Green Life Volunteers

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I chose this company because they provided the most help getting to and from the project in a very remote location of Costa Rica. For that I was willing to pay a bit more than other companies. While that part of the trip went well, I was quite disappointed that I did not get so much as a follow up email after I arrived at the project to ensure things were going as planned. In addition, the project itself was not exactly as described. It was promoted as on the beach, however, it was actually about a 20 minute drive. In my down time I was pretty much stranded at a small house that did not have enough beds for everyone there. In addition, I was not given any more direction on how valuable knowing certain Spanish words would be for my contribution to the project. While I did study Spanish before I went it would have been more useful to study the Spanish most pertinent to the project. Overall, I did not feel like I was properly prepared for my time on the project and would not recommend using Green Life Volunteers for this reason.

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Posted: November 16, 2019
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
5
By: Raina
Age:
36

I wanted to make sure that my contribution was helpful, and that I wasn't creating more problems rather than helping. This programme was EXACTLY what I was looking for, and loads more besides. From the moment I got in touch with Janina she was so helpful; nothing was too much trouble and she responded quickly to my numerous queries. She described in detail each project so I could make an informed decision and not choose something unsuitable. Janina also talked me through the various options I had for accommodation whilst I was there. She listened to my particular needs and found me the perfect local host family. I wanted to be a part of the community whilst I was there, not spending all my time with the other volunteers, and maybe even learn some Spanish! She even picked me up at the airport. The project itself was pretty hard work, but totally amazing. We hiked out into different parts of the jungle nearly every day, putting up audio devices to listen for spider monkeys, and possible illegal human activity, battling 40 degree heat and high humidity on day-long difficult jungle hikes. But the rewards were amazing. We explored parts of the jungle that most people aren't given access to, we saw wildlife every day, we even had some monkeys throw their poo at us (!) which we needed for our research. It was such a wonderful experience, I loved every single day, and I have definitely made friends for life. Because I arranged this through Green Life Volunteers and knew Janina, I met some other people who were running different projects in the same area who also needed some help, so I actually got to help on some other projects too whilst I was there. I only wish I could have stayed longer.

I did a lot of research around the web and realised quickly that many overseas volunteer programmes are not what they seem. 'Voluntourism' is seen as a big money-making for some people, so you need to do a lot of research before committing to anything. I thoroughly recommend Green Life Volunteers. All the projects are genuine, and well-considered, and you will be making a real difference. The small fee which GLV charged me was nominal, just to cover admin costs. You shouldn't be asked to give much more than your time. I also paid for my food and accommodation. Be wary of any organisation which asks you for lots more money just for you to have the right to 'volunteer'.

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Posted: September 12, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
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We spent 2 weeks volunteering in Piedras Blancas National Park in March 2019, based at El Bonito ranger station. We were doing things like clearing trails through the park, putting up new signs and installing trap cameras. We were surrounded by incredible wildlife the entire time; toucans, macaws, agoutis, squirrel and white-faces capuchin monkeys, leaf-cutter ants and many more. Janina went above and beyond to find us the right volunteering programme and make sure we were well prepared. She was also super helpful with any questions we had, and we even ended up going to Panama after we finished on her recommendation. The park rangers were very funny, and patient with our low level of Spanish. Walking around the park whilst on tasks with them was like we had our own guide as they have incredible knowledge of the wildlife in the park. Most importantly, being in the jungle for those 2 weeks was an experience I’ll never forget and I’m so happy I had the chance to do it.

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Posted: April 24, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: Lila SR
Age:
18

My two week excursion with Green Life Volunteers exceeded my expectations. Janina's organization, enthusiasm, kindness, and humor throughout the trip united the diverse group of volunteers and allowed for a fun and engaging learning environment. Week one was spent in a classroom and workshop environment, giving everyone an opportunity to learn the technical application of solar power, as well as get hands-on to assemble panels with some of Puerto Jimenez's nicest community members. The second week was spent teaching students at a local high school and doing solar installs at two different schools—both totally rewarding experiences. I won't forget to mention the thrill of the dolphin tour, surfing, waterfall hikes, zip-lining, and bike on the beach activities. I've never seen such stunning flower, insect, and animal diversity in one place in my life!

I highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to explore Costa Rica or build resilience in rural communities. You're guaranteed to gain knowledge on solar systems, meet the most genuine people, get postcard-perfect pictures, and make unforgettable, adventurous memories. Oh, and try some of the best coffee, chocolate, and plantains in the planet—a perfectly delicious diet to survive by, even for a vegan like me ;)

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Posted: October 28, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Jzouras
Age:
25
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Posted: August 29, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: athornton
Age:
23

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