Rainforest Conservation Volunteer
Protect endangered rainforest species
Volunteering in Costa Rica
Costa Rican rainforests are home to more than 1500 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. Of these, 6.9% are endemic, meaning they exist in no other country, and 6.6% are threatened or endangered. The goal of this project is to fight for these vital natural areas that these species call home and educate the local and international world on how to live more sustainably with the environment.
Located between a secluded Costa Rican national park and a group of protected indigeous tribes, this project offers volunteers an opportunity to work and learn in a remote lowland rainforest. Volunteers will join a team of biologists to learn the fundamentals of rainforest conservation, the basics of permaculture (sustainably growing your own vegetable and fruit garden), as well as how to assist with vital scientific research being conducted in the area. Volunteers will also have opportunities to practice their Spanish skills, teach English in local grade schools, and show the local Costa Rican community how to live in a sustainable manner in a tropical rainforest.
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Anyone who is enthusiastic and open-minded is welcome in the program. Volunteers will be working alongside scientists and volunteers who come from all over the world. Gardening, hiking, and reforestation work can be physically demanding, so we advise registrants to be in decent physical condition.
– At least 18 years of age
– Participants ages 13-17 are welcome when there is a faculty leader, parent, or guardian present
– Healthy and physically prepared to work and live in a remote area with basic amenities
– Flexible; willing to do various tasks based on season and project needs
– Positive mindset
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Responsible and safety-minded
Frequently Asked Questions
This is of course down to personal preference, however, on gaining feedback from previous volunteers we believe 3 to 6 weeks is the ideal amount of time to volunteer for. You will you be able to get fully involved with all aspects of the programme and integrate yourself within the local community. We regularly have volunteers come for 1 to 2 weeks that tell us they wish they stayed for longer.
We ask that all volunteers have a good level and understanding of English, although it does not need to be your first language. You of course do not need to speak the local dialect, but you will find learning a few words will go a long way.
Volunteering abroad can at times be both physically and mentally challenging, therefore we ask that all participants be fit in both areas. If you do have any medical / mental health conditions that you believe may affect your time volunteering, then these must be declared to us during the application process. If you have any questions regarding your suitability, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
We generally recommend applying at least 60 days in advance to give you ample time to ensure everything has been arranged. However, if you are looking to volunteer sooner than this, then it should not be a problem. Please do get in contact if you have any concerns about arranging any essentials within a shorter timeframe.
Once you have applied and confirmed your place on the programme, then it is possible to amend your start date and / or duration. Any changes need to be made at least 20 days prior to your start date and are subject to availability.