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Experience Costa Rica as a volunteer

Volunteers help keep Finca Bellavista going. Here's what you need to know.
by Ken Raymond Modified: May 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm •  Published: May 21, 2012




You could spend a couple thousand dollars for a week's vacation at Finca Bellavista, a tree house community in Costa Rica. Or you could spend about the same amount and stay for months. Simply apply for the Finca's volunteer program.

The fine print

Volunteers must:

• Commit to staying a minimum of two months.

• Have their own health insurance and have proof of insurance on-site.

• Prove financial solvency by having a minimum of $500 in a bank/debit account or available on a valid credit card. This ensures that volunteers can provide for themselves when they leave the property, suffer personal emergencies or take days off.

• Have valid passports and provide proof that they legally entered the


• Provide their own bedding, biodegradable toiletries and clothing.

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by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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