Our mission is to be a model of Sustainability where visitors come to learn how they can incorporate this concept into their own lives through Educational Programs. At the same time, our mission is to provide more opportunities for the children and youth of our community through our Community-based program.
Rancho Margot is a family enterprise and eco-lodge focused on sustainable business operation and living. With a staff of 45 people, an average of 8 rotating volunteers and upwards of 10,000 annual visitors, the hotel operation is based on an unique permaculture design as a closed loop, and natural resources conservation.
We are located in a lush lakeside valley in the rain forest, El Castillo, Alajuela, Costa Rica
I have not volunteered at Rancho Margot, but I recently visited and stayed several days. It is a beautiful and special place. The owner is a retired corporate executive from Chile and he purchased the property 15 years ago and created a sustainable and organic farm, grew back the natural jungle which had been decimated, and worked with local village to support their schools and employ the residents. They make their own energy with wind and water. The property is surrounded by national forest and nature preserves and it sits next to Lake Arenal, with a fantastic view of Arenal volcano. In addition to volunteers and hotel guests (who stay in cottages), there are programs for Spanish instruction and sustainable living for visitors. I believe it would be a good place to contact about volunteering.