Green Life Volunteers

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9.4 / 10 after 35 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: www.glvolunteers.com

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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
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10
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10
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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
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10
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10
By: DerekC
Age:
23

I participated in the first run of the Solar Volunteer Project and it far exceeded my expectations. There were two days of theory on off grid solar taught by an excellent solar technician in the area brad. Followed by hands on classes on building solar panels from inexpensive materials where we worked along side locals who also wanted to learn. The two week program also included hands on installation of panels on a school that previously had no electricity or lighting, a visit to an off grid permaculture farm, inevitable chances to immerse in the biodiversity of the area, and the opportunity to experience the chill night life of the town. The group bonded and became like family. Was truly an unforgettable experience.

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Posted: August 8, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9
By: JayWye
Age:
22

An absolutely fantastic experience. Amazingly informative on the practical aspects of solar, while at the same time extremely rewarding and helpful to the host community. I actually got to see the lights go on in a school house that had been powerless for forty years. Mixed with the project was an absolutely amazing adventure, got to experience the wonderful biodiversity of the Osa, from monkeys and dolphins to you name it, and enjoy the exciting night life, salsa dancing in the local bars and relaxing with a beer on the beach. As well, the small structure of GL volunteers means that it relies highly on local businesses and all the funding goes directly into the community. Above and beyond expectations in reward and fun! Janina is the best!

Also, I was put in a host family on the beach with tropical scarlet macaws serenading me on my way to the workshops. Couldn't recommend enough.

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Posted: July 22, 2016
Overall:
10
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10
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10
By: JakeH
Age:
30

I participated in the 2-week solar power workshop in June 2016. I came to the workshop with a general interest in clean energy and a desire for an immersive travel experience.

In addition to learning all things solar (theory, system design and maintenance, installation, and how to build a panel using cosmetically defective cells), I made chocolate from start to finish on an off-grid farm, practiced my Spanish with the locals, hiked to a waterfall in Matapalo, volunteered at a local butterfly farm, surfed, kayaked, went horseback riding, and observed an abundance of wildlife (dolphins, monkeys, toucans, scarlet macaws, and crocodiles to name a few).

Green Life Volunteers does an excellent job of balancing work and play. My experiences were life changing and I wish I could have stayed longer! Highly recommend.

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Posted: July 19, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
27

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