The environmental conservation volunteer program is aimed at helping natural reserves and biological research stations cover more ground and to meet their conservation goals. Volunteers working in the environmental conservation program will be assisting park rangers. Common tasks include insect specimen collection, trail maintenance, planting trees, monitoring of plants and animals, preparation of educational material, educational workshops and visitor assistance.
Depending on your skill set some reserves offer the opportunity to take part in research projects or marketing. This program is perfect for volunteers that like spending time outdoors and like nature.
Arrival to the program are most Sundays.
On arrival you are greeted by our friendly coordinators and taken to your accommodation. Next day you meet with all the volunteers and interns that came the previous days for orientation.
In orientation we cover topics like:
-Do’s and dont’s in the country
-How to get around and weekend travel
-Communication, SIM cards , and currency.
-Social meet ups with other participants.
Spanish classes are available at an extra cost in 20 hour blocks. Monday to Friday , 4 hours per day.
See our costs section for more information.
There are no requirements for this program other than being able to communicate at the project and work well in teams.
We encourage all of our participants in our programs to travel as much as they can during the weekends. Volunteers and interns usually travel together during the weekends. Our coordinators can assist you to make travels plans
During the weekdays volunteers and interns usually spend time together after their assignments.
The environmental conservation program in Costa Rica is comprised of a small network of natural reserves that aim to protect the flora, fauna and the overall ecosystem of the region.
By volunteering in one of these natural reserves. you will be working alongside a small team that works towards monitoring the park, improving the park and conducting different research projects that may include local wildlife, plants, and insects.
Other work includes maintenance tasks, greenhouse work, gardening, collection of various plant samples, monitoring and counting of various animal species, wildlife observation camera set up and retrieval, and guiding visitors in the park.
The environmental conservation program works in the areas around San Ramon and San Carlos. Due to the nature of this program, volunteers joining it must be relatively physically fit, enjoy the outdoors and be patient. All of the natural reserves are in the beautiful cloud forest ecosystem and are key to Costa Rica’s biodiversity.
Join our volunteer program in environmental conservation and help preserve our natural resources.
Working hours are usually 6 hours per day,5 days per week.
Guatemala has very lax environmental laws and poor enforcement of them. This places forests, ecosystems, and wildlife in constant risk. Luckily, there are a few natural reserves that work towards preserving natural resources in Guatemala.
By volunteering in the environmental preservation program in Guatemala, you will join other volunteers and park rangers that work towards the protection of forests and educating the local population about the importance of maintaining each eco-system.
Work includes trail maintenance, environmental conservation awareness workshops in schools, planting trees, monitoring various plant species, monitoring different species of birds and wildlife, and work in a plant nursery.
Work for volunteers in environmental conservation is from 8 am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.