WORK-TRADES & INTERNSHIPS

WHAT WE OFFER

 

BOUNTIFUL FAMILY MEALS

3 Delicious, locally-sourced vegetarian meals per day.

(Most dietary needs can be met.)

COZY, SIMPLE ACCOMODATIONS

We’ve rented 2 traditional local Tico houses

across the road from the eco-lodge which are dedicated to worktrades. We are also building a bad-ass camp ground for work-trades and interns to live in and hang out by the fire pit :) 

AMMENITIES

* WiFi

* Access to private waterfall and hiking trails

* Laundry facility & eco-detergent included

* Mother nature's love and beauty

* Personal toiletries (soaps, etc.) NOT included
 

ACQUIRE NEW SKILLS

Learn organic gardening, permaculture techniques & natural building while practicing your Spanish with us and alongside our local workers, Allen & Josué.

Learn new cooking skills in our kitchen and be a part of a dynamic team.

A COURSE IN COMMUNAL LIVING

We want your stay here to be extraordinary, impactful, life-changing. We provide classes in Radical Honesty as a means of creatively dealing with conflict, getting over our hangups, and living together more harmoniously.

GROUP LEARNING
In addition to our regularly scheduled community events and activities, we invite all of you to share your skills and passions with the rest of us in a community class. Lead us in yoga, meditation, dancing, capoeira, herbal medicine, basket-weaving...
whatever your skill, share it with the rest of us!

HOW A WORK-TRADE WORKS

This is not a Job. 

Trained, experienced, hard-working locals earn $2.50/hour.

As an inexperienced traveler,

we would not (and by law could not) hire you for your help.

This is also not strictly Volunteering.

We are not a charity or a foundation

nor a cause for social justice.

We are a start-up of a couple of friends and dreamers

with big ideas, small budgets and a DIY attitude.

This is an Experience.

A work-trade is an inexpensive way for you to travel,

to live in community,

to learn first-hand about sustainable living,

to focus on personal growth,

to share skills with other travelers

and an opportunity to contribute to a project whose values you share.

We think we're building something pretty badass

and we want you to come get your hands dirty

and be a part of it with us!

WORK-TRADES
1 month min. - $360 for the 1st month, $12 daily after 
Lodging & All Meals included

Minimum 1 month stay @ $360/month

(option to extend your stay @ $12/day after the 1st month)

Your financial contribution helps us pay for your:

housing, utilities, WiFi, fuel, food,

bedding, supplies, etc.

20-25 hours/week

2 days off per week for traveling the area

We try to match your skills and interests to relevant projects and will guide and teach you as needed.

KITCHEN & CLEANING

 Help preparing communal meals

as well as regular cleaning duties counts toward your weekly hours,

even when we don't have guests. 

FINCA HELP

Carve and maintain trails

Natural building projects (wood & bamboo)

Organic gardening, greenhouse and landscape, etc.

GUEST RELATIONS

As need when we have guests

SOCIAL MEDIA, MARKETING, PHOTO/VIDEO

As needed depending on skills

BODY WORK / YOGA

While bodywork and yoga sessions do not count toward your Work-Trade hours,

qualified teachers will have the opportunity

to provide your services to the guests by donation

We also encourage you to share your knowledge and skills with the whole community in a community class.

NOTE: Our Work-Trade program is still under development, so details will be changing as we’re all creating and discovering the systems and patterns that work best.

INTERNSHIPS
 3 month min, at no monetary cost
$300 Deposit paid at arrival, $100 returned at the end of each month. 
Lodging & All Meals included
(If you stay for the full 90 days, full deposit is returned)

PROJECT MANAGER INTERN

Experienced builder capable of leading work-traders

in furniture building and other small construction projects

(mostly with masonry, bamboo and wood.)

Get creative and design your own projects.

Work outdoors in the open air in the beautiful Costa Rican rain forest.

We provide all necessary tools and open to your innovative ideas!

PERMACULTURE INTERN

We are looking for someone to live with us and focus on growing food of all kinds. This position is perfect for someone who has permaculture experience, can work independently and wants to work in exchange to practice this skill set. 

 

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR INTERN

** Some hospitality experience required.

** Proficiency in English & Spanish required.

You will assist the General Manager in guest services,

bookings & reception, 

community outreach and activities,

managing and recruiting work-trade,

organizing activities, etc. 

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WhatsApp:

+506 8619 0439

cascada.elysiana@gmail.com

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