The Sustainability Demonstration Center, located in Costa Rica near Monteverde, is a great place for volunteers to get hands-on experience in sustainability projects and make a difference in a rural Costa Rican community. At the Sustainability Demonstration Center, we aim to demonstrate different environmentally-friendly ways of reducing the footprints we leave behind each day by leading Environmental Protection, Social and Economic Justice, and Animal Welfare programs.
As the Gardening and Animal Rehabilitation Coordinator, you will be trained on-site to be in charge of taking care of the native tree nursery, the organic vegetable garden, and the medicinal plant garden. If you also love animals, you can help with caring for the farm animals, as well as any animals that come into the wildlife rehabilitation unit. This hands-on coordinator position is key to these projects! For all volunteer positions, we welcome you to get involved in any or all projects that are going on at the Center, whether with animal welfare, social and economic justice, or environmental protection – delve into your interests and passions! We can also personalize your experience by combining elements of different positions to find the best fit for you.
We are looking for people who are passionate about sustainability, community-based projects, animal welfare and/or the environment! We want mature volunteers who are eager to make a difference and come with the intention to give of their skills and talents to make a better world. We need someone to really get involved and become part of the community. This is the perfect opportunity for either individuals, couples, or a family unit (including furry four-legged members), as we welcome diverse sets of talents and we are looking to fully integrate them into all aspects of daily living.
For the Gardening and Animal Rehabilitation Coordinator position, we are looking for people who are passionate about being outdoors with your fingers in the dirt is your passion. You would be in charge of the tree nursery as well as the organic vegetable garden and our medicinal plants. If you also love animals, you could give us a hand in caring for the farm animals, as well as any animals that come into the wildlife rehab unit. We give preference to people who have experience in this field.
You will receive free lodging at the Sustainability Demonstration Center for the duration of your stay. You could have a single or shared room and all bathrooms and showers are shared. There are different options for food - the volunteer can choose to pay for affordable meals to be prepared for you, use the common kitchen facilities to cook her or his own meals, or a combination.
You will also get hands-on training and experience with community-based sustainability programs, a chance to learn Spanish, live in a lush, tropical paradise right by a river, and immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture! Time off would also be agreed upon prior to arrival. You can hike through the forest by the Center, swim in the river to relax and connect with the natural world, participate in cultural activities and make new friends, and visit the cloud forests of Monteverde and other nearby attractions. We will accept volunteers for a minimum of 6 months, but our preference is a one-year commitment.
We have openings all year round so please let us know when you are hoping to join us! Happy to answer any questions – email us at:
Please send Veronica and Alex, the co-founders of the Sustainability Demonstration Center, an email to tell us about yourself, why you are interested in volunteering with us, any experiences and/or interests that are relevant to the position.
Check out our blog: sustainablecostarica.blogspot.com and website: sustainablecostarica.org. This video also shares what we do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN3SdOncMTU&feature=youtu.be or look us up on Facebook!
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FoodWork ID: 39223 Date posted to FoodWork.ca: Mar 29 2017
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