Volunteering on a Coffee Farm!
Volunteering on a coffee farm in southern Costa Rica is easily one of my best travel experiences of 2017. From being in a small town & getting to know everyone (& I mean ~ everyone, including all the local dogs), to climbing the hills every morning at 6AM, to sharing mating calls with nearby farmers, to sleeping in a log cabin with other volunteers & sharing meals together with our host family….I pretty much LOVED every aspect of this experience.
To give people an idea of what it’s like to volunteer on a coffee farm ~ I put together the video below which shows my experience: from the dusty ride up to coffee country, to the entire coffee-picking process ~ start to finish. I knew absolutely nothing about how my morning cup of “joe” was produced prior to volunteering on a coffee farm. Now I know a little bit more ; )
If you’ve ever had the desire to travel internationally, or simply a desire to volunteer, & you love coffee: volunteering on a coffee farm may be the perfect answer for your next international adventure. But don’t take my word for it ~ watch the video!
Video of Volunteering on a Coffee Farm
Follow my adventures on YouTube HERE!
How to Volunteer on a Coffee Farm
- Contact IVHQ (International Volunteer Headquarters) & ask about the “Coffee Projects” in Costa Rica. My project was based in San Jeronimo, near San Isidro.
- Contact Maximo Nivel (a Costa Rica volunteer organization) directly, & ask to speak with Andrea DeLuz about the Eco-Agriculture/Coffee Project. IVHQ partners with Maximo in Costa Rica ~ so you can volunteer through either organization.
- If you want to visit coffee country & stay with a host family, but don’t want to volunteer ~ I’d highly recommend it! You can chase waterfalls, horseback ride, learn about coffee-making, or hike to Costa Rica’s highest peak ~ all for about $28/night (including meals). In this way, you can help local farmers by bringing tourist dollars into their small communities, particularly during non-coffee season. Contact Aturena for more information.