Conduct Field Studies at a Wildlife Reserve

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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Learn more about the unique biodiversity of Costa Rica
Experience the relaxed "tica way of life"! Tica refers to how the Costa Ricans call themselves :-)
Boost your CV adding international volunteer experience
Improve your Spanish skills by practicing on a daily basis
Broaden your intercultural skills while immersing into a new culture
Research the local wildlife and assist guides on tours in the beautiful country of Costa Rica! Make a positive impact on the precious environment! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The wildlife and nature reserve is located near the city of Heredia, close to the amazing Braulio Carrillo National Park. The reserve consists of nearly 60 hectares of land and includes both primary and secondary forest. The area is partly hilly and if you follow the trails, you can admire various types of trees, orchids, birds, animals and beautiful waterfalls.

In February 1998, the area was declared a protected area. The goal is to protect the environment and wildlife in order to preserve the unique ecosystem and biodiversity in Costa Rica.

The reserve also does environmental education programs that include local schools. The children in Costa Rica shall learn to respect and protect their greatest treasure, namely the unique biodiversity or their country. Only in this way can it be ensured that environmentally conscious young people grow up and do not make the same mistakes as previous generations.

In addition, workshops will be held on topics such as waste disposal, art from the forest, biodiversity and ecosystems. The rainforest serves as a large open air classroom!

The wildlife reserve also runs various programs to introduce visitors to the beauty of this piece of land. On guided tours, visitors and of course volunteers, can admire waterfalls and giant trees or observe exotic animals and rare plants.

In addition, many national and international scientists use the reserve to conduct studies on native animals and plants.

Typical day

There are many ways and means to help in the wildlife and nature reserve in Costa Rica. The work varies and depends on the weather conditions, as well as the workload and the number of volunteers on site. It is a small family run project and there are never many volunteers at the same time. One always tries to take into account the personal interests and knowledge of the volunteers.

Volunteer mainly take tasks outdoors, directly in the beautiful rainforest. You will quickly become familiar with the rainforest and its unique flora and fauna. Quickly you acquire a lot of practical know-how and new skills. It is a unique opportunity to learn about this unique and threatened ecosystem.

Volunteers work with day tourists, guide them through the park or give guest service at mealstimes. Day visitors come to the reserve for walking, bird watching, hikes through the forest and to waterfalls, workshops and programs to help raise awareness of rainforest conservation, as well as other environmental education programs.

Other tasks are to maintain the grounds and park, clean the paths of overgrowths, and add new signs if needed.

With this volunteer work in Costa Rica, you have the opportunity to get to know and observe exotic animal life every day. You can see animals you do not even know from the zoo.

Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, weather, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

Free-time activities

Weekends are the perfect time to enjoy an exciting hike through Costa Rican nature since the main attractions of Costa Rica is its system of national parks and protected areas, which cover around 25% of the national territory, in order to protect the rich variety of flora and fauna, which is estimated to contain 5% of the world's biodiversity in less than 0.1% of the planet's land mass. In addition, Costa Rica has countless amazing beaches on both the Pacific and the Caribbean Ocean. 

Costa Rica is the perfect place to combine volunteer work with tourism, enjoy activities like:

- Adventure sport
- Dream beaches
- Ecotourism
- Local culture
- Bird / wildlife watching
- Visits to unique National Parks
- Rural tourism
- Sightseeing and history in San José



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level) or English (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV and Volunteer Questionnaire
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by South America Inside

  1. Accommodation in volunteer house
  2. Full-board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  3. Consultation from our experienced staff
  4. Translation of application profile
  5. Volunteer work placement
  6. Advice regarding travel insurance
  7. Advice on local travels
  8. Orientation session upon arrival
  9. Orientation kit
  10. Country handbook
  11. Local support
  12. 24/7 Emergency Number
  13. Certificate of Participation


You will live in the volunteer house, which is part of the center. There are 3 bedrooms with bunkbeds, modern bathrooms, and showers. You will usually be paired with people from around the world, which is the perfect way meet new people and learn about different cultures.


Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The volunteer work can be joined throughout the year. The start and end date can be set flexible, according to your availability and travel plans. Ask our experienced staff to coordinate your participation in this meaningfull volunteer project.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
24 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$425 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Conduct Field Studies at a Wildlife Reserve

Research the local wildlife and assist guides on tours in the beautiful country of Costa Rica! Make a positive impact on the precious environment!


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