Environmental Protection Supporter

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Coordinator | Nicole
Coordinator | Nicole
Provide essential labor on projects to safeguard the environment and its natural inhabitants from extinction. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
The program

This inspiring conservation program works to protect and preserve the natural wildlife and environment in the two locations in which it is based: Bandera beach and Sarapiquí rainforest. The program is open to all international volunteers who enjoy working with nature in coastal and rural communities, and who like to spend time preserving and helping the environment and all of its components. From working to help Big Scarlet Macaws to coastal clean ups, volunteers will be kept busy working on a variety of essential projects for around 4 – 6 hours per day, with weekends off to explore this gorgeous region. Participants will also have the chance to become immersed with the local people and culture. Volunteers who are hard-working, ecologically sensitive, willing to learn about new cultures, enthusiastic and ready to get stuck in and help should apply today. Join us in beautiful Costa Rica and put your eco-warrior skills to the test!

Goals of this Project:

  • Protect Costa Rica’s natural heritage
  • Protect species of wildlife from extinction
  • Provide essential labor on projects to safeguard the environment and its natural inhabitants
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange between all parties and teach international visitors more about environmental practices and Costa Rica
How you can help

This amazing conservation program allows volunteers to take part in vital conservation work to preserve the natural environment and wildlife in two stunning locations in Costa Rica. Volunteers will work on various projects aimed at preserving the fragile ecosystem in any number of settings, including in forests, on beaches and in parks and reserves. Volunteers play an important role by supplying free labor in often labor-intensive projects, allowing the initiatives to continue their great work. From recycling campaigns to reforestation projects, or collecting food for the Big Scarlet Macaw population, volunteers will gain important experience in environmental practices and learn about Costa Rica’s unique flora and fauna. Volunteers will also work on community projects, such as trash clean-ups, painting murals, working in the playground or the soccer field or working on local community buildings. No prior experience is necessary; however volunteers must have the ability to adapt to a tropical environment, be flexible and patient, be in excellent health and like working with children.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Work on coastal clean ups and reforestation projects
  • Participate in recycling campaigns
  • Work on varied community projects
  • Teach locals about their own lives and where they live

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

  • 8:00am Breakfast at the accommodation
  • 8:30am Walk/bus to your project site
  • 9:00am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor
  • 9:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.

  • 2:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END
  • 2:15pm Debrief with project supervisor
  • 2:30pm Walk/bus back to the accommodation

Evenings Free time to relax and have dinner or go out and explore the sights and sounds of the local area.

Free-time activities

This amazing program is based in one of two locations in Costa Rica: The Central Pacific beachside town of Playa Bandera, just 20mins from popular Playa Jaco or; Sarapiquí, near the Caribbean coast and roughly 2 hours North of San Jose.  With many national parks and reserves and famous for its biodiversity and abundant rivers this area is a special place to preserve.
Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking
Sports

Require­ments

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 English (basic level)
Required Documents
Emergency contact
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
The project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by your local project leader. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Airport pick-up on arrival 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation
  • Food & Meals
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Upon your arrival in San Jose you will be collected at the airport and taken to host family accommodation in Santa Barbara de Heredia, 40mins north of San Jose, where you will stay Saturday night.

On Sunday a brief welcome orientation will be provided to help you settle in and ask any last minute questions. The local team will arrange your transfer to the project location by public bus on Sunday afternoon.  A representative from the local project team will meet you on arrival in Jaco and take you to the accommodations to settle in.

On Monday morning, you will be taken to your project site and introduced to the project leader who will provide specific information about your role. 

  • Program Arrival Day: SATURDAY
  • Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
  • Arrival/Departure Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica (Code: SJO)
Accommodation

Volunteers are accommodated in a volunteer house in either Playa Bandera or Sarapiqui.

Rooms are dormitory in style and may be shared by up to 4 volunteers depending on the time of year and the number of volunteers onsite.  The houses are basic but comfortable and have all the standard amenities retried. Bed linen is provided so you need only bring a towel and personal toiletries.  Easy!


Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with breakfast and lunch daily throughout the placement. Dinner is not included and volunteers are welcome to use the kitchen facilities to prepare meals or eat out. 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start every SATURDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$ 608
2 weeks
$ 878
3 weeks
$ 1,158
4 weeks
$ 1,428
6 weeks
$ 1,978
8 weeks
$ 2,528
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,628
Average fees
$ 455 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers 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 Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Environmental Protection Supporter

Provide essential labor on projects to safeguard the environment and its natural inhabitants from extinction.

$455/week

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