Help in the daily life at the farm

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High­lights

Experience a different lifestyle, be part of an intentional community and learn new skills in our organic farm.
Enjoy a calm and relaxing environment to disconnect from your daily life.
Share delicious vegetarian meals with staff, volunteers and guests and get to taste typical costa rican plates.
Interact with local people and get to know their language, culture and country.
Create beautiful bounds and bring back home unforgettable memories.
Come to learn, grow, meet new people, eat vegetarian food, create good memories and have fun in an organic farm with animals. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Finca la Flor is an agroecological project founded 25 years ago  that have been reciving people around the world to learn and help since then. We are a mix of foreingers and locals working togheter through the goal of living in a more sustainable world. We will be happy to welcome you and make you part of our daily routines in the community.

WORKING AREAS:

Here are some examples of activities you can do during your time with us:

  • Learn about permaculture and organic agriculture in our organic gardens (sowing, watering, weeding, building terraces, harvesting ...),

  • Work with bamboo and other techniques of natural building.

  • Participate in the creation and use of compost,
  • Understand the use of natural and local resources,
  • Use the medicinal plants of our garden,

  • Interact with farm animals (horses, goats, chickens, roosters, dogs),

  • Discover how to cook typical dishes with our 100% costarrican cooks,

  • Create products with the resources of the farm (you can learn the process to make a goat cheese, cut and dry leaves of the medicinal garden to make infusions ...)

FOOD

Meals are prepared with fresh products. 100% vegetarian (we eat eggs, dairy products and lots of vegetables!). As part of the volunteering, you will be expected to help with the kitchen tasks.


LODGING

Volunteers are lodged at houses on our farm.  They are of simple construction, but you are provided with all necessities (bed linens, toilet and hot shower).


EXPECTATIONS

Volunteers are expected to follow a schedule of 6 work hours per day, 5 days a week in the following areas:

  • Organic agriculture
  • Infrastructure maintenance
  • Forests maintenance
  • Farm animals
  • Medicinal and ornamental Gardens
  • Cooking, cleaning and organizing communal areas
  • Others



Typical day

A TYPICAL SCHEDULE:
  • We usually work from Monday to Friday (6h/day) and Saturday - Sunday are off for you to rest or travel in the country. 
  • Days start at 6am working in the garden, with the animals or helping with the breakfast.
  • Breakfast is at 7.30am
  • Then work time is from 8am to 12.30pm. During this time you will be helping in different necessities we have at the farm. 
  • You will enjoy a delicious vegetarian meals and have time to rest (like a pure tico and take a nap or at your own way reading, walking around in the forest, listening music...)

Free-time activities

OFF SITE
During your free time, you will be able to go to Cartago, Turrialba or San Jose to do shopping, eat at a restaurant, see monuments and museums. Buses are going there from La Flor, we can explain to you how to get there easily.
You can also go to the National Park of Tapanti to enjoy a nice hike in nature or go to Orosi to swim in the river or go the the hotsprings
Saturdays are local market day and we can bring you with us if you want to eat there, buy fruits, go to the bank...
We have a catalog of activities that you can do by yourself nearby the farm that we would be happy to show you and help you find the  activity that suits you the best.

ON SITE
On site you can also do yoga, dance or meditation in our yoga studio that is always open.
You can take a walk in the forest and take pictures.
You can read, relax, enjoy a quiet life.
You can go and give a gentle scratch to the horses and goats, they love company.


/!\ Important to note: Free time activities must be arranged by your own, we can offer guided tours with an aditional price
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 06:00 - 12:30

What's Included

Services by Finca Agroecologica La Flor
COST

$25 per day . If you are willing to stay more than 3 weeks we can offer you a discount of $5 per day.


WHAT IS INCLUDED:
  • The volunteering cost includes guided work on the farm with a member of the staff, cross-cultural interactions, accommodation and all meals (even when days off). 
  • You will also have a free access to the laundry service. 
  • WiFi will be accessible only in the main house to let you enjoy more deeply an off-grid experience on the rest of the farm. 
  • Finally, you will be free to walk everywhere on the 13 hectares of the farm which include a 10 hectares regenerated forest, a medicinal garden, a botanical garden, organic gardens, a yoga studio with a stunning view on the Orosi Valley and a farm with animals (horses, goats, chicken).
This money is a great help for the farm (remember that it is a non-profit association) to improve facilities, support local workers, create new projects ...
In exchange for that, you also gain a beautiful human experience, new knowledge in the areas of the farm, the possibility of sharing with people from various countries and improving your Spanish with the locals.


Accommodation
The accommodations are rustic cabins created throughout the years of existence of the farm. Volunteers will stay in shared dorms from 3 to 4 persons maximum. Depending on how many volunteers are staying at that moment, it can happen that you have a dorm just for yourself! Each of them is unique, but all include beds (single or bunk beds), bathroom and hot shower. Sheets, blankets and towel will also be provided.

We like to remind our future guests that due to the environment of the farm, the biodiversity that can be found on the property and our willingness to protect this environment by not using chemicals in the gardens or in the rooms, it can happen that small insects come to visit you from time to time in the cabin. Don't worry, they are harmless and are generally more afraid than you are.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Food is an important part of a healthy life. That is why we pay close attention to what we eat and the whole process that exists before the food is on our plate.
We provide a part of our diet with our own organic produce from the gardens and buy the remaining food from local sources

Meals are prepared mostly with organic and local products. 100% vegetarian. Being an intentional community, we cook our meals together. As part of the volunteering, you will be required to help us with the kitchen tasks, just like the rest of the community members. We eat eggs and dairy products.

So, enjoy three meals a day, fresh, locally grown, often organic and prepared on a wood stove. In addition, we all eat together (workers, residents, volunteers, guests) in the dining room with a family and relaxed atmosphere.

We are an alcohol and drugs free project.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
  • We prefer volunteers that are planning on staying for 3 weeks or more. We like our volunteers to become a member of our community while you are here, and it requires time to adjust and be part of the working flow with us.
  • Staying at least three weeks, allows you to live a relevant experience with us, have time to get to know the people, the duties, learn new skills and knowledge... 
  • All ages are welcome to volunteer, we know how to accommodate your work regarding your skills and your physical capacities. 
  • Speaking Spanish is not required, but it is a real plus to try to learn to be able to communicate with the local people who work at the farm and feel more comfortable if you want to travel in the country. 
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$175
4 weeks
$560
50 weeks (max. stay)
$7,000
Average fees
$158 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Finca Agroecologica La Flor will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Finca Agroecologica La Flor during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Help in the daily life at the farm

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$158/week

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