Trustees, also known as “property owners,” are people whose name is listed on the title of the Pura Fruta properties, as having purchased an ownership share in the property.
-Trustees have the right to their own private lot and house on the property, so they may simply reside there and not in the community area, if they wish.
-Trustees, should they reside in a community area, will still have the same work expectation as community members and residents. --
-If a trustee is developing their private homestead lot, they may reside in the community area and have a lower work expectation for the community area, but their time in this arrangement must be limited to 6 months or less, before they will be expected to either move to their private lot, or resume a full-time (roughly 20 hours per week) commitment to contributing at the community area. --
-Trustees may also become community members, but also might not be community members.
-Trustees can be asked to leave the community area if they prove to be a problem, just like community members, residents, and volunteers.
-Remember that trustees, as a group, are investing money to help the community grow, and as such, there are certain risks involved. For this reason, they (as a group, not any one individual trustee) have a right to the final say on decisions that involve legal risk to themselves as property owners, and decisions that involve major planning decisions(property development, placement of buildings, etc.)
-Click here for the Trustee's Questionnaire
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Length of stay: Indefinite
-A resident, after residing here for a 6 month trial period, may be considered a “community member” if the community votes upon it at a meeting, and it passes consensus. Or, a resident may be provided feedback in terms of what he/she can work on to help the community to feel more comfortable with them staying indefinitely. In this case, an additional residency period will be granted in order to give time to act upon the feedback.
The community will consult the “New Member Expectations” document to help determine if the person is ready to become a community member yet.
-Please note: At any time, the community may ask a resident OR a community member, OR even a property owner to leave the community area. Being a community member does not make one immune to bad behavior or laziness.
-Community members receive accommodation (usually in a tent, sometimes in a community building if available) and use of facilities, in exchange for performing a reasonable amount of tasks each week to help the community, including agricultural tasks, facilities maintenance, and cleaning – just like volunteers and residents.
-Community members can also be placed on probation if they are not participating in and contributing to the community.
-Community members may eat bananas and papayas and other fruits and vegetables that are grown on the farm, but for any additional food, they are expected to purchase it themselves. There is a weekly community produce order to make this easy. --
-Community members may have the opportunity to take on specific jobs within the community to earn money. This may include: Managing rentals, managing various payments, managing the fruit order, taking photos of construction progress, web design or IT work, videography, teaching classes to volunteers, etc.
-Potential Member Guide
The PMG is a process to practically teach you all the methods we apply in order to be a successful/functional community. It also allows us to get to know each other in a very effective way. The PMG is absolved directly on site at our location in Costa Rica and is supervised by a member. Its durance is up to 6 months throughout you regularly and actively take part of workshops, teachings and presentations, besides spending time with the community.
The PGM includes:
1- Receiving a godfather/godmother as a confidant and mentor
2- Read and understand the values, missions and purposes of community
3- Watch, read and listen to all suggested videos, books and audios of community
4- Receive and give Introduction from everyone and to everyone, one member at a time.
-Steps to be done to achieve membership:
1- Read the website and understand vision, methods and conditions of Pura Fruta community
2- Send the completed Application form
3- Schedule a visit in Costa Rica at our locations
4- Complete the Potential Member Guide (PMG)
5- Complete membership questionnaire
6- Attend your membership questionnaire discussion
7- Agree with all agreements, policies and bylaws