National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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VOLUNTEER IN COSTA RICA

This trip is organised by Projects Abroad.

 

When?
4th – 18th August 2019 (2 weeks)

Who can go?
There is space for ten YFC members aged 18-30 years old.*

How much?
 £1400 per person payable to Projects Abroad (which includes food, accommodation, insurance and excursions). There are also costs to members for travel, vaccinations and social expenditure.

Plus £30 refundable deposit to NFYFC for the multimedia presentation. 

Tell me more....

If you are passionate about farming and want to experience the unique, tropical dry climate of Central America then a trip to Costa Rica might be perfect for you.  

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the West and the Caribbean Sea to the East, Costa Rica is a beautiful country dotted by volcanoes. The mix of the climate and volcanic ash has made the land rich in nutrients and capable of hosting a huge variety of plants and animals.

There are three parts to this trip with the opportunity to live and volunteer in Costa Rica’s rural North West. The first week will be spent at a reserve learning a variety of agroecology techniques, followed by an adventure weekend and a second week working on a variety of farming, conservation and reforestation activities at the Barra Honda National Park.

You will have an opportunity to live and work with other Young Farmers from around the UK, as well as learning all about the culture and various farming practices used in Costa Rica.  Even if you don’t speak any Spanish before you go, you will find yourself coming back speaking some of the language.

The first week will be spent at Reserva Agroecologia el Toledo. Here you will get to learn a variety of farming techniques used in Costa Rica that take into account the ecological impact that they may have in the hope of still being able to conserve the land. This will involve working with various organic fertilisers, working on an organic vegetable garden and working with fruit trees at the nursery, all culminating with a swim in the beautiful waterfall pools at the reserve.

The weekend will be spent exploring the beauty of adventure and nature that Costa Rica has to offer at Guachipelin and Nacascolo Beach. The Guachipelin Adventure tour includes horseback riding, canopy walks, hot springs and river tubing through this beautiful landscape, while the Sunday will treat the group to a day off on one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches.

The second week will then see the group working on reforesting a nursery garden at our own Conservation project in the Barra Honda National Park. Aside from reforesting and farming, this will also involve various activities to study caves, bats and butterflies that make this park so unique.

At the end of the trip there will be time to visit the city of San Jose with it’s unique culture and historic buildings.  There may also be opportunities in the evenings to learn salsa, sample the local wine and try some of the amazing food.

Travelling on a Team Travel programme will allow you to explore Costa Rica in a different way to what you could imagine.  You will see how agriculture works in Central America and how different practices are used to lessen the human impact on the environment. Truly, a trip of a lifetime.

How to apply

Click here to apply for a 2019 YFC Travel trip.


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