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Simbiosis Costa Rica
Working on the preservation of the Soil, Water, Rain Forest and Marine biodiversity with Cross-Cultural Family Stay program.

Located in the very south of Costa Rica on the Pacific Ocean.
We are a young family & we are open to receive and share with nice people (1-2 persons) who are looking for a crosscultural family exchange.

During your stay you will learn spanish by living it, help us with permaculture gardens, preparing our daily natural food and drinks & snacks.

We will learn together about growing a variety of tropical fruit, wood trees, root vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

We need helping hands to build with natural materials, plant trees, make seedlings, harvest, weed ... etc !

You will stay in the small beach community of Punta Banco @ our beach guest house enjoying the community, beach, nature and surf!

You will learn by "living the spanish" on the work-field and in daily sharing activities with us, and with the community .
We like to involve ourselves in environmental and communal projects .

If you like to surf, we have boards available and we can visit different surf spots nearby in the region of Pavones.
We organize local tours, surf trips to nearby beaches, a Golfo Dulce marine and wildlife Sanctuary experience by boat and hikes to our developing permaculture farm in the mountains.

We offer:
A place to stay, healthy daily food, inter-active spanish, bikes, wifi, tons of good times & some knowledge about this very biologically diverse region in the southern Pacific of Costa Rica !

Feel free to contact us for more information about us or availibility.

Pura Vida

Familia Moreno- Ricar , Frie, Numi and Rey Mar

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Hi dear Familia,
I might be interested in your offer (staying at your farm, practising Permaculture, learning Spanish, enjoying the beach, encouraging diversity, preserving fertility of the soil and setting water structures, seedling, eating tropical fruits,...)
I am a French man, free and loving nature, I have followed a PDC in France last summer and studied Permaculture by myself through internet, but I do not have much practical experiences. I would love to know more about your farm, the place where to stay and the daily life of the people involved. I am an organic vegetarian with a kind and cool Buddhist spirit. I believe I could stay at least for 3 months with a standard tourist visa, maybe enough to learn Spanish with you and watch the vegetables grow...
You may find some information about me at my site: http://hautrive.wordpress.com
I hope to ear from you soon
Kindly, Patrick
Ricar y Frie Moreno
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Hola Patrick, thanks a lot for your kind email.
My name is Ricar , costarican, 35 years old, married and with 2 children living with us.
We opend a proyect called Simbiosis and it is a crosscultural family exchange working throughout the year in different conscious activities or programs.
We are trying to cover different fields like enviromental and social works ( f.ex. help from july until december on the turtle conservation proyect or working with the nearby schools on educational and enviromental education.
Also working on our farm Semilla de agua up @ in the hills as part of our project named Simbiosis which we are developping with permaculture principles.
We live down at the beach of the small town of Punta Banco.The farm is in development and im planning of making terraces for the conservation of the water and the soil, planting vetiver grass, to spread on the terraces all kind of tropical crops.
We are also at the same time working in other farms and developing them in the same way.
Right now we are working on a field preparing it to grow rice!

Lots of nice interesting proyects and you are more than welcome to share with us!
pura vida.
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Hola Ricar, I got your e-mail and answered it, I am happy and grateful for your warm welcoming, and excited to receive your next response, so we can organize our meeting in Costa Rica.
Kindly and Blessings, Patrick from France
Patrick Hautrive
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Hola Ricar,
Thank you for your late message and explanation.
I am happy to learn that you have many people coming visiting you, but for me the exchange was on woofing basis (food and shelter against 5 hours of work per day), and you are telling me I would have to pay to work.... That is not the way I imagined my stay among you. I am sorry we have both waisted some time and hope answering and waiting for a response, but you should say it from the beginning, in your first presentation of your proposal, that you are expecting 30 DOLLARS per DAY!!!
PS/: I will post this response to the Permies site , so everybody can gain acknowledgement of the "conditions" you are offering

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Hola Patrick,
We usually have very little time to reply emails inmediatly ( apart of the family+ farm ,in dry season we run an internet cafe where we offer healthy drinks and snacks... so we are very busy) we apologize for that, many people write us and unfortunatly we do not have availibility for everyone!
We would like it if you could come and share with us.
We are booked untill half september this year.
You could for example organize your stay with us from september 16th until november 15th .
We like people stay a minimum of 1 week maximum 3 weeks with us, to give opportunities to others as well.
We charge $30 per day including daily food.. (nice and healthy , mostly vegetarian ,once in a while there may be fish or chicken, we share the food and the preparations with love. )
You will have a basic place to stay,
We understand you have interest to find and develop a place of your own , we can discuss this subject while you're here.
Please let us know if these dates are realistic for you ,
Looking forward to hear from you.
Ricar , Frie and fam.
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