Volunteering in Costa Rica with Worldpackers

Everything changed when I decided to take control of my life and start doing what I really want.


I want to tell you about my trip to Costa Rica as a Worldpacker.

Everything changed when I decided to take control of my life and start doing what I really want: explore new places, live with nature all around me with people who share my love for nature and can teach me how to protect and use it in a more conscious way.

As soon as I made this decision in my mind, the universe started working in my favor. The very next day I saw an ad on Facebook that said, “How to travel for almost nothing”. Of course, I clicked it, which took me to the Worldpackers site, where after just choosing what kind of trip to do and where, I immediately saw a beautiful picture of an amazing place called Rancho Margot in the middle of the rainforest, really close to a lake and volcano. After just seeing this picture and reading that it was a self-sufficient, off-the-grid ranch, I applied immediately. It was exactly what I was looking for.

This was a travel experience like none other. As soon as I arrived at the ranch, they already made me feel like a part of their great project and I felt like I was doing something to help the planet by offering my knowledge in architecture and pottery.
I felt that, even though I’m only a tiny drop in the water, if my actions can help a place like this continue to operate, then as more and more people around the world decide to participate in this movement, we’ll make the world into an amazing place to live.

The thing that impressed me the most during my time at the ranch was the energy that filled the place – I’d never experienced that much magic around me before. It seemed like everything happened at the perfect time to have a new learning experience.
Living there was incredible! I learned that the more you give to mother earth, the more presents she’ll give you back.

This experience brought me an unexpected turn of events: I know that from now on, I’ll continue looking for places like this to live and continue learning. And I hope to one day start the same kind of project where people and nature live together in harmony, mutually helping us to improve and live better together.

I had the pleasure of working directly with Don Juan, the owner and founder of Rancho Margot, and it was clear to me that he’s a very passionate man who believes in his project and wants to share it with as many people as he can.

I learned a lot not just from him, but also from all the other workers, volunteers, and guests at the ranch. I made so many new friends! It’s a place where you make real and deep connections with people. I met the kinds of people who I want to get to know, who care about the environment and health, who are friendly and travelers who share my ideas about life.

I realized that there are places where I don’t feel so out of place. I don’t know what took me so long to decide to travel like this, and now I don’t want to stop and don’t think I will because there are so many possibilities!

I 100% recommend that you start volunteering and change your life.

By the Worldpacker Yvonne Segura Armand

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