Rainforest Conservation

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founded in 2003
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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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High­lights

Learn more about the unique biodiversity of Costa Rica
Explore a country that is famous for its great national parks and dream beaches
Grow as a person by broadening your intercultural skills
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Make new friends with volunteers from around the world
Help protect the amazing Costa Rican rainforest! Support this project by maintaining trails, reforestation, and guiding visitors on educational tours. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

The volunteer project takes place at an eco-lodge in Costa Rica, which has German origin. In addition to ecotourism, an extensive nature conservation program is offered in a vast area of ​​850 hectares of land. The lodge is located 35km southwest of Limon, not far from the beautiful Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The protected area is at the edge of the famous La Amistad National Park, known for its breathtaking biodiversity.

The eco-lodge welcomes guests from all over the world and, in addition to spending the night in cozy accommodation, offers trips (on horseback or on foot) to the rainforest. The lodge works very hard to conserve the rainforest and defend it against deforestation. They are very committed to the conservation of local flora and fauna and serve as a role model. About 70,000 people in the Limon area get clean drinking water through the water conservation project that is operated by the lodge.

As a volunteer, you learn a lot about the primary rainforest, which is, so to speak, the basis of your volunteer work. The rainforest is the natural habitat of thousands of exotic animals and plants. We have to protect it!!


Typical day

During your volunteer work at the eco-lodge, you can help with a variety of tasks. You support the "guardabosques", the forest guards, and you also will get tasks in the operation of the lodge.

Support the "guardabosques" (forest guards)

  • Cleaning forest paths of growth and garbage
  • Creating new forest trails 
  • Marking and maintaining paths and trails 
  • Helping with regular patrols to watch and observe the wildlife 
  • Collecting data of plants and animals 
  • Observing exotic mammals and birds in nature
  • Reforestation 

Support the eco-lodge and tourists

  • Taking care of guests
  • Helping with activities in the rainforest 
  • Guiding guests on excursions in the rainforest (as guide’s assistant or translator) 
  • Feeding and taking care of the lodge’s horses 

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

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

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 Spanish (basic 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


Airport pick-up in San José can be added and must be paid on site (approx USD 80). It includes the airport pick-up and transfer to the San José bus station with one overnight stay in San José.

Accommodation

You will share the volunteer house with other volunteers and/or staff.


Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full-board (3 meals per day) is provided.

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.
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

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.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
3 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
3 weeks (min. stay)
$1,310
4 weeks
$1,510
5 weeks
$1,710
6 weeks
$1,910
7 weeks
$2,110
24 weeks (max. stay)
$5,510
Average fees
$333 /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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Rainforest Conservation

Help protect the amazing Costa Rican rainforest! Support this project by maintaining trails, reforestation, and guiding visitors on educational tours.

$333/week

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