Volunteer Opportunities - Punta Mona Center Costa Rica

Volunteer Opportunities

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There is a lot to offer in the jungle, the experiences are vast and Mother Nature is our greatest teacher. Come live and work at Punta Mona to explore your ingenuous self, use your skills and gain ones you never knew you had!

Punta Mona is one of the more beautiful places to work, take your break in the warm Caribbean and watch the days float by…

Available 2017 Sessions: Please let us know in your application, which session you are interested in.

January 1 – February 28

March 1 – April 30

May 1 – June 30

July 1 – August 31

September 1 – October 31

November 1 – December 31



Volunteering at Punta Mona Includes:
Lodging, Organic Vegetarian Meals

Tuition payments MUST be paid PRIOR to arrival.

Volunteers at Punta Mona enjoy the gift of living close to the land, working with a skilled and lifelong learning husband and wife team. We are open to your creativity as well as having you work with in our ever evolving vision as we further cultivate Punta Mona into a world class education center, botanical collection, permaculture farm and eco-lodge.

You will enjoy seeing the fruits of your labor, the serene and sometimes intense ecosystem, beachfront, jungle clad living, close to the elements and connecting with your Gaia rhythm. You can kayak, fish, snorkel, hike into Puerto Viejo to enjoy the nightlife, cool people, evolved services (bodywork, yoga, dance, art and more) and the weekly farmers market.

Please apply ONLY if you meet the following criteria:

Please know that we all work around 8 hours per day.

The weather is ever changing and can range from hot sunny days to very rainy and humid. Bugs also vary from intense to mild or none at all. If this does not sound like it would be good for your body, you may want to consider another location.

~ you have agricultural/gardening/landscaping/practical permaculture knowledge/kitchen/hospitality/grounds &/or housekeeping experiences not necessarily tropical, not necessarily all….

~ you are committed to work 6 days per week, about 8 hours per day.

~ you are clean, organized, intelligent, creative, fun, multi-skilled, a problem solver, adaptive, not afraid to get down and dirty, drama free, independent, loving, open minded, communicative, professional and able to work on a team.

General Duties Include:

~ helping to maintain the infrastructure: building cleanliness & organization, general handywork, trails and beach

~ kitchen participation: shared cooking duties, kitchen cleanliness & organization, slow food and field to the plate cuisine, harvesting and propagating food

~ feeding the animals: we currently have 3 cats, 17 ducks and 40 chickens.

~ hospitality: helping with groups, guests and workshops

gardens: basic help in the greenhouses, weeding around the gardens and collecting food.

Kitchen Crew:

At Punta Mona we are dedicated to the principles of Slow Food, field to the plate, creative cuisine that is nutritious, filled with love and as sustainably raised, grown and collected as possible.

You will be a part of a 4-5 person team that will be feeding up to 35 people, 3 meals per day. Our food is primarily vegetarian, though we indulge in sustainably raised and prepared chicken, beef and fish as well as eggs and various forms of dairy. We explore raw, vegan and various ethnic cuisines as well as our own style of Caribbean cooking…

We consider our food jungle gourmet and spend a great deal of time planning and preparing each meal. We harvest minutes prior to preparation and cook many dishes over the fire.

Expect to work at least 2 meals per day, planning, preparing, cooking and cleaning. This duty will be shared with other staff and occasionally you will be putting more hours in to support larger groups and workshops.

To apply for this position please send a letter of intent to contact@puntamona.org with 3 practical applications in the kitchen as well as 3 references. Experience, team playing, cleanliness, organizational skills, great attitude is all a must!!

Proficiency in the Spanish language is also required.

Grounds & Housekeeping:

At Punta Mona we are dedicated to the providing a living experience that is close to the land, connecting our inner rhythms with that of Mother Nature. Our homes are built from fallen native hardwoods, bamboo, cana brava, coral and other found and cultivated materials. Living in the jungle is never static and we are daily trying to improve the infrastructure through cleaning, constructing, deconstructing, repurposing and reconfiguring our living and work space.

You will be a part of a 4-5 person team of volunteers and local laborers, friends and family working to keep Punta Mona flowing.


Expect to work at least 8 hours per day in your respective zone, as well as doing shared shifts in the kitchen.

To apply for this position please send a letter of intent to contact@puntamona.org with 3 practical applications in the above areas, as well as 3 references.

Experience, team playing, cleanliness, organizational skills, great attitude is all a must!! Proficiency in the Spanish language is also required.

All meals, lodging and internet are provided by Punta Mona Center.

Thanks so much and we look forward to hearing from you!!! 

fill out application below and mail to info@puntamona.org

These are partial work trade positions, which include meals and lodging.

** If you have kitchen, grounds &/or housekeeping/hospitality experience, please reach out! **

Application Process:

please send to info@puntamona.org




Which Session are You Interested In?

Hometown & Current Location:

Languages: (Proficiency in each)

Where do You Want to Focus Your Energy? (kitchen/hospitality, Gardens)

Experience: (in regards to: hospitality/restaurant/hotel/kitchen, grounds keeping, housekeeping, farming/gardening, greenhouse, construction, education, management, administrative, organizational)

Tropical Exposure: (please comment on your travel experiences, length of stays, etc… in tropical zones)

Outdoor Experience: 

Certifications &/or Trainings:

Level of Education: 

Permaculture Experience/Trainings:


Why do you want to be a part of Punta Mona:

Best Personal Qualities:

Challenging Personal Qualities:

Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?:

Level of Physical Stamina: 

Sign (optional):  

Existing Medical Conditions:

How did you hear about us?

Emergency Contact: (Name, Relation, Email &/or Phone Number)