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Rainforest Conservationist

Protect the rainforest - help maintain forest trails and reforestation work. Take care of the guests and accompany excursions.

The project

The lodge where you will realize your volunteer work is located 35 km southwest of Limón, not far from the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. On about 850 hectares a German-founded Costa Rican eco-lodge provides ecotourism and conservation programs. Their land is next to se famous national park 'La Amistad', which ist known for its incredible biodiversity.

Guests from all over the world come to the eco-lodge to enjoy the nature and the cozy lodging, and to make excursions to the rainforest (on horseback or on foot).

The main interest of the founders is the protection of the animals and the environment in which they live. The project area is kind of a private nature reserve. Thanks to a water conservation project in the Limón district about 70,000 people have access to clean drinking water

You will learn a lot to understand the rainforest, the natural habitat of thousands of exotic animals and plants.

Work tasks

Support of the "guardabosques" (the forest guards) 

  • Cleaning of the forest paths of growths as well as garbage
  • Creation of new forest trails 
  • Signpost and maintain the paths and trails 
  • Regular patrols to watch and observe the flora and fauna 
  • Collect data of different plants and animals 
  • Observation of exotic mammals and birds in the nature
  • Reforestation 

Support in the tourism area and eco-lodge

  • Take care for the guests 
  • Offer activities and excursions to the rainforest 
  • Accompany activities and excursions to the rainforest (as an assistant of a guide or as a translator) 
  • Take care and feed the horses of the lodge. 

Suitable for


Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (basic level)
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 from 09:00 - 16:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

The project is not far from the coast. So in your free-time or on weekends you can go surfing or relax on the beach.


Included Services

What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Orientation session on arrival | Local support & 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation and Board | Airport pick-up and one overnight-stay in San José | Transfer in San José Accommodation-Bus Terminal | Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional and for free) | Certificate of participation | Application fee
Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaría International

The transport service will pick you up at the San Jose airport and bring you to an accommodation where you will stay overnights.
On the next day the transport service picks you up at the accommodation to bring you to the bus station for your journey to the project site (aprox. 4 hours).


You will share a small, typical houses (cabañas) with other volunteers and/or staff. In one cabaña there is space for 2 to 4 people. All the cabañas are equipped with a bathroom.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full-board is provided for you on the project site

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
3 weeks (min. stay)
4 weeks
5 weeks
25 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Samará/Costa Rica between 3 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. 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.

Get ready to volunteer in Costa Rica

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Costa Rica. Please check the visa regulations for Costa Rica.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Costa Rica and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Costa Rica.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Juan Santamaría International (SJO) in San José. 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.
Vaccine Checker
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.
What can you do in leisure-time in Costa Rica while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Samará, Samará, Costa Rica

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