Frequent Questions


We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that we receive in the inbox of Green Pet. This is a great place to start if you have questions about our projects. This information could answer most of the questions you may have.

How is Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is known as the jewel of Central America. It is a country of four million people. Known for its wide range of natural beauty, rain forests, volcanoes, beaches and lagoons. Amid the political unrest in many countries in Latin America, Costa Rica has a thriving democracy and promote peace and freedom of expression.

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How is Atenas?

Atenas is located in the western region of the Central Valley. At a height of 900 m is regarded the people with the best climate in the world, in which dwells a population of 26,105 inhabitants.

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What is Green Pet Foundation?

Our non-profit organization founded in 2010 whose purpose is to reforest with native fruit trees to subtract against the ecological damage caused humans to the planet, with the help of volunteers trying to make this work and other social in Atenas so that the volunteer sits save our biodiversity participant in hand with the experience to know Costa Rica and its tourist attractions. The foundation offers Spanish courses, the opportunity to help the community and know many parts of the country as a tourist.

Are there events and festivals to be taken into account when traveling to Costa Rica?

The country is almost closed during Semana Santa (Easter week) and the week between Christmas and New Year tends to be an unofficial holiday, especially in San Jose. Several towns celebrate their own saints' days, as the Day of St. Joseph (Día de San José) is March 19, while the Virgin of Los Angeles Day (the patron saint of Costa Rica) is August 2. Juan Santamaría Day on 11 April is a national hero who helped dismiss William Walker in 1856, and the "Meeting of Cultures" (Columbus Day) on 12 October, as elsewhere in the Americas, is a national party.

How old do you have to volunteer in this program?

They can engage people of any age, children have to be supervised by their immediate superiors.

When will I know specific details about the placement?

Once you have joined the program by contacting the coordinator Hannia Ledezma ( will be sent to the program guide with more details about the program and volunteer coordinator will begin to make arrangements for placement.

What language do I have to know to participate in the program?

Volunteers must be able to converse in English. We encourage volunteers to try to learn at least a little Spanish before traveling to Costa Rica, however, Spanish lessons and contact the families where they stay to help you learn what it takes to communicate in the country .

How safe is to volunteer in Costa Rica?

As in many countries, foreigners are perceived as high in Costa Rica. Although people are generally warm and friendly towards foreigners and grateful for their work as volunteers, not all people are equal. We work very hard to ensure they are placed in a safe environment. However, as in any situation at home or abroad, there is no way to erase all potential threats. Costa Rica is generally considered a very safe country, there is no violent crime, but where that has occurred, tends to be opportunistic and violent. In the main thing to worry about is pickpockets. In the center of San Jose have to be careful at all times. You should not leave anything of value in a parked car - even in the trunk - day or night. Volunteers will be given further safety tips in your orientation.

I want to know more about the flight to Costa Rica.

Volunteers should fly to San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). You will be met at the airport by our staff.

I want to know more about Spanish classes

Included in the program fee will be given Spanish lessons twice a week 1-hour and can be scheduled around your volunteer program.

What are the living arrangements when the volunteer arrives in the country?

Volunteers will be staying with family in the Atenas. All families are previously selected and program costs cover breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday. Most family homes include single or shared room and shared bathroom for everyone, and many families have been receiving volunteers for years, and have experience.

Where will I be located?

Most of the projects are close to amenities and accommodations, such as internet café, restaurants, banks, supermarkets, doctors etc. Volunteers can visit the nearby towns of beach on their day off or can choose a guided tour to any destination by choice (besides price and is optional)

How I can start the project?

You will be picked up at the international airport in Costa Rica. The cost is included. You will then be taken to your accommodation ready to start the next day orientation.

Attention: Your daily transportation to and from the project site by taxi or bus is not included in the price that you end with the foundation

How many volunteers are on site at the same time?

The number of volunteers varies greatly and depends on the time of year you choose to travel. The project may be at a maximum of 40 volunteers. All homes will be near the Atenas people downtown.

Are we able to do tourism?

Volunteers will be given an orientation of the sights on arrival. You can choose our packages entirely optional tours where a professional will be responsible for presenting all packages we have available.

We recommend that you give yourself time to see more of Costa Rica, either before or after volunteering.

What hours will I be expected to take part in the program?

Volunteers will work from Monday to Friday around 3-4 hours per day. Working hours may vary due to the nature of the program. The free days are negotiable with the project manager.

How I can pay my fees?

First you need to download the registration form, follow the instructions there raised. Then cancel the entire cost of the program you choose 15 days before you want to volunteer. Please note that all charges incurred for payment of the volunteer program fee are run by volunteers, for example, if a bank transfer incurs an expense in the home bank, interested volunteers should cancel these amounts. Seventy percent (70%) of the program fee is refundable up to two calendar months prior to the first week in which he was to begin his program.

What clothing is appropriate for the program?

Clothing should be conservative, and fresh linen is advisable as it is more convenient to work in the heat. Shoes should be comfortable.

Are there more expenses when I arrive?

They need extra money to travel locally, if desired. You may also need to meet other expenses like bottled water, personal expenses, drinks and entertainment. Attention: Your daily transportation to and from the project site by taxi or bus is not included in the price.

Do I need an entry visa (how I can get)?

Depending on your nationality and length of stay may not need a visa to travel to Costa Rica. You will need to contact their embassy in Costa Rica to find out the requirements

Is there a time of year when I can not volunteer?

No, the program is open all year.

What is the weather like in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has a tropical climate and temperature really depends on the altitude. It has distinct wet and dry seasons.

What vaccinations are required?

No vaccinations required for Costa Rica, but we advise volunteers to be vaccinated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A and B, booster doses against tetanus, polio and measles. Volunteers also need to take antimalarials and protect themselves from mosquito bites - such as malaria and dengue fever is present. Some of them can be taken in oral form so please discuss all options with your doctor to see what is best for you.

I can Bring my family / children to this show with me?

May be appropriate to take the children with you to this project, and this will be considered case by case. It's okay to be offered as a pair.

Do Vegetarians can be catered for in this program?

We are able to offer vegetarian food - please indicate on your application form if you would like this. You may need to supplement your diet with some snacks.

Do I need travel insurance?

All volunteers must have insurance. You are free to hire an insurance cover through any provider of your choice. However, as some policies do not cover volunteering, we recommend you check you are covered during your volunteer work.