Volunteer Program


Volunteer Program in Atenas, Costa Rica

The Green Pet Foundation offers unique volunteer programs in Costa Rica to enjoy a once in a lifetime ecological and cultural experience.

The volunteer program in Costa Rica has the goal that the participants help us with our socio-environmental work in the town of Atenas, Costa Rica, and that at the same time they can visit the tourist attractions of the zone, learn the Spanish language, share with the families that will house them, plant trees, and at the same time be able to explore other places in Costa Rica.

Program Description:

In groups or individually, The Green Pet Foundation offers the opportunity to volunteer your service, in which you will be able to stay with the family in the community, learn from them, and collaborate with a long list of volunteer activities in the Atenas community, which is considered to possess the best climate in the world.

We have included the following activities for volunteer:


Organic Pure Honey farm "San Isidro Products"


Summary: Small production farm of organic honey in the village of San Isidro in Atenas needs your help, this family has years of experience in extracting honey 100% pure and in the past year have begun with the sale of this high quality product in the entire community. They have also decided to expand their business by offering tours . Come learn with us and help this small business grow and achieve their dreams!


Objective: You will work on this property, create tour trails, interpretive signs, clear areas for tourists, build small roads, create tools necessary for extracting honey, help in the honey cleaning and extractor area and other important activities involved in the production of honey.


Transport to workplace: bus ($1), bus ride lasts 25 minutes.

NOTE: Available only in the month of May




Summary: This is an small nursery dedicated to growing orchids and other plants, run by a group of women to raise money to help other organizations. Tours are now being offered, and they need your help to make it more attractive to tourists as well as in the care and sale of plants.

Objectives: work with orchids in a greenhouse cared for by women that sell these plants; help in planting, making organic compost, caring for the plants, and helping in the greenhouse.

Transport to workplace: bus ($1), bus ride lasts 35 minutes.

Also: A.M.A.S.I.A (Asociacion de Mujeres Artesanas de San Isidro Atenas) is an organisation created by two women in 1994. Their aim was to give creative women an opportunity to earn, with association to INAMU (Instituto Nacional de la Mujeres), which aims to give women new opportunities and protection in a patriarchal society. Today, AMASIA grows various house plants to be sold, and also are hoping to offer the service of Comida Tipica cooking lessons, as well as orders (both individual and bulk orders for events).

In the early years of the organisation, there were 30+ women working at the compound. However, over time various commitments have caused numbers to drop. The four remaining ladies are doing an incredible job at keeping this place going. Previous investments have helped facilitate the compound and diversify its products but the women are most happy now. One of AMASIA's founders Celia stated "estamos traquillos porqué no debemos nada. Entonces estamos libres" (Translation: We are calm, because we don't owe nothing. So we are free).

However, as the years pass by, it is evermore difficult for the ladies of AMASIA to fund this place. Whilst they used to sell at La Ferria, the cost of the pitch as well as transport takes a vast proportion of their earnings. Not only this but as this small group of women get older, this is proving too much for them. Cutting off this selling opportunity provides a threat to their weekly income.

To ensure the survival of this organisation, they need your support. Though they are no longer appearing at La Ferria, they are opening their doors, offering new and exciting things. AMASIA kitchen has had a makeover thanks to Barbara, a volunteer from the Greenpet Foundation; ready for your arrival. We want you to choose AMASIA as your plant provider, to support locally grown products and the women of your community.

The women of AMASIA can't wait to show off their greenhouse filled with plants, and their cooking skills passed down through generations. Please refer to our Facebook page @AmasiaCostaRica for photos of products as well as a rough price guideline.

Please call 8887 7828 (Marlene) or 2446 4414 (Celia) (for Spanish) or message our Facebook page (for English) to arrange a visit to AMASIA or for more information. All help is welcomed, including volunteering your time.

Coffee morning :
No longer appearing at La Ferria, AMASIA is opening their doors to the public, hosting an event to give you a taster of what they have to offer.

The women of AMASIA are known for their greenthumb skills and Comida Tipica. We want you to choose us, AMASIA, for your everyday house plants and gifts, for the provision of typical Costa Rican food for your individual consumption or for events; and for the donation of your time.

This event, costing only $5, includes a tour of their greenhouse with the opportunity to buy plants, tasters of Comida Tipica as well as coffee from the Beneficia Dr San Isidro, located just opposite to AMASIA, giving you a truly local experience. We hope that our hard work will keep you coming back for more.

Please call 8887 7828 (Marlene) or 2446 4414 (Celia) (for Spanish) or message our Facebook page (for English) to express your interest and to help us gain an idea of numbers.

As parking is limited we will be meeting at the Bus station in Central Atenas at 10:15am on 7th February, where you will be met by Sian, a volunteer from England, and travel to AMASIA as a group.





