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Position: Sustainable Community Development Program Officer
Type: international volunteer position with lodging, training, more (see below)
Organization: Sustainability Demonstration Center
Location: near Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America / Latin America

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 Sustainable Community Development Program Officer, you will be trained on-site to fulfill the vision and mission of the Center by developing sustainable community development programs and seeking grant funds that will support these initiatives. You will play a key role in the collaborative planning of ongoing and future projects at the Center and in the local community. 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 Sustainable Community Development Program Officer position, we are looking for people who have experience with grant writing and project development. You must be organized and have clear communication skills for coordinating project development in the community and seeking sustainable ways to promote and run these projects.

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:
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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.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Mar 29 2017    ID: 39224