Orosi Valley Paradise Experience

Location: Costa Rica: San Jose

Program Duration: 1-2 Weeks

Dates: ongoing

Globe Aware


6500 East Mockingbird Lane Suite 104 Dallas, Texas 75214 United States

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Costa Rica is a cultural and natural paradise, but most travelers only see its impersonal and touristy side. Globe Aware's Costa Rica volunteer travel programs offer a unique opportunity to help small communities improve their well being and create a sustainable future in ecologically important areas.

Volunteer Work Projects in Orosi Valley

About an hour from the city of San Jose, in a gorgeous, hidden valley (Orosi), rests the tiny community of El Yaz, known for its clean water, rich soil, eternal spring-like temperatures (about 75 degrees every day) and organic, agricultural way of life. Although the villagers love their natural paradise, they have struggled to make ends meet, as even low paying jobs are rare. Most villagers are not in abject poverty, but have no access to hot water, cars, or the quantity of protein sources to which a North American may be accustomed.

Through this program, volunteers have the opportunity to work in an organic farm and garden. Volunteers learn about areas such as permaculture, reforestation and environmental issues in Costa Rica.

Some Completed Orosi Valley Volunteer Work Projects:

- Promote requested perma-culture gardening to locals through demonstrations
- Organize butterfly garden
- Repair pedestrian bridges
- Provide environmental education and conservation
- Solar cooking projects
- Bury and installed new PVC water pipe to bring new clean water source into community
- Paint school and build fence around it
- Plant trees
- Build book shelves for school
- Make and install road signs to community
- Paint communal hall
- Build recycling stations
- Build waste receptacles
- Paint and install identifying signs in rain forest

Current Work Project:

Our latest work project centers around organic farming. This type of activity is incredibly important as Costa Rica now has the highest rate of stomach cancer in the world. Many farmers haven't been educated properly as to how to use or not use chemicals. The garden and farm where we work has goats, chickens, nurseries, and fields of many types of crops on acres of land. The projects on which you may work, guided by local experts, include but are not limited to:

- Organic agriculture
- Medical herbs
- Reforestation
- Domestic animals
- Permacullture
- Sustainable development education
- Construction
- Arts
- Methods of collecting and identifying flora in the field

Projects will vary depending on the number of volunteers, which projects were finished with the prior group, what priorities have changed, weather conditions, which supplies are available, and often the interest and fitness level of the volunteers. For these reasons, specific projects are often not fixed until the week prior to your arrival and can even change upon arrival.


Volunteer vacationers in this paradise location stay in one of two side by side mountain top houses. Built in traditional Costa Rican style, furnished with fans & comfortable beds. These include Western-style bathrooms and showers, and hot water. On the 9 acre property are many fruit trees, spectacular views, hiking maths, many tropical birds, a covered Gazebo social area, basketball court, and hammocks. Volunteers are fed plenty of fresh, healthy, abundant, Costa Rican dishes, heavy with fresh fruits, vegetables, rice and beans, with some chicken, egg and beef dishes. Electricity is available, though on a more limited basis than you may be used to at home. Laundry facilities are available on site.

- Possible Leisure Activities During Your Service Vacation
- Excursion to Irazu Volcano or Tapanti Rainforrest, Cachi Dam Lake
- Nature hikes
- Horse-back riding
- Bathe in the many nearby natural hot springs
- Cheese making
- Traditional sugar cane processing
- Bird-watching
- Incredible star gazing
- Coffee tasting, coffee plantation tour
- Challote farm
- Relaxing in a hammock
- Visit one of the last remaining colonial towns, Orosi, and its famous church
- Guayabo, the nations most famous archeological site

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Cost in US$:


Cost Include Description:

The minimum contribution fee for your program covers the cost of your meals, accommodation, on-site travel (but not airfare), emergency medical evacuation, medical insurance, donations to the various community projects, your orientation package, volunteer coordination, program development, country manager expenses, community team recruitment, logistical support and project consultants.

The volunteer is responsible for:

The majority of your additional expenses will be whatever transportation costs you incur in getting to the specified meeting point (which will be described to you in your orientation packet). To be clear, Globe Aware does not pay for your airfare. We can, however, help you with suggestions for your booking, should you require assistance. You may also have costs for your passport, visas, airport taxes, any side trips you decide to take, any expanded medical and travel insurance, excess baggage charges (if you bring more than your airline allows), alcoholic beverages, and personal items (such as film, email/phone charges, etc), and any souvenir purchases.

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Building & Construction Projects
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Culture
  • English Teaching
  • Environment
  • Nutrition
  • Tree Planting
  • Health Education
  • Social Work
  • Conservation
  • Organic Farming
  • Arts
  • Parks
  • Public Health
  • Renewable Energy
  • Teaching
  • Wildlife
Age Range
all ages
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living

Participants Travel to Costa Rica


Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Phone/Video Interview
Typically The Application Process Time is
2 to 7 days
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
Globe Aware's Mission Statement

Globe Aware seeks to promote lifelong advocates for a better world and to sustain the world's cultural and natural resources. The organization, together with the local community hosts, develops effective local solutions to global problems in non-religious, non-political, multi-international environments. The aim is to expand and foster cross-cultural peace and understanding between Americans and the rest of the world, to preserve culture and promote sustainability. Globe Aware expeditions provide volunteers the opportunity to live and work side by side with a host community. The hosts provide a safe and interesting setting in which to learn, help, and have fun. The volunteers help to empower the host communities in creating renewable, self-sufficient programs. While Globe Aware's financial assistance benefits the community economically, it is actually the involvement and collaboration between the volunteers and community that is the greatest mutual benefit.

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