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Position: Sustainability Demonstration Center Administrator
Type: international volunteer position with lodging, training, more (see below)
Organization: Sustainability Demonstration Center
Location: near Monteverde, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America / Latin America

The Sustainability Demonstration Center, located in Costa Rica near Monteverde, is a great place for volunteers to get hands-on experience in sustainability projects and make a difference in a rural Costa Rican community. At the Sustainability Demonstration Center, we aim to demonstrate different environmentally-friendly ways of reducing the footprints we leave behind each day by leading Environmental Protection, Social and Economic Justice, and Animal Welfare programs.

New Available LONG-TERM Positions:

1)    Sustainability Demonstration Center Project & Maintenance Volunteer - You will help with the design and construction of projects at the Center, such as a biodigestor, solar water heating system, or greenhouse, as well as maintenance of existing projects and structures with sanding and painting.

2)    Food Security and Development Volunteer - You will have a key role in helping to develop locally-produced food products with the local community by contributing your experience and skills in food processing and preparation, as well as food packaging and marketing. You will also help to support and innovate strategies for developing the local farmer’s market and our new store Cosas Buenas Market. We would love someone with BAKING experience or someone without experience, but who would love to learn to bake.

We are looking for people who are passionate about sustainability, community-based projects, animal welfare and/or the environment! We want mature volunteers who are eager to make a difference and come with the intention to give of their skills and talents to make a better world. We need someone to really get involved and become part of the community. This is the perfect opportunity for either individuals, couples, or a family unit (including furry four-legged members), as we welcome diverse sets of talents and we are looking to fully integrate them into all aspects of daily living.

1)    For the Sustainability Demonstration Center Project and Maintenance position, we are looking for people who have experience with project design, construction and building, with preference given to people who have experience and interest in construction/carpentry projects, biodigestors, and solar water heating tasks.

2)       For the Food Security and Development position, we are looking for people who are passionate about finding hands-on solutions to food security issues, and have experience in the field of food processing, packaging, and marketing. Your skills will add an important element to the process of developing thriving microeconomies in the local community. 

For LONG-TERM volunteers (6-12 months), you will receive free lodging at the Sustainability Demonstration Center for the duration of your stay. You could have a single or shared room and all bathrooms and showers are shared. You will have to pay for your own food.

You will also get hands-on training and experience with community-based sustainability programs, a chance to learn Spanish, live in a lush, tropical paradise right by a river, and immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture! Time off would also be agreed upon prior to arrival. You can hike through the forest by the Center, swim in the river to relax and connect with the natural world, participate in cultural activities and make new friends, and visit the cloud forests of Monteverde and other nearby attractions. We will accept volunteers for a minimum of 6 months, but our preference is a one-year commitment.

We DO accept short-term volunteers. However, because we do take a great deal of time training and orienting each volunteer, we charge a small fee, and these volunteers have to pay for their own room and board.  Ask us for more details about the various projects or tasks that short-term volunteers are typically engaged in.

We have openings all year round so please let us know when you are hoping to join us! Happy to answer any questions – email us at:
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Please send Veronica and Alex, the co-founders of the Sustainability Demonstration Center, an email to tell us about yourself, why you are interested in volunteering with us, any experiences and/or interests that are relevant to the position.

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GoodWork ID: 39211       Date posted to Mar 27 2017

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