Organic Estate (bestcoffeetour.com):

Summary: This is another family farm in the Atenas area which produces organic coffee on a small scale. They are also involved in tourism where this family explains the production process of coffee and give tourists a chance to taste different coffee types. They need a lot of help, you can help to make this business a success story of how small farms can succeed.

Objective: Here you can get hands on experience on how to pick coffee, pack the beans, help with the maintenance of the farm trails, create a lookouts for tourists and more.


Transport to workplace: bus ($1), bus ride lasts 25 minutes




Railroad Museum:


Summary: The railway museum is a historical treasure of Atenas and we need your help to keep it from deteriorating and losing this part of our history forever. Since Atenas cannot afford a permament staff to maintiain this facility, your help is critical to help save this architectural gem.

Objective: improve the exhibits in the museum, clean the exhibits, remodeling of the infrastructure and more.

Transport to workplace: $2 round-trip to workplace, ride lasts approximately 15 minutes.




Community Home


Summary: This is a foster home where children as young as 3 months old are accepted. They are children of mothers with little resources; often times these single mothers have the sole responsibility to care for their kids. At the community home, these mothers can drop their kids off while they go to work. As a volunteer, you can help take care of these kids as well as help them interact with other children, teach them English, prepare lunch for them, etc.

Objectives: Work with children and work together with the teacher, drawing, painting, singing, playing, etc.

Workplace/Transport: center of town, you can walk to the location from any place where you are house



Work with children between the ages of four and six:


Summary: While the Atenas public shools have kindergardens for children aged between 5-6 years old, these is no budget for English teachers in these classes. We need your help to volunteer as English teachers to teach these children basic English to help them prepare for later higher level classes.

Available Time: 7 AM to 10:30 AM

Available Locations: School kindergartens (Central, Fátima, Los Angles) Fátima - 15 minutes walking to arrive at location Los Angeles - 10 minutes walking to arrive at location or bus ($1)

Objectives: work with the teachers, cut, paste, sing, and more.




Palmares Children’s Home, work with children between the ages of zero and twelve:


Summary: The childrens’ orphan helps children from broken homes, many do not know their parents or have parents who are drug addicts.


Objectives: volunteers are needed to play with the children, teach them basic English, help with homework, etc.

Available Time: bus leaves at 8 AM ($2), bus ride last 45 minutes, arrive at location at approximately 9:30 AM, work ends at 11:45 AM




CEN CINAI (National Headquarters for Education and Nutrition Centers and Centers for Children’s Integral Care ):


Summary: This organization supports single mothers with children to provide childcare while they work a few hours to support their children, usually as maids. Most of the mothers have not completed their schooling so getting good jobs is difficult for them.


Objectives: Work with children between the ages of two and four years, work together with the teacher, drawing, painting, singing, playing, etc.

Workplace/Transport: center of town, you can walk to the location from any place where you are house

Note: only children of school age receive English classes (in school), the other children only receive English from the volunteer program





Horse Stables - “The Condor”:


Summary: Work with horses in Atenas. Some people have no place in their home to care for horses. This facility offers low cost stables for people with limited resources to be able to take care of horses that were given to them as gifts are are family heirlooms.

Objectives: work with horses; cleaning the stalls, brushing the horses, riding the horses, feeding them, cutting the grass to make food.

Transport to workplace: bus $1 round-trip, bus ride lasts approximately 20 minutes.




Work with senior citizens – Retirment/Nursing Home:


Summary: This senior citizen home offers adults that have no other place to stay, because their families cannot afford to support them or for other reasons. Volunteers are needed to spend time with time for social and other activities.


Objective: give therapies along with the therapist in charge or if you have experience you can work alone, help with the meals, walks etc.

Workplace/Transport: located in the center of town, no transportation needed





Teaching the English to children in the community:

Summary: This is English language instruction for children, youth and adults. Since English is so important in today’s world, and many families cannot afford to pay for English classes for their kids, your volunteer work with help our community of Atenas achieve greater things in life.

Objective: as a volunteer you can teach English (or other languages) to children and other people with limited resources in the community.

Available time: the program coordinator will assign you a place in the center of town for you to give classes.




Summary: This is a workshop for disabled people where they do some work which helps them feel better about themselves by being productive and gaining acceptance within the community. As we know many people discriminate against disabled people, even if it’s a mild disability. By helping out you can make a huge impact in these people’s life and make a friend forever.

Objective: a workshop for the disabled, you can help them by giving physical therapy, recreation, or any other therapy such as drawing with pencils or watercolors.

Transport to workplace: you can walk to the location from any place where you are staying





Note: The 4% of the price paid by the volunteers is used for reforestation program.