Green Life Volunteers

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Overall, I had a great experience working with Green Life Volunteers and Kuemar Organization. Upon confirming my stay, I received an informational packet from Green Life that had helpful details regarding transportation (from the airport, to the work site), a hostel recommendation for my traveling days, and set some expectations for the volunteer experience. Upon arrival, workers at the site explained to me the typical work schedule and details about the work we would be doing. The workers had so much knowledge and were sure to explain to me why we did certain tasks, answered any questions I had, and really got me involved with the work (filling out documentation, digging in nests, relocating nests). I learned so much about their conservation efforts and the research that is being done. This volunteering experience was also a great opportunity to practice my Spanish, learn about the area, and to meet volunteers from other parts of the world.

Unfortunately, I started to get sick while I was there and had to make the decision to leave early, but the workers at Green Life and Kuemar responded exactly as I would have hoped—offered to reach out to a physician they know, asked if they could assist in any way, and ultimately, were very understanding of my decision to go home.

Aside from the work, I had a pleasant experience in the recommended hostel and received quick responses from Green Life anytime I reached out.

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Posted: April 30, 2024
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: halbec44
Age:
24

I did a one-month-long internship for GLV in January and February of 2024. I combined this with the Teaching Kids and Community Center project in Puerto Jimenez. I feel really grateful to have worked for someone with such a beautiful organization. I helped strengthen Green Life's presence on social media and different volunteer websites and even though I was there for just a month, I feel like I have been able to make a difference for Janina's organization and that makes me very happy!
Especially the combination with the project at the library was absolutely perfect for me. I was able to fully immerse myself in the Costa Rican culture, by staying with a host family. They were truly my family away from home and I got close with them throughout my stay. I was able to set up an English summer camp for the local kids and apart from that, I got to help out at the library and improve the place.
I had a wonderful time and would recommend both projects to anyone who wants to experience the "normal" work life in Costa Rica. It is super special to feel a part of the strong community the people have built in Puerto Jimenez, I will cherish that feeling for the rest of my life.
Janina helped me out so much during the application process. She helped my prepare my international and national flights. Gave me all the information I needed for traveling to Costa Rica and prepared everything for when I got there. We met up a couple of times for work and she took me out twice, to have lunch outside of work. I got to experience up close that for Janina, every volunteer is special and different. She puts so much effort in every single person, I cannot imagine any other program will give you the same treatment. I don't have anything bad to say, it was absolutely the best experience of my life and i will recommend Green Life Volunteers to everyone that asks.

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Posted: February 25, 2024
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: RozelijnG
Age:
21

I volunteered for two weeks at the Mariposa camp in Carate for turtle conservation, and these were absolutely two of the most special weeks of my life. I would recommend the COPROT camps to anyone who wants to experience this beautiful life in one of the most rural and biologically diverse places on earth.
The team at the camp made me feel extremely welcome from the start. I have made connections with the people there and learned things from them (and about myself) that I will never forget.

I am normally a person who likes comfort and city life, but I wanted to do something outside of my comfort zone and I am so happy I did!! I saw so many amazing animals, like the scarlet macaws, a baby alligator, different types of monkeys, and of course the mama and baby turtles. Almost every evening I went to the beach to enjoy the breath-taking sunsets. The peace in this place is amazing and is something I will never forget.
Even though the camp has a pretty simple layout, it is super clean and there is enough space for everyone to relax. Waking up in the middle of the night to go on a patrol is definitely not easy, but it is all worth it, when you get to help a mama turtle with her nest or see wild babies hatch. You need to love a bit of hard work, but if you do, the rewards are truly unforgettable.
Once again: I would advise this to anyone. Get out of your comfort zone and do it, because staying at the COPROT camp is an experience you will hold on to for the rest of your life!!

I worked with Green Life Volunteers for this project and I am extremely grateful for all the help I got leading up to and during my volunteer time. Janina was super nice and actually recommended the turtle conservation project to me. She helped me book the national flights, choose a hostel in San Jose, get a taxi to and from the project, and much more. She has become a true friend during my time here and I would absolutely recommend working with Green Life Volunteers to anyone who wants to volunteer in Costa Rica.

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Posted: February 13, 2024
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
21

My son and husband participated in Green Life’s biological research station volunteer program during the Christmas holidays. I cannot express our gratitude for the excellent experience they had. They are both naturalists and animal enthusiasts. They had a wonderful time and learned a lot from the experts there. The center was professional, well organized, and the people were very friendly. The administration by Green Life Volunteer’s central office was also outstanding. If you’re looking for a volunteer project involving animals and nature, this is the perfect place.

 

- Leigh (50)

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Posted: June 13, 2022
Overall:
7
Support:
7
Value:
7
By: mcneildan
Age:
32

volunteering at the wildlife sanctuary was truly an educational and amazing experience. The work they are doing there with rehabilitating the hurt animals is truly amazing. It definitely took us a couple days to get settled in but wouldn’t have want to miss it for the world. Everybody was so friendly, flexible and accommodating. One of my favorite parts was rehabilitating the baby sloths, which definitely made other tasks such as cage cleaning worth it! To everyone who is part of this project, thank you so much for letting me be part of it and please keep up the amazing work as i am sure its making a great positive difference to costa rica’s wildlife:)

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Posted: September 9, 2021
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
20

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