Volunteer at the non-profit Sustainability Demonstration Center
…in a beautiful, natural setting surrounded by tropical vegetation and right by a river!
At the Sustainability Demonstration Center, we aim to demonstrate different environmentally-friendly ways of reducing the footprints we leave behind each day by leading Environmental Protection, Social and Economic Justice, Education and Animal Welfare programs.
The Center is a great place for volunteers to get hands-on experience in sustainability projects and make a difference in a rural Costa Rican community.
We have openings all year around !
Short-term volunteering (anywhere from a few hours to 3 months):
While we prefer having long-term volunteers, we do appreciate any help people are willing to give! We are currently renovating the Center, planting vegetables and medicinal plants, have a tree nursery, and work on all sorts of community-development projects so we usually need help for all kind of small things. Whether you have artistic, gardening, construction or other skills, we can probably find something that you enjoy doing and that helps us at the same time.
Long-term volunteering (more than 3 months):
Here are some example of things you could work on while staying with us :
-Design and construction of projects at the Center such as biodigestor, solar water, heating system, or greenhouse, as well as maintenance of existing projects and structures with sanding and painting (this is subject to funds being available).
-Food Security and Development to help develop locally-produced food products, and helping the local women develop business strategies for their local market, helping at our experimental farm to come up with high nutritional value crops and ways to grow them which do not require irrigation, teaching various ways to preserve foodstuffs and transform raw materials into value-added products
-Education- English as a Second Language classes for the locals, creating materials to promote community based eco-tourism, learning and then teaching Bach Flower Therapy, teaching yoga and or meditation, etc.
-Animal welfare- coordinating the spay and neuter clinics for dogs and cats, education regarding compassionate care of animals, helping develop humane ways of animal husbandry, helping care for our farm animals and rescued dogs and cats
-Participating in the development of a regional water distribution and protection plan
-Many more depending on your interest!
Teaching local children how to paint clay pots:
Painting signs for our local farmers' market:
Taking care of our tree nursery:
Taking care of our emu:
Taking a swim and learning about the Guacimal river:
We Are Looking For…
People who are passionate about sustainability, community-based projects (education), food security, animal welfare and/or the environment! We want mature volunteers who are eager to make a difference and come with the intention to give of their skills and talents to make a better world. We need someone to really get involved and become part of the community.
This is the perfect opportunity for either individuals, couples, or a family unit (including furry four-legged members), as we welcome diverse sets of talents and we are looking to fully integrate them into all aspects of daily living.
We also welcome those who are looking for a permanent intentional community based on the value of Service and love for all sentient beings, which translate into healthy people, healthy communities and healthy planet.
What do I get?
You will get hands-on training and experience with community-based sustainability programs, a chance to learn Spanish, live in a lush, tropical paradise right by a river, and immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture! Time off would be agreed upon prior to arrival. You can hike through the forest by the Center, swim in the river to relax and connect with the natural world, participate in cultural activities and make new friends, and visit the cloud forests of Monteverde and other nearby attractions.
Long-term volunteers also receive free lodging at the Sustainability Demonstration Center for the duration of your stay. You could have a single or shared room, and all bathrooms and showers are shared. Since we support the Center with our own funds, we do ask a financial contribution that helps cover your food and associated expenses.
Contact us for more details !
How do I apply?
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT US:
video about the Center: YouTube Sustainability Demonstration Center
Alexander and Veronica are dedicated to making the world a better place. They run the Center using their own funds. It is important to understand the person or persons be in a position to provide for his or her own financial needs.