Green Life Volunteers

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9.6 / 10 after 23 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: www.glvolunteers.com

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We were thrilled with our family vacation to a sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica, coordinated by GLV. The employees and volunteers at the project were welcoming and kind people. The food prepared by Maricela was healthy, delicious and vegetarian friendly. Also very local – there were papaya and plantain trees abundant in the yard!

The work with the sea turtles was life-changing for our whole family. It was an honour to help these soulful creatures. Spending so much time on these remote beaches, far removed from technology and light pollution, we felt a pure connection to nature. Also watching our son absorb a different culture and become friends with the local children who didn’t speak English was beautiful to witness.

Just be prepared for a lot of walking over different terrains – rocky hills, wet beaches, dirt roads. We literally wore out several pairs of shoes so make sure you bring high quality, comfortable footwear. We will definitely be doing a project like this again in the near future!

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Posted: January 12, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
41

This was the first volunteering project I worked on overseas and Green life volunteers proved to be a good choice. On arrival in Puerto Jimenez, I was met off the bus by Janina early in the morning. I had already been provided with a list of items I should bring with me to Costa Rica but should I have forgotten any items, Janina was there to show me where in town I could find things like medicines, footwear or banking services. After settling in with a host family and some orientation lessons about the local area, I met up with the project lead to discuss further the schedule for the coming weeks and discuss any concerns I may have. The activity schedule was clear and accurately reflected the program which had interested me on the Green Life Volunteers website. Working on the bird conservation project, some of my duties included social media support, bird surveys and plant nursery work. The diversity of avian species on the Osa peninsula is quite unique and was by far the richest in Costa Rica. Throughout my stay in Costa Rica, Green Life Volunteers were always providing support to enable the success of the project and to ensure a good work life balance where I could enjoy the many activities available on the Osa peninsula like surfing, fishing, kayaking and hiking in the Corcovado National Park. Costa Rica proved to be a safe destination with a friendly and helpful community who want to share in their ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle and I would recommend Green Life Volunteers to anyone who wishes to help protect the unique ecosystem of the Osa peninsula.

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Posted: April 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Hal J
Age:
32

I went to Puerto Jimenez and the farm during the summer of my sophomore year in college for the purpose of learning Spanish and immersing myself into the Costa Rican culture. Not only were those two wishes satisfied, I also experienced the life of living on an organic farm that allowed me to come into close contact with nature and to live a month undisturbed by technology. The program founder and coordinator Janina was amazing. Before I embarked on the flight to Costa Rica, I had some issue with my itinerary. She was very patient and accommodating to my circumstance until I landed on the Costa Rican soil. So I felt very safe and secure. The family was stellar! I had very minimal Spanish going into the project, and the family accepted me right away! The farm was excellent for the unique experience it had to offer, and their house in the town of Puerto Jimenez was also welcoming and warm. They treated me like a family member and were really interested in my own culture as well. Grateful for the experience.

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Posted: October 3, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Coco tang
Age:
20

I went to Puerto Jimenez and the farm during the summer of my sophomore year in college for the purpose of learning Spanish and immersing myself into the Costa Rican culture. Not only were those two wishes satisfied, I also experienced the life of living on an organic farm that allowed me to come into close contact with nature and to live a month undisturbed by technology. The program founder and coordinator Janina was amazing. Before I embarked on the flight to Costa Rica, I had some issue with my itinerary. She was very patient and accommodating to my circumstance until I landed on the Costa Rican soil. So I felt very safe and secure. The family was stellar! I had very minimal Spanish going into the project, and the family accepted me right away! The farm was excellent for the unique experience it had to offer, and their house in the town of Puerto Jimenez was also welcoming and warm. They treated me like a family member and were really interested in my own culture as well. Grateful for the experience.

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Posted: October 3, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Coco tang
Age:
20

If you are like me who is passionate about renewable energy and wouldn't mind some dirt and work, then this program is just for you. Overall, it had been a very hands-on learning journey at the beautiful Osa Peninsula.

Looking back at the program, the one thing that made it such a memorable experience was how well it was organized by Janina, the owner of Green Life Volunteer. The lectures were packed with both technical information and troubleshooting experiences taught by very experienced professionals in the PV installation industry. Outside of work, it was a full culture immersion opportunity. Janina made sure to balance work with fun by taking us onto various eye opening adventures, some only known to the residents of the peninsula. And the most memorable part of the journey was that we were able to apply our knowledge to help bring electricity to a small elementary school that went 40 years without power. It was truly a once in a life time experience; I was glad that I was a part of the change, and I will definitely consider joining the program again next year. Pura Vida!

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Posted: August 19, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: DerekC
Age:
23

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