Green Life Volunteers

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Janina is a very helpful and passionate program coordinator. Upon my arrival to Puerto Jimenez, she took me around the town and helped me by supplies, even took me for a dip in the ocean with her dogs. I felt as though she treated me like a friend, and that was very nice welcoming day.

The Green Life Volunteers program offers a variety of opportunities to experience life in different parts of the country as well as do work on many different projects, whatever your interests may be.

I chose the organic farming and sea turtle conservation. Life on the farm was incredible, but not for people who are squeamish about insects and animals. However, if you are looking to step out of your comfort zone and live in the heart of nature, be in awe of the beauty that surrounds you every morning and see what it is like to live simply, and with hard work, this is definitely a project you should consider. It was by far my most memorable experience to date. It is also a huge plus that my host mom is an amazing cook! The family is so kind and one of my favorite parts of being there was laying in the hammocks after dinner with everyone and talking, as we listened to the sounds of the insects and frogs in the the laguna.

The sea turtle project was really fun and a great way to meet volunteers from all over the world. Be prepared to walk at least 7 miles on the nightly patrols, along the beach. You should probably be in pretty decent physical condition before considering this project. I lost about 15lbs during my month in costa rica, and it felt great to get so much exercise! You will be served healthy meals and will eat in a family-like atmosphere with the rest of the volunteers. You will have a LOT of downtime to enjoy the beach or read, write, play music, SURF, whatever your interests are. A perfect mix of work & vacation. Keep in mind, that it's best to visit the project during "high" season for turtles. Unfortunately, during my 1 week stay in July, I did not see any turtles. Only a few tracks, with no nests... It's best to go in September- November. However, I do not regret my time at the project, because I met so many amazing people and truly had the time of my life.

I would definitely recommend Green Life volunteers to anyone and plan on returning again to try other projects or maybe the same ones. :)

Thank you, Janina for such a wonderful organization and experience.

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Posted: August 3, 2015
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10
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10
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10
Age:
29

My name is Kaho Leung and I did my graduation internship at Green Life Volunteers. Janina Schan is the owner, a very helpful young woman who has a clear vision on the idea of volunteering. All of her projects are handpicked by herself to see if these projects are really sustainable by giving back to the locals & environment. This triggered me to come to Costa Rica and spend my 7 months here. My job was focused on marketing development of Green Life Volunteers on one hand and on the other hand I was doing my research on target segmentation of the volunteering industry of students volunteering abroad. I worked 5 days a week with Janina on the assignments which could be for example: posting on job platforms, contacting tour operators for a collaboration, making movies of the projects, online content management on the website etcetera. Of course, Janina helped me alot with giving advice and information but there was also free space for my own ideas on certain subjects which I really appreciated because that kept me motivated as well during this time. There was also time for fun things in the weekend for example: watching wildlife, boat tours, surfing, drinking or just having quality time with nice friends on the beach. I would really recommend Green Life Volunteers to volunteer because they have real sustainable projects with the same quality as other volunteering organizations, they are one of the cheapest in Costa Rica and I just wish Green Life Volunteers to grow in having more volunteers for Janina.

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Posted: June 29, 2015
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10
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10
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10
By: kaho
Age:
25

I have spent four months in Costa Rica and got to know five different volunteer jobs. My longest stay was with the organisation GreenLifeVolunteers. I have worked six weeks in the Dog & Cat Rescue Project and this time was literally the very best time I have had in Costa Rica! I loved the project work with the animals and I have had the best supervisor, Janina. She was always there for me and gave me the best support I could get, not like a boss but like a friend. I loved to live with my host family, it just felt like home and for me living with a native family was the best way to house. Due to my other experiences with volunteer organisations, I really can say that GreenLifeVolunteers is a very good opportunity to do some volunteer work abroad. They do not have exaggerated fees like some other organisations and the money you spend really goes to your accommodation. If I ever get the chance to go back to Costa Rica once again, my first stop is defenitely going to be this place and I would recommend a stay with GreenLifeVolunteers to everyone who is interested in volunteering abroad!

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Posted: June 26, 2015
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
19

I did my graduation internship at Green Life Volunteers in Costa Rica. Green Life Volunteers is a very nice non-profit volunteer organization. Green Life Volunteers is offering diverse volunteer projects to the volunteers with cheaper cost.The owner is Janina Shan, she is a very nice person she always trying to help volunteers when they get some problems. She helped me a lot during my internship as well. For example, she helped me to find volunteers for the interview of my own research. She arranged accommodation for me during my internship in Costa Rica. I visited some volunteer projects which was very nice experience.

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Posted: June 23, 2015
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9
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9
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9
By: Guanhao
Age:
28

Green Life Volunteers has only strengthened my desire to travel and explore different cultures. There’s a big difference between volunteering in your home country and doing so abroad. You experience so much more by living in a way that’s new to you. Well, at least I did.

If you want a full, week by week play of my time in Costa Rica with Green Life Volunteers you can just go to the site and check out the blog. Because all of that is there, I’ll try to keep this post as brief as I can.

The decision to go to Costa Rica, despite my parent’s barely-hidden disapproval, was the best I've made in years. People constantly ask me how it was and I always find trouble adequately answering the question. Does “It was the one of the best experiences of my life” sound too forward? In all honesty, that's no exaggeration. No other period in my life have I grown so much as an individual. It’s one thing to head off on your own for college, but an utterly different thing to head to a Spanish-speaking country with little internet, no friends, and no knowledge of where you’re going.

I can understand why my parents had doubts about this trip. But I know that they could see how happy I was there and how much more independent and able I am now as a result. Most of my friends stayed home and worked in a typical office, doing basic intern duties. I, on the other hand, explored a foreign country, became more proficient in another language, made friends from across the world, made a difference, and learned more about myself than I would have stuck at home.

Keep in mind that on the blog postings I didn't even mention all of the great experiences I had. I didn't talk about the travelling I was able to do in throughout the country, or the pure bliss of living in a small rural beach town. I didn't talk about all of the friends I made (both locals and international volunteers), nor did I mention all of the animals we helped. If I could show you some before-and-after photos of the dogs and cats, how their personalities changed, how their physical bodies improved, you would be able to understand the impact made.

Janina, Green Life’s creator and supervisor, is just the best. She personally supervises all of the volunteers from Puerto Jimenez, where she lives. When you join a GLV program, you’re not just sent off into the unknown by yourself. Janina will usually check in on volunteers during their stay. If you’re in Puerto Jimenez, like I was, you never have to worry about being alone in a foreign country. She’s always available when you need her and does everything she can to make sure you feel comfortable. In all honesty, that’s the difference between GLV and other volunteer abroad programs. Because GLV is small, Janina personally knows and has tested out all of the volunteer opportunities and is able to watch out for every volunteer.

The only advice I can give is that you should just do it. If you've been thinking about doing something unique for more than a few months, go ahead and take a leap of faith. Save up, plan it out, and go ahead. Life is short, and people keep forgetting just how little time you really have to experience it.

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Posted: November 19, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: ABrown
Age:
19

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