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Rainforest Lodge

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

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. 

Your Location 

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.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

Typical day

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.

Your Tasks

  • Cleaning and maintaining the paths in the forest
  • Developing new trail signs
  • Recollect trash left behind by poachers
  • Planting and watering trees
  • You might also help in inspections in the forest, inventory of the area - trees, plants, animals, food, putting out cameras for monitoring wildlife - the rainforest is the habitat of jaguars and other wildcats
  • You will be helping in stable maintenance and taking care of horses

Details on Arrival

This program is available all year. It starts every Monday. Please arrive at least one day before the programs starts.

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Be prepared for physically demanding work in humid conditions.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Any questions? Just ask. We at first hand Costa Rica are happy to help you.

Contact Project Manager

Free-time activities

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!

Swimming
Hiking
Riding
Contact & Reservation
$290
/week
$290
/week
3 - 12
weeks
3 - 12
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
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Feb
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May
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Jul
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Services by first hand Costa Rica
  • Three meals a day
  • Accommodation
  • We organize the journey to the project and we also do hostel reservations in San José if needed (mostly it is needed!)

Accommodation

You will be lodging in one of the wonderful cabinas for guest - if available! If not, you will stay in a simple staff room.

Bungalow
Food & Beverages

You will get three meals a day together with the staff. 

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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
3 weeks (min. stay)
$1,020.00
4 weeks
$1,227.00
5 weeks
$1,433.00
6 weeks
$1,640.00
7 weeks
$1,847.00
8 weeks
$2,053.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,880.00
Average fees
$290.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cahuita/Costa Rica between 3 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. first hand Costa Rica will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with first hand Costa Rica during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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