Wildlife & Sustainability Voluntourism in Costa Rica

Costa Rica
2 to 8 weeks
Apartment Guesthouse
18 - 70 years
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About This Program

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.

Beside 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.


  • Wildlife Protection Training
  • Caribbean beaches & nightlife
  • Support Nature & Animals
  • Owner family & indigenous BriBri-Culture
  • Sustainable living education

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.

What's Included
What's Included (Extra)

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.

What's Not Included
Airport Transfers
Domestic Airfare
SIM cards
Travel Insurance
What's Not Included (Extra)

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.

At Planet One World, we have 2 different accommodations, you can read about the differences below.

Accommodation 1: 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).

Accommodation 2: (600 meters from the main house): stone house, western style toilettes, normal showers, shared kitchen, terrace, no heating (not occupied), living room.

Local cuisine: 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.

Food included: 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.

Hosted by Planet One World

Planet One World is a permaculture farm with a private tropical rainforest refuge, called “Los Guardianes”. Our mission consists of two parts. Protect nature and educate on how we can coexist with our environment by working with it and not against....

Hannes Wackerbarth, Planet One World, Costa Rica, Agroecological Farming & Wildlife Protection
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2 Weeks
$970 USD
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based on 22 reviews
  • Impact 9.3
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.9
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.5
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Everything great! :)

You will have a great time and ample opportunity to help further pursue the vision of Planet One World. Ken and his family try to protect a huge area by planting endangered species and other plants to create a safe habitat for all animals around. One World felt like home for me. I will definitely come back to see how everything has developed – quite curious about it 😊. The program was just perfect. We did so many activities inside and outside the farm, it didn’t feel like work. Ken’s friend Don Lizandro, the shaman,was a unique encounter for me. I really connected with the BriBri culture and I am so happy to see that my support in the community really helped. I highly recommend the program to anyone who wants to really experience something they can no where else. I even extended my stay.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Amazing Time

Every day seemed to be a new adventure whether it was the ranger training in the Los Guardianes Wildlife Refuge or the visit oft he BriBri reserve. You dive into an entirely new world. People are so warmhearted and friendly and do everything for you. I improved my Spanish a lot by speaking to Adolfo. He is such a lovely person and told me everything I wanted to know about his BriBri-culture. We also met his uncle the shaman in reserve and did a special ceremony. Working on the farm was always fun with all the other volunteers. I made so many friends and even met my travel buddy at Planet One World. Time is rushing by as you will stay there. The Friday tours are just amazing, and at the weekend we always went down to the beach and slept at the beach house from One World. I had so much fun, saw so many of the Caribbean side, was allowed to get to know the indigenous culture and contributed to the protection and reafforestation of the project.
Just go there and get lost

Yes, I recommend this program
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Time of my life!

I had a great time, met incredible people, made some friends for life and learned a lot about animals, plants, farming techniques and the indigenous culture. The spirit which is driving this project is unbelievable. Ken and his team are full of energy and try to spread their beliefs. We taught a school class about environmental issues and planted trees. The farm with all the animals is so beautiful and peaceful and the night walks in the refuge were always such an adventure. You see animals you’ll never see during daylight. Best of all was the rafting tour and the ranger tour at another national park, where we slept on the beach with a campfire and cooked and sang all night. My favourite person was Adolfo. He is the shaman's grandson and such a peaceful and friendly soul. He taught me a lot of Spanish while working on the farm. I was always surprised what easy natural solutions he had for everything. It was such an inspiring experience to be part of this big family. I can truly recommend you: Go and experience One World!

Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a lifetime experience

Planet One World is a once in a lifetime experience. Jungle, indigenous culture, action tours, survival trips, permacultural farming, wild animals, warmhearted family, personal care. I enjoyed my stay so much. Ken and his family are such nice persons. I felt so welcomed and loved to work with them side by side. I really like the educational approach Ken is following. It seems to me that he taught me everything he knows. Working with school classes and teach a sustainable lifestyle and environmental care was so much fun. The kids were just adorable. I was amazed by what an effort Ken is doing for us. All the unforgettable tours, the cook classes and the support of my own project on the farm. I told him what I wanted to do and he supported my idea and even got all the material. At the weekends we slept at the beach house near Puerto Viejo. Literally, it’s paradise! The beaches, the pure old deep nature, the nightlife and the alternative scene. But the best of all was the ranger training in which we patrolled the wildlife refuge and build one new ranger camp. If you want to see Costa Rica as a tourist and a local at the same time volunteer and support Ken’s project!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Amazing stay and volunteer programm

Unforgettable stay. Lovely family and staff. Planet One World is more than a volunteer program. You‘ll find so many new friends - Ken and his family aren’t just your host family they are your new home. You get to know the different cultures like BriBri or Rasta culture at Puerto Viejo. The project is amazing. I still miss the peaceful chirping at night, the calm mornings with all the animals passing by and the funny and lovely staff. You’ll never eat so healthy and tasty in your life again. Everything is directly from the farm, and Ken’s wife Jury is a great cook. Working with the other volunteers and Ken and his team was always fun and diversified. We had this incredible cute kinkajou, which we reintroduced successfully at the end into the wildlife refuge. Was so hard for me to let it go. The first times it always came back…
Weekends on the most beautiful beaches I saw so far in Central America and all the different activities and tours…One World makes you fell in love with Costa Rica and in protecting this beautiful part of the earth.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Best Volunteer Program Ever!

I researched a lot of volunteer programs before choosing one and after my stay at Planet One World i can truly say that this project is different. As Ken always says we have to work with nature and not against. The impact the project is leaving is hugh. Be it the indigenous communities, the wildlife refuge or the farm. You can see what he and his familiy created there. All the animals around are witnesses of the effort the project is doing to establish a safe habitat for them and other endangerd plant species. All what Ken was doing with us he did with passion. His drive for his farm and the rainforest is asthonisihg. During my stay we all learned so much about a sustainable lifestyle and even got the chance to educate some school classes. The reward for our work on the farm and the refuge were the tours and activities he did with us. Best of all shaman visit and rafting in the BriBri reserve. I’ll never forget this. On the weekend we were always exploring the beautiful beaches near One World. If you want to party you can sleep down at the beach house. The beach house is not really nice, but anyway you will just sleep there and it’s for free.

Yes, I recommend this program
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I came into this volunteer project of One World with one thing in mind, to really make a change. Not only was I able to fulfill my wish but I had an amazing and unforgettable time there. Ken the owner is such a funny and nice guy. He has so much knowledge about farming, the wildlife and the special plants. The highlight was definitly the trip into the BriBri reserve where we slept in the tipis for 3 days and did a rafting tour. Helping the community during this time was a great experience. All the tasks at the farm and the wildlife refuge are so diversified that you’ll never get bored. I made a lot of new friends from around the world and felt so welcomed that I have to come back!

How can this program be improved?
It’s a huge area. I think that the more volunteers are coming the better. Ken can protect this area and the faster it is possible to build up everything he already has in mind
Yes, I recommend this program



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