Planting trees, maintaining pathways ... horseback riding through the rainforest - doesn't that sound like paradise? You're right in the middle of it!
About the Program
In a dreamlike Eco-Lodge - with an extension of over 2200 acres of primary rain forest - you get to know the rainforest that is home to thousands of animals and plants.
The lodge boarders directly with 'La Amistad International Park' and is part 'La Amistad Biosphere Preserve', the largest conservation area of Central America, shared by Costa Rica and Panama. It is the most important direct watershed of the Bananito River, which supplies 85 % of potable water to the harbor city of Limon. The income generated by the nature and adventure programs at the lodge, together with our Rain forest Study Programs, significantly support 'Fundacion Cuencas deLimon', -- Limon Watershed Foundation --, which has become a regional leader in watershed conservation in the province of Limon and preserves water for about 70.000 people.
You will basically learn about the work of the 'guardabosques', the 'forest patrol'. If you love nature, if you are committed to sometimes hard work, if you are interest in adventure tours - horseback riding is useful - and if you are comfortable in a temporary stay far from civilization (the next city is 30 km), then this is a perfect experience for you!
Our volunteers should have a love for nature and interest in adventures. They will enjoy communicating with the guests of the lodge. A knowledge of Spanish and English language is compulsory. It is also possible to take part in language classes.
The lodge is located 35 km southwest of the harbor city Limón, Caribbean, and bordering La Amistad World Heritage Site or La Amistad Biosphere Reserve.
Your workday begins at 6 am and you will work about 6 hours - the type of work varies due to weather conditions and actual needs.
This program is available all year. It starts every Monday. Please arrive at least one day before the programs starts.
The lodge is in the rainforest - so, in a very, very remote area! There are several tours for the guests of the lodge like hiking, horseback riding, waterfall rappel, tree climbing and a tour with overnight stay in the middle of the rainforest on a platform in a tree ... Just awesome experiences, all of them!
You will not be able to spend your evenings in another place. Be prepared for chilling, reading, playing cards etc. with other volunteers, going to bed early and wake up with the sun! :-) Enjoy being far from civilization, TV, noise and emerge into nature.
You should save your free days for a longer excursion. There are two very nice and popular beaches in the area: Puerto Viejo and Cahuita!
You will be lodging in one of the wonderful cabinas for guest - if available! If not, you will stay in a simple staff room.
You will get three meals a day together with the staff.