The Asociación de Mujeres Organizadas de Biolley (ASOMOBI) comprises a group of community women fighting to improve the living conditions of families in the community and towns surrounding La Amistad International Park (PILA). Through development and strengthening of production and management capacities, ASOMOBI creates successful entrepreneurs in the community and the region.
Seventeen years ago, this group of women met with the purpose of roasting the coffee beans of some neighbors and associates, generating small economic support for their families. In this way, the association began with a group of 19 women from the community, and has since grown to 32 associates.
In 2006, ASOMOBI was awarded by the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica (ICAFE) “LA MEDALLA AL MÉRITO CAFETALERO” for its associates’ pioneering in the field of micro-benefits in Costa Rica, and for the quality of that year’s harvest.
For the kindness that the region offers, its proximity to PILA, its scenic attractions, its people and trajectory of commitment to healthy coexistence with nature, and for meeting the objectives of promoting the economic development of the community, ASOMOBI ventures into rural community tourism in a way that is complementary to producing coffee.
Registration available: All year, however, there are variations in activities according to the season..
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 to not use drugs, alcohol or cigarettes during your volunteer participation.
About the work:
The activities with ASOMOBI depend on the season in which you volunteer. Some activities from the January to August period include maintenance of murals (painting, cleaning), construction (varnishing furniture and doors), participation in fairs or environmental festivals, and office work, among others. From August to December you can work in the coffee production process (pounding, toasting, and packaging).
What about free time?
As a volunteer you will have two free days each week (Saturday and Sunday), during which you may choose to:
- Visit nearby projects, rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, and holistic farms
- Go for walks in the community
- Go horseback riding
How much does it cost?
$45 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.