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Community Education Focused On Sustainability Costa Rica



Our mission is to offer hands-on learning that fosters sustainable lifestyles and supports project development in underserved communities. Our vision is to create a large network of sustainable communities, connected through the sharing of knowledge and practices, becoming stronger with each new link. We are looking for volunteers with interests in sustainability and the sharing of knowledge!


Mangrove Society

San Isidro de Cobano near Montezuma and Santa Teresa beach towns, Southern Nicoya Peninsula in Puntarenas

Experience or skill in one or more of our focus areas: sustainable living; Permaculture; green building; environmental education; language instruction; art; music; theatre; dance; mental and physical well-being; recreational activities.

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
2 weeks minimum, up to 1 year

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 19+

Placement fee of US$50 for 2 weeks to 2 months, US$100 for 3-6 months, US$150 for 7-12 months. The placement fee goes into our donation fund and it helps offsets the cost of posting, searching, filtering, interviewing and welcoming new volunteers. The price is not much different between 2 weeks and one year because a lot of the work goes onto the recruitment of volunteers. We also put time and energy into collaborating with volunteers and we hope that a small fee will help ensure we have serious volunteers who will follow through with their intended stays.

Other information:
We provide eco friendly unique glamping domes. They are equipped with a kitchen, a double bed and a single bed, as well as a table and chairs. All items for use inside are provided like sheets, kitchen utensils, and a wall fan. Couples are welcome or groups of up to three people. The bathroom is shared with just people who come to events in the dome or other renters in the three domes onsite. There are two showers, two toilets, three sinks, and a laundry machine and drying rack. Volunteers have access to the common areas like the event dome, food forest, futbol field, green areas, and natural pool. We do not provide food or drink but anything from the food forest can be harvested. This varies depending on the season but we have cassava, sweet potato, bananas, guava, cashew fruit, passion fruit, papaya, spinach, other greens, a wide range of herbs both culinary and medicinal, hibiscus for making special waters, and a large variety of herbs for teas. Accommodation includes internet, water, electricity and use of common areas.


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