Volunteer for Environmental Conservation at a Cloud Forest Reserve in San Ramon, Costa Rica

San Ramon, Costa Rica Wildlife & Environmental Conservation

Program

Description

With more than a quarter of the country named as national parkland, Costa Rica is home to a wide array of animals, including big cats, monkeys, turtles, sloths, and hundreds of bird species, as well as reptiles and amphibians. Environmental conservation volunteers help to protect the wildlife and ecosystems at a nature reserve in San Ramón, in Alajuela Province in Costa Rica. The reserve is being repopulated with trees, providing natural habitats and conserving groundwater. This program is best for volunteers who speak some Spanish and are physically fit.

Impact

Home to five percent of the earth’s biodiversity, despite its small size, Costa Rica is an important environmental country. You’ll help by reintroducing native plants and trees, which encourage indigenous birds and wildlife to return to this area. You’ll also help to conserve groundwater, which has runoff the reserve because of erosion. Ecotourism will contribute to longevity of this project, thanks to the butterfly garden and tours you’ll provide.

Field conditions

Travel by bus on a 30-minute ride to the project site on the San Ramon reserve, where you’ll work from 8:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Thursday, with dates subject to change during the rainy season. You’ll assist with the maintenance of a community-owned nature reserve, helping with upkeep of the property, clearing trails, maintaining the butterfly garden, planting and caring for trees, and leading visitor tours. You’ll also work to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Arrival and orientation

The nearest major airport is Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. Volunteers are assigned a dedicated coordinator based in-country, who leads pre-arrival and orientation, and is personally available to you daily for the duration of your program to assist you, answer any questions, and provide information and support.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Volunteers share safe, secure volunteer house in San Ramón -- your home away from home. The volunteer dormitory provides you with opportunity to socialize and meet like-minded travelers from around the world. Dorms are single-sex rooms with bunk beds and Western-style bathrooms. There is a modern kitchen, and there is a landline telephone, free wifi, security systems, and subsidized laundry service. The volunteer house is a few minutes' walking distance from the center of the city, within reach of restaurants, shops, and transportation. Meals are provided for breakfast and dinner, and you can prepare your own lunch or dine out.

Location

Volunteers will stay in a shared house with dormitory-style rooms.

Cost

from $462 USDper week

from $462 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Training and support

  • Airport pickup

  • Housing

What’s not included

  • Transportation to and from project site

  • Airport dropoff

  • Travel insurance

  • Air tickets

Start dates

This project accepts volunteers year round. Start dates are every other Friday. Additional projects can be combined during your trip, subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

uVolunteer is a small, yet fast-growing, international volunteer organization that specializes in volunteer placements in Ghana, Thailand, and Costa Rica, where they are experts in culture and customs. Founded in 2007, uVolunteer has sent more than 10,000 volunteers abroad on meaningful projects to explore new destinations and gain real world experiences. Its service-learning projects include teaching, care and community, construction, environment, and animal conservation. Additional benefits are cultural insight, adventure, and a safe environment for independent, female, and student travelers. Its purpose is to provide maximum benefit to volunteers and the communities they support, with minimal costs to participants.

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