Volunteer in Organic Farming
Eco-agriculture volunteers work with sustainable coffee-farming communities in Costa Rica and Guatemala helping local coffee growers and learning sustainable coffee production from bean to cup.
In Latin America, agriculture employs more than one-third of the population. However, working conditions are less than ideal and the environmental impact can be very negative. During your volunteer program, you help with alternative agriculture programs in Costa Rica and Guatemala. Eco-agriculture and responsible farming relies on more hands-in-the field than modern industrial farming, and your help is a critical part of achieving sustainability.
What will you do as an Eco-Agriculture Volunteer?
Maximo Nivel volunteers work alongside local farmers and their communities. You provide support and participate in every step of coffee production—growing, harvesting, and processing. This includes working in the nursery, coffee-picking, weeding, planting shade trees, and even roasting and packaging of the final product for local and international sales. You can also participate in reforestation efforts and other community activities.
In Costa Rica, volunteers work at offsite projects several hours away from the Maximo Nivel institute. Offsite projects may not have reliable internet service, but there is a phone in case of emergency. Our Field Managers check in with you by phone and in-person throughout your program.
In Guatemala, volunteers work with a local project close to the Maximo Nivel institute just outside of the city of Antigua.
Peak coffee harvest season is December to early March, but there is plenty of work to do all year round!
||Costa Rica, Guatemala
||Minimum 1 week
||3-4 hours/day Monday-Friday; Working hours are split into morning and afternoon shifts; schedules vary according to the project’s needs.
||– At least 17 years of age
– Flexible; Willing to do various tasks based on season and project needs
– Healthy and physically prepared to do manual labor in a rural setting
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Spanish language skills are not required