FARMING PLACEMENT 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, participation fee 280€ per week.
- Code : G/CRC/FP2017
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ESP
- Age : 18 - 99
GREEN LION COSTA RICA
With the farming placement, depending on the farm, you may have the opportunity of staying on the farm rather than with other participants in town, although you will not be far away. This placement will vary depending on the season. You will be based with one farm, but may spend time at others to experience different aspects of rural life, such as cheese or honey production. Many farms have a wide variety of livestock and crops, and several projects on the go at any time, so be willing to get your hands dirty! If there are opportunities to take part in rural development or agronomy projects during your stay, we will make sure that you are involved. The main aim is for you to get in depth experience of Costa Rican agriculture. You will be involved in the heart of the community, gaining a unique insight into traditional and more modern, green, farming methods. The second objective is to assist local farmers and provide valuable cultural interchange – if you have farming experience or an agronomy background, please share your knowledge.
Your new home will be one of two newly built eco houses in our centre in Esparza: Jaguar House and Toucan House. The two houses sleep up to 22 people. Most rooms have 2 bunk beds and are shared on a single gender and maximum of 4 person per room basis. One room in each house has a bunk bed with a double bed below, single above, suitable for couples or small families, if needed. (Private rooms can be obtained at additional cost; this must be arranged before arriving for your program). Each house has two western style toilets and cold showers. Most houses in Costa Rica have only cold water, and it is refreshing in the heat of Esparza. Windows are fitted with mosquito screens and there are 2 fans in every room. All doors are lockable and we advise you, for added security, to make use of this when you leave your room. Each house has a washing machine and there is space to hang clothes to dry – they dry quickly! Both houses have a communal area where you can relax with fellow participants or use the free WiFi. There is also a large dining hall/games room/communal area shared by both houses, with free WiFi, TV and table tennis, and a large garden of tropical plants, including coconut palm, papaya, banana, and citrus Three meals a day on weekdays (two on weekends) are included during your stay. The meals will mainly be a mix of traditional and modern Costa Rican food, so you may experience the Costa Rican take on foods you will be familiar with. Most meals will include either fish, chicken, pork or beef, but vegetarians can be catered for.
Esparza is a medium-sized agricultural town nestled amongst the mountains above Rio Barranca, in the Central Pacific Coast area of Costa Rica. The area was first settled by the Chorotega and Huetar peoples. The Chorotega people fled from Mexico 1,500 years ago and brought their traditions with them. This is a possible reason why there are Mexican words which jump several countries and turn up again in Costa Rica. The Spanish town was founded in 1577, making it the second oldest in the country. It has a rich history which includes legends of hidden pirate gold. Esparza is the second largest canton in the province of Puntarenas, covering an area of 216.80 km², and with a population of approximately 35,000. The pace of life is relaxed. It is not unusual to see horses being ridden in the street. The town itself is off the tourist trail. However, the nearest beach for surf and relaxation is only 20 mins (14kms) away. Within a distance of 25 kilometers, you can also find canopy tours as well as the world-famous attractions of Puntarenas, including a marine park and a newly renovated marina. Likewise, the nearest national park, Carara, is only an hour’s drive away. There are shops within 300 metres of the centre, and bars, restaurants, and an excellent public pool within 15 minutes walk. There is an ATM within 1km and more ATMs in town, about 2kms. Buses into town and further afield leave from within 300ms of the centre. Esparza and the surrounding area has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants within easy reach. There will be a weekly evening activity, such as dancing lessons, cooking lessons, Spanish lessons or a trip to a nearby town or tourist destination. Every month, on a weekend, there will be an organised trip to a tourist destination – volcano, beach, waterfall, canopy, ziplining, horse riding etc. When there are local events and fiestas we will make sure that you are involved. Esparza and Puntarenas have plenty to offer for weekend activities, including horse riding, watersports (surf is huge), game fishing, canopy tours, hotels to suit all budgets, and some of the best scenery in the world. Puntarenas is also ideally suited to take a scenic ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula and its many secluded beaches. Esparza is on the Panamerican Highway, so access to the rest of Costa Rica and the rest of the American continent is at your doorstep.
Additional equipment: – Casual dress is appropriate during your time on the project. Please also bring rough clothes in case we are able to assist in light construction work. – Sturdy boots and long trousers are advisable for farm work and a sun hat is highly recommended. – Rabies vaccinations are recommended. Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, participation fee 280€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends). Reception at SJO (Juan Santamaría) on Sundays.