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ECV Volunteer & Internship Program Details

El Centro Verde provides an excellent opportunity to combine work, study and adventure, close to the beach. ECV volunteers and interns are immersed in the daily activities of small farm life in the tropics. Volunteers/interns have the opportunity to participate in ongoing projects at ECV including:

  • image30Plant propagation
  • Gardening & Nursery work
  • Erosion Control
  • Reforestation
  • Permaculture Design
  • Soil Fertility & Enhancement

Additionally, interns may develop projects related to their individual areas of interest which are congruent with ECV’s mission. Independent study credits may be arranged.

During downtime, ECV volunteers/interns are free to enjoy area activities at their own cost. Activities include snorkelling, surfing, horseback riding, zip-line canopy and sea turtle nesting tours.

Depending on timing and availability, participants may have the opportunity to work with ECV partner organizations such as Restoring Our Watershed or VerdiAzul, a local sea turtle project.

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Program Costs:

Short Term Volunteer (Staying less than 1 month) - $75/week

Long Term Volunteer (Intern - Staying more than 1 month) - $200/month

CabinaCosts include accommodations in a rustic forest cabin, access to the ECV tools/library, and instruction by ECV Director and ecologist, Tom Peifer.

ECV provides sheets for cabin bunks, hand laundry facilities, and basic cooking tools and utensils. Meals are not included in the program cost at ECV. Most volunteers spend between $35-45 on food per week.

Program costs must be paid in US dollars or local colones upon arrival at ECV.


Cabina KitchenTypical Daily Schedule:

6:00-11:00 Garden, Nursery, Forest Work/Activities
11:00-2:30 Lunch/rest
2:30-5:00 Garden, Nursery, Forest Work/Activities

This schedule applies to Monday-Friday and a half-day on Saturday.



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