Volunteer Opportunities

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Are you ready to do something different?

In 2011, Finca Bellavista started a volunteer program to meet requests from people all over the world that wanted to live and work within our rainforest village. Bringing on extra folks and adding helping hands seemed logical given the rapid growth of the community and needed services. Since then, the volunteer program has not only benefitted our community but has enriched many people’s lives in the process. We are happy to provide a unique experience and opportunity to the adventurous souls that gravitate towards our volunteer program and help us manifest our community goals.

The duties in the volunteer program are currently focused on enhancing the guest experience to Finca Bellavista and helping maintain our site. When funding allows, volunteer activities will supplement the programs and outreach of our non-profit branch, The Bellavista Initiative.

All positions within Finca Bellavista’s work exchange program are unpaid. We currently require a time commitment that abides by our schedule (we can no longer make exceptions, sorry).  Here is a list of our available volunteer positions for the 2014/2015 schedule  (updated November 24, 2014). These positions are ideal for folks that want to experience a different culture, a different country, warm up during the winter, practice their Spanish, or just take a break from their normal routines. Every volunteer is a part of something special here at the finca. We hope that volunteers, even though unpaid, understand that they provide a very important resource for the finca. Every action here is a contribution, from taking out the garbage, to doing dishes, to raking leaves, to planting trees, to showing curious visitors to the garden or a treehouse.  Likewise, if you have ideas or talents that you can contribute, we want to hear about them and see if we can implement them. If we cannot, please understand that many factors play into our decisions, including funding, permitting, and prioritizing other critical elements.

Please be forewarned that the finca is a dynamic environment and our daily schedules can change VERY quickly. Everybody has to help out with basic daily duties, from opening up the chicken coop and feeding the chickens, taking out the trash, to cleaning dishes, and raking leaves. While not glamorous, these activities are an element of our daily lives and very important to the cohesiveness of the daily schedule. If you feel ‘above’ doing daily chores and duties or will be offended performing them (whether a volunteer, intern, or camp host) please reconsider whether volunteering at Finca Bellavista is the right decision for you.  Humble team players with initiative are encouraged to apply.  ;-)

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

This is a great opportunity for recent graduates, travelers in their 20s & 30s, and those that want to experience Finca Bellavista on a shorter-term basis. Daily volunteer duties include showing visitors to tree houses, helping cook and clean up meals, assisting in the gardens, feeding and caring for chickens, or answering guest questions.

CAMP HOST PROGRAM

This program is geared towards retirees, couples, and other mature persons that can help with guest check-ins and check-outs, and have a desire to  interact on a more personal level with guests to Finca Bellavista. We also consider it the ‘graduate’ program for previous volunteers and ideal for persons that want an annual or re-occurring gig at the finca. Longer-term time commitments and previous volunteers are given priority for camp host placements. Camp hosts are still expected to help out with normal volunteer duties like helping in the kitchen and feeding the chickens.

INTERNSHIPS

Student internships in eco-tourism, hospitality industry and similar focuses are available upon request. A faculty point of contact must be provided, along with a project proposal to receive credit. Interns will be expected to perform normal volunteer duties.

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Our requirements:

Each person must be 18 years of age or older.

Each person must have health insurance (this can be short-term travel insurance) and have proof of insurance while on-site.

Each person must pay for their own laundry, entertainment, and care while on-site at Finca Bellavista. 

Each person must provide proof of entering Costa Rica legally and have a valid passport from their originating country.

Each person must provide their own bedding, biodegradable toiletries, and clothing.

Each person must provide their own local/domestic/international transportation to and from Finca Bellavista, including all air, bus, boat and taxi fares. In addition, you must organize or maintain their personal transportation on days off.

Each person must maintain an appropriate level of appearance, cleanliness, and attitude while on premises.

Each person must contribute $100 per week for room & board. Half of the term must be pre-paid prior to your arrival and is non-refundable. (Please understand that this amount for 3 finca fresh meals per day and lodging is extremely reasonable for Costa Rica – a country where the standard and costs of living are on par with the U.S., Canada, and other developed countries). A processing fee of $50 is also required at the time the deposit is made.

Respect for all visitors, guests, owners, and employees at FBV regardless of race, color, religion, political background, or sexual orientation. (We have a no tolerance policy for people that cannot respect others and you will be asked to leave.) You will be expected to sign and accept our Code of Conduct, included here: FBV CODE OF CONDUCT – English     FBV Código de Conducta Asociado – Espanol

What we provide:

-Volunteers have a shared room in the bunkhouse with access to the community center and the natural amenities of the finca. (Camp Hosts have a small cabin at base camp that is accessible to the community center.) The community center includes a bathhouse, barbecue area, kitchen and dining area, and an open-air rancho/lounge.

-Fantastic food and three healthful meals a day!

-An experience to live, breathe, and be in a place like nowhere else on earth! Though the finca is a bit rustic, our camp-style ambiance provides a unique experience for our on-site employees and volunteers. With a whitewater river in the front yard, a wealth of flora and fauna, and limitless opportunities to explore the beauty of the Southern Zone, volunteers have the opportunity to live in an amazing place. And, it’s an opportunity to meet interesting people and broaden your horizons in life.

-The ability to grow with us. Finca Bellavista and The Bellavista Initiative are expanding in many directions, and we are always looking for dedicated, honest, sincere folks that want to make lives for themselves here! 


To submit a VOLUNTEER, CAMP HOST, or INTERNSHIP application, please FILL OUT THIS APPLICATION  and we will get back with you as soon as possible! Our program is currently FULL through June 2015. We are, however, organizing for back-up options for November 1, 2014 – June 1, 2015.

We look forward to having you at Finca Bellavista, and becoming a part of our growing global village!