Holistic Center Bijagua, Costa Rica

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This host receives lots of worldpackers and has a high average rating, being recognized by the community as a Top Host.
Connect with nature
58 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Connect with international travelers
50 travelers recommend this host to meet travelers from all around the world
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Kitchen Hand
Help prepare, finish and serve meals.
Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Help with changing the bed linens and general housekeeping.
Additional Fee
This host charges a fee in addition to the cost of the Worldpackers annual plan.

Additional fee required

This host charges a fee in addition to the cost of Worldpackers’ annual plans.


US$ 5

Per day

Fee pays for

  • Benefits for travelers
  • Donation to project


volunteers pay 5$/day to help cover costs associated with their stay (food, propane, water, electricity…) although we offer a free sweatlodge and a couple free tour options, the rest of the therapies and activities offered here come at an additional cost (with a volunteer discount) 5$ to 80$ depending on the activity.

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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
You will sleep in a tent at a camping site.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
Basic Internet Access
Basic speed internet for you to work remotely
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Discounts on Tours
Get discounts for tours and excursions around town.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Free Hiking Tours
We’ll take you on excursions and hikes around town. For free!
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
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Stay at least
2 weeks

The Experience

This position requires 4 hours per day (1 day off) of cleaning and some housekeeping work of the outdoor common areas for volunteers and children. This position requires less hours as the others but we expect quality and consistency when it comes to cleaning. we only need one person for this position so if you apply as friends or a couple then one will be assigned to another position.

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  • Intermediate English or Intermediate Spanish
  • Over 19 years old
  • Welcomes solo volunteers, couples, and partners of volunteers

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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71 Reviews


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Hours & Tasks


Holistic Center


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How this experience will transform you

  • 58 Get in touch with nature
  • 50 Meeting international travelers
  • 33 Immersing in the local culture
  • 32 Meeting locals
  • 30 Practicing Spanish
  • 25 Developing environmental awareness



My time volunteering at Valerie's was special. It was my first volunteering, I took care of the three little kids and I enjoyed every moment of it. The place itself is stunning, surrounded by nature that the family cares for with dedication. I'm grateful for the family's trust and hospitality during my stay. Barbara, the other volunteer, the homely atmosphere, beautiful walks and ceremonies made it a memorable experience. It's definitely more of a homestay, but that's what made it so authentic and enjoyable. I'd highly recommend it for anyone looking for a genuine volunteering experience.

16 days ago



It was an amazing experience, I would totally love to go back!! Grateful for all of the experiences, tours, the amazing food & the coziness in the home Val created with her family ❤️ Definitely more of a home stay so keep that in mind but I loved it so much!!

3 months ago

valerie replied

I think i disagree with the statement that this is more of a homestay… at least from what i have read about homestays… i mean yes this is our home, we do live here…but we have worked on creating a retreat and healing space hosting ceremonies workshops and more for people for over 6 years now and have acquired experience doing this kind of work abroad for many many years before that… so even though this is our home, the reason we open it up to share with others is to provide an opportunity for people to experience the healing and spiritual practices we feel compelled to share with others…the purpose is not at all for us to get help around our home…

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This experience was truly beautiful, if you are looking for an escape from your busy life this is definitely the place. I only had to work for a little bit each morning, then you have the rest of the day to spend as you choose whether that is just relaxing at the bodega or going into town. The walk into town is 1 hour but it's a really nice walk and most of the locals will give you rides! Val and her family are so friendly, caring and genuine. Val provided quite a large meal every day often keeping me full all night. I also had to cut my trip short and Val was so supportive and understanding.

4 months ago



I had to get used to staying at the Center for a bit, but started to enjoy it more everyday. It feels a bit like a (remote) family homestay, so if that is what you are searching for i would definitely recommend. The tent feels clean and cozy, and the garden and surrounding nature was my favourite of all Costa Rica! The yoga studio is awesome to practise yourself. If you are lucky, there will be more volunteers with you. Cleaning is repetitive but the work hours are ok, you have the whole afternoon for yourself. If you go, make sure to visit Oscar and his Finca (farm), it was so magical!!

4 months ago

valerie replied

yes this is our home and we live in a remote area in the mountains, we also run spiritual/ healing retreats and ceremonies in this space we have created to share with others… i sincerely hope that my description on worldpackers reflects this as i have been a bit thrown off by people’s needs to specify that this is a “homestay”… maybe i need to modify the description to better specify that this is our home as well as a space for retreats into nature and participation in healing ceremony…



We had a great time at the Center! Valerie, Rurico and their kids are very nice and welcoming. They where very flexible with the working hours so we were able to do alot of things in the afternoon around Bijagua. In the evening they often also had a program at their place for example aztec dance, meditation, medical healing ceremonies and many other things. Valeries cooking skills are awesome. Every day there was a different kind of lunch. When I was sick I was able to work a little less and Rurico even gave me sth against my cough, I felt like I was home. Thank you so much!!<3

5 months ago

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