RatPark is an activist intentional community located in the jungle of Costa Rica where community, activism, technology, and nature merge. It is intended to function as a hub to develop pro-equality, social and technological innovation through the exploration of topics such as alternative economics, participative governance, socially-oriented engineering, and novel ways of thinking in general. As an integral community, it's also meant to be a place for trans-personal growth, where the self blends into the collective by experimenting different ways of living and collaborating together.

We are looking for software engineers and graphic designers, but also for individuals who are versed in permaculture, natural building, herbalism and so on.

We are open to volunteers at a small fee, to any individuals who are interested in contritubing their time to our projects. We ask for a minimum stay of 6 weeks with the hope of a longer commitment. In the interest of building a community, volunteers who are attracted and inspired by our project do have the option of becoming permenant memebers, which can be discussed with our core membrane.

About the property, this 14Ha off-grid property is bordered by two rivers and a 240Ha protected reserve. We are located between Lake Arenal, Arenal Volcano and Tenorio National Park. It’s a beautiful and lush part of Alajuela, close to San Rafael de Guatuso and about 10 km from Lake Arenal.

The main space consists of a 300m2 Common Building — containing a large open-aired lounge area, industrial-size kitchen, dining area, a work space, and a mezzanine. The sleeping quarters (still under the last phase of construction) offers two dorms and five private rooms which could house up to 40 people. Our 80m2 octagonal movement space faces westwards towards the Tenorio volcano, a favourite spot amongst the community members to marvel at the sunset, and to pratice yoga, aerial silks, meditation, workouts, etc.

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Food included
RatPark is not a business, and we do not monetize the contribution of the volunteers. We charge a daily fee for volunteers to sustain our community.
A phone conversation mandatory to ensure RatPark and the volunteer are compatible.

RatPark offers:
Three vegan meals a day.
A bed in a dorm. Private room is available for a $15
Musical Instruments
Movement space

4 hours of contribution (cooking included)
Shared responsibility of cooking, cleaning and general maintenance
Care for our space and tools
Non-violent communication
Mindful towards others etc

We ask for a minimum stay of two weeks but with an intention to stay longer. We will pay you back if you decide not to stay the amount that you paid. No questions asked.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

14 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Espanol

People on site

1 - 30

Dry season

January to April

Wet season

May to December

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms
  • private room
  • entire house

Vegan Food

  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced


  • fast: streaming video


Rat Park is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • software developers
  • graphic designers
  • permaculture
  • cooking
  • natural building
  • herbalism
  • carpenter
  • gardening
  • artist
  • and others

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