Nicoya Peninsula – Pacific Coast, Costa Rica
Volunteering in environmental conservation
Costa Rica is famously known as one of the “greenest” countries in the world and is a leader in Eco-Tourism and conservation with a very conscious approach towards preserving the environment and the local community. Nevertheless, in order to achieve this and be able to offer the amazing white sand beaches and natural marine eco-systems that the country is famous for, we require vigilant protection and conservation through designated nature reserves and national parks.
By joining this project you ́ll not only be living in a true paradise, in the Nicoya Peninsula, but you will also play a huge role towards the conservation and sustainability of one of the country’s most iconic destinations.
I have volunteered abroad before but the support this organization provides made this experience a lot more enjoyable. The people working on the project are always available at any time for support, whether it be in relation to the volunteer placement or for tours and experiences in the area. I am incredibly sad to be leaving and I could not be happier about the time I spent here. I want to thank Kate and Karen for always being so friendly and helpful, from printing to bus tickets to boat tours. I leave having made great friends and I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone I know!
Nicoya Peninsula Volunteering
Our Environmental Conservation volunteer project is located on the extreme southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast in a nature reserve that was Costa Rica’s first protected area for nature conservation and later became the first official National Park in 1963.
Only 5% of this beautiful area of 3 million hectares is open to visitors while the rest is an absolute reserve for complete protection and preservation of its flora and fauna. Costa Rica is without a doubt one of the leading countries in environmental conservation and protection and over 25 % of its area is either a national park or a protected reserve.
Being able to care for the environment, flora and fauna requires a lot of work from everyone, including national authorities, locals, visitors and all businesses.
Through this project we aim to protect, manage, and research the park’s ecosystems as part of Costa Rica’s cultural and historical heritage. In order to do this we consider of vital importance to include members of the surrounding communities and to benefit the region through sustainable development.
Our volunteers and team on the ground play a fundamental role in maintaining this ecosystem by conducting research, studies and supporting park authorities, biologists and researchers so to ensure the area’s sustainability.
Their daily work may include trail maintenance, light construction, beach cleanup, day patrols, assisting with ongoing research, orienting new researchers, and leading and facilitating English-speaking visitors and school groups, and much more depending on the needs of the project.
Ensuring the Earth’s sustainability is up to all of us and making your contribution to this Costa Rican paradise is an amazing place to start! Don’t miss out!
A Day In Your Life
Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but you can expect to work 5-7 hours per day, Monday to Friday.
- You will be living in a true paradise in the Nicoya Peninsula and spend your day in Costa Ricás first National Park! So take in the views and have an amazing experience!
- You will play a vital role in conserving Costa Rica ́s environments through your hard work and ensuring this remains one of the world’s “greenest” countries!
- You will be involved in trail cleaning activities and maintenance to ensure our environment remains clean at all times!
- You ́ll spend some of your time walking around Costa Rica’s beaches doing clean-ups so they remain as beautiful and clean as should be! Not a bad location to be working by the ocean on a daily basis and ensuring its survival!
- You may be asked to update park signage by making new signs and also making sure the existing ones are in good shape and readable. You will assist with general maintenance and preservation of the reserve
- One of the most appealing activities you may be involved in is to complete direct observation of wildlife in the park’s trails. There are lots of unique species that are native to this park and you will enjoy discovering them! You will also be reviewing footage and doing general maintenance on camera traps.
- Get involved with the visitors! This park receives tourists and you may be involved in receiving them and orienting visitors through the park. You will teach them about the history of the park and what trails they can go on.
- Besides tourists, the reserve also welcomes school groups and researchers and you will be in charge of assisting them as well as the local rangers on their daily tasks. You may be asked to prepare educational materials for school visits or special activities such as conferences.
→ Prices start from $1105 or £886 for 2 weeks
Our start dates for 2019 are:
This project starts every Monday throughout the year.
We generally ask for volunteers to arrive at this project the day before on the Sunday and you can volunteer from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks. Projects last day is on the Saturday.
(This project remains open over the Christmas period)