Maintanance of bird houses and breeding centres, construction of toys, preparing food.
There is only a handful of conservation projects that devote themselves exclusively to parrots. With populations decreasing conservations are vital for the population of parrots in Costa Rica which are the bright red macaw (Ara macao) and the big Macaw (Ara ambiguus). In the conservations they care for injured birds and ready them to be released into the wild after breeding. The goal of the center is to save the species. Most of the parrots arrive after being confiscated or rescued.
The centre also studys the habitat of parrots ensuring they can live in freedom. The decline of parrots in Costa Rica has gotten so out of control that there are only about 25-35 breeding pairs of the green Macaw in Costa Rica. There are about 40-60 parrots in the station (number is subject to change, depending on parrot reproduction and release). About 10-15 parrots are released into the wild each year.
Working for this service helps ensure that the parrot species is saved in Costa Rica, it also explains how bad the problem has got for the species. There are two locations to work: the hatchery and release station which are located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the province of Guanacaste. Another release station is located on the Caribbean coast just south of the town of Puerto Viejo in the Province of Limón.
By doing this project you are protecting the nature of Costa Rica. You should be able to work in a team and also independently. Experience is great but not essential. You have to be able to get stuck in with the birds straight away.
On both locations of the project there are many different things to do in your spare time such as swimming and water sports in the sea, as well as exploring the beaches and looking at beautiful views Costa Rica has to offer.
The volunteers live in seperate houses with up to 4 people with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms no meals are provided usually volunteers cook together.