Sustainable Community Barra del Pacuare, Costa Rica

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Top Host
This host receives lots of worldpackers and has a high average rating, being recognized by the community as a Top Host.
Help a sustainable project
10 travelers confirmed that this host is actively contributing to a more sustainable future for everyone!
Higher chance of approval
This host has recently approved volunteers and is looking for more applications.
Connect with the locals
30 travelers recommend this host to have close contact with locals
Connect with nature
29 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Needs help immediately
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.
Child Care
Caring for, playing with, and spending time with children.
Teaching Languages
Teaching a language to the host, guests, or local communities.
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$ 30

Per day

Fee pays for

  • Benefits for travelers
  • Materials for volunteer activities
  • Donation to project


Con tu cuota nos ayudaremos a comprar parte de la comida, mantenimiento y construcciΓ³nes de nuestras instalaciones ,mantenimiento y mejoras de la escuela ,caminos ,comunidad ,reciclaje ,proyectos ,etc etc

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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.
Shared Dorm
You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Discounts on Parties
Get discounts at nearby parties and clubs.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Free Tours
We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!
Free Parties
Get free entrance for the best parties in town.
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Stay at least
1 week

The Experience

Volunteers have the opportunity to support the local "Barra de Pacuare" school that we have help build. The school provides the best possible education to children and teenagers often from disadvantaged backgrounds and remote locations along Pacuare. The tasks you will be given are diverse but your English and Spanish skills will be particularly useful and will put a smile on their faces.

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  • Beginner English or Beginner Spanish
  • Over 18 years old
  • Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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37 Reviews


Host & Team


Hours & Tasks


Sustainable Community


Learning & Fun


How this experience will transform you

  • 30 Meeting locals
  • 29 Get in touch with nature
  • 25 Developing environmental awareness
  • 24 Meeting international travelers
  • 22 Immersing in the local culture
  • 19 Learning about sustainability

This host contributes to Sustainable Development Goals

  • 10 15. Life on land
  • 6 13. Climate action
  • 3 4. Quality education



My stay in Ecovida couldn't have been better. Besides contributing to the beautiful project and ideas Roberto has to make Barra de the community a better place, 2 weeks in this remote calm place also allowed me to connect with myself. I feel like all volunteers share values and this makes things work out very easy. Integration with locals has made of this experience something unforgettable for life. Roberto is very open to hear the volunteers' feedback and has a real interest in keeping the community's essence. I would love to have the opportunity to come back <3

5 days ago

United States


Ecovida the community has an incredible goal of cleaning and fixing up this small beach town into a place where locals, tourists, and animals can all thrive long into the future. It was their dedication to this project that made the work feel very fulfilling. You will work hard, live off the grid, and have to speak in only Spanish. However, all of this was very worth it given how friendly Roberto and the rest of the staff was. They made the experience feel very comfortable and were very eager to show me all the community has to offer. I am very happy with my experience!

about 1 month ago

Roberto alonso replied

Hola Lindsay, esperamos que te haya gustado tu experiencia en Eco Vida, muchas gracias por toda tu ayuda y colaboraciΓ³n, eres una persona muy trabajadora y espectacular persona, Pura Vida✌🏻πŸ₯°

United Kingdom


Roberto was such a lovely host! From the beginning of our one week stay he welcomed us into his home, as did the cook Steven, with delicious foods. Very caring and compassionate place in a beautiful setting, looking after several dogs and commuting to environmental projects around the place. We also had some parties which we got to by night boat, a beautiful experience in itself as the stars are incredible. Overall such a good experience, great company and meaningful projects to participate in. Le magic y allegria x

about 2 months ago

Roberto alonso replied

Excellent person with a lot of positive energy, always cheerful and cooperative, thank you very much for all the help you have given to our community. Magic ✌️

United States


This was such an amazing experience that changed how I go about my life. I've met the best travel friend I can have and ate some of the tastiest healthy food. You have to know spanish to communicate with the host and all unless you use translate! And be prepared with the right clothes and lots of repellent&sunscreen. The best place to connect back to nature while enjoying the company of the locals & travelers. This place really builds your tolerance but the beauty and relaxation is worth it! Roberto, you're an intelligent man and I hope to see you again when my spanish is better! Pura VidaπŸ’›

about 2 months ago



Hey! My stay in the community was really nice ! Roberto is a very caring host. He was always trying to make us feel confortable and welcomed. He cooked really well for us and was always offering nice meals and fruits. He took us on walks to see the turtles and boat tours at night. The place is beautiful ! It's a nice beach in the middle of nowhere. I was expecting to work with the turtles, but it was not the case. The work is still nice though, you help cleaning the beach, playing with the school kids, help the locals with different projects. It's a nice experience outside the modern world!

3 months ago

Roberto alonso replied

Pura vida, thank you very much for all the help, it was a good time, always grateful for all the help. Pura vida

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