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Peacekeeper Volunteer Program

The volunteer experience is designed as a way to:

  • Contribute meaningfully to the daily operations of a thriving retreat center

  • Experience the benefits of selfless service

  • Live in an intentional community

  • Practice setting daily intentions and cultivate discipline

  • Practice yoga and other wellness principles

  • Practice listening and communicating in ways that foster meaningful connection and relationship

  • Expand your perspectives and grow your awareness

  • Explore the local community and experience the wonders of Costa Rica

Peace Retreat's volunteer program is much more than simply volunteering - you become part of the daily running and workings of the retreat. There are required daily tasks, like attending meetings, cleaning, serving food, tending to the needs of guests and the overall upkeep of the grounds. Other responsibilities include special projects that range from social media to painting to teaching yoga, or marketing. Our aim is to partner and support volunteers feeling welcomed and included. From this experience volunteers' unique offerings can create an experience of truly being of service which fosters a significant contribution for themselves, others and Peace Retreat.

We have been fortunate to witness significant personal growth in so many of our volunteers since the program's inception in 2011. Our volunteers program offers a unique opportunity to be in conscious integrated practice, in an environment that is inherently nourishing. We believe that through practices such as yoga and service to others, we may grow our awareness, presence, and significantly deepen our relationship to self, others, and nature. The program is meant for those looking to align themselves and make positive changes in their lives.

We believe there is much to be learned through commitment. We are fully dedicated to our commitments to the volunteer experience. In turn, we request that volunteers remain as dedicated to their original commitment for participating, the commitments and expectations of the program, and their own personal well-being and growth.

This program requires discipline and commitment to one's personal growth, to Peace Retreat's professional commitments and to non-judgmental selfless service. Before you apply, please ensure that this program is the right fit for you at this time in your life.

Program Commitments

  • Working the required 6 hours, and contributing through a sense of partnership, pride and excellence

  • Giving 100% to the program, owning my own experience and respect the experience of others.

  • Being open to feedback and coaching, and offering it when needed to others.

  • Manage my own well-being. Being mentally and physically ready to contribute each day.

  • Being flexible and open to change.

  • Remaining active and self-directing when in-between tasks.

  • Attending and fully participating in all meetings. Being present for myself and others.

  • Holding myself accountable for my offerings and committed to contributing.

  • Following the Peace Retreat Code of Conduct on and off the property.

*Typical Daily Volunteer

Schedule:

6:00am - 6:30am: Morning Meeting

6:30am - 7:00am: Preparing yoga studio for morning yoga

7:00am - 8:30am: Optional Yoga

8:30am - 10:00am: Clean/Sweep/Care-take common spaces and Deep Clean Tasks

10:00am - 12:00pm: Special Projects (or 10:00am - 1:30pm if  you attended yoga that day)

*please note that, due to to the unpredictable nature of a retreat centre, the daily typical schedule will shift accordingly. Your flexibility and ability to flow with these changes will be required.

Being a Peace Keeper means being an ambassador for Peace Retreat both on and off the property. Whether you are working or on your off time, embodying peace, positivity, presence and a friendly manner helps to ensure that you, our guests, other volunteers and community members have an enjoyable and memorable experience. During your off time, you will be able to enjoy the beach, pool, and all that our small local community has to offer.

Upon acceptance into the Volunteer Program, a non-refundable deposit of $200USD is required to hold your position.

The Volunteer Program is designed for a minimum stay of two weeks to a maximum of one month. A longer term is open for discussion should the desire arise. Anybody who is willing and able to be in, and of, service is eligible to apply.