The Artesanas del Bosque Association is made up of housewives, entrepreneurs who, faced with the need to bring in secure income for their families, consolidated in 2012. The Association is located in the buffer zone of La Amistad International Park.
This is a rural community that promotes community-based rural tourism. In addition to comprising small businesses led by women, the individuals of Artesanas del Bosque understand the importance of rational use of natural resources. This is especially true since the surrounding environment supports their livelihoods.
The women of Artesanas del Bosque always work in a sustainable and healthy way without damaging the natural processes supporting each resource used.
Two of the Association’s greatest objectives are to grow and create more community jobs for the sustainable development of the Biolley District, and to inspire the existing and future generations of this important natural area.
Registration available: All year.
Minimum stay: One week.
- Aged 18 or over.
- Good physical condition.
- Basic knowledge of Spanish.
- You must be friendly, communicative and able to work in extreme weather conditions for 4-6 hours per day.
- You must have a medical travel insurance policy for the duration of your stay.
- It is important that you like animals and children.
About the work:
Some of the activities that the volunteers will carry out include the production of marmalades, horseback riding, making artisanal cheese, making chocolate, and harvesting vegetables, among others.
What about free time?
As a volunteer you will have one free day each week, during which you may choose to:
- Play community sports
- Visit rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, and holistic farms.
- Go for walks in the community.
- Go horseback riding.
How much does it cost?
$35 per night, per person. This costs covers accommodation, three meals per day, and training. It does not cover snack food, spending money, nor arrival and departure transportation costs.
Important note: There is no ATM in the area, so you should make sure that you bring enough cash for the duration of your stay. Only a few establishments accept credit or debit cards.