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Liberia Guanacaste
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 42
Persons: 1 to 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 83455
Country: Costa Rica

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Last Updated: March 18, 2020

We are not receiving volunteers.Important information for people who due to the circumstances cannot leave the country

People who entered the country between December 20 and March 20 have an extension for 2 more months without any complication in the visa

https://www.larepublica.net/noticia/permanencia-en-costa-rica-para-extranjeros-se-prorroga-por-ocho-semanas


Hi my name is Jimmy I'm the manager in the project Ventanas de Dios
The owners of the farm are the parents of my friend William
Type of help
Gardening
Building
Cooking / shopping
General Maintenance
Farmstay
Help with Eco project
Animal care(2 dogs n chickens)

September October we do not receive volunteers


Thanks for you interest in volunteering at our farm. Let me give you a little background on our project. Our finca has been in our family Freeman for about 20 years. Over the last 5 years we have started to build cabinas and a little dinning rancho on the farm. This year we have begun heavily planting fruit trees like advacado, mango, guanabana, cashue, lime, coffee. Some of the trees bear fruit others our a couple years away. We have also begun our premaculture program with many different veggies in our garden beds.
The work day is 4-5 hours depending on the rain and the projects at hand. We generally work threw the week and have Saturday Sunday off. At the moment some of the biggest needs are, weeding and watering the gardens, cutting the grass (one of the biggest jobs). minor construction projects, painting signs for the trails, cutting new trails, landscaping and feeding the animals and cleaning there stalls. (At the moment we don't have any live stock this is in our future plans but we do have 2 dogs Amstaff.) I like to work with people strengths so if you have jobs that you like in particular we try and point you in that direction. Meals our generally local types of Costa Rican food such as rice, beans, salad and a protein, pasta, soups, breads and eggs. Very basic but good after a day of work. We try to use what we can from our gardens and trees.
The Finca itself is over 11o arces and is very secluded surrounded by national park and a few other large farms. There are rivers and a waterfall on the finca. Its has gorgeous views, and a number of trails and animals, like monkeys, butterflys, tucanas, parrots and deer. However, there are also dangerous animals like snakes, spiders, scorpions, mosquitos and even a Jaguar that roams the mountains. On that note while our farm is beautiful there are many add dangers to living on a jungle farm in Costa Rica. Due to our isolation and off the grid nature it might not be for everyone.
Generally, we rise with the sun and go to the beds after dark. We have running water for cold showers and individual bathrooms. The water is good for drinking very clean coming from the local river though sometimes we need to filter it after heavy rains. We have a basic solar system enough for limited lights and capacity to charge cell phones. Internet is g3 so you would need to get a local chip for your phone if you want to use the interent.
We are located on the popular tourist designation of Rinco De La Vieja National Volcano park. We are only a 5 minute drive away from hotwater springs, mudbaths, ziplines, hiking and whitewater rapids. Many of these adventures are privately owned and often there is an entrance fee of around 15 dollars. We are about a 10 minute drive from the start of a 4 hour hike to the volcano summit of Rincon de la Viejo. The closes major town is Liberia about 25 minutes away down the mountain. There are a few local stores in walking distance to the finca but they are a bit pricy.
Thanks again for your interest looking forward to hearing back from you.
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

Travelers will benefit from this cultural exchange by being emerged in the heart of Costa Rican nature & jungles. A true test of man forging a eco friendly path in the wilderness. You'll gain an greater understanding of how to work with the land to yield a harvest. You will walk the same trails that indigenous natives walk for hundreds if not thousands of years. You'll be immersed in Costa Rican culture, food, and language.
Accommodation

Volunteer help generally share a room with 2 beds and private bathroom, showers, sink and toilet all run great. However, the water is cool with no heating system. Breakfast generally is an egg with pinto gallo a local tradition of mixing rice and beans. Lunch is generally a Vegitable Soup and sandwich or Pasta dish. Dinner is a "Casado" a local traditional plate consisting of protein, rice, veggies, beans and salad. Vegetarian dishes can be accommodated as we dont eat much meat on the farm and try to use the products in our gardens.
What else ...

We are located on the popular tourist designation of Rinco De La Vieja National Volcano park. We are only a 5 minute drive away from hotwater springs, mudbaths, ziplines, hiking and whitewater rapids. Many of these adventures are privately owned and often there is an entrance fee of around 15 dollars. We are about a 10 minute drive from the start of a 4 hour hike to the volcano summit of Rincon de la Viejo. The closes major town is Liberia about 25 minutes away down the mountain. There are a few local stores in walking distance to the finca but they are a bit pricy.
A little more information

Internet access
Limited internet access

We have pets 2 Dogs

We are smokers
How many volunteers can stay?More than two

More than two
Hours expected

Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


(Laura & Brayan)Suiza Belgica
Nous avons passé 3 semaines géniales à la finca, un lieu coupé du monde, entouré de nature avec une vue incroyable sur la plaine et les montagnes au loin. Nous avons été accueillis par William, mais avons séjourné le plus clair de notre temps avec Jimmy, le manager de la ferme. Il est très vite devenu un ami pour nous, avec lequel nous avons passé des moments extraordinaires entre rires et partages. L'ambiance avec les autres volontaires était très chouette aussi et rendait le travail joyeux. Il reste encore énormément à construire sur la finca, les conditions de vie sont encore un peu précaire, mais c'est ce qui donne aussi du charme à la ferme. Nous avons adoré les centaines de papillons voletant autour de la ferme, la venue quotidienne du colibri et les passages des toucans autour du camps. Les couchers de soleil sont magnifiques, et les soirées autour de la table resteront des souvenirs innoubliables pour nous :)

(Alex & Julien)Canada
We had such an amazing experience staying at the finca! The location is very remote so you are totally surrounded by the jungle. We saw monkeys and many different kinds of birds and an insane amount of butterflies, blue morphos everywhere!! Everyday is basically puppy heaven with all the dogs playing all day. We definitely miss those little guys!

The property is very big and there are lots of things to do. We did some painting, planting, building bamboo structures, clearing/cleaning trails with machetes, dug a canal to water the coconuts, and we even built a little "spa" down by the river you should check out!

This exchange is definitely suited for the more adventurous individual. The beauty of the countryside,and the remoteness of the property make for a truly unique and exciting experience. Jimmy was very welcoming and patient teaching us some spanish. He is a fun guy to get to know and gave us some good tips on where to go to continue our travels. Love ya long time mae!

This a new project and it has a lot of potential to become something really amazing. We would definitely recommend it to any adventurous souls out there. We love to return again in the future!

Wishing you all the best!

Julien and Alex

(Ivis Salim) Argentina
I am very happy to have been the first volunteer of the farm! I spent 3 weeks but I could have stayed more time working in this beautiful place. William was always attentive to me being well, he is very friendly. Jimmy is a great person, he cooks delicious and you can learn a lot with him, Gabriel lives on the farm and is a great companion. I'm going to miss Chamán, Chiquita and the puppies a lot. See the sunsets from the balcony of my room is something priceless. The farm is an incredible place, ideal to disconnect from reality for a while. There are many projects to do in the Finca, William and Jimmy are interested in your ideas and advice and I liked that a lot. I was also able to meet William's parents who are wonderful people. I hope to return soon friends ..... Thanks for everything and Pura Vida !!!!


Pura vida
Buenas Vibras
Maes

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