HOURS VOLUNTEERED
TREES PLANTED
FRIENDSHIPS MADE

What Your Volunteering Means to Us

At this initial phase of our development, there is so much that needs to be done, but very little money to pay people to do it. By working along side us, you multiply our ability to grow many times over and help move us through this beginning stage so we can solidify our foundations and make a larger impact.

There are so many ways in which you can help out:

  1. In your local community and through social media, you can spread the word about us and even become a fundraising leader and help us raise money through a personal fundraising campaign.
  2. We can help you organize a fundraising event in your community, such as a Dodgeball Tournament or Fundraising Dinner. Contact chairman@empoweredbiofuels.org for more information.
  3. Below are our options for volunteering here in Costa Rica. The price includes your expenses while working with us, plus a small donation to our organization.

Franklin M., Volunteer from Minnesota

My experience volunteering for Empowered Biofuels was refreshing. Lance and his team were amazing to work with. The food was tasteful, the after-work conversations were delighting, and the atmosphere was upbeat. The post-volunteering beach day was just as enjoyable. I would suggest volunteering for Lance and his organization to anyone.

I myself would do it again a thousand times over, not only for the fact that I helped impact meaningful change but because I had an unforgettable time whilst doing it. I feel refreshed and renewed after viewing and impacting the lives of others less fortunate than I and have returned to the States feeling more thankful and fulfilled. Many memories were made, many smiles were created, and many laughs were had. I have no regrets.

Volunteering in Costa Rica

Our 5-day “Long Weekend” Option

Upon arriving at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Day 1, you will be greeted by our Founder & Chairman, Lance Harrell, who will be hosting you your first night. Lance will tell you about the history of our foundation and give you a deeper understanding of what you are helping us to accomplish.

The next morning, Day 2, Lance or another member of our team will accompany you to a small tropical farm near Miramar, owned by a local woman, Gretel, who has donated some of her land for us to grow the starter Jatropha plants we need to seed our larger plantation. Gretel has also graciously allowed our volunteers the use of her home for camping and restroom facilities. She will be your local guide and cook while you stay with her.

Your next day and a half, Day 3, will be spent on the farm, helping the Empowered Biofuels team with various projects. Depending on the season, these may include planting, harvesting and processing the Jatropha seeds into oil, or participating in community outreach or educational programs. Whichever activity you are a part of, you will be learning about the gender and environmental issues we are facing and interacting with the local community – all while enjoying the beautiful tropical surroundings and delicious local cuisine.

On the morning of Day 4, it will be time to pack up and say goodbye to Gretel as you will be spending the day at a nearby beach for some well-deserved R&R with your Empowered Biofuels team leader. The following morning, Day 5, you will be heading back to the San Jose area so you can catch your flight home or end your time with us and continue on exploring Costa Rica on your own.

Our 7-day “Full Week” Option

Your experience with this option will be the same as above, except for two additions:

  • Day 2 will be in Heredia, where you will spend the morning learning, hearing local women share their experiences, and discussing the eco-political and gender-political climate of Latin America. Then you will have a free evening in Heredia/San Jose.
  • You will have an extra full day, Days 4 and 5, at the plantation, which will give you more time to make a meaningful impact on current projects.

Why volunteer with us?

Education & Enlightenment

You will learn about environmentalism, sustainability, agronomy and gender issues in Latin America

Service & Sacrifice

You will work on various projects for the foundation including supporting our biofuel farm and performing community outreach

Community & Friendship

You will meet the local community that you are helping, get to know them and build memorable friendships

Satisfaction & Reward

When it is time to go home, you will know you have done a meaningful, lasting service for the women of Costa Rica, our environment and our planet

Our Volunteer Packages

1 PERSON - LONG WEEKEND

$1,795/per
  • transportation to and from airport
  • transportation while in our care
  • lodging
  • meals *excluding free beach day

Group of 3 - Long Weekend

$1,095/per
  • transportation to and from airport
  • transportation while in our care
  • lodging
  • meals *excluding free beach day

Group of 5 - Long Weekend

$895/PER
  • transportation to and from airport
  • transportation while in our care
  • lodging
  • meals *excluding free beach day

1 PERSON - FULL WEEK

$1,995/per
  • transportation to and from airport
  • transportation while in our care
  • lodging
  • meals *excluding free beach day

Group of 3 - FULL WEEK

$1,295/per
  • transportation to and from airport
  • transportation while in our care
  • lodging
  • meals *excluding free beach day

Group of 5 - FULL WEEK

$1,095/PER
  • transportation to and from airport
  • transportation while in our care
  • lodging
  • meals *excluding free beach day

Are you ready to volunteer? Contact us Below!

we would love to have you as part of our family