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Support Rainforest Conservation Efforts

Help protect the Costa Rican rainforest through maintaining trails, reforestation, and taking guests on educational excursions.

The Project

This volunteer work project is located 35 km southwest of Limón, not far from the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. You will volunteer at a German-founded Costa Rican eco-lodge (850 hectares large), which provides ecotourism and conservation programs. Their land is next to the famous La Amistad National Park, which is known for its incredible biodiversity.

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

The lodge’s main goal is to advocate for the protection of the animals and the local environment. The facility is considered to be a private nature reserve. Thanks to its water conservation project in the Limón district, about 70,000 people now have access to clean drinking water

During your volunteer experience, you will learn a lot about the rainforest and the natural habitats of thousands of exotic plants and animals.

 

Your Tasks

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 
  • Accompanying guests on excursions in the rainforest (as guide’s assistant or translator) 
  • Feeding and taking care of the lodge’s horses  

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

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)
Health Declaration
required
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.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

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

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation
Contact & Reservation
$309
/week
$309
/week
3 - 25
weeks
3 - 25
weeks
17+
age
17+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
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Services by South America Inside

Consultation from our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in Volunteer Work Project | Orientation session upon arrival | Local support & 24-hr emergency number | Accommodation and Board | Airport pick-up and one overnight stay in San José | Transfer to San José Accommodation-Bus Terminal | Advice regarding travel insurance | Flight booking service (optional and free) | Certificate of Participation | Application fee

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaría International

The transportation service will pick you up at the San José airport and bring you to an accommodation where you will stay overnight.
On the next day, the transportation service will pick you up at the accommodation and bring you back to the bus station for your journey to the project site (approx. 4 hours).

Accommodation

You will share a small house (cabaña) with other volunteers and/or staff. In one cabaña, there is room for 2-4 people. All the cabañas have a bathroom.


Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

Full-board (3 meals per day) 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.

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Costs (Prices in USD)
3 weeks (min. stay)
$1,210.00
4 weeks
$1,400.00
5 weeks
$1,580.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$5,390.00
Average fees
$309.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Limon/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

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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.
Budgeting
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?

Airport
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaría International (SJO) in San José. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
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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.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Costa Rica while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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