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Spring Newsletter

Sustainable Agriculture: Coffee Farm and Other Crops

Project Information

In the past few years, a large shift in our ideas about how to feed the planet and grow food has taken place. Food systems that provide consumers with healthy and seasonal produce which minimizes adverse impacts on the natural environment have began to play a larger role than before. The movement towards small-scale and local farms emphasizes the importance of sustainability. Volunteers will work at a small working farm. Learn how to grow and tend to a coffee plantation with other sustainable crops.They will learn to utilize non-synthetic pesticides, emphasize local varieties and species of crop, incorporate native plants, raise pastured livestock without the use of hormones or antibiotics, and practice crop rotation. This small working farm is a model for many others in Costa Rica to show how to demonstrate sustainable, integrated farming techniques that could easily be adopted by local farmers. Doing so would help improve the livelihoods of the farmers and positively impact the environment.

Volunteers will learn about tropical agro-ecology and sustainable agriculture principles through hands-on experience. They will learn the importance of systems of farm management. Volunteers will be responsible for maintaining the sustainable farm. Volunteers will help to maintain the livestock on the farm by helping with feeding the animals, and maintaining the animal enclosures. They will also help with the weeding, nursery, harvesting of produce, and sowing of crops depending on the time of year.

Additional Information

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Skills & Qualifications

We ask that you commit to a minimum 2-week stay to participate in this project. The longer you stay, the more you’ll learn. Farm life is not easy life, volunteers should be fit and healthy to participate. They will need to rise early and spend lots of time outdoors in the sun. They will need to walk, lift, bend, and squat while planting and maintaining the farm.

PROGRAM

FEES

Volunteer's Role

Where will WE stay?

Participants have the option to either stay with well-screened host families or at our headquarters depending mainly on availability and preference. Should participants have a preference, they should let our in-country coordinator know as soon as possible-in their application. We try to accommodate preferences. Host Families are well-screened and offer participants a shared bathroom, private bedroom, electricity, and running water. Headquarters housing offers participants shared bathrooms, hostel-style bedrooms, electricity, running water, and WiFi. Participants receive three light traditional meals per day at either accommodations.

What will we eat?

Participants will be given 3 meals per day. Keep in mind that food will be typical Costa Rican food, so participants may want to bring snacks like granola or protein bars with them to the project site.

What Will our Schedule Look like?

Participants will work a minimum of 2 hours per day, 5 days per week.

What can we do in our freetime?

Yes! Evenings and weekends are for you to spend either relaxing, or doing pre planned excursions and activities. We have partnerships with various tour groups to offer participants a number of fun things they can do in addition to their Spanish Immersion Service. Some of the activities we are happy to help plan for your group are: Zip Lining, ATV Tours, Surf Lessons, Beach Days, Tours and Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Boat Tours, Horseback Riding