longer term stays & hands on expirience
In a nutshell
Accomodation & Meals included
Support rescue and rehabilitation animals
Work voluntary to help with animals, farm or local community (optional)
learn Spanish (optional)
Weekends off for tours
Arrival Sunday - Departure Saturday
Ideal Program for longer term stays during sabbatical, gap year or digital nomads
Feel the flow...
Hands on working in our veggie gardens, fruit tree care, animal care, milking a cow, making cheese, bread etc. fences, building projects, art projects....there is so much to do and we are excited to welcome people who like to get their hands dirty, like to do meaningful things and enjoy the community lifestyle at Finca Soley.
You will be working the mornings alongside Milton and learn everything about building, organic gardening, permaculture, fruit trees, composting etc.
In the afternoon you can book on of our Spanish course options or take time to relax and soak in the peace of Finca Soley.
On the weekends you have time to explore the area or take a trip to the beach. Please see our Tours & Activities section to see the nature, culture and other tour options that are available.
You will be accommodated in our volunteer house Casa India in a shared room. Couple and semi private options are available.
The main food is included in this program (if booked after June 2023)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, Water (from the tap) , home made Juice, fresh milk, Tea, Coffee
Accommodation in our selfbuilt Volunteer House, with private bathroom & awesome community spaces
Community life on a sustainable farm with horses, cows, chickens, dogs and cats.
Be more sustainable: make bread, make cheese and yogurt, organic gardening, jams and more
Social Engagement in the community: give back to the locals by teaching English or offering your skills
We require approx. 5 hours of work daily during the week.
1 week 310$
every following week 230$ US
week 5 till 24: 150$ per week
Airport Pickups can be arranged for 110$ per transfer
Private Room Option: +25$ per night
Semi private Option: +12,50$ per night
Spanish Course Options:
Basic: 50$ per week (3 lessons)
Standart: 130$ per week (9 lessons)
Intensive: 400$ per week (30 lessons)
1 lesson equals 40 mins of learning
All prices include 13% vat.
6 - 8 am: work together with costa ricans in the barn, mucking out, feed animals, grooming and milking cow
8 am: Breakfast
9 am - 12am: Farmwork, building etc.
12pm: Lunch & Siesta
2 pm: Afternoon Activities depending on your choice. Like: Spanish course, time to relax, walk to our rural village, take a tour
6:30 pm: Dinner and Social time
Saturday & Sunday are off to explore the area and relax.
Activites you can get involved in
Sustainable Farm Work
milking the family cow
Get involved in the small town of Tucurrique and teach English to the locals. You can teach at the local school, small groups of adults or help out with the English courses that are offered in Tucurrique.
You can also help with kids riding lessons.
Help the stray dogs that came to Finca Soley and offer them a bath, take the dogs on a walk or teach them some tricks so they have a better chance of being adopted.
The dogs are mainly sponsored by volunteers, if you feel like supporting one of the dogs please contact us.
Spanish courses offer a free placement exam to determine the person's level.
Copies are also included for practice exercises.
A certificate of participation and recognition of the level approved is offered according to the classes taken (the student must request it).
Spanish classes are taught by a professional in teaching.
The courses that are taught meet the standards for learning and teaching a foreign language according to the Common European Framework and the American Framework for Communication, jointly developing the 4 essential skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading).
Latin dance classes, costa rican cooking class or tandem partner to practice Spanish. We like to encourage our volunteers to get involved in the local community.
Volunteers will be most likley accomodated in Casa India.
Casa India is an octagon building with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Each room has an individual entrance. 2 bedrooms have a built in loft to provide extra space and privacy, sharing one of the rooms with a loft is a great semi private option and you will feel very comfortable here. All showers have hot water. There is a washing machine that can be used. Casa India has a big kitchen living area to be shared by the 3 rooms. Here you find our horse library and DVD area.
active and fit, farm work is physical work
Teamspirit & kind personality
Ability to adapt to a new environment and the acceptance of another culture. Things are different here and we are the guests.
We have spent a week in Finca Soley as volunteers, being responsible for simple jobs around the property. One day we visited also a local English school. It was a nice experience and good time with teachers and students. The school has few courses for children, teenagers and adults. According to teachers, they are really waiting for volunteers with new teaching methods and ideas. If you have some, it will be a good place for you ;)