COCOA FARM COSTA RICA
Do you feel like waking up in the morning with a view of lush green fields and breathtaking mountain scenery? Then pack your bags, we’ll take you to paradise! Do you feel at home in nature and prefer to be outside all day? Are you interested in the organic cultivation of fruits and vegetables? At the Cocoa Farm you can experience all this and much more. The farm offers you the unique opportunity to live and work in the middle of the jungle of Costa Rica. You will be constantly in the green and you can explore the fascinating environment with two volcanoes, rainforests, enchanting waterfalls, exotic animals and plants.
Have you ever wondered where chocolate actually comes from? Here you can learn! Help the farm grow organic cacao and learn all about the exciting process of making chocolate. Prove your green DNAby planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables. In your free time, you can visit the magical Río Celeste or check out the cacao factory.
Type of program
Bijagua de Upala, Costa Rica
7 hours per day (8:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00), Monday – Friday
Every 1st Saturday of the month
English and Spanish basic knowledge (desirable)
Like to be in the nature
Single or shared room on the farm premises
3 meals per day included
English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Mobile internet with SIM card from WanderWorld Travel
From 1.100,00 €
Type of program: Cocoa Farm
Program location: Bijagua de Upala, Costa Rica
Working hours: 7 hours per day (8:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00), Monday – Friday
Program start: Every 1st Saturday of the month
Duration: 1-6 months
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: English and Spanish basic knowledge (desirable)
Requirements: like to be in the nature
Accommodation: shared rooms on the farm premises
Meals: 3 meals per day
Support: English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Internet: Mobile internet with SIM card from WanderWorld Travel
Price: from 1.100,00 €
Our finca is an ecological farm that allows participants to experience the nature and culture of rural Costa Rica. It is located far from civilization in the middle of the green jungle, surrounded by a rugged volcanic landscape. Numerous hiking trails and a huge national park invite you to hike and observe animals.
Cocoa fruit grows on the farm all year round. After the beans are harvested and dried, they are processed into chocolate and sold in the farm’s own factory in Playas del Coco.
The mission of the farm is a responsible use of resources and nature. The farm is a member of a worldwide initiative to promote organic agriculture. Above all, sustainable farming is close to their hearts. In addition to learning about organic farming, participants can also learn about local ecology and culture. The farm also aims to be as self-sufficient as possible. Fruits and vegetables are grown by hand and used daily in the fresh, home-cooked meals. You will experience first hand how exhausting, but at the same time incredibly beautiful it can be to “put your own food on the table”. And it’s guaranteed to taste even better!
The concept of the farm is “learning by doing”. You will take part in the daily tasks of the farm, work as part of a team and learn to speak Spanish. You don’t need any knowledge or experience to participate. Everyone can contribute their own strengths and skills. The most important thing is that you want to learn new things and have fun at work.
Are you a team player and do you like to get to know people? Then you will be warmly welcomed by the staff at the farm. There you will not only become part of the team, but part of the family. Through joint projects and meals, everyone will come together and you will never feel alone. You can expect warm and funny people, Latin American culture, exciting adventures and tropical nature.
From the bean to the chocolate. At the cocoa farm you get the opportunity to get to know all stages of cocoa production. Starting with the different varieties and tree species to the finished chocolate bar. From raising the seedlings, planting, grafting and pruning, harvesting the fruit, fermenting, drying and finally making the chocolate. During planting and harvesting you will be hands on and along the way you will learn everything there is to know about making chocolate.
The cocoa harvest is absolutely manual work. Therefore, many farms need assistance during the harvest. The large fruits are cut off the tree with a knife and then opened to extract the beans. You will probably be surprised that the fresh beans are white and inedible. Only after a long process do they develop the familiar cocoa aroma.
But the tasks on the farm are many and do not revolve exclusively around cocoa.
Want to try life as a self-supporter? Then the farm is the place to be. Here you can not only feed the driver’s own chickens and collect eggs, but also harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from your own garden. Prove your green thumb by helping out with planting, watering and tending the beds. All of the farm’s homegrown food will be used in daily meals.
The small town of Bijagua is located in the middle of the green valley between the two volcanoes Miravalles and Tenorio in the beautiful north of Costa Rica. The farm has 6 hectares of production area and 4 hectares of forest reserve. This is a breathtaking virgin forest (also called primary forest) that is almost untouched by humans. It is home to many tropical and rare animal species such as sloths, giant butterflies, tapirs and pumas. Not only the wild orchids will amaze you there. Bijagua is covered with fertile farmlands, lush green meadows and orchards with all kinds of exotic fruits. The jungle provides the ideal habitat for hummingbirds, toucans and parrots. But this place is not only a paradise for bird lovers. Bijagua is the perfect place to relax and enjoy pure nature.
There are also numerous excursion possibilities nearby. Only a few kilometers away is the Tenorio National Park of the volcano of the same name. Adventurous hikes, suspension bridges and fascinating cliffs await you there. You should not miss the view of the most beautiful waterfall in Costa Rica: the Río Celeste. The ice-blue water of this river is unique and beautiful. You can reach this magical place in only 15 minutes by car.
Love of nature and plants – you don’t need any other special qualifications. The most important thing is that you enjoy working on the farm and are motivated to lend a hand. Furthermore, you should have the desire to learn Spanish and to get involved with people and culture that are still unknown to you. Open-mindedness towards other ways of life and people from all over the world is just as important as the willingness to learn new things and to work in a team. In return, you can expect to live and work in breathtaking natural surroundings and, above all, have a lot of fun!
The national language in Costa Rica is Spanish. You do not need to know Spanish to participate in the program. However, it is an advantage to speak some Spanish, since not all team members of the farm know English. If you do not have any knowledge of the language, we recommend that you attend a language course at the beginning of the trip, which we will gladly organize for you. Your language skills will also improve on the spot.
You can decide if you prefer to stay in a shared room or in a single room (extra charge). The lovingly furnished rooms are located on the farm grounds – in the middle of nature.
Meals on the farm are included, you will be provided with three meals a day. You can also help with the preparation of the food and learn new recipes.
YOUR CONTACT PERSON COSTA RICA
Lisa is German and emigrated to Costa Rica with her Costa Rican husband. Before that, she has visited the country a few times and therefore already knows very well about the culture, traditions and local conditions. After falling in love with the country and its people, she decided to live where others vacation. She speaks fluent Spanish as well as German and English. Lisa will be happy to welcome you in San José with her warm and funny nature and is eager to introduce you to her beautiful adopted country. As your local contact person, she will answer all your questions and you can always approach her if you need help. Lisa will take care of you during the introductory meeting in San José. For questions of any kind during your stay in Latin America, an English-speaking contact person is available via WhatsApp in the same time zone.
SERVICES AND PRICES
- 1st month in start package: 1.350,00 €
- Extension month: 810,00 €
- As 2nd or 3rd program: 1.120,00 €
- 1st month in starting package: 1.100,00 €
- Extension month: 560,00 €
- As 2nd or 3rd program: 870,00 €
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