Farming Placement

Assist local farmers with their livestock and crops of coffee, cacao, avocado, and more! Get a real taste of rural life in Costa Rica.

Assist local farmers with livestock (mainly horses, cattle, fowl), and with crops (mainly coffee, avocado, and some cacao). This placement is a true experience, where you will be immersed in rural life, perhaps assisting with bio gardening projects, horse training, fish farming, or attending cattle sales or horse shows, depending on what is going on at the time.


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Program Description

During your farm placement, immerse yourself in the authentic rural lifestyle as you may have the chance to stay on the farm itself, rather than with fellow participants in town. Don’t worry, you’ll still be close by! The experience will change with the seasons, and while you’ll primarily work on one farm, you’ll also explore others to discover various aspects of country living, such as cheese-making or beekeeping. With an array of livestock, crops, and ongoing projects across these farms, prepare to dive in and get your hands dirty! Should any rural development or agronomy projects arise during your stay, we’ll ensure you’re right in the thick of it!

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

Dive into the rich tapestry of Costa Rican agriculture and rural life as you immerse yourself in the heart of the community. Discover a blend of traditional and innovative, eco-friendly farming practices that can’t be found anywhere else. Your secondary mission? To lend a helping hand to local farmers, fostering priceless cultural exchange. So, if you have a background in farming or agronomy, don’t hesitate to impart your wisdom!


Monday to Friday

Embrace the thrill of a flexible schedule, where you’ll be on your toes for 3-8 hours daily! Indulge in a delightful lunch at the farm and gear up for a day filled with excitement, starting early in the morning and lasting until 17:30, depending on the tasks at hand. Experience the ebb and flow of farm life, as some days will push you to your limits, while others offer a leisurely pace – all based on the season. Remember to check Public Holidays in the Holidays section when confirming your dates, as disruptions may occur during those times. We collaborate closely with locals and always prioritize their needs, so being adaptable is key!

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                –

Maximum age:                –

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        On Signup

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements.

Additional Equipment

Embrace the casual dress code while you’re part of this exciting project! Don’t forget to pack some rugged clothing, as we might get our hands dirty with light construction tasks. For farm activities, sturdy boots and long trousers are your best bet, while a sun hat is a must-have to beat the heat. And remember, getting vaccinated for rabies is a wise move!