Planet One World is an agroecological farm in the tropical rainforest Los Guardianes Wildlife Refuge. Our mission is to protect this astonishing piece of earth and through following our vision, we try to educate people on different sustainable living techniques. These mainly focus on working with nature. Participating at Planet One World's Voluntourism, you will gain deep insights into agroecological farming, wildlife protection, animal husbandry, wild animal treatment as well as forestry and forestry engineering.
Besides that, Planet One World is working together and supporting BriBri-communities. Get to know the indigenous culture, sleep in Indian tipis, experience a rafting tour in the BriBri-reserve and have an in-depth conversation with a shaman. Volunteering should be mutually beneficial for the environment and you! That is why we do activities and tours on Friday and leave the weekends for you to use the beach house and relax on the beach.
- Be a Wildlife Sanctuary ranger, monitor animals in the rainforest, have physical contact with wildlife in the farm, the sanctuary and at the local Rescue Center.
- Lose yourself in the beauty of nature and enjoy exploring Costa Rica during our tours and your leisure time down at the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rican Caribbean side.
- Teach at a local school, get to know alternative constructions.
- Live and work within a remote indigenous village, learn from a traditional Awá Shamán (an ethnobotanical indigenous doctor), gain real farm work skills.
- We speak fluent English, Spanish, German and Japanese, and even some BriBri! To improve your communication skills you will learn some Spanish during your time here.
What to Expect
A DAY IN THE LIFE:
8:00 am- The volunteers eat breakfast together in the living room of the main house of Planet One World.
9:00 am- there is a brief introduction to the day's tasks. Depending on the size of the group, the volunteers will be divided into teams all led by one of the staff.
Daily tasks on the farm include feeding the animals and harvesting fruits and vegetables, maintenance of agricultural facilities as well as the construction of new facilities or permaculture planting grounds.
12:00 - there is lunch that is followed by a break.
2:30 pm- the group is again in the living room to review the afternoon tasks. Working in the Wildlife Refuge includes tasks as scientific studies, installation of tracking cameras, maintenance of camps and park ranger trails in the refuge as well as the ranger training at which the volunteers learn how to move in the rainforest, how to read traces and how to react to different kind of animals.
5:00 pm- Volunteers are done for the day and can enjoy there leisure time. Around 6:30 - 7:00 pm- Dinner is served. Most of the time all volunteers are talking and playing in the living room or doing sports in the little gym.
Working hours Monday to Thursday: 9:00 - 12:00 / 2:30 - 5:00 PM
Friday is tour day or an excursion to know the culture and the diverse nature of the Caribbean of Costa Rica.
Saturday and Sunday: there is the possibility of sleeping down in the house in Playa Negra (1km from the old port). So volunteers can enjoy the beaches and the Caribbean nightlife.
Activities: each Friday is activity time. Waterfalls, shaman visit, sleeping in tipis and rafting in the indigenous reserve, jungle day trips, barbecue at the beach.
Good communication: Ken the founder speaks fluently German, Spanish, English and Japanese.
If you decide to use our offer to sleep in the beach town on the weekends you have to take care of your own food.
You have to have a foreign health insurance.
Housing & Meals
At Planet One World, we have 2 different accommodations, you can read about the differences below.
Wooden house, Western-style toilettes, normal showers, balcony (in the morning you can see many hummingbirds or toucans, sometimes monkeys), shared kitchen, living room with sofas, no heating (not occupied).
600 meters from the main house, stone house, western style toilettes, normal showers, shared kitchen, terrace, no heating (not occupied), living room.
It's local cuisine with organic food from the farm. Rich, beans, salat, a lot of different vegetables, meat. Planning of a construction of a pizza oven is in progress.
It is full dining, 3 meals per day, and all the fruits they can find on the farm. If the volunteers decide to leave the farm to go to the beach or even to sleep at the beach house, they have to take care of themselves.
You will leave a big impact. Strengthening the indigenous communities by contributing with your work and your interest in their culture and way of life. You protect a high biodiverse nature reserve where endangered animals and plants will find a long-term home and we won't stop there. Our vision is to protect as much nature as possible. We further try to convince more private owners to join our private Los Guardianes Wildlife Refuge.
Additionally, we hope that the impact will also affect you. We will make an effort to give you a good sustainable living education. Being aware of these things you are a big part of the overall impact you will leave and also get by volunteering at Planet One World.
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