Eco-agriculture projects are located high in the mountains. You will be working with a coffee co-op in a coffee-farming community to support the families in their daily activities. This includes all aspects of the coffee growing process, from planting to roasting, and sometimes working with the final product. Activities may vary depending on the season, as coffee harvesting is from December until early February, but there is plenty of interesting work to do all year round.
In order to join the program, you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Background checks can be obtained from local police departments or online at websites such as SentryLink.com and BeenVerified.com. We accept background checks that have been made within one calendar year prior to your program start date. In lieu of a background check, we accept 2 reference letters from two different people such as an employer, colleague, or professor, but NOT a family member. Reference letters must include how the reference knows you, how long they have known you (must be longer than 1 year), as well as their contact details and signature.
We can also arrange a pick-up at the bus station or at nearby accommodations instead of the airport.
While in San Jose for your orientation, you will stay in a traditional homestay with a pre-approved middle-class Costa Rican family in a shared room. You will share the room with 1-3 other people of the same gender. At eco-agriculture projects, you will stay with one of the six farming families that we work with, living on site at a coffee co-op where they share the land with other families. Accommodations are in shared rooms and very comfortable, including both warm showers and electricity.
In San Jose, breakfast and dinner are included, and at the eco-agriculture project you will be provided with three meals a day.
The Eco-agriculture program begins with a mandatory 2-day orientation session in San Jose, where you receive vital information about your project and trip to the project site.
Eco-agriculture project sites and accommodations are located 3-4 hours outside the city of San Jose.
To get a better deal, please purchase your tickets to San Jose, Costa Rica well in advance.
We strongly recommend purchasing international travel insurance that covers emergency medical expenses.
Local transportation is limited, and walking is the best way to get around. There are taxis available that can take you to nearby towns 15-20 minutes away for around $12-15. There you can find shops, ATMs, and other conveniences.
Depending on your accommodations, WiFi may not be available. In some cases, a neighboring family is happy to allow you to use their WiFi to contact friends and family.
There is a local clinic about 20 minutes by taxi from the coffee project site. The closest hospital is about 1.5 hours away. Our team and the local staff can support you if you require medical attention or have any concerns.
Airport pick up, accommodations and basic orientation. You can arrive earlier, and we can help arrange lodging for your stay, but the accommodations included in the price will be available on Sunday.
The eco-agriculture program begins with an orientation session in San Jose, where you receive vital information about your project and trip to the project site
You will be traveling to eco-agriculture project site.
Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but you can expect to work 4-6 hours per day, Monday through Friday. If there is greater need for assistance, you may be asked by the project director to help out on Saturday or Sunday. Your working hours are in either the morning or the afternoon, depending on the needs of your project.
It is also easy to purchase anything you may need after arriving
When packing for Costa Rica, you should consider both cooler, nighttime temperatures and hot, humid days. Loose, cotton clothing that can both be layered and also protect you from the sun is a great option for both the beach and city climates.
Price: $775 / 1 week