal t is available to responsible individuals who are committed to becoming a part of our sustainable eco-friendly project while also agreeing to ensure.

We do our utmost to provide a wonderful experience for all volunteers and we hope to receive the utmost in respectful participation in turn for the entire duration of your stay.

Our farm is located in the small town of Mastatal, in the shadow of the Cangreja National Park. We believe the forrest is an important resource, and we have an obligation to protect it.

We offer three meals a day of the best typical Costa Rican food (primarily from our own chemical-free gardens) will be provided each day according to the following schedule:
Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

and comfortamble sleeping accomodations. The lifestyle is very laid back, We also have a washing machine that is available for free.

Projects on the farm include:
Natural Building
Planting Trees
Maintaining and Harvesting Crops
Maintaining the Medicinal Garden
and Taking Care of the Animals
hydroponic system
Aquaponics system
creative with ceramic art
Organic Agriculture
Medicinal plants
Certified Yoga teachers
Cheese makers
we are in the maintenance of the plantation of COFFEE
BABYSITTING to teach English to a child 2 year 7 months

we produce organic crops. We have pig, chickens for eggs,fish (tilapia), dogs, 1 cat and several cows.We make our own homemade cheese from cow`s milk and now we are focusing on building more organiccrops, specifically fresh vegetables like chilies,tomatoes, yuca, oranges, lemon, pineapple, sweet potatos, zuchini, mango, papaya, aguacate, cucumber, mustard, starfruit, pejibaye, platano, banana, chayote, frijoles, carrot and other locally grown vegetables. There are volunteer opportunities for construction projects,gardening, and working with medicinal plants here on our farm as well.

Volunteers will typically work Monday thru Friday for at least 5 hours a day. Saturday and Sunday are free no work .Breakfast is served from -7:00 and lunch is promptly at 12:00 noon.

We have individual rooms for volunteers,and private cabins as well.Children are welcome. The guest house is located near the main family home. Volunteers must clean their own room and bathroom. Please be quiet after 9p.m. in the rooms and be considerate of other family end other volunteers.

Our food Volunteers eat with the family
rice and beans, fruit,and salad are always served. We also make bread, tortillas, empanadas,
eggs, cheese, soups, and Meat is occasionally
available vegetarians and vegans are easily accommodated.

Volunteers also have the option to attend Spanish School, in mastatal 20 minutes walk

What can I do with my free-time?
take trips into the park and take the short walk to the waterfall in our backyard.
Of course relaxing and reading in the hammocks are encouraged, as well as yoga on our outdoor deck. swim in the river, visit local hot springs, climb the mountain of la cangreja (1300 mt).
birdwatching, Hiking in the mountains ,riding horse, Indigenous Reserve zapaton

pura vida Javier , Raquel ,our son Andres 6 years and Ainara 3 years Mario y Lucia


We are looking to welcome a yoga teacher to Villas Mastatal for the months of January thru March. You would be expected to lead a lesson in yoga, either in the morning or the afternoon, every day of the week. The rest of the day would be yours to relax, explore, or work on projects on the farm. In exchange, your stay at Villas Mastatal would be free. Some experience teaching yoga is required.
We are also seeking an English teacher for our three year old son, Andres, also for the months of January to March. In exchange for a free stay at Villas Mastatal, you would be expected to work Monday to Saturday teaching Andres a basic English vocabulary. Experience working with children is required.
Contact us at if interested in applying.
gracias Javier Raquel y Andresito 4 años

